Pubs around Priddy

There are two pubs within staggering distance of the Belfry. Both serve food and real ales, and have open fires and beer gardens.

Hunters Lodge Inn

The Hunters Lodge Inn, also known as The Centre of the Universe, is probably the most famous cavers’ pub in Britain. It is perfect for refuelling after a caving trip and hearing the local caving gossip. Roger Dors the landlord serves excellent beer, including Potholer and Butcombe, and cheap but good quality food (the ham pasta is particularly recommended). It even has a cave in the car park. To get there, turn left at the end of the Belfry driveway and walk for about 800m.

Monday to Saturday 1130-1400 & 1830pm-2300
Sunday 1200-1400 & 1900-2230pm

The Queen Victoria

The Queen Vic is a traditional pub popular with cavers, particularly on Sunday afternoons when the Hunters is closed. It has a more comprehensive and formal menu than the Hunters. To get to the Queen Vic, head towards Priddy (right at the end of the Belfry driveway) and go left at the outskirts of the village. 

Monday to Thursday 1100-1500 & 1700-2300
Friday to Saturday 1100-2300
Sunday 1200-2300

The New Inn – now shut

The New Inn in Priddy was a traditional 15th Century pub. When open it was slightly less popular with cavers than the other pubs. The New Inn is situated on the village green in the centre of Priddy.

Monday to Doomsday – 2400 – 0000 – shut

Other pubs


Green Ore. Continue past the Hunter’s Lodge, turn left on the main A37 (towards Bristol). The pub is on the left at the lights (turn left for the car park). Beer and food.

Castle Of Comfort

Take the Burrington road (left at the Hunter’s Lodge) and go straight ahead at Miner’s Arms crossroads (the Miner’s Arms is now a private house). The pub is on the left at the next junction. Beer and food.

Wookey Hole Inn

Wookey Hole. Gastro pub in the heart of the village a short drive down the hill from the centre of Priddy. Real ales, proper cider and excellent food.  Booking advised.

Wellsway Inn

Take the Bristol road (2nd right) at the Castle of Comfort. The Wellsway is approx. 2 miles on the left, at
the brow of the hill. Beer and food.

Old Mendip Coaching Inn

About 7 miles from the Belfry. Take the B3135 east from Green Ore until the A37. The inn is on the crossroads. Excellent food and real ales. Booking is advised as the pub is very popular (01749 841234).

Burrington Inn

At the bottom of Burrington Coombe. Open all day for food and drink. Try the Mdvenpick ice cream!

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