Best pubs in Weston-super-Mare

From traditional boozers to trendy microbreweries, cocktail bars, to pubs showcasing live local bands and hostelries with sea views for the perfect sundowner, here’s a guide to the best bars and pubs in Weston-super-Mare. And as an added bonus, most of these are dog-friendly.

If you’re looking for a bite to eat in the seaside town, check out the best places to eat in Weston-super-Mare. And if you’re planning a day out, check out this guide to things to do in Weston.

For more pub action around the wider Somerset area, read my blog on Best Somerset gastropubs.

Microbreweries in Weston-super-Mare

Black Cat Micropub, 135 High Street

This ‘pint-sized’ (pun intended) micropub is the place to go in Weston for cask and craft ales, lager, fine wine, artisan gins and spirits, plus an excellent range of ciders, and great bar snacks.

The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and knowledgeable owners, Nick and Alistair curate the regularly changing list of beers and collaborate with local eateries, The Stable and The Strange Catch Fish and Chip shop for special nights. The TripAdvisor reviews speak for themselves!

See what’s on at The Black Cat Micropub this week

Fat Head Brewery and Taproom

Fat Head Brewery is a friendly microbrewery and taproom in the Grove Village area of Weston-super-Mare, brewing its own beers and featuring locally-brewed beers alongside local spirits, locally-crafted non-alcoholic aperitifs from The Drinks Kitchen and cider. Check out their ‘Beer Flights’

Pinkers Craft Brewery

Pinkers Craft Brewery is not a pub per se, but a small, single batch microbrewery in Weston-super-Mare, which launched in 2020. They brew beers seasonally and by hand, creating new recipes to keep customers’ tastebuds tantalised! Where else can you find flavours like Raspberry Citra Milkshake IPA or Mango Fandango IPA?

In addition to their popular home delivery business (which currently delivers to Weston and North Somerset), you’ll find their funky, SW-inspired, sustainable beers in keg, cask and can in pubs, cafes, restaurants and performance venues in Weston and around North Somerset.

Pubs in Weston-super-Mare

Captain’s Cabin Bar & Restaurant

In winter, this local landmark pub is all dark wood and cosy with a log fire, and in summer, the cracking outdoor terrace comes into its own. Perched on Weston’s seafront at the far end of town, towards Birnbeck Pier, the Captain’s Cabin terrace is hard to beat on a sunny day. Picture an outdoor bar, live music and a pint in had as the sun goes down and waves lap against the rocks, but a stone’s throw away.

Captain's Cabin Bar restaurant

Duke of Oxford, 27 Oxford Street

The Duke of Oxford is an independent, family-run pub with (3) rooms in Weston-super-Mare, serving home cooked food and an excellent selection of beers, wines and spirits. Inside you’ll find big Chesterfield-style sofas, mismatched furniture, roaring fires and a grand piano.

Pop down on a Sunday for roasts from 12pm, and a live music quiz (played on the piano!) from 7pm.

The Regency, 22-24 Lower Church Road

Close to the centre of town, The Regency is a friendly watering hole with a country pub feel. Inside you’ll find a great selection of traditional cask ales, a games room with a pool table, dart board and a skittle alley, plus a small beer garden out the back.

If you like a bit of live music with your pint, you’ll want to rock up from 4pm on a Sunday.

Vaults, 1 South Parade

For a splendid array of wine, beer, and spirits, including an outstanding gin selection and exquisite cocktails, head to The Vaults. The delightful team here run themed evenings such as ‘cheese and wine night,’ festive folk and shanty soirees, afternoon jazz, and other special events.

Don’t miss their gigantic Sunday roasts.

Fork n’ Ale, 18 Walliscote Road

Fork n’ Ale flung open its doors in November 2019 and has deservedly gone from strength to strength. Punters will find a marvellous selection of hand-crafted local ales, gins, rums, plus an extensive wine list and onsite taproom. Enjoy your tipple on the comfy sofas, alongside outstanding home-cooked meals, live music nights and themed trivia nights.

Be sure to try their Sunday Roasts.

The Criterion

The Criterion is an old-fashioned watering hole in the Knightstone area of Weston.

The establishment has a loyal local clientele, fireplace, occasional live music and friendly landlords. You’ll find the bar well-stocked with real ales, lagers and ciders on draft, plus a selection of spirits.

Country pubs near Weston-super-Mare

The Nut Tree, Worle

The Nut Tree in Worle is a family-run, independent gastropub, renowned for its delectable British dishes, good selection of real ale on tap and impressive wine list.

It’s a great one for families seeking a pub outing with children in tow, thanks to its spacious beer garden with outdoor dining tables and a dedicated children’s play area.

The food here is superb and ranges from upmarket pub grub to afternoon tea and Sunday roast.

Look out for special events on key dates like Mother’s Day, St Patrick’s Day, as well as quiz nights and more.

The Old Kings Head, Worle

This friendly, local pub lays claim to being the oldest licensed premises in the village, and has been under the same family’s ownership for over 30 years. True to its Somerset roots, The Old Kings Head offers an array of local ciders, plus cracking beers and hearty home-cooked meals.

During the summer months, their beer garden, complete with children’s play area, BBQ area, heated seating pods and countryside views, is the perfect place to bask with a beverage, especially when musicians grace the outdoor stage.

The Woolpack Inn, St George

The Woolpack Inn is a family-run pub with a large outdoor space and fire pit area, that’s a great spot for a drink on a sunny day. Food-wise, you’ll find big portions of homemade food, wood-fired pizzas and authentic Greek food.

Been at the pub and forgotten to pick up a pint of milk on your way home? No problem, the old carvery room was transformed into an onsite deli/farm shop, where you can buy local produce and groceries and tuck into cakes and bakes.

The Old Inn, Hutton

For more than a hundred years, The Old Inn has been a central hub of the Hutton community. These days, punters will find the chef whipping up delicious dishes and daily specials using locally-sourced meats, fresh fish, and seafood, complemented by a wide selection of beers, wines, and spirits.

Outside, there is an all-weather outdoor area, with large decking area, music and fire patio heaters – perfect for enjoying a G&T and indulging on sunnier days. Or, cosy up indoors by the log burner in winter, in characterful olde worlde pub surroundings.

The Ship Inn, Uphill

Grade 1-listed The Ship Inn in the village of Uphill, proudly holds the title of being Weston-super-Mare’s oldest pub. The pub won several awards in 2023, including Weston Mercury’s Pub of the Year 2023. Three cosy fires, a pool table, dartboard, jukebox, Skittle Alley, Quiz Night, beer garden and live sporting fixtures make it a favourite among locals.

The pub serves hearty, comfort food in its 46-seater restaurant – be sure to try their ‘hanging chicken skewers’, afternoon tea, popular Scotch eggs and delightful Somerset honey, sourced directly from their own hives.

The Queens Arms, Bleadon

The Queens Arms is part of the small Butcombe Brewery chain and a stop on the Butcombe trail – a 47-mile circular pub-to-pub route, linking other Butcombe pubs across the Mendip Hills from Bleadon Hill to The Ring O Bells on the edge of Hinton Blewitt.

The original section of this country pub is a 16th century Mendip cottage, which oozes character through its open fires and beamed ceilings. On the menu, pub-goers will find great beers, real ales, great food and a warm welcome from owners. There’s also a new, covered and heated outdoor seating area for al fresco drinks in sunny climes.

Look out for regular events – live music, quiz nights or themed evening (think steak or pasta and Prosecco).

Ale trail in Weston-super-Mare

After popular demand, a Weston ‘Magnificent seven ale trail‘ has been put together by Visit Weston with the support of Pinkers Craft Brewery.

Download your trail map here, and start working your way around the pubs (all of which are mentioned above)!

Best bars in Weston-super-Mare

Brit Bar, Grove Village

Feel like the world is missing out on your dulcet tones? Get up and belt out a tune at The Brit Bar’s open mic night every Sunday from 7pm till 11pm. The venue has become a bit of a hub for talented, aspiring, local musicians, with both an outdoor courtyard stage and indoor performance area.

Proud Bar

Proud Bar is a vibrant and inclusive hub for the LGBT+ community. The bar plays host to fabulous weekly acts – from cabaret to karaoke, quizzes and themed DJ nights. Go for the kinship, party vibes and cocktails with a hint of fruit and glitter.

Proud Bar Weston-super-Mare
Proud Bar

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