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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