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The Wooden Top Inn, Yeovil

High Street
East Chinnock
Postal town: Yeovil
BA22 9DP
Phone: 01935862227
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E TA left this review about The Wooden Top Inn

Formerly The Portman Arms, this pub is best described as ‘eccentric’. The name was given to distance the pub from the bad reputation of the previous business, and it refers to the eponymous children’s TV family rather than Guards or policemen. It is open from about 7.30 in the morning until late at night; the derelict, closed facade is just that. The car park is full of what looks like scrap Landrovers, and the building’s exterior is shabby. There is no garden worth speaking of. The interior is large, consisting of a restaurant which is relatively normal and will serve you just about whatever you want, and a bar which is undergoing substantial renovation even while it’s open. The servery has been moved from one end to the other, and the original tiles on the floor show holes where stud walling has been removed. There is a Harley Davidson fixed to the wall at one end, and there are shelves full of vinyl records, presumably waiting for the piles of hi fi equipment to be sorted and plugged in so they can be played. The tables and chairs are piled haphazardly around the room, though there are some usable bar stools. There are, apparently, nine bedrooms for B&B but we didn’t see these. The landlord was very sociable, making it clear we were welcome any time and explaining his plans to reclaim the inn’s former glory. Only one ale on, Black Tor Blonde, which was in fair condition. The pub is mainly used by locals, probably because it just doesn’t look open. A work in progress, but worth a look in if passing

On 6th June 2019 - rating: 5
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Jonathan Wilde left this review about Portman Arms

According to Pints of View should be open as the Woodentops by now. Although quick Google doesn't imply it has yet nor if it his how it'll be spelt. One to keep an eye on if in the area.

On 11th September 2017 - no rating submitted
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Brew Guru left this review about Portman Arms

BobOs, I fear that you were correct, this is a far from perfect pub. However do not write this tavern off just yet. A Marstons owned pub it does the best it can with the naff hand of cards it is thus dealt. Beers on this week were Hobgoblin and the improved Ringwood 49 ner which was quite pleasant. Burrow Hill cider is on handpull alongside the beers, refreshing to see quality in amongst dross. The bar area is large, too large to be cosy with an area to the left with a pool table and to the right a more formal dining area. On a cold night the log fire seemed to have little effect and everyone in the pub looked cold, even the warm welcoming landlady was looking chilled.

On 15th February 2013 - rating: 6
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Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Yeovil Junction, 5.31 miles, 1 hr 42 min walk (show)
Crewkerne, 5.32 miles, 1 hr 42 min walk (show)
Yeovil Pen Mill, 5.68 miles, 1 hr 49 min walk (show)
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6th Jun 2019, 06:51
Review submitted by E TA amended by E TA
6th Jun 2019, 06:49
Review submitted by E TA

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