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The Litton, Radstock

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Postal town: Radstock
Phone: 01761241301
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Litton

Since my previous review this has been closed for some considerable time and has now re-opened under a new name after another extensive refurbishment. This time the refurbishment has included the grounds with much renovation going on, and it is now largely unrecognisable. Even the steps leading down to the pub have been relocated as far as I can recall, and there was a small patio area here along with an outside gas fire pit, as well as further seating on the well-manicured front lawn. A small “riverside terrace” is at the rear, although in practise it’s more of a stream and you need to peer over the fence to actually see it.

Inside too it has changed considerably, with the main bar counter being directly opposite you as you enter with what was the restaurant in a separate room to the right now being opened out to be an integral part of the pub. The bar counter itself is quite impressive with a very solid slab on wood running along it’s considerable length, and the overall look here is very contemporary with a white plastered ceiling and very modern oak beams. The flooring was sanded wood boards, whilst much of the lighting was exposed filament light bulbs which of course is an essential ingredient of any pub renovation. Kilner jars were being used as lamp shades, whilst seating was padded benches around the perimeter as well as a few church pews scattered with goat skin rugs. A large stone fire-place off to one side housed a wood burning stove, and a couple of Chesterfield arm chairs were clustered around this.

To the left, the older part of the pub is now known as the Whisky Bar, and they have done a good job here of retaining some of the pub’s more traditional charm. There are old flagstones on the floor it was divided in to a number of separate areas, although not distinct rooms as such. There were a couple of further fire-places, some painted wood panelling on the walls and a small, curved bar counter in the corner. Presumably this was the whisky bar, although it was unmanned and I did not inspect it. A band were in the process of setting up their gear on a recent Wednesday evening visit.

Both a bar menu and restaurant menu were available, and in the restaurant at least you could choose from either. There were a few traditional “pub grub” dishes such as fish & chips, burger, ham egg & chips, etc., although these were certainly at the premium end of pub pricing with the fish & chips coming in at £13.75 for example. There were also a few more unusual options. A salted beef hash with spinach, fried egg and a mustard sauce was a decent enough dish, although at £12.50 this too felt a little expensive for what we got.

There was a good selection of beers on tap, all from small and local breweries – Cheddar Ales Potholer and Crowning Glory, GWB Hambrook Pale Ale, BBF Nova and Wild Beer’s Bibble, whilst a sixth pump appeared to have run out. There were also a few more “craft ale” taps behind the bar. Cider’s meanwhile were the excellent Orchard Pig Reveller along with Caple Road. All in all, I was really impressed with this, they’ve done a sympathetic refurbishment of a lovely old pub, a good choice of beers, great location and friendly staff. With just a bit of a tweak to the food pricing, it would be very good indeed.

On 28th July 2017 - rating: 8
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Blackthorn _ left this review about The Kings Arms

This is in many ways more of a restaurant than a pub. There was someone to greet us at the door and a computer terminal there, presumably to check reservations like you get in some chain restaurants. Apart from a quick hello, I strode on in to the pub as I don't expect to have to introduce myself to someone on the door when I go in to a pub. The lady at the door then followed me in to the bar to serve me as there was no-one else there. She seemed to be serving behind the bar, greeting people at the door, and taking them through to the restaurant area when their table was ready.

It's a shame really, as this has always been a great country pub and one of my favourites for years. Since it's gastropub makeover a couple of years ago, it's lost some of it's character and has had a chequered history recently, being closed as often as it was open.

Let's be fair to the current owners though – the larger than life landlord and his equally large dog were very welcoming, the gastro-pub makeover was before they arrived, and there's no reason why you couldn't just pop in for a pint. None of the tables in the bar area are laid up for food which is more than be said for many so called pubs.

The pub itself it's still a pretty decent venue with a nice garden at the front. Unusually there's a dart board and a table tennis table out in the garden, and even a piano! It's one of those pubs that seems to go on for ever, every time you get to one room there's another one on round the corner. There's a mixture of seating with chunky wooden tables and a leather sofa or two. The restaurant area has an open kitchen and also had a large projector screen showing the football which seemed a little out of place. In one of the bars maybe, but the restaurant?

On this occasion I think everyone in the pub was eating, although as mentioned previously there's no reason why you couldn't just have a beer. The menu itself is definitely more restaurant like, with most of the mains starting at around the £9/£10 mark and going up. That said though you get what you pay for, and Mrs. Blackthorn and I both really enjoyed the meals we had. I've had a lot worse for the same price in many pubs, although it would have been nice to have had some veg with my fish pie.

Beers on this occasion were Butcombe, Greene King IPA and Abbott Ale. Ciders were Aspall's Suffolk and Stowford Press. In summary I would say it's well worth popping in, even if it has lost some of the character it had a few years ago.

On 7th July 2010 - rating: 7
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Pub location see interactive map of local area
Map location corrected by Jonathan Wilde
Keynsham, 11.75 miles, 3 hr 46 min walk (show)
Parson Street, 11.88 miles, 3 hr 49 min walk (show)
Bedminster, 12.55 miles, 4 hr 2 min walk (show)
Latest updates View all updates for The Litton, Litton
29th Jun 2020, 19:11
Request to mark pub as open by Blackthorn _ approved
29th Jun 2020, 18:51
Request to mark pub as open submitted by Blackthorn _, with included notes: Re-opening on the 6th July

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  • Accommodation : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
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  • Beer Garden : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
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  • Car Park : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Child Friendly : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Dog Friendly : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Function Room : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Hot Food : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Live Music : Yes - Thursday - last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Live TV Sports : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Micropub : No last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Real Ale : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Real Cider : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • Wheelchair Access : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
  • WiFi : Yes last updated 30 June 2020 by ROB Camra
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