“ Pelting Drove, Piddy, Somerset. Tel:01749 676385 „
Some of my family and I visited the pub today (15/8/12) for lunch and we're all very pleased indeed with our experience. I had the curry for my meal (the chicken balti) and I have to say it has to be the best curry I have tasted in years, and trust me im a curry fan. It was truly beautiful! I would recomend eating here to anyone...a very very happy bunny!! :D
My wife and I and another couple had lunch at the Queen Victoria on Wednesday 23 March 2011. The staff were friendly and efficient and the food was excellent. I had a chicken curry which could have been served up in a good Indian restaurant. That was followed by the best apple pie that I have ever tasted. The prices were reasonable.
The pub is very old with open fires, flag stone floors and exposed stone and wood, but it has been tastefully modernised to keep its character. It is clean and well maintained. And of course, it is in a beautiful part of Somerset.
The other customers were friendly and altogether there was a very pleasant atmosphere.
Car parking is no problem as there is a large car park across the road.
(I have visited the Queen Victoria many times over the past 40 years but this is the first visit since Butcombe took the pub over in 2006)
This was a great pub but has been taken over by people who have no sense of running a country pub. The ambience has been ruined by the installation of a tv in the small bar killing the art of conservation. I guess this is what happens when a large brewery takes over. Avoid at all costs.
So, here is my review of the second pub in the village of Priddy, Somerset...a tiny place which seems to have no problems supporting two pubs. The Queen Victoria is located off the main road through the village, not too far from the green but not overlooking it as the New Inn is.
The Queen Victoria is an old building, with a decent sized car park across the road and a beer garden in front of the building. One benefit of its location is that while the beer garden of the New Inn may not get much shade in its beer garden, the Queen Victoria has a lot of large trees around it so on a sunny day you will have the option of sitting in the sun or shade.
Inside, there are a few reasonable sized rooms, with low ceilings and dividing walls creating little booths. The Queen Victoria doesn't have the same cosy look as its competitor, which was carpeted, light and had nice padded seats around the walls. The Queen Victoria is stone flagged, a bit dim and doesn't have so many comfy seats. However, the real issue for me in terms of comfort was the temperature. It really was very chilly. It being June, there was no heating on (understandably) but it wasn't a very warm weekend, and the thick old walls didn't help. My parents and I all felt it to be too cool, and it didn't improve.
So, the drinks selection. The Queen Victoria is affiliated to the Butcombe Brewery, and so offers all their real ales along with some lagers (Kronenbourg was one), and a few local ciders. Again, my dad sampled some real ale which he thoroughly enjoyed, and I went for the Ashton Press which I had enjoyed before. In terms of soft drinks, they offered the standard selection of drinks, but interestingly, when my mum sent my dad to get her a J20 she didn't specify a flavour as normally there is only one "orange" one on offer, but the Queen Victoria offered the full range of flavours.
We didn't have any starters here, so I can't comment on the quality of them. I had fish and chips, served with mushy peas, which on the whole was very nice but I didn't think the fish was as flavoursome as it could be. It's worth pointing out at this point that the reason I went for the fish was that although there were three vegetarian options on the menu which sounded very nice, they were priced very low (under £5) which seemed to me like they might not be full sized meals. Carrying on with the main courses, my dad had ham, egg and chips which he was very happy with, and my mum had the home made lasagne, which she also enjoyed.
We didn't have any dessert, but I can tell you that in addition to the usual pub pudding menu (sticky toffee pudding etc) they offer a variety of flavours of the local Mendip Moments ice cream.
The prices were very reasonable, ranging from £6 to £11 for the main courses, and starters £3.50 to £4.50. The drink prices were the same as the New Inn, around £8 for two pints and a soft drink.
The service was good, the food was good, but the Queen Victoria was really let down by the temperature. It wasn't freezing, but it was just the wrong side of comfortably cool. And as I say, it wasn't a hot weekend so it wasn't like we were grateful to be inside in the cool. I'm afraid to say that for that reason, were we to go back to Priddy, we would choose the New Inn over the Queen Victoria to sit inside as we were much more comfortable there, although I think the beer garden of the Queen Victoria on a hot day would be better than the New Inn.