Barrow Gurney - Area Guide

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Barrow Gurney - Area Guide

written on 24/05/2021 2:08pm

We have designed this area guide to help you make the most of your stay near Barrow Gurney.

These recommendations are from our hosts in the area and our team in the office. Read on for the best of Barrow Gurney's offerings of food, drink and things to do.

Barrow Gurney is a quaint village situated in Somerset's stunning countryside, home to the Barrow Gurney Reservoirs and Barrow Common, and located only a ten minute drive from the Mendip Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This stunning landscape has much to offer from its wide variety of British wildlife to the hundreds of ancient monuments resting upon the hilltops. Here you can explore some of the most beautiful lakes, gorges, forests, and flowery grasslands that England has to offer. 

Despite its rural setting, Barrow Gurney is an easy fifteen minute drive from Bristol's bustling city centre, so whether you're planning a countryside retreat or wish to explore everything the city of Bristol and the surrounding area has to offer Barrow Gurney is the perfect place to stay. 

Check out our recommendations below for things to do and places to eat and drink in and around Barrow Gurney:

Places to eat and drink in the local area:

There are so many places to dine out around the local area. Here are our top recommendations for restaurants, pubs and bars in Barrow Gurney.

La Campagna Bar & Restaurant - A plentiful menu combining elements of a traditional pub and an Italian Brasserie. All food is cooked to order using seasonal ingredients. 

Princes Motto - A traditional British pub in Barrow Gurney, known for its perfect Sunday roasts. 

The Bird in Hand - Fine pub dining with a South African twist. An imaginative menu  and good veggie/vegan options.

The Lazy Lobster - A small, tapas style family-owned restaurant with fresh fish served every day. Recognised and entered into the Michelin guide 2021 for the second year running.

Nobanno Indian Cuisine - Indian cuisine in a newly refurbished stylish interior. Awarded a Certificate of Outstanding Achievement by the Good Eating Guide.

The Star and Dove - Local gastropub and bar offering rejuvenated pub staples and innovative modern dishes. Hosts live music and stand-up comedy shows, and showcases local Bristol artwork.

Must do things while you stay:

Perfect for a countryside retreat, there is an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy in Barrow Gurney and the surrounding area. 


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Walking and Bike Routes.
Situated in the heart of the British countryside there is an abundance of walking and bike riding routes in the local area that offer breathtaking views of Somerset.

Woodspring Golf & Country Club is located in the centre of Barrow Gurney. This club is open to everyone, from keen golfers to first-timers. Bookings can be made for any day of the week, and the club offers pre-booked golfing lessons from £25.

Wild Swimming.
Take a trip to one of the many local wild swimming points for a picnic or a pub lunch and a dip in the water; don't forget to pack your swimwear! 

  • The River Chew; Publow and Pensford (16 mins). Next to the Church of All Saints in Publow is a great river swimming spot complete with a small beach and a rope swing. Just south of Publow is Pensford, where you can take a swim in the river that surrounds The Rising Sun's pub garden. Located under the grand arches of the viaduct and complete with an arched stone bridge and a mini waterfall, this is the perfect spot to spend a sunny afternoon.

  • River Yeo, Yatton (17 mins). Here you will find a remote stretch of the River Yeo surrounded by grassy banks. It is a lovely spot to relax with a picnic.

  • The Jolly Sailor, Saltford (27 mins). You will find one of Somerset's favoured swimming spots on the bank opposite The Jolly Sailor in Saltford, complete with a rope swing above the weir.

Wildlife and Zoos.
Perfect for (but by no means limited to) children, the local area has numerous animal attractions which make for an exciting day out. 

  • Chew Valley Animal Park (10 mins). Chew Valley Animal Park is a local petting zoo which is home to all sorts of animals and an on-site cafe. From llamas to arctic foxes, the petting zoo makes for a lovely day out. 

  • Noah's Ark Zoo Farm (12 mins). Here you can purchase bags of feed for just £1 and help feed the farm animals. If you're lucky you might even see some piglets or be invited to bottle feed the lambs!

  • Avon Valley Wildlife and Adventure Park (23 mins). Set over 90 acres, this is the largest adventure park in the area. Complete with adventure play, park rides, dinosaur valley and interactive animal encounters this would make for a memorable day trip.

If you're planning an outing to the vibrant Bristol City Centre during your stay in Barrow Gurney, visit our City Centre Area Guide for our food, drink, and activity recommendations.

Here is our property in the Barrow Gurney area for you to book:

Andrew's idyllic cottage with 2 acres:

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We hope you've enjoyed our Barrow Gurney area guide and that this will help you plan your trip with Air360. Let us know if you have any other questions!

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