The mixed reviews and the fear that the New Inn was 'new' and soulless discouraged us but we ended up on the doorstep and decided to have a look inside. 'New' actually means post-1700 as far as the main part is concerned, so there's plenty of character, including a large inglenook fireplace with active log-burner - greatly appreciated on a cold day. The lunch menu is varied, with pleasant variations from the normal pub list of dishes. We ordered 3 different meals and all came well-cooked and hot within a reasonable time, despite the place being pretty busy. Can't understand another reviewer's comment about locals being given preference over visitors - we had a non-English-speaking guest with us and we were speaking 'foreign' at the bar and at the table, so we were clearly not 'locals' but were served promptly by very friendly staff and owners, who were only too pleased to help with variations from the standard menu.
The wide uninterrupted view from the neat garden area over Blagdon Water is splendid, and we look forward to returning on a warmer day to eat and drink outside. We would have given an 'excellent', but the toilets are not really up to standard. Although there are currently works going on to improve things, it looks as though these are likely to bring them only to the 20th century.
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