Bath & Borders

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


Old School Hill
South Stoke
Emailku.oc.htabesrohkcap@ofni Telephone(01225) 830300
Real AleReal FireFamily FriendlyGardenLunchtime MealsEvening MealsCiderParkingFunction RoomDog FriendlyWiFiLive Music
Opening times: Mon and Tue 15:00-21:00; Wed and Thu 12:00-22:00; Fri and Sat 12:00-23:00; Sun 12:00-18:00
Regular beers: Butcombe Butcombe Original

See more about this pub on WhatPub, CAMRA's national pub guide.

A historic and now somewhat famous community pub renowned for the high-profile campaign to save it, it has become an exemplar for other communities faced with similar threats from developers to their local pub. Built in 1618 and a pub since at least 1847, the Packhorse was closed in May 2012 by Punch Taverns and bought by a local business man intending to convert to residential use. After being declared an Asset of Community Value in 2013, local villagers raised over £1,000,000 and bought the pub in 2016. It re-opened on the 18th March 2018, to national acclaim. Inside it has been superbly and sympathetically refurbished, and outside, at the rear, there is a gorgeous garden overlooked by the church. High quality food is served and booking is recommended! There are two traditional taprooms downstairs, with a central hallway with the bar, that echo the original pub layout, plus two 'new' rooms upstairs for drinking and eating. Note that parking is limited at both the pub and in the village. Two ales, one each from Butcombe and Bath Ales/St. Austell.