A couple of weeks ago, we were out walking Hector and made the very impromptu decision to have our evening meal out. I think we were loathe to leave the seafront and the beautiful hues of the magical autumn moon setting on the sea. As we turned to go, our attention was caught by the twinkling lights of the Moon and Sixpence. How could we resist?
The Moon and Sixpence enjoys a prime seafront position looking out over the Bristol Channel and facing Clevedon’s iconic Victorian Pier. It is a massive, majestic looking, two storey detached building with a large front terrace and a small balcony which means that some lucky customers can enjoy their drinks and the spectacular sunsets for which Clevedon is so well known.
Inside there are multiple seating areas; the bar area downstairs and a dining room upstairs. I would describe it as a traditional pub: dark wood tables and chairs, high stools at the bar and copper pans hanging on wood panelled walls. The Moon and Sixpence also offers bed and breakfast accommodation consisting of five en suite rooms adjoining the main building.
The welcome we got on the evening in question was excellent. I was a little bit anxious the owners might object to such a big dog coming in, but no! The very warm welcome we got from a very charming young lady called Vanessa was extended to Hector as well. I left the children I was with at the table and went to order drinks and got the same kind of attentive, caring service from the young man behind the bar who was called Mateusz (Apologies if I’ve mis-spelt it) While I was ordering the drinks, the children had discovered a gigantic floor standing Connect 4 which they had lots of fun with.
The Moon and Sixpence offers a range of award-winning Greene King cask ales as the backbone of their drinks list: Abbot Ale, Old Speckled Hen and Greene King IPA supported by a selection of European lagers either on draught or by the bottle: Kronenbourg, Fosters, Stella and more. They also have a great selection of quality wines.
The Moon and Sixpence specialise in traditional English and Mediterranean cuisine. They do all the traditional pub classics as well as a range of Greek dishes including lamb moussaka, beef stifado, souvlaki skewers and a mezze platter. The family originate from Cyprus hence the Greek twist to the menu. I believe they also do a fabulous Sunday roast with the most talked about Yorkshires! We chose quickly and we didn’t have to wait too long for our delicious lasagne, garlic bread and side salads. The rich, creamy lasagne was piping hot and well-seasoned and the melt in your mouth garlic bread was a huge hit with us all, including Hector! The salad was fresh and well dressed. Vanessa was on hand throughout, but from a distance and she was never obtrusive.
Like other pubs in Clevedon the Moon and Sixpence offers live music, their latest booking is Mike Bess who will be there from 8.00pm on Friday 14th December and Strange Cup of Tea who will be performing from 8.30pm to 11.30pm on Friday 28th December. They are currently taking bookings for Christmas and it’s not too early to reserve a table for New Year’s Eve when they will be joined by DJ Russ.
I have never met the proprietors of the Moon and Sixpence who are Tony and Christine Antoni and I don’t think they were there on the night in question or I would have made them aware of the fabulous service we had from Vanessa and Mateusz. Their staff did them proud and if they are representative of the pub’s ethos then this is the kind of establishment I want to frequent.
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