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Nailsea pub is ringing the changes

The Ring O’Bells, Nailsea, has a new couple in charge, new opening hours, new menu AND a super duper pool table in the function room where you can also enjoy a game of darts or skittles.

Jess Green and Wayne Binding took over late last year and are ringing a few changes at the popular St Mary’s Grove pub.

Previously Jess was the publican at The Lighthouse in Burnham-on-Sea when she made national news during lockdown when one of her customers tested positive for Covid.

This was just hours after reopening resulting in a quick second closure and led to her alerting nearly 100 patrons by phone.

The Complete Pub Company runs 28 pubs mostly in the West Country and has taken out a five-year lease on The Ring O’Bells.

It is a family friendly pub with large marquee outdoor area, adventure playground, petanque pitch and big car park.

As well as specialist beers and fine wines the kitchen caters for different tastes with themed menu days and it is the place councillors go after meetings and the local cycle group park-up.

On Wednesdays it’s the venue for a local Scrabble club and on Thursdays it’s the Knit & Natter group.

Jess says she is putting together regular quiz and bingo nights and booking live bands and the next pub painting is already in the diary.

Jess is currently sporting a broken lefthand after a fall but behind the bar she knows what her righthand is for!

The couple said they are ‘big on supporting community and charity events’ and in the bar are two big screen televisions to screen the latest pitch games ‘live’.

It was too late to stage the annual wassailing ceremony this year BUT popular Nailsea International Bike Show, Apple Day and the Christmas fair will all be back for 2023.

On the food front you can book a table, arrange a buffet and/or pop in for coffee and cake.

New bar and kitchen opening hours from Wednesday, February 1,are:

  • Monday 4-11pm

  • Tuesday-Thursday noon-11pm

  • Friday and Saturday noon-midnight

  • Sunday noon- 9pm

New kitchen opening hours are:

  • Monday 5-8pm (curry club)

  • Tuesday-Saturday noon-3pm and 5-8.30pm

  • Sunday noon-4pm carvery service noon-3pm

Theme nights are:

  • Monday = Curry Club

  • Tuesday = Pizza Club

  • Wednesday = Pie Club

  • Thursday = Burger Club

  • Friday = Fish Friday

All daily club meals £8.95.

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All meals available to takeaway please call 01275 235891 to book a table or order your takeaway.
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COFFEE CORNER: At Colliers Walk, Nailsea this Turkish owned café serves delicious homemade cakes and here a plate photo of a freshly made halloumi and falafel panini. It is also popular for its bubble tea, milkshakes, frappes and smoothies. Summer Saturdays and it is gözleme from an outside stall 

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FREE COFFEE: MyWaitrose members can enjoy a free hot drink from the Nailsea supermarket self-serve machines with any purchase in store. Now with premium coffee, fresh from the Nero Roasting Company.  Remember to bring your reusable cup to enjoy your free hot drink

Good Beer Guide 2023

Nailsea only has one entry in the 2023 Good Beer Guide.

This is the small but beautifully put together Nailsea MicroPub.

Clevedon has two mentions: The Fallen Tree MicroPub, Hill Road; and Royal Oak, Copse Road.

Portishead has three mentions: The Ship, Down Road; Sirens Calling, Marina; and The Windmill, Nore Road.

Nailsea MicroPub at Unit 4, Ivy Court (formerly an opticians) opened in 2019 and serves up to six ales straight from the cask along with two or three real ciders.

Owners Mark Ashman and partner Carolyn have recently expanded its opening hours to include Sundays from noon to 6pm - and are even throwing in free cheese and biscuits.

And though diminutive in size, at around 40 square metres, it has proved a huge hit with the community.

Since opening, the pub has showcased around 400 different craft ales, with many coming from independent brewers in Padstow and Nottingham.

The pub also sells locally produced cider crafted by brewer Joe Brake, including his newest offering, Hidden Orchard.

Like other bars, Nailsea Micropub had to close during lockdown.

But Mark and Carolyn quickly adapted the business, launching a delivery service taking cartons of beers to customers’ doorsteps.

Mark said: “Our customers were keen that the micropub didn't disappear because of lockdown.

"So, we set up the delivery businesses to keep us going.

"Customers told their neighbours and friends about the service and spread the word and as a result we saw our customer base grow.

"Lockdown, unusually, introduced more people to the micropub.

“Our customers were so faithful to us and it was wonderful to see them come back through the doors when restrictions lifted.”

The pub, which also has an outdoor seating area, has now restarted its monthly quiz nights and has now got a music licence.

Its third birthday celebrations in September included music by local group Mulberry Junction.

There was also a ‘tap takeover’ by the Leeds based Wilde Child brewery, which saw 14 new beers served up to customers.

Carolyn and Mark are now planning to hold more live music at the pub, including at the Nailsea Eat:Festival on Saturday, December 3.

The pub stocks a range of cask ales, which are changed each week, as well as a range of gins, ciders, whiskies, rums, and wine.

The beers mainly come from local and independent breweries including Pitchfork Ales in Hewish and the Bristol Beer Factory.

Although small, normally the micropub can accommodate up to 40 people.

Music is not played in the bar which has no juke box or gaming machines and mobile phone use, although permitted, is somewhat frowned upon - mainly by the customers.

As well as the cask ales, the micropub offers a range of bottled beers and ciders.

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MARKET DAYS: As well as the monthly farmers' and craft market in the High Street Nailsea also has a Tuesday plant stall in Somerset Square (it used to be bigger but Covid-19 affected this market). And Nailsea Country Market (formerly the WI market) used to run at Christ Church vestry hall on Friday mornings but switched to selling home-baked goodies from the established farmers' markets in Nailsea and nearby towns. In 2022 we had Eat:Nailsea twice and excitedly they are back for October 2023

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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.

Restaurant reviews welcome - email nailseapeople@gmail.com

 

Backwell Fish Bar

28 West Town Road

Backwell BS48 3HH

Tel: 01275 464292

Backwell House closed

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

Café 119

117-119 Station Road

Nailsea BS48 1TA

Tel: 01275 859991

Coffee #1

1B Somerset Square

Nailsea BS48 1RP

Coffee Corner

Colliers Walk
Nailsea BS48 1RG

Tel: 07976 415178

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 closed

5-6 Ivy Court

High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel: 01275 855700

Heaven Coffee House

2-4 Dark Lane

Backwell BS48 3NP

Indian Cottage takeaway

53 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel: 01275 810644

Ivy Kitchen

61 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel: 01275 235387

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

OG Bar Star Inn closed

Stone Edge Batch

Clevedon Road

Tickenham BS21 6SE

order online HERE

 

Paradiso

110 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AH

Tel:01275 855551

Posh Spice

86 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AS

Tel: 01275 856627

The Blue Flame Inn

Netherton Wood Lane

Nailsea BS48 4DE

Tel: 01275 856910

food served 6-8pm Friday and Saturday and Sunday noon-3pm

pub open Thursday and Friday 3-9.30pm, Saturday noon-8pm and Sunday noon-6pm

 

The Great Wall Chinese

112 High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AH

Tel: 01275 858161

White Truffle

5-6 Ivy Court

High Street

Nailsea BS48 1AW

Tel: 01275 858735

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 CLOSED

Bristol Road

Wraxall BS48 1LQ

Tel: 01275 857473

 

Blue Flame Inn

West End

Nailsea BS48 4DE

Tel: 01275 856910

Coates House

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 CLOSED

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

In a bid to further support local businesses, one of North Somerset’s best-known venues has put in place a new initiative that will see it increase the level of local suppliers it uses by implementing what it has called its five-mile radius travel plan.

It means the number of businesses which provide goods and services for Cadbury House is set to increase, especially those that are located much closer to the Congresbury-based business.

With more than 50 local suppliers currently on the books, the venue already puts a strong emphasis on its duty to work with local suppliers.

From butchers to bakers, photographers, wine and gin makers, working with local suppliers, according to the venue’s bosses, supports the community by placing fresh local produce into the day-to-day operations.

This in turn raises awareness of local suppliers and their outstanding products.

Cadbury House general manager Brady Smith said: “The majority of the staff are all from the local area, we have strong links with local colleges providing apprentices valuable work experience and where feasible we use local food and drink suppliers.

“Using local suppliers cuts down on the travel time, the fuel used and carbon footprint for deliveries while helping local business thrive and by increasing the number of local suppliers will help to improve this further.

“As a major employer in the region, we also have a responsibility to provide work and experience for those from the immediate geographic area.

"The continual outreach to individuals and businesses and the reciprocation of time and monies with the community is vital to the well-being of those who live and work in the area.

"That responsibility also extends to local suppliers and we’re looking forward to extending that in the coming months.

“We very much review the supply chain as an extension of the business

Our hotel shops locally for supplies

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SUNDAY LUNCH: With locally sourced ingredients

and buying local helps local businesses thrive who can employ more people and expand.

“Association with Cadbury House, Hilton and Marco Pierre White also helps them attract new business.

"Cadbury House favours suppliers which have responsible policies, since this is reflected on how its customers view the business.

"This disseminates down through the suppliers own chain and benefits the whole area.”

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A new business at The Star, Tickenham, will have to move if the pub is demolished to make way for new homes.

A scheme to build one detached four-bed house and four semi-detached three-bed houses on the current Clevedon Road site has been proposed by agents Stokes Morgan acting for its client Stean Williams,

Permission in principle (PiP) was granted for the demolition of the building and the erection of 4-5 dwellings in September 2021.

The new proposal is broadly like the permission in principle scheme for four to five dwellings with the detached house fronting the site and with the semi-detached dwellings sitting behind.

However, Lorynne Heyn who plans a cocktail bar and upmarket restaurant together with an onsite OG burger bar is disappointed.

She said: “We would like to clarify that the pub's demolition was granted in 2021, as mentioned in the online Bristol Live article and in the North Somerset Times, so this is not breaking news.

“Although we are not the landlords, we have an agreement with them to rent the space for three to four years and operate it as a restaurant until the building is transformed into new homes.

“We understand how saddening this situation is, but unfortunately, we have no control over it.

“All we can do is make the best of the time we have left and aim to create something successful that we can relocate in the future.”

Addressing negative postings on social media she added: “We hope you won't direct any anger towards us as we are just the current tenants and share the same sentiments as you.

“There have been mixed reactions to our takeover of the premises, with some hoping we fail and not seeing the necessity of a pub or restaurant in this area.

“Nevertheless, we are grateful for the welcoming and supportive response from the majority of the community.

“We hope this assurance that the building will remain for some time can bring you comfort.

“Nonetheless, we kindly request that you do not hold us accountable as this is entirely out of our control.

“We appreciate your understanding.”

New business battles on

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A public comment on the online planning application 23/P/0581/FUL to North Somerset Council says: ‘Such a shame to lose the only pub in the area but worse still to see plans for the building’s demolition.

‘A beautiful historic building that is a landmark building between Clevedon and Failand ought to be saved if a pub is sadly no longer viable converting the building would be preferable in my view.

‘It is also imperative the council properly consider how traffic lights are used during any development work.

“All too often commuters have to endure traffic lights on this stretch and all too often the timings are not correct to consider the flow of traffic during peak hours.’

Nailsea People has lost count of the attempts to revive the pub with various owners/chefs having a go but Lorynne's ambition plans seemed the most feasible and we wish her luck.

UPDATE: The restaurant closed abruptly in December 2023.

The Star sits on sharp bend on the Clevedon to Nailsea B3130

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REVIEW REQUEST: North Somerset Council licensing committee is reviewing the liquor licence for Posh Spice, the Indian restaurant on Nailsea High Street, on Monday morning, April 17. This is due to repeated immigration offences. The Weston town hall committee is open to the public. The request for the review came from the Home Office. Full update on our breaking new page HERE.

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SHOCK NEWS: JESS AND WAYNE QUIT TO SPEND MORE TIME WITH THEIR FAMILIES

NOW UNDER EVEN NEWER MANAGEMENT! 

WE WILL CHECK ON OPENING HOURS, BOOKINGS AND MENU LATER THIS WEEK

SHOCK NEWS: RYAN HAS GONE TO TAKEOVER ANOTHER PUB IN BRIDGWATER, we have yet to interview the new landlords 

 

The new landlord at the Ring O'Bells is 29-year-old Ryan Morris.
For the Manchester United football fan who has been in the pub trade since aged 18 this is his first job 'down south' and he is relishing the challenge.
Ryan, who hails from Normanton, West Yorkshire, has already organised the return of the a fortnightly bingo session with dates for the pub quiz to be announced soon.
He also hopes to introduce a games night based on cards with 'chase the ace' and other family favourites.
Bookings in the diary include Nailsea Folk Club nights, the massive biker's fest and the pub painting evenings.
Ryan said: "If people don't want to take their painting home or would like to donate them for an art display in the function room we would be very happy."
The room now has a pool table and cinema size screen for live sport.
After the success of the recent singles evening Ryan is keen for a return match with Nailsea people looking for love.
And outdoor royal garden party for the coronation is also on the calendar. 
Sorting out the pub menu may take a little longer but the popular burger/pie/pizza nights still feature.

Table bookings taken on new telephone number 01275 235891.
Opening hours are 11am-11pm with food served noon-2pm and  5-8pm.
The Sunday at 5pm meat draw is back and former landlord Kevin Mildon, pictured with Ryan,  is still in charge of the outdoor pétanque games.
Dates and times for events are on our What's On page HERE.

Love, game and match

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OPEN AS USUAL PENDING AN APPEAL

COUNTRY MARKET: Trading at Christ Church vestry hall, Nailsea, on Friday, April 28 10-11.15am see what is on offer in slideshow

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The Conscious Food Co, champions the best Brixham fish, is opening a shop in Nailsea.
Founded and sales director Jonny Burnett, a trained chef and former Backwell School student, he has worked in 2* Michelin kitchens, run his own restaurant, as well as cooking across France and Italy.
The company was established in January 2021, and is growing every single day and gaining a reputation for quality service and beautiful sustainable fish,says the online blurb.
Jonny said: "We know the importance of looking after our customers, which is why we deliver ourselves and never use couriers, we control the quality every step of the way."
Watch this space for opening date...

New fish shop for Nailsea

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NEW PEEPS BEHIND BAR 1:The Moorend Spout has a new couple in charge. The 17th century pub  in Nailsea has been taken over by husband and wife team Fernando and Noeli Kucmanski who have big plans for the place. Read full review courtesey of Bristol Live HERE. Think the reporter was thinking Elvis where they said pub was once a jailhouse! Formerly called The Butchers Arms its history includes it was once next door to the village lockup with reportedly stocks and housed a prewar classroom for teaching girsl to sew.

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NEW PEEPS BEHIND THE BAR 2: The George at Backwell has a new boss. On the main Farleigh Road it is a lovely pub with outside garden, good food and seven en suite letting rooms. Currently has mixed reviews on TripAdvisor but a new chap call Steve has just taken over. He said: "Hi all, I'm Steve and have taken over The George. I'd love to meet you all and see you for a drink so pop in and say hi. Looking forward to making The George your great local." To book call 01275 463515 or go online here https://www.thegeorgeatbackwell.co.uk/.

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COFFEE AND CAKE: After a visit to Mane hairdressers pooped into the new Heaven coffee house at Backwell crossroads. Wanted a sandwich but had to settle for something sweet so it was a slice of coffee and walnut cake and a latte, very nice. Told they will be expanding menu soon...more on their website hello@heaven.coffee. Open Monday-Saturday 8am-5pm; Sundays and bank holidays 10am-4pm at 2-4 Dark Lane, Backwell BS48 3NP

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MPW restaurant

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The Conscious Food Co opened it Nailsea shop at 123 Station Road at 9am on Wednesday, July 12, and its first customer was Colin Badger who bought fillet of smoked haddock for his tea.

On day one the shop sold more than 100 homemade fish cakes, all its in-house monkfish kebabs and had to replenish its fish counter three times.

Manager Liam Gray reassured customers they will restock by day two but as fish filleting is an art do expect a small wait while they prepare fresh fish.

Boss Jonny Burnett is used to giving customers what they like including supplying sea bass to the tour catering team cooking for rock legend Sir Elton John last year.

Jonny, 26, from Nailsea, also supplied fresh fish to the Capital Radio Jingle Bell Ball at the 02 where stars including Stormzy, Ed Sheeran and Taylor Swift performed.

Jonny set up the Conscious Food Co after lockdown and now delivers fresh fish - bought from Brixham Fish Market in Devon each day - to more than 50 restaurants across Bristol and the south west.

Jonny started his career working as an apprentice chef at River Cottage before moving on to work for Raymond Blanc at the two Michelin starred Le Manoir in Oxford.

He then went on to set up his own restaurant - The Post Box Eatery in Claverham - aged just 19-years-old.

After running his own restaurant for a year Jonny decided to take a break from cooking but picked up his chef whites again during lockdown, setting up a community meals scheme in North Somerset.

The scheme, working with 80 volunteers, saw Jonny and his team make meals out of donated food.

A massive 17,000 free meals were handed out during the first Covid pandemic lockdown.

When lockdown eased Jonny returned to cooking and spent a year working as a private chef for a billionaire businessman in St Tropez.

After returning home he set up the Conscious Food Co and began selling fish door to door and then expanded his business to start supplying local restaurants.

Now Jonny and his team collect fresh fish from Brixham Market each day and deliver to more than 50 restaurants including some of the region’s finest eateries including Escala in Clevedon and the The Lido in Bristol.

The new fishmongers is in the former BetFred in Nailsea.

The new 1,000 sq ft store sells a wide range of fish from wild sea bass and lobster to turbot and lemon sole - all sourced from the day boat fishermen supplying Brixham Fish Market.

Jonny said: “The response to the news of the Conscious Fish Shop opening has been amazing.”

“The fish we source is of the highest quality and comes fresh off the small, independent day boats which means it is sustainable and we can be sure where we are buying it from.”

Jonny also plans to run fish filleting and preparation courses at the new shop as well as providing recipes to customers.

Hundreds of Nailsea People readers took to our Facebook page to say how much they appreciated the new shop and Emily Allen shared the delicious tea she made for her children with filleted red mullet – amazing.

When the boat comes in

At 10am on Thursday, July 20, North Somerset Council licensing sub-committee was due to discuss the alcohol licence for Posh Spice in the Kenn Room at Weston Town Hall​.
However a council spokesman said: "The application was withdrawn by the applicant following advice from his legal representative, in the presence of the committee prior to the reported being presented."

The High Street Indian restaurant lost is licence in April this year after councillors heard immigration officers found the business was employing illegal workers.

Three people who had been working illegally at Posh Spice in June 2022 were found to still be at the restaurant during a raid in February 2023.

North Somerset Council revoked the restaurant's licence to serve alcohol and late-night food.

Posh Spice has continued to open since then with diners bringing along their own drinks while waiting to appeal the decision.

A report attached to the sub-committee agenda has been restricted meaning it is unavailable for press and the pubic to read.

This week in the High Street a New Posh Spice sign has appeared.

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Alcohol licence application withdrawn at 11th hour