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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
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This is a proper English pub. There are no airs and graces, just a classic menu we have come to love. We've been coming to the Bowling Green for years and it's the same as always i.e. superb. We had the scampi and a special:...the crayfish, crab, chili linguine - absolutely fantastic. The Abbot is just magnificent and easily to my mind the best pint in town. Just a great experience (yet again) and helped by really friendly service (yet again).More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Visited whilst on holiday. The pub was recommended by a local due to the reasonable pricing. On arrival we weren’t made to feel particularly welcome. When seated, I was told in a curt manner that my very small dog couldn’t sit on my lap, and...had to be on the floor. My mushroom and spinach wellington was inedible and I questioned at the end (after not eating it) if the mushroom was off due to the extreme taste. It actually tasted rancid. When mentioned, I was told that they may have added too much mustard when seasoning, but was offered nothing in return and felt I had irritated the same person by even mentioning it. My partner also found a hair in his food. Feel like we wasted money and an evening. This pub has many good reviews and we may have been unlucky, but to me it’s more about how issues are dealt with, and how requests are communicated. I couldn’t wait to leave.More

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stopped in for a quick pint. Lovely atmosphere, would have liked to eat there but was booked, so pre-book if you want to be sure of a table.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We saw the trip advisor reviews & decided to visit. We were not disappointed, the food was beautiful and the service friendly relaxed & wonderful.

Date of visit: June 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Food was excellent. Menu not extensive but what was there was fab. Had sea bass and it was lovely. Dessert especially the raspberry cheesecake was divine. A must have! Run, don’t walk …..

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have had an excellent break at the Bowling Green. The accommodation was immaculate nice touches in the spacious room. The breakfast was amazing good quality produce and cooked to perfection. We also ate there in the evening enjoying some lovely meals. Lastly the staff...couldn't be more welcoming and friendly and contributed to make our stay even more enjoyable.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

What a great find the Bowling Green is! The two ladies who were doing everything apart from the cooking, were very friendly and welcoming. I chose the steak and ale cobbler, which was very tasty and there was lots of steak. Mine came with lovely...vegetables and new potatoes. I also had a couple of slices of cheesy garlic bread as a starter. I wish I had discovered this place on the first night of my holiday instead of the last!More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 13, 2024 via mobile

Another fantastic meal at The Bowling Green. Thoroughly recommend the Katsu Chicken Curry. The special … Norfolk Mojito was also very good.

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed May 12, 2024 via mobile

We visited on a Sunday evening, I had the roast beef roast dinner which was superb, more than enough for the heartiest appetite and cooked to perfection, my friend had the sea bream which she said was very good. All at sensible prices, but I...recommend that you book as it is very popular with the locals as well as the tourists.More

Date of visit: May 2024
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Reviewed April 17, 2024

Popped in today for light lunch. Staff were really friendly and welcoming. We had a Prawn sandwich and sausage sandwich , food was quick, had plenty of filling and very reasonable compared with other local establishment. We did have an evening meal here in 2023,...when visiting which was also good. Its a bit of a hidden gem, I would guess used more by locals but hasn't disappointed us to dateMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 4, 2024 via mobile

We came across this pub on our Easter weekend, lovely friendly staff , came back again Easter Sunday , we was staying up the road in Stiffkey so needed to get a taxi back as no pavements to walk back on in the dark. Rang...a few Taxi firms but couldn’t pick us up at all realised I should have booked 🤦🏽‍♀️ spoke to the lovely landlord Vicky gave us another number but no joy so so kind of her offered to take us home we was so grateful she even gave us some tomato ketchup I’d forgot for our bacon sandwich the next morning! She was so kind , we will definitely return when visiting again , didn’t have any food but it all looked good 😊 definitely worth a vist lovely family run pub thanks againMore

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed April 3, 2024

High hopes after reading the good reviews but unfortunately the food was not good . Chips frozen Onion rings frozen 10z steak . (No way !) more like 6oz it was tiny Staff nice and the pub itself is nice for a drink but for...us we wouldn't return for food . It is cheaper than other places in Wells but the quality is not as good .More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed March 31, 2024 via mobile

3 of us visiting Wells booked lunch on Easter Sunday. Excellent choice of starters, Beef, nut or lamb roasts amongst various mains and a nice collection of desserts. Wine choices more than adequate and a well kept beer so everyone happy. Portion sizes were generous...without skimping on quality. A lovely.friendly pub. Nice atmosphere and helpful, hardworking staff and very reasonably priced. Highly recommendedMore

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 30, 2024 via mobile

I always enjoy visiting the Bowling Green when I visit family in Wells next the Sea. The pub is very friendly whether you’re popping in for a drink or food. The food is all home cooked and there is good variety on the menu. I...enjoyed the mushroom and spinach Wellington - 2 large flat mushrooms with spinach and caramelised onion served with a rich red wine gravy, my mum ordered the salmon fish cakes (big chunks of salmon) served with sweet potato fries. Both were delicious. Puddings were also fabulous - white chocolate and raspberry cheesecake and sticky toffee pudding. Super tasty food at great value. Booking a must.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed March 30, 2024

Lovely lunch in a proper pub. We all had something different from the menu; white bait, steak burger, sea bass and steak. Very tasty and good value. Staff were friendly and helpful. We sat inside and dogs were welcome. Would definitely recommend and we will...certainly book again.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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The Bowling Green Inn is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
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