The Packhorse Inn (Bath) Pub Review


Address: The Packhorse Inn, Southstoke, Bath, BA2 7DU

Draught (Sparkling)

Honey’s Midford
Thatchers Cheddar Valley
Thatchers Gold
Thatchers Traditional
Westons Old Rosie




Whilst on my latest trip to see the family in Bath, I thought I’d combine it with a nice meal out and a pub that serves real cider. That’s like hitting 3 birds with 1 stone surely and something that I thought had to be possible. Then a bit of inspiration hit me and I remembered the Packhorse Inn had mentioned on Twitter that I should pop along to try the Honey’s Midford cider and bam a plan was hatched.

The pub itself is just on the outskirts of the main city of Bath in an area called Southstoke. Unless you know it is there, then it’s not something you would naturally stumble upon, but thankfully we had directions and knew exactly where we were going! After we went through the sheer excitement of parking on a winding little road we popped on in to see what it was all about.

I would describe this pub as having a nice rustic country pub vibe to it and very friendly and accommodating (they were even happy to allow my 3 year old nephew in!). We were over half an hour early before our booking, but they happily kicked some of the regulars out of our place, which was nice of them. The selection of cider I found to be fairly generous, though not a huge amount away from the big players. It was a fairly Westons/Thatchers affair, but it was good they had a local cider in the Honey’s Midford. I always like to see local pubs supporting their local producers, as it gives that community spirit you see lacking a lot nowadays.

Naturally I ordered the Midford and I have to say it was well worth the trip for that alone. If you ever get a chance to try it, then you should take that opportunity as you will not be disappointed! For my meal I went for the Venison steak with chips and followed that up with a lovely fruit crumble and ice cream. I’m no foodie that can describe that meal in any great detail, but everyone was happy with what they ordered and you can’t say fairer than that!

Overall if I am in the area again soon then I’d definitely pop in for a pint or 2! Top job guys!

Opening Hours:

Tues-Fri: 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm

Sat-Sun: 12pm-11pm

Tel: 01225 832060


2 Responses so far »

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    gerard coles said,

    I’m pleased you enjoyed our village pub, it really is a gem, but I’m very sorry to say, if you want to pop back for another pint, get there this week. Punch Taverns have sold the freehold to someone who has no intention of running it as a pub and given notice to the tenants to leave by next week. the last day of business will be Sunday the 13th of May. This has clearly not gone down well with the villagers or the many regular customers and I anticipate the new owner will have something of a fight on his hands, it appears that the pub has some pretty mighty allies.
    Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

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    Julie Trollope said,

    Wonderful Pub Garden Party today in this gem of a village, but so sad as I have many happy memories over the years. I hope and pray it will re-open again in the very near future to once again be the hub of the village

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