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The Rising Sun, Chippenham

32 Bowden Hill
Postal town: Chippenham
SN15 2PP
Phone: 01249730363

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Cascade (Moles Brewery)

Reviews (Current Rating Average: 9 of 10) Add Review see review guidelines

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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Rising Sun

Located a mile or two outside the picturesque village of Lacock, this is well worth making the effort to get to if in the area, with it’s traditional, unspoilt charm and fantastic views across rolling countryside.

Internally, the original part of the pub runs along the front of the building and is all one open plan room, although considerably deeper at one end than the other. Old flagstones are on the floor which have been polished smooth over the years, and there are plenty of wooden beams on the ceiling adorned with bunches of hops and a couple of timber support posts as well. Walling is predominantly a shade of pale grey plasterwork, although there were some small sections of exposed stone in places as well as some bookcase effect wallpaper. A small shelf contained a collection of old beer bottles and a number of stuffed birds were on display in a glass case. A snug area at one end looked a cosy spot with a few old sofas clustered around a chimney breast with a wood burning stove, although the TV mounted up above this spoilt the effect somewhat. Fortunately the volume was off so this was not too intrusive. A conservatory extension at the rea looked to be a much more modern addition, but no doubt this makes the most of the views, as did the beer garden and decking area.

Beers on tap were Exeter Organic Real Ale, Goffs Fallen Knight and Moles Best, whilst a fourth pump appeared unused. Ciders were well represented with Thatcher’s Gold, Black Rat Original, Black Rat Perry and Cheddar Valley, as well as a box of Lilley’s Raspberry and Pear on the end of the bar counter. All in all, I thought this was a great pub and just the sort of place I could settle in for a good session.

On 10th December 2018 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Rising Sun

This is a Mole Brewery pub which had on Mole’s Bitter, Mole Catcher and Barleymole. This pub majors on food with a fairly extensive menu available every day. Main course are around the £10 - £12 mark, with for example Burger & Chips (Fries perhaps as they were skinny specimens and came in a little jug like thing) at £11.50. There were some more upmarket fish specials at £14 or so.

Inside the pub is everything you expect in a country pub. It has the olde worlde charm the very best such pubs have, with a flagstone floor, original beams and all manner of interesting décor around the place. Furnishings are normal tables and chairs, and a brick fireplace sits in one corner. They've built a conservatory at the back which is furnished in a more modern style, with light coloured wood tables and chairs, all laid for diners. But it's the outside area at the back that makes this pub a bit special. There are picnic benches on a large grassed terrace, and as the pub is set on a hill they enjoy marvellous views for miles across the countryside. I was there on a beautiful warm and sunny summer’s day so I guess that I saw it at its best, but the landlady said the conservatory was extremely popular during the recent electric storms with punters coming to enjoy nature’s fabulous free light show.

This pub gets a rarely given 9 from me. With a wider selection of ales and a better quality burger for the £11.50 I paid (admittedly relatively minor considerations) it would have been a contender for a 10.

On 30th July 2014 - rating: 9
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Philip Carter left this review about The Rising Sun

A very cosy pub, small bar area. Serves food all day, makes their own fish cakes. Though they may not be available every day, but you can ring to find out. Large conservatory out the back, overlooking the rolling hillside. PS sells real ale as well.

On 23rd April 2009 - rating: 10
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