Pub of the week: The New Inn, Blagdon

13 03 2013

This week sees the start of a series of theatre performances in North Somerset pubs. Unfortunately on Monday night I got my villages beginning with “B” wrong and ended up in Blagdon rather than Banwell via the circuitous route of Weston-super-Mare. It’s a long story and an even longer bus and taxi ride.

So no In Cider Story for me, but a chance to visit a pub that I would have probably never been to: The New Inn on Park Lane in Blagdon, which hosted the play by Theatre Orchard yesterday.

In Cider Story beer mat

This is a pub with stunning views over Blagdon Lake from their large beer garden, the same lake from where the trout fillet on the menu is line caught, filleted and pan fried in olive oil and butter.

Fishing rods on the walls inside are a reminder of this, but in the evening when I visited it was the two roaring fires at either end of the narrow pub that were the main attractions on a bitterly cold night.

For the benefit of those coming to the New Inn in the dark, there is a panoramic photo on one wall of the view over the lake from the pub, while for the geographers there is a framed topographic map.

It’s not just fish on the menu, with chicken, leek and bacon pie (£9.50) looking good, and puddings chalked up on on a board: hot chocolate fudge cake, caramel apple pie and homemade chocolate orange and Cointreau cheesecake, and apple and blackberry crumble.

Seeing as I was meant to be here to watch a play called In Cider Story, I had a pint of Thatchers Heritage. Also on tap is Thatchers Gold, while this being a Wadworth pub there is 6X, Henry’s and Corvus Stout, alongside Long Blonde from the Long Man Brewery in East Sussex. Wines are sold by the glass and bottle.

The New Inn, Blagdon

The New Inn, Park Lane, Blagdon, North Somerset, BS40 7SB. 01761 462 475.

In Cider Story is being performed at the following pubs:

  • The Railway Inn, Yatton. Wednesday, March 13
  • The King’s Arms, Easton-in-Gordano. Thursday, March 14
  • The Old Barn, Wraxall. Monday, March 18
  • Ring o’ Bells, Nailsea. Tuesday, March 19
  • Old Inn, Congresbury. Wednesday, March 20
  • Golden Lion, Wrington. Thursday, March 21

All shows start at 8.30pm and are free to watch, with donations welcomed.

Visit for more information.



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