The Wheatsheaf Combe Hay
“A country free house in the great English tradition”
COMBE HAY, SOMERSET
Only 10 minutes' drive from Bath, this long, whitewashed pub in large terraced gardens overlooks the village and surrounding hills. First a farmhouse, it has been a pub for over 250 years, its rustic charm today enhanced by a country-chic look, massive wooden tables and open log fires. The real cider is from just down the lane and Butcombe, across the county to the west, brews the real ales. Bar snacks are available, while the concise menu might suggest pan-roasted halibut; roast venison loin; and home-made beef burger. Combe Hay appears in the 1952 Ealing Comedy, The Titfield Thunderbolt, with scenes filmed on a long-closed railway line that ran through the village.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Closed: false
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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