It's not often that you are invited into a pub while passing its door, and it's very unlikely that the person persuading you will be the guitar player in a band, between songs... but that's how it happened, folks!
Pebbles bar is under new management of the uber-friendly Ben and Tanya, who are striving to shake off any old image that this place may have had, and instill a new passion and vibrancy. It's a small place; one long room with a bar at the back, and a big, rather precarious step down just before you reach said bar. The space is decked out with large tables - say 6 or 8 to a table - and some smaller sitting areas, with comfy armchairs and free packs of cards if you feel like playing a few hands.
The bar offers a great range of ciders, both from the cask and in bottles. They are also increasing the range of Real Ales being offered, again directly from the cask as there is no cellar. The Otter Amber was on excellent form, fresh looking with a healthy, but not over-foamy, head. As yet, there is no food, but Ben told me that they are thinking about it - perhaps some tapas to soak up that lovely ale?
Pebbles is putting on occasional live music, and this is surely what makes this venue stand out on an otherwise quiet Thursday, Friday or Saturday night. We were treated to a fabulously entertaining trio of "bluegrass" acoustic musicians called "The Uphill Strugglers", who played 12-string guitar, ukulele and banjo, and sang with three-part harmonies and a sense of happiness that is all too rare. There is also an old piano in the bar, which one of the regulars joined in on - interesting, as it was in a different key to the band!
This bar stood out from all the others in Watchet because of the owners' passion (no-one else asked our names when we bought drinks in other places!), the sense of "enjoyment trumps all" and the dedication to making their customers feel at home. This will be my first port of call when I return to Watchet.
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