Enjoy a drink in the drawing room, panelled room, on the terrace, in your room or while dining. We keep the more popular spirits complemented by Fever Tree and Fentiman’s mixers, premium imported bottled lager, local bottled ales and cider and a selection of wines to savour on their own or with a meal.
Our cellar and bar are evolving entities. Their evolution—just as in nature—is a matter of natural selection. We are past the single-cell organisms (to continue the analogy) and have tried to provide something for all tastes. If you are going to be with us more than one night and your favourite tipple is missing please let us know and we will try to add it to our inventory. Contrary to what you might expect the house does not have a large cellar. The cellar didn’t exist at all until modern times when it was added to make space for boilers. The boilers do not provide a good environment for wine, so we are limited with space. Therefore, sadly we can’t expand the list too much. If you like a particular style of wine, please ask and we will be able to steer you towards one of our wines that hopefully favours your palate.
If you enjoy Calvados, then do try the Somerset Apple Brandy. We stock the 8 year aged Shipwreck. It always puzzled me why England never produced an apple spirit to compete with Calvados and then I found it. Apparently, apple brandy used to be a huge thing in times past and it would be great to see a resurgence. The UK has the largest per-capita consumption of cider in the world and the West Country is renowned for its production. We have two on offer—Jack Ratt’s Sparking Cider is a semi sweet brew from Lyme Bay Winery. Or for the drier palate we offer Thatcher’s Gold, a highly popular dry cider from their farm just over 20 miles away.
Continuing our support of local industry we have chosen Bristol-based award-winning Bath Ales as our house ale supplier. Bath Ales’ ‘Wild Hare’ is a fresh citrus, hoppy, golden pale ale and perfect for the summer months. Whereas, I firmly believe that as a country we produce the best ales and cider, I think that our European cousins have long produced the best lagers and so I have gone with an old favourite, Budweiser Budwar (not to be confused with the American beer of similar name). I must be honest and confess that to date, I have not enjoyed an English wine! I have read rave reviews of some but I just don’t get them—emperor’s new clothes, I think. So, for the time being I can offer a mix of old and new world wines. Please let us know what you think of them.
Each week we will be featuring one or more house cocktails to be enjoyed before supper. These will have a seasonal aspect, so expect long refreshers in the summer months, maybe even a pitcher? Spirits (other than those in a ‘cocktail’) are measured in units of 25ml for a single and 50 ml for a double measure.
Soft drinks and fruit juices are also available as standalone drinks or mixers. We have chosen Fentiman’s and Fever Tree for the bulk of our soft drinks as their products outshine their competitors in quality and ultimately, taste.
We do not have a dedicated bar—drinks are available as a service. Please be patient if that service is a little slower than you would get in a pub.
Christopher Trim, Proprietor