The Salthouse Bar and Restaurant, steeped in history, is set in the most beautiful, hillside location surrounded by woodland and with breath taking views of the recently restored Marine Lake, the iconic Victorian Pier, the sea front and the Severn Estuary. If the weather is good then the views are stunning.
There is a large outdoor patio area for al fresco dining with picnic style seating and big umbrellas if you would like a little shade. It was so nice to sit out there on a Summer’s evening accompanied by our lovely dog Hector who caused just as much of a stir as the fabulous views! Hector was given some dog treats and a bowl of water which was a thoughtful touch.
There is a very large pay and display car park which costs £3 for three hours up until 9.00pm and if you pay for your ticket with cash and present it at the bar, you get a refund. It’s worth paying for maximum hours so you don’t have to worry about going over the time!
The landlord Gary Searle and his family are always very welcoming to locals and visitors alike, of whom there are many. As well as their regular beers, the Salthouse offer a range of real ales and real cider and their Cask Marque accreditation guarantees a quality pint. Cask Marque is an independent company funded by brewers, pub groups and trade bodies and pubs that join the scheme are visited, unannounced, by an independent assessor at least twice a year. In the first year they are visited twice in the first three months and in subsequent years they are visited once in the summer and once in the winter. Like Gary, bar staff are always friendly and polite although I’m not sure about this one!
The pub menu and the seasonal menu can be ordered in both the bar and the restaurant. All dishes are home cooked to order and made using locally sourced produce. Both menus cater for vegetarians and pescatarians but the pub menu particularly so. The Sunday menu varies from week to week but is equally vegetarian and pescatarian friendly.
There is also a lovely sounding vegan option on the pub menu:
‘beetroot, sweet red pepper and quinoa burger which consists of a vegan patty, served in a toasted ciabatta bun with red pepper hummus , tomato relish, side salad and chips.’
The Salthouse has two private function rooms suitable for corporate meetings, training and private events. They also cater for private functions within a lovely alcove area of the restaurant. Our allotment committee have their Christmas party there and are always fabulously catered for. Alan who organises allotment social events recently chose the Salthouse to celebrate an important wedding anniversary and the buffet was stunning both in terms of quality and quantity. The service was excellent as usual and the waitress’ were very attentive throughout.
In terms of entertainment this is another Clevedon pub with lots going on and in the evenings it’s always great fun. There’s a quiz night every Sunday with free entry and a raffle. There is live music every Saturday and bank holiday Sunday from top local bands and a range of other ad hoc events including regular open mike nights. Remember these great eveings?
They also have three TVs and a big screen so it’s a great place to watch sporting events.The Salthouse also support a range of charities such as Children in Need, Cancer Research UK, Children’s Hospice South West and MacMillan.
It was a good to see The Salthouse has joined the ‘Straw War’ Campaign and is challenging other venues to do the same.
I think it’s very early to be mentioning the C word but you can be sure there will be lots going on at the Salthouse at this festive time of the year. More about that at another time!
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