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Waggon & Horses, Shepton Mallet

Postal town: Shepton Mallet
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Blackthorn _ left this review about Waggon & Horses

A traditional country pub in a slightly out of the way location, it is nonetheless on a reasonably main road rather than a narrow country lane and so presumably gets a certain amount of passing trade as well as local business.

Internally it has the typical and cosy country pub ambience with plenty of black beams covered in horse brasses as well as numerous brass plates on the wall including an old one from the now defunct Courage brewery. The main lounge bar is at the front, with smaller rooms off to the left and rear. Carpet covered most of the floor, whilst the walls were predominantly exposed stonework but with some pale green wood panelling in places as well as some rough plasterwork. A dual aspect chimney breast with an open fire separated the main bar from the smaller one to the left and next to this was a bookcase with a selection of books. A further stone fire-place with a conical brick chimney breast was off to the right and a real fire was blazing away which was a nice touch on a cold January day. The rear snug looked to be similar in terms of décor and there was a piano off to one side. The front door included some attractive stained glass of a country scene including trees, rabbits and appropriately enough, a wagon and horses. We didn’t inspect the menu, but a small specials board above the bar offered a stew or spaghetti Bolognese for around the £9 mark.

Beers on tap were Three Daggers Dagger Ale and Butcombe, whilst the ciders were Thatcher’s Gold and Wilkin’s Farmhouse. All in all I thought this was a great pub, just the sort of cosy ambience that I like. Well worth searching out.

On 3rd January 2017 - rating: 8
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Rex Rattus left this review about The Waggon & Horses

This is a classic country pub, set in the middle of nowhere a few miles from Bath. It may have regulars, but it can’t be anybody’s local as it doesn’t looks as if anyone lives locally. But perhaps in the country you are regarded as a local if you only have to drive 5 miles to the pub. I have to say that it doesn’t look anything special from the outside, but inside it has everything you expect in a country pub. It has the lowish ceilings, black beams complete with numerous horse brasses, enormous stone built fireplaces, and the nooks and crannies that these sort of places seem to encourage. There are no tall tables and stools or that kind of stuff – just standard tables and chairs. A room to the left has tables and chairs set for diners (as well as a superb grandfather clock) although the dozen or so people who were eating in here on Monday lunchtime all chose to eat elsewhere in the pub. Another room to the right of the bar counter seemed to be where the drinkers like to congregate as it has its own access to the bar counter, and thus they won’t get disturbed by diners seeking to access the bar in the main seating area at the front of the pub.
There were three handpumps on the counter, two dispensing Butcombe Bitter and Wadworth 6X, and the third a cider whose name I failed to note. This is essentially a destination pub for those looking for a meal. Main courses seemed to be around the £8 - £10 mark, with the steak and ale pie being £9.25. I really don’t intend to go all foody, but I have to say that the quality was excellent, and Mrs R commented very favourably on the Raspberry and Apple Crumble (£4 or so as I recall). The service was exceptionally friendly and welcoming, and efficient as well. I would be delighted to pay a return visit to this pub if the opportunity presents itself.

On 17th April 2012 - rating: 8
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 06 January 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Car Park : Yes last updated 06 January 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 06 January 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 17 April 2012 by hondo .
  • Micropub : No last updated 06 January 2017 by Blackthorn _
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 17 April 2012 by hondo .
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 06 January 2017 by Blackthorn _
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