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“A beautiful and atmospheric slightly above average pub in a spectacular location”
Review of The Cross Guns

The Cross Guns
Price range: $13 - $24
Cuisines: British
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Nestled on the canal towpath by Avoncliff station between Bath and Bradford on Avon, this 16th Century Inn has idyllic riverside pub gardens where you can enjoy a sumptuous meal whilst enjoying panoramic views of the canal crossing the river. Open for breakfast, lunch, dinner & drinks - escape the city, life tastes better here.
Reviewed January 9, 2013

I have family in nearby Winsley - and for the past several years when visiting from the USA I cross the cow pastures down the hill and then down along the canal to the spectacular Avoncliff canal bridge. There I usually stop for lunch and sometimes a drink at The Cross Guns. It's a beautiful and atmospheric building in a spectacular location on the Avon gorge, adjacent to the canal and the canal bridge - a masterpiece of Victorian engineering. I've been there about half a dozen times over the past 8 years. We usually sit at the lovely tables overlooking the river Avon - where swans often come for a handout. The pub always seems to have dogs for the kids to play with. The pub's food is above average - but not spectacular. Burgers, soup, jacket potatoes, fish and chips. That sort of thing. The Cross Guns seems to be run by the same crew who do the Inn at Freshford in Limpley Stoke. It's another very nice old building in a spectacular location and pub fare that is fine - slightly above average - but not gourmet gastro-pub fare. The ale selection is good - with local ales front and center. The whisky selection is sold, if not epicure. Downsides? The bathrooms are primitive. One time the pitcher of water was a bit soapy. They quickly replaced it when I took it in to the bar to complain. On the whole, no problems. Looking over the reviews here, I see some complaints by people looking for good coffee or something fancy. This isn't that kind of place. It's a decent slightly above average neighborhood style pub with slightly above average prices - as you would expect given the touristy location. It's a lovely lovely place to sit and have a pint. I look forward to my next time there.

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1  Thank JoshuaGershonFeldman
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

We had a really long walk to this place, what a let down, the member of staff older lady with short spiky red hair was so rude to us, we also watched her be very rude and obnoxious to other customers, it was New Year's Day, maybe she did not want to work, but if you don't like the public yor in the wrong job, we will not be returning.

Also 25 minutes queue to get a drink, not good!

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5  Thank Beachbabeann
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Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

Poor quality ingredients inexpertly cooked. I can't believe that this is anything other than a cynical and contemptuous attitude to grab cash from passing trade. There does not seem to be any attempt to nurture a loyal clientele.
Hard pressed staff do their best.
The toilets are primitive.
There are many much better pubs serving excellent food nearby including the New Inn at Westwood.

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3  Thank mollytopaz
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Reviewed December 17, 2012

A great walk along the canal to this pub. Coffee was served quickly but it tasted like instant. Did come with a little chocolate, nice touch. Great situation for a pub. Have not eaten here for a few years but used to be good value.

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1  Thank RufusBrisbane
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Reviewed December 12, 2012

Also part of the group of 20. We were so impressed with out lunch. We were given an area to ourselves, festivally decorated and with a warm, cosy atmosphere.
The rest of the pub was full with diners too.
The staff were great, very attentive and keen that we all got our roast dinners at the same time. The standard of our meal was excellent, so tasty and really good quality meat and veg.
We all came from various parts of the country and abroad. We all agree that the Cross Guns was a first class pub and we will all definately come again.

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Thank gtye
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