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What a difference a few weeks make...

Indian Cottage, High Street, Nailsea

A Nailsea Indian takeaway, which was given a zero food hygiene rating, has completed a turnaround after being revisited by environmental inspectors. 
This was despite having a top rating of five previously and being voted one of the best takeaways nationwide.
North Somerset Council environmental health inspectors visited India Cottage in the High Street in December and ruled that ‘major improvements’ were needed. 
Inspectors said that major improvements were needed in its hygienic food handling procedures including the handling of food including preparation, cooking, reheating, cooling and storage.
They also said that major improvements were needed to the cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building.
Inspectors also said a major improvement was needed in the management of food safety to ensure food was safe to eat.
The inspectors also said they wanted evidence that staff know about food safety and wanted details of how standards would be maintained in the future.
The takeaway has now been reinspected by the council and given a four star food hygiene rating.
North Somerset Council spokeswoman Zoe Briffitt said: “The Indian Cottage  now has a four star food hygiene rating."
Owner Abdul Jabir took to social media to update customers.
Posting on the Nailsea People Facebook page Mr Jabir apologised for any inconvenience caused and said: “We are really so sorry for any inconvenience.
“We have been re inspected by food hygiene officer this month and happy with the paperwork work and all other stuff and has awarded four star.”
The rating has also been updated on the Food Standards Agency HERE.
This now says: 
Hygienic food handling GOOD
Hygienic handling of food including preparation, cooking, re-heating, cooling and storage
Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building GOOD
Cleanliness and condition of facilities and building (including having appropriate layout, ventilation, hand washing facilities and pest control) to enable good food hygiene
Management of food safety GENERALLY SATISFACTORY
System or checks in place to ensure that food sold or served is safe to eat, evidence that staff know about food safety, and the food safety officer has confidence that standards will be maintained in future

The Battleaxes, Bristol Rd, Wraxall

The historic Battleaxes pub in Wraxall, North Somerset has been given a clean bill of health and a four-star hygiene rating by inspectors following work by new owners.

A new food safety system has been introduced by the Country Pub Group, which took over the Battleaxes late last year, and improvements made to paintwork in the pot wash area of the kitchens.

Matthew Lowe, of the Country Pub Group, said: “Since we moved in and carried out the improvements and changes to the regime the rating has been raised up to four stars.

“We have been told that if we had 12 months of management records it would be five star, so we expect to get the highest rating once we have been in the pub a year.”

Country Pub Group had just taken over the building, which dates from the 1860s, when inspectors downgraded the kitchen last year.

As well as the work to improve the standards in the kitchen area  staff have undergone training on the latest methods of dealing with food allergens.

Matthew added: “We worked closely with the environmental health officers from North Somerset Council.

"The great thing about old country pubs is the quirky nature of the historic buildings, but that always presents challenges in the kitchen area.

“We are pleased that the hard work and dedication of the team at The Battleaxes has brought a positive result.

"We are now concentrating on providing a great venue for people to gather with their friends and families to relax and enjoy a meal and a drink.

"It is one of the biggest pubs in the area and we aim to cater for larger family groups as well as intimate dinners for two.”

The Food Standards Agency online listing has yet to be updated.

Zero rating for takeaway

An Indian takeaway in Nailsea has been given a zero food hygiene rating by North Somerset Council environmental inspectors.

The food and hygiene inspectors visited India Cottage takeaway in the High Street in December and ruled ‘major improvements’ were needed.

Inspectors said changes were needed in its hygienic food handling procedures, including the handling of food including preparation, cooking, reheating, cooling and storage.

The cleanliness and condition of the facilities and building and the management of food safety to ensure food was safe to eat also required major improvement, according to inspectors.

The inspectors also said they wanted evidence that staff know about food safety and wanted details of how standards would be maintained in the future.

The takeaway is due to be re-inspected in the coming weeks.

The takeaway offers the standard range of Indian fayre as well as set meals and 'chef exclusive dishes.'

North Somerset Council spokesman Zoe Briffitt said: “We will be working with the business to help them raise standards."

The report appeared on Bristol Live who said it  has contacted India Cottage for a comment.

STOP PRESS: We are told The Battleaxes will be re-inspected in February at will The George at Backwell which currently has a 2 rating.


The 'food' inspector calls twice

The Battleaxes at Wraxall has been told after a few tweaks it is to get its positive food rating back.

On Friday, November 1, an inspector from North Somerset Food Hygiene called and gave the restaurant on the B3130 towards Bristol from Nailsea a ‘nil’ rating.

The result was posted online and called for major improvements in its hygienic food handling and food safety management with improvement necessary for cleanliness and condition of facilities and building.

Country Pub Group managing director Matt Lowe said: “Following instruction from EHO (Environmental Health Office) we are working closely to improve our rating.

“A lot of structural issues were identified such as needing to replace some flooring and painting of walls which we have now completed.

“We are always working with EHO to improve our record keeping and paperwork.

“We believe the kitchen is of a good level and if EHO thought it was unsafe they would have shut it down.

“We would also like to welcome any customers into the kitchen at any time to see for themselves."

Country Pub Group took over the historic building in August with the operations manager of former owners Flatcappers Tony De Brito remaining in situ.

To read the Food Standard Agency synopsis click HERE.

On Tuesday, December 10, the food inspector called again with a much more positive response.

Matt said: “It was more of a follow up inspection, and we can now book in for a re-rating. 

“Overall she was impressed with the improvements, the structural repairs we made were fine and no further repairs need doing, she was also happy with the paperwork, with her only comment saying that a director had to sign it off each week, which is not required in any of my other properties nor is it worded in any food safety guidance, which I thought odd, nonetheless I have created a ‘director checklist’ which I will be completing on a weekly basis to help evidence our commitment to food safety. 

“Overall it was very positive, and we were told we can expect a four-star rating on our revisit within the next three months, and then move up to five stars within the next 12 months.

“We can’t get five stars straight away apparently because part of the rating is trust in management which needs to be earned over time.”

The Country Pub Group has three other pubs – two of which have a five-star food hygiene ratings and one of which has a four-star rating.

A revamp of the menu was already planned for January shifting the emphasis to using local suppliers.

As well as a bar, large restaurant and function room, the Battleaxes offers overnight accommodation in six boutique-style bedrooms. Downstairs there is a basement bar called The Shindig.

The Battleaxes was originally built as a Temperance house by the benevolent Matilda Blanche Gibbs, widow of wealthy merchant William Gibbs, in 1881.

She wanted the Victorian building as somewhere for Tyntesfield estate workers to meet without drinking alcohol.

But at the outbreak of World War I the Temperance House was leased to Georges Brewery, later Courage Brewery.

When Courage’s gave back the lease to the late Lord Wraxall (Richard Gibbs) in the 1960s he promptly sold the building.

Changes in ownership and name followed with reports of a fire in the 1970s.

Success varied but a brief spell as an Indian restaurant didn’t suit the locals.

The original rating on Nailsea People Facebook page reached 4,267 and provoked 60 comments in 48hrs.

Here is what a small sample said:

  • Mim Seager: Oh goodness, that’s a shame. Hope the new owners can turn it around

  • Marianne Elwin: Sam Knapp I had a fabulous meal there last night, I would go back again. Staff were friendly and the pub looked lovely with the Christmas decorations

  • Susan Fisher: I would read into that, that they have not been filling in their book and recording fridge temperatures etc properly and their paperwork is not up to date and there could be some improvement in its cleanliness. X

  • Sharon Benjamin: The new owners are setting the bar high already. I had a fantastic meal there recently, tasty inventive food and good size portions. I used to go there years ago and was never very impressed, but the place is unrecognisable now. Good luck to the new owners.

  • Milly Fisher: Hopefully if new owners they might stop their chefs standing by the door by the main road in their chef whites having a fag...always puts me off!!

KEBAB KITCHEN: Nailsea is lucky to have one of the best kebab takeaways in the country. Here is the current menu. To download menu click Page 1 HERE and Page 2 HERE. Customers can park in the spaces near the shop to place and collect their orders at Crown Glass Shopping Centre for 30 minutes without fear of a parking fine - the sign has been amended. To order online and get a 10 per cent discount go to

BRAIN BOXES: Teams of four (limited space) need to book their table at Nailsea MicroPub first quiz night on Tuesday, January 21. starting at 7pm. Ask Mark Ashman behind the bar for further details or sign-up on pub's Facebook page. Entry £1  with prizes to be won. Lots of fun, lots of beer (and cider and wine). Your invitation to come and enjoy at Nailsea's newest High Street hostelry.

Meet the brewers

It was a full house for the first Meet The Brewer evening at Nailsea Micropub when Pitchfork Ales arrived in town.

Epic Beers Limited trading as Pitchfork Ales at Weston-super-Mare may be a new company but its history can be traced back more than 30 years.!

Directors Mark Davey and Graham Dunbavan were instrumental in the growth and famed reputation for quality that was gained by RCH Brewery from 1983 through to 2017 when it unfortunately went into liquidation.

Made redundant, Mark and Graham saw an opportunity – the beers that Graham had lovingly developed and brewed were far too good to die with the old company - and so, Pitchfork Ales was born.

Nailsea MicroPub features in the winter 2019-20 issue of Pints West the multi-award winning Bristol and District branch magazine by CAMRA.

From Tuesday, December 17 across 10 days it is a Christmas Beer Festival when the High Street micropub will be promoting festive ales and mulled wine running alongside a charity Christmas raffle for Children’s Hospice South West.

Tickets £2 with super-duper prizes donated by local breweries. The draw is on Monday evening, December 23, 7-7.30pm(ish).

Nailsea Micropub has revised December opening times which include closing Christmas Day and Boxing Day, December 25-26 and on Sunday, December 29, for four days re-opening at 5pm on Thursday, January 2.

Then is is the quiz night - see above - and the next Meet The Brewer is on Thursday, January 30 when Bristol Beer Factory takeover the tap room and Mark Ashman provides the cheese and biscuits.

Bristol Beer Factory started life in 2004 brewing just a few standard cask conditioned ales in a vibrant part of south Bristol. 

It is proud to be part of the current 'craft beer revolution' and boasts on Twitter it is a ‘fiercely independent Bristol Beer innovators: constantly creating fresh, exciting, consistently awesome beers...welcome to our world’.

Nailsea Chamber of Trade & Commerce Thirsty First Thursday (TFT) is pencilled in for February 6 – with the promise of more nibbles served by Mark.

Vegan variation on traditional cream tea

Diet and health conscious? Well the National Trust has launched its first vegan cream tea which is being served at Tyntesfield its Victorian gothic mansion near Nailsea.
Launched in the middle of World Vegan Month, the new cream tea features a plain scone and oat milk vegan cream, as research shows that more than three quarters of a million visits to all National Trust places were by vegans. 
It will join the three million other scones eaten at the Trust’s 350 cafés every year.
Catering for those with dietary requirements and those who have simply chosen to switch to veganism, soya and oat milk have already been on offer for some time so hot drinks can also become vegan.
This scone now joins a long list of alternatives to the traditional fruit variety served at Tyntesfield, many of which use produce grown on the estate, such as the pumpkin pie scone, and red pepper, smoked paprika and cheddar scone.
Created by development chef Rebecca Janaway, the vegan cream tea reflects the diversity of National Trust visitors.
Rebecca said: "We are welcoming more people than ever before to the places we care for who have a variety of tastes and dietary needs, and our

PHOTO: Vegan cream tea © National Trust William Shaw

menu needs to reflect that. 

"We know from talking with visitors who are vegan that they are looking for more choice and that they struggle to find classic British comfort food, and what could be more classic than the cream tea."
Tyntesfield head chef Emma Horsley said: "It’s great to be able to extend the range of seasonal and locally sourced food to the vegan cream tea."

CHEERS M'DEARS: Come on in the beer is lovely. Since its first night on Friday, September 27 at Ivy Court, Nailsea, owner Mark Ashman has revised his opening hours - see list - but his vision for a pub where people can drink and talk without noisy piped music or fruit machines is proving a success. To read more see the Nailsea People VIP feature HERE and in the Gallery 2019 are all the photos from the grand opening...and watch this space for speciality nights and offers (we have already had two Wednesday cheese & biscuit evenings - and told they will be fortnightly), the arrival of draft lager, cider and new beers has happened along with outside lights and from Friday, November 15, Nailsea MicroPub will be serving homemade filled rolls £2 every Friday+ Saturday 

Food for thought @

The super new sandwich bar and deli Greens at Colliers Walk has changed its opening hours to be more customer friendly.

It seems not many people in Nailsea wanted a 7am breakfast on working days but students wanted a place to munch and meet after school!

The new opening hours are 9am-4.45pm Monday to Friday – it is closed on Saturdays and Sundays but may be opening on Saturdays soon.

It sells freshly prepared sandwiches, salad bowls, pastries, gluten free, vegan, veggie and dairy free food but for the carnivores there is homemade sausage rolls and scotch eggs and, they say, best coffee in town.

Owner Dean Sandy said: “We have also added some new menu items.

“Late breakfasts and smoothies along with jacket potatoes, soups and toasted paninis for the colder days.”

The hiccup with the card machine has thankfully been sorted and a new landline 01275 851833 installed.

And exciting things are happening at Café 119 also run by Dean as it is to become Bistro 119 in the evenings.

On Thursday, November 7, they are trailing the idea with a taster menu.

Dean said: “Nailsea are you ready for Bistro 119? Well exciting times ahead because it is happening. and even better it is bring-your-own alcohol.

“We are going to launch a soft opening evening to get to taste mini dishes of some of the great plates we will be serving you people.

“It's £20 per head and there will be limited tables.”

Dean’s vision for the Station Road limited late nights are ‘cosy candlelight dining with soft music and a warm atmosphere’ from 7-11pm with last food orders at 9.15pm.

And he has devised an evolving menu which so far includes:

  • Butternut squash gnocchi with puttanesca (whore) sauce, crusted lamb cutlets, potato fondant, tenderstem broccoli, celeriac puree, blackberry and rosemary jus.

The bistro will start opening Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evenings from 7pm from November 13 with some special Christmas menus to be introduced as the festive date approaches.To book call 01275 859991.

EAT YOUR GREENS: Welcome to Nailsea's newest café - a sandwich bar and delicatessen which opened for the first time at 7am on Monday, October 7. The Colliers Walk new boy on the block at Crown Glass Shopping Centre is run by Dean Sandy, owner of 119 café, will be cash only until he gets their card machine fixed later in the week (UPDATE: It's fixed). The urban industrial decor is very modern and the polished concrete flooring and chipboard fittings added to the steel lighting racks and bare bulbs minimalist look. The light and airy was designed and crafted by Dean. With seating for 16 on four tables and window stools is a fun place to feast although be warned a double buggy or mobility scooter won't fit through the single front door. Opening hours are varied for the first weeks and the staff shut up shop early on day one as they had practically sold out of everything! We loved it - see slideshow...

The monthly town centre markets features a whole host of local produce and crafts, providing a great variety for shoppers.

It was started by Nailsea Town Council back in 2008 and has grown into a popular and established market offering more than 30 stalls plus acting as a social event for the community.

Nailsea farmers and craft markets runs on the third Saturday of every month with the farm product stalls mostly in the square at Crown Glass Place.

Customers will find all kinds of local produce on sale including meat, game, sausages, eggs, cheese, preserves, bread, pasties, apple juice, cakes, fish, vegetables, gluten free cakes, cider, ales, plants, pots and strawberries.

The craft market has a lovely array of handmade items including jewellery, handbags, pictures, paintings, cards, textile gifts, wood products, fabric items, cross stitch and much more.

And never say three’s a crowd because every third Saturday in the month is the community market.

Please note the position and location of the stalls at markets can vary and that markets may be cancelled at short notice due to bad weather.

For more information on stall availability at any of the markets, email or go to Nailsea Town Council website to download application forms.

Market canopies can be hired by organisations running a fete or fundraiser.

Contact the town council for more details on 01275 855277.


  • Nailsea Country Market (formerly the WI market) is every Friday morning from 10-11.15am at Christ Church Vestry Hall, Christ Church Close. Here you will find a variety of stalls selling plants, crafts, local eggs, meat and fish. Baked goods including cakes, cookies, savouries and desserts all made in and around Nailsea. Enjoy a cup of coffee and cake. Any queries or orders can be taken on 01275 852273; and

  • A weekly Tuesday market is from 9am-2pm at Somerset Square. Stalls include fruit and vegetables, fish, books, plants, cakes, fresh flowers, bread and clothes.Enquiries to David Price on 0797 704 8849 or email

Nailsea farmers', community & craft markets


 March 21st 


Third Saturday in the month

Saturday is Nailsea market day

The farmers’, craft market and community market is on the third Saturday of every month at Crown Glass Place, Colliers Walk and Somerset Square 9am-1.30pm.

There are all kinds of organic meat, free range poultry, pork, sausages, eggs, cheese, preserves, bread, pasties, apple juice, cakes, fish, vegetables, gluten free cakes, strawberries as well as plants and pots, with new stalls selling cider and fine ales.

There is also a craft market where wares include jewellery, hand bags, soaps, door stops, fashion bags, cards, pictures & framed photographs, organic wheat bags, gift bags, fabric notice boards and wood products and much more.

Saturday market manager Jo Liddiatt will be in charge.

To view a photo album from the October 2018 market click HERE.

  • Tyntesfield also hosts a monthly food and craft market where you can browse local stalls selling a whole range of foods, crafts and homemade products at Home Farm courtyard. The next market is on Sunday, November 17, 10am-3pm

  • Backwell Village Market (also formerly a WI market) is on the fourth Saturday of the month from 10.30am-1pm. For lovely fresh veg and bread and to browse the lovely creative stalls everyone is welcome at the WI hall, Station Road. Coffee, teas, bacon rolls and cakes will be available in the cafe area

FOOD FOR THOUGHT - places to eat and drink from local restaurants and takeaways but not including pub grub which are listed below.

Tesco (Costa) and Waitrose supermarkets both have in-house cafes. 

Check out other caterers on the shops listing page by clicking HERE.

To read restaurant reviews see next page(s) submissions welcome - email


Backwell Fish Bar

28 West Town Road

Backwell BS48 3HH

Tel: 01275 464292

Backwell House

Farleigh Road

Backwell BS48 3QA

TeL: 0117 325 1110


Backwell Indian takeaway

Gateway House

Rodney Road

Backwell BS48 3HL

Tel: 01275 463057


Backwell Grill House

42 Rodney Road

Backwell BS48 3HW

Tel: 01275 463950

Cafe 119

119 Station Road

Nailsea BS48 1TA

Tel: 01275 859991

Costa Coffee (and another in-store at Tesco)

Somerset Square

Crown Glass Shopping Centre

Nailsea BS48 1RP

Domino's Pizza

16 Crown Glass Place

Nailsea BS48 1RE

Tel: 01275 858885


Golden Horse

5-6 Ivy Court

High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel: 01275 855700

Greens sandwich bar and deli

Colliers Walk
Nailsea BS48 1RG

Tel: 07976 415178


Il Paradiso

110 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AH

Tel:01275 854019


Indian Cottage takeaway

53 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel: 01275 810644

Kebab Kitchen

8 Crown Glass Place

Nailsea BS48 1RH

Tel: 01275 810055

New Garden

(formerly Ming's Kitchen)

84 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AS

Tel: 01275 855655

Nailsea Fish Bar

128 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AH

Tel:01275 792266

Noggin's Old Fish Bar

24 Silver Street

Nailsea BS48 2AG

Tel: 01275 853876


Posh Spice

86 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AS

Tel: 01275 856627


The Great Wall Chinese

112 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AH

Tel: 01275 858161

PUBS AND CLUBS – including the private members and sports clubs * denotes places offering B&B


Backwell Village Club

12 Backwell Hill Road

Backwell BS48 3PL

Tel: 01275 462387


Battleaxes *

Bristol Road

Wraxall BS48 1LQ

Tel: 01275 857473


Blue Flame Inn

West End

Nailsea BS48 4DE

Tel: 01275 856910

Coates House (formerly Queens Head)

91 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel:  01275 858062


Grove Sports and Social Club

off St Mary's Grove

Nailsea BS48 4NQ

Tel:01275 856892


Mizzymead Recreation Centre

Mizzymead Rise

Nailsea BS48 2JJ

Tel: 01275 854181


Moorend Spout

1 Union Street

Nailsea BS48 1AB

Tel: 01275 855336


Nailsea & Backwell Rugby Club

West End Park, West End

Nailsea BS48 4BY

Tel: 01275 810818


Nailsea Masonic Hall

Nailsea Park

Nailsea BS48 1BA

Tel: 01275 853993

Nailsea MicroPub

Unit 4 Ivy Court

63A High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel: 0749 642 8350


Nailsea Social Club

(formerly Comrades Club)

Chapel Barton

Nailsea BS48 2ED

Tel: 01275 790023


Old Farmhouse

Trendlewood Way

East End

Nailsea BS48 2PF

Tel: 01275 851889

Sawyers Arms

3 High Street, Nailsea BS48 1BT

Tel: 01275 859869

Star Inn  *

Stone Edge Batch

Clevedon Road

Tickenham BS21 6SE

Tel: 01275 858836


Ring O'Bells

4 St Marys Grove

Nailsea BS48 4NQ

Tel:  01275 405833


Royal Oak

43 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AS

Tel: 01275 853127


The George *

125 Farleigh Road

Backwell BS48 3PG

01275 462770


The Glassmaker - Wetherspoons

12 Crown Glass Place

Nailsea BS48 1RD

Tel: 01275 850230


The Rising Sun

91 West Town Road

Backwell BS48 3BH

Phone:01275 462215


White Lion

13 Silver Street

Nailsea BS48 2AQ

Tel: 01275 544680


Wraxall Village Club

Bristol Road

Wraxall BS48 1LE

Tel: 01275 857729

Nailsea bed and breakfast
A home from home at Highdale the family-owned bed and breakfast at Nailsea. The B&B at 82 Silver Street is run by Tony and Tina Davey. Call 01275 858004, email, or go online by clicking HERE for more details 

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