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Thatchers Arms, Bridgwater

Pub added by Jonathan Wilde
Huntworth Lane
Northmoor Green
Postal town: Bridgwater

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Very much as Blackthorn describes, below. A 1960s-style neon ‘Open’ sign is the only real indicator that the pub is, in fact, open, as the exterior continues to deteriorate. There are a couple of small parking areas but not much by way of garden. There is an outside seating area next to the outside lavatory. The inside remains comfortable, cosy and welcoming, while the landlord and pub dogs reinforce the welcome. Indeed the landlord was very chatty and was good company. There were a couple of ciders on, boxed and bottled, plus Butcombe’s Original and Rare Breed, the beers well kept and enjoyable. Food was cheap, home-cooked pub standards, though it was clear that this is much more a drinkers’ pub than a food outlet. Definitely worth a visit, though opening times can vary.

On 18th February 2019 - rating: 7
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A somewhat remote and isolated country pub, although nonetheless just a couple of miles from J24 of the M5, it has a fantastic unspoilt interior and is one of only a handful around that appear to have been untouched in decades. That said, it’s by no means tatty or scruffy (although the outside loos are rather basic!), but just has a lovely unpretentious charm that makes one want to settle in for a good session. Both the landlady and locals were very friendly and engaging, totally unlike some local’s pubs where any strangers are liable to get a frosty reception. Outside space is limited to a small patio area next to the pub.

It’s remarkably small inside, with just one single room. Décor wise it’s quite traditional, with quarry tiles on the floor, a low ceiling and a mixture of exposed stone and rough plasterwork on the walls. A fireplace to one side housed a wood burning stove with a copper chimney hood and next to this was an old bread oven. A few old black and white photos were dotted around the walls, with the only thing that seemed rather out of place being a TV screen directly opposite the doorway. A DVD player and so on were hooked up to it, so perhaps they have film nights or something. Although not a foody pub by any means, there was nonetheless a decent selection of “pub grub” style dishes listed on a board, as well as a second board with a number of vegetarian options. These were mostly priced around the £7 mark and were all home cooked by the landlady according to one of the locals.

Beers on tap were Butcombe Original and Rare Breed, whilst the ciders were Thatcher’s Dry and Ashton Press. Lager choice was disappointing though with Carling being the sole offering, which Mrs B. was none too impressed about. Overall, a real “must visit” pub when in the Bridgwater area.

On 11th May 2018 - rating: 9
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