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The Blue Bowl Inn, Country Pub, Restaurant & Bed and Breakfast in the heart of the Chew Valley.

The family run Blue Bowl Inn is everything you could want from a traditional West Country pub. A stone built 18th century building in the heart of the Chew Valley, Somerset, next to the Chew Valley Lake at the foot of the Mendip Hills, both are areas of outstanding natural beauty. We are also a great place to stay, our Bed and Breakfast Accommodation has 4 en suite bedrooms. Open 7 days a week the Kitchen offers good home cooked pub food serving a large restaurant, two bar areas and the beer garden, with a traditional country pub roast with all the trimmings every Sunday. Butcombe Bitter is available all year round with changing guest ales, all of our Real Ales have a Cask Marque Award, for the Excellence in the service of cask ale.

Between tried-and-tested classics such as a hearty ploughman’s or steak ale and mushroom pie (a real favourite), and irresistible offerings of pork loin in a cider and cheddar sauce and braised beef in Stilton gravy, there’s something to suit everyone’s taste.

The Bed and Breakfast Accommodation means travellers are perfectly located for the cities of Bristol, Bath and Wells. A short taxi ride from Bristol International Airport so ideal for business users, as well as visitors to the area seeking glorious countryside and attractions such as Cheddar Gorge and Show Caves. We are situated within a rod's cast of the world renowned Chew and Blagdon trout & pike fishing lakes, perfect for fishermen and bird watchers.The Mendip Hills offers the perfect chance to embrace the great outdoors through miles of Walking and Mountain Biking.

Free internet is available throughout the the main building, Garden and B&B rooms, provided by The Chew Valley Alarm Company & powered by Netgear ProSafe™ wireless networking.

Tracy and staff guarantee a warm welcome no matter how long or short your visit.

Food & Drink

The Blue Bowl Inn offers a full menu of great home-cooked pub food complimented by a range of Lagers, Beers, Ciders, Wines & Soft drinks.

We use only fresh produce and local meat to create our food.For example, from the coop to the kitchen our free range Eggs travel 0.3 miles. This is no yoke! A pretty cool fact! From the Cow to the bowl, our Ice Cream travels 6.4 miles. Check out Chew Moos Ice Cream Co. With an extensive menu to suit all tastes, good home cooked pub food is served all day throughout the pub. Daily specials are made by our chefs Mark & Sam, again using fresh local ingredients such as Chew Valley Lake Trout. All allergies and dietary requirements can be catered for.

With a large restaurant we are able to cater for large groups such as Birthday Parties, Anniversaries and Fishing Presentations. Booking is a must especially for the weekends, and even more important for a Sunday if you don't want to miss out on a traditional roast dinner with all the trimmings!

In the age of the enigmatic gastropub, places like The Blue Bowl Inn where you can expect a warm welcome and hearty local fare are becoming increasingly difficult to find, and are all the more worth shouting about when you do.
 

Available from the bar is a range of Lagers, Beers, Ciders, Wines & Soft drinks. Some of it is very local! The Butcombe Bitter on the Bar is from only 7.9 miles away & for you Cider drinkers our Thatchers Gold & Dry only comes 9.9 miles from brewery to tap. We have been awarded a Cask Marque award for the consistent High Quality of the real ales, and operate a guest ale system which changes weekly using small and large Brewers.

If you get a bit peckish whilst having a drink and admiring our vast collection of chilli sauces, we have a wide selection of bar snacks from Wasabi Peanuts to Psycho Pork Scratchings and Killer Ghost Pepper Psycho Peanuts.


There is full disabled access to the restaurant & bar directly from the car park via a disabled ramp, and the inside of the building is all on one level.


Keep Calm & Drink Wine!
Click here to view our Wine List.



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What's on the menu?

Hope you're hungry!

You can view the menu here. Click here to download it.
Booking a big table? Here is the pre-order form.
We can always email you a menu! Just click here.

Excluding Bank Holiday's, Monday to Friday 2-6pm we serve a smaller menu. Click here to view & download it.

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All weights are approximate & prior to cooking. All our meat is locally produced & Fish may contain bones. (v) - Vegetarian Dishes.
Our food is homemade and freshly cooked, we apologise for any delay during busy times.


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Bed & Breakfast Accommodation

Bed and Breakfast is available throughout the year. Being a family run pub you will always receive a warm welcome whether you’re fishing Chew Valley and Blagdon lakes, looking for somewhere to stay close to Bristol Airport, on business or just visiting the area. The Blue Bowl Inn is just perfect for that break from the hustle and bustle of today’s daily life.


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All rooms en suite with tea & coffee making facilities, tv & dvd, & toiletries. Free wifi is available throughout the the main building, Garden and B&B rooms powered by Netgear ProSafe™ wireless networking.
We have one room within the main building which overlooks the Mendip hills, with an en-suite traditional bath & shower unit. There are also another 3 rooms which have been converted from the old milking parlour and creamery, all of which are on the ground floor. These 3 rooms have all been sympathetically designed to keep the characteristic original features. So incorporating the oak beams, floors and doors. Each with its own stunning bathroom including a walk in shower. One of the rooms has a level access and a disabled friendly shower room which meets all government standards, but still maintains its own unique style.


Single Room: £45 inc vat.
Twin Room: £85 inc vat.
Double Room: £85 inc vat.
Family Room: £105 inc vat.


All prices are inclusive of breakfast.
Click here to download our Bed & Breakfast information.


We are ideally located in the heart of the Chew Valley making us the perfect place to stay for Wedding guests as we are close to some great venues such as Coombe Lodge, Priston Mill, Yeo Valley Spaces or even a Tipi by the lake!. If your into Walking and Mountain Biking there is no better place to unwind and relax after a day on the Mendip Hills trails. The Chew Valley Lake is a Bird Watchers paradise and offers an abundance of Birds to get out there and spot, and after a day in the hide there is nothing better than some hearty food and a good nights sleep. With many Golf courses in the area, such as Farrington Golf and Country Club and Tall Pines Golf Club, Bristol we make an ideal place to stay for a Golfing weekend.

If you plan to make us your base for a few days of sightseeing, then you have made the right choice! No where is far away! Close by are the cities of Bristol, famous for the S.S Great Britain and the Gromit Trail. Bath with its amazing Georgian Architecture and Roman Baths, and Wells the filming location of Hot Fuzz and home to a breathtaking Cathedral and delicious Fudge. Cheddar Gorge offers a great day out from a gentle stroll around the shops to the more adventurous rock climbing and abseiling. The Show Caves are a must see, and once you have got the bug to go underground head over and have a peek at Wookey Hole Caves. Before you leave Cheddar don't forget to buy a lump of Cheddar Cheese to go with your Pickle! If that's not enough a bit further afield is Glastonbury and its famous Tor and Clarks Village in Street.

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For Pike and Trout Fishermen we are very close to Chew Valley Lake and within 5 minutes drive of Blagdon Lake, storage facilities are available for bait or that prize winning Trout. The Bristol Water Fisheries website offers all the information you need to know from fishing times to permit prices on Blagdon, Chew, Litton Lakes and Barrow Tanks. www.bristolwaterfisheries.co.uk If you have never fished before then it's never to late to start, tuition is available from John Horsey and Martin Cottis.

The famous Chew Valley lake will also be featured on Channel 5 this November in the form of Chris Tarrant Goes Fishing.

Episode 4 – Chew Valley Lake, shows John Horsey and Chris Tarrant fishing for Monster Pike!
In the final episode Chris and John are at Chew Valley Lake. A famous old Trout fishery in the west of England but currently also the best Pike fishery in the British Isles. Careful management by Bristol Water means that both Trout and Pike fishermen share the water amicably. They are joined by Mike Daunt, a professional casting instructor. Chris and Mike have both been catching pike all their lives, but neither have ever caught them on a fly, so John guides them through this method and their results (at this first attempt) amaze them both!

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Chew Valley Lake is the biggest inland waterway in the South-West of England and offers a great place to sail, being so close to the lake we are a great place to stay and eat during competition time or even if you are just taking a sailing holiday. All the information about sailing on Chew Valley Lake can be found at: www.chewvalleysailing.org.uk

We didn't manage to get tickets for Glastonbury festival 2014 which starts on Wednesday 25th June and runs until Sunday 29th June, but if you were lucky enough to get your hands on some tickets The Blue Bowl is only 14 miles from the site, and so a great place to stop off on the way or way back! What better excuse to indulge in a few little home comforts, some hearty home cooked food a comfortable bed and a hot shower! Rock 'n' Roll!

Close to Bristol International Airport, We are situated in the picturesque countryside of the Chew Valley just 20 minutes from the airport. With Bed & Breakfast Available as well as a very popular Restaurant & Bar that serves Food & Drinks all day everyday, there’s something waiting for you as soon as you leave the terminal!

Bristol International Airport is approximately 8 miles (20 minutes) from The Blue Blue Bowl Inn. ~ Need directions to the airport? Click here.
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Booking & Contact information.

For all general enquires via email please click here.

Please telephone 01761 221269
for Table & Room Bookings.



Just a short drive from Bristol and Bath, and within a rods cast of the world renowned Chew and Blagdon fishing lakes, the family-run Blue Bowl Inn is an 18th century country pub priding itself on using the best of the surrounding countryside to service the kitchen. The pub’s adjoining restaurant overlooks the picturesque Mendip Hills and has fast become the jewel in its crown, welcoming locals and visitors in equal measure.

Gift vouchers are available. Simply drop by, send us an email or give us a ring!


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