12 of the best real ale pubs in Somerset

Fans of a top quality pint will be overjoyed at the selection when visiting The George Inn, Croscomb

Fans of a top quality pint will be overjoyed at the selection when visiting The George Inn, Croscombe - Credit: Archant

Finding the perfect pint can be tricky, however, you’re never too far away from a good craft beer in Somerset. From top micro breweries to serious ale connoisseurs, we choose 12 of our favourite local pubs to enjoy a great beer

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The Crossways Inn, West Huntspill

Within a 17th century coaching inn in the village of West Huntspill, this family-run business offers thirsty patrons six real ales in addition to local farmhouse ciders. Enjoy the sun in the large beer garden in the summer months or cosy up to one of the two roaring log fires in the winter.

The Brewers Arms, South Petherton

This lively village pub, within a 17th century coaching inn, holds the title of Somerset CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016, among its other accreditations from the organisation, and its easy to see why. With a reputation for serving great quality real ales, the regular house beer at the Brewers Arms is Otter Bitter, with another pump dedicated to beer from Butcombe Brewery, and another three guest ales and four ciders to choose from – phew!

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Coeur De Lion, Bath

Celebrated by CAMRA for its extensive range of ales, the historic pub of Coeur De Lion is a friendly, welcoming watering hole with heaps of atmosphere. Owned by Bath’s only brewery; Abbey Ales, try their award winning, flagship ale Bellringer or perhaps try a flight of three 1/3s from the pub’s great selection of local ales.

The Royal Oak, Luxborough

Boasting a varied selection of real ales on tap, The Royal Oak Luxborough Inn is a great place to sample a few pints of delicious beer. Chosen as one of our favourite pubs with open fires to visit in the winter, the 14th century inn’s original flagstone and cobblestone flooring, stone walls, exposed beams and open fireplace, all create the perfect setting for a cosy evening.

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Globe Inn, Wells

Great beer, great food and great service await you at the Globe Inn in Wells. The majority of the Cask Marque ales available are brewed locally with the exception of the Cornish favourite, and frequently asked for, amber ale Doom Bar.

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The Ring of Bells, Taunton

Located in the heart of Taunton, The Ring of Bells serve an excellent range of real ales from around the south west, and change frequently with up to six beers on at any one time. The pub is a firm favourite with locals and visitors alike, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere on every occasion.

The White Horse Inn, Stogumber

After a walk exploring the beauty of the neighbouring Quantocks or Exmoor National Park, sink a few beers at this “proper village pub” that’s bursting with character. The White Horse Inn offers a well stocked selection of Cask Marque accredited ales. Cotleigh Brewery’s Tawny Ale is always on tap alongside locally brewed guest ales.

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The George Inn, Croscombe

The 17th century free house in the village of Croscombe offers four real ales – including their house beers King George The Thirst and George and Dragon which are brewed only eight miles away. Cider drinkers needn’t despair; nine local ciders are also available to sample.

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The Queens Arms, Corton Denham

Situated at the heart of the ancient village of Corton Denham, lying on the Somerset/Dorset border, this 18th century traditional country pub has a Cask Marque for all its ales. Encouraging a try-before-you-buy on draught ales, the knowledgeable staff are on hand to ensure you choose the perfect pint from their regular rotation of ales on offer. Weary travellers who fancy a few beers also have the option to stay in The Queen’s Arms’ charming accommodation.

The Bell, Bath

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Supporters of small, independent breweries in the local area, The Bell Inn keep at least seven regular ales including the West Country’s favourite Butcombe Bitter and Abbey Ales’ Bellringer. The award-winning, historic free house is located on the edge of Bath’s city centre and is also a vibrant music venue with live entertainment to enjoy throughout the week.

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The Rose and Crown, Huish Episcopi

Affectionately known as Eli’s, a visit to The Rose and Crown is a truly historical, and delightful, experience. One of a small number of traditional pubs left in the UK without a bar counter, service is taken place upon flagstone flooring and from handpumps attached to a shelf. Expect a friendly, welcoming atmosphere as soon as you walk through the door; Eli’s is well-loved by regulars and first-timers alike.

The Crown, Churchill, Winscombe

The Crown in Churchill is a no-nonsense, traditional pub that is buried in the countryside village of Churchill. For those after a top quality pint, look no further. A great selection of local favourites, as well as ever-changing guest ales and ciders, are on offer, and can be enjoyed alongside tasty pub classics.

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