Wow, what a weekend. We launched our Business (Countrystyle Accessories) and did our first event. I am going to write a whole new piece on this very soon. I can’t wait to tell you about it. Our first event was in Draycott which is a small village next to Cheddar. Whilst there we started on talking about places to eat as we’d built up quite an appetite. There were a couple of places we fancied, however, we settled on the Bath Arms in Cheddar. I haven’t done a review in a while, in fact, my last one was Pizza Express in Weston-Super-Mare
Growing up in Cheddar the Bath Arms was a local pub for many and although the pub did food it was never somewhere my family went to eat nor did I really go there for drinks. Many years back it changed hands and the focus now is definitely the food. I visited here last year for dinner for the first time since it had been taken over. At the time it was the Landlady that served us who was most polite and I thoroughly enjoyed my food. I was hoping this time would be no different.
Bath Arms Hotel, Cheddar
We parked at the back of the pub. (this is the front shown here) Arriving just before 1 pm, there was a table next to the lit fire that caught my eye. I love sitting near a fire and even though it was nice and bright outside, I was still grateful for the roaring fire. The pub looks so different from years ago and now looks like a clean and friendly gastropub.
As we were at the bar, ordering our drinks, I was being indecisive and my Sister wanted to know more information about the sandwich she was ordering as she can’t have mayonnaise. The man that served us was so helpful. Nothing was too much trouble for him. I was looking at the menu and although it all sounded delicious I didn’t want a full-on mains nor a sandwich. The Barman advised me that all dishes on the main menu can be done as smaller portions. Whilst perusing the menu I took notice of the different varieties of Thatchers cider that they also sold on draft. Thatchers cider is just a couple of miles away from Cheddar. After being an indecisive nelly, I decided on Home roasted maple & mustard glazed ham, hand cut chips, salad, and fried eggs and took to my seat by the fire.
I was able to sit back in the comfy chair and have a quick glance at the newspapers whilst we chatted about our Business. Flicking through the newspaper was very therapeutic and needed. Soaking in the surroundings, I saw a lady come in with her Labrador and the pub gave her a bowl of water whilst the lady went and sat in the window with her friend. I never knew it was dog-friendly and I thought this would be handy for my family.
In no time at all, the Barman appeared with our hot drinks and helped moved the newspapers so we had room. Our wait for the food wasn’t long either. The pub wasn’t rammed but had a constant flow of customers. I think we had timed our visit just right and got lucky with the table. It wasn’t too loud either we were able to sit and have a good chat without having to raise our voices over any background noise.
I was really impressed with my light lunch. The ham was thick and my egg was cooked just right. Something I didn’t check on when I ordered was to ask if the egg was free-range or not as it didn’t state it on the menu. The chips were chunky and although they had been deep fried which is something I never usually have, they were spot on.
My sister ate her all sandwich also which was nicely presented. My personal opinion of the Bath Arms is that the food is really good. The decor suits its surroundings and we will be returning. I found the staff really helpful which really adds to the overall customer experience.
Just to let you know these are my own thoughts and this article is not sponsored in any way.
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