We went to the Willy Wicket Inn Downend Bristol for a mid-week treat on our Anniversary. I reserved a table online, which was super easy and received a confirmation email within minutes. I had a sneaky peak at the online menu, knowing that I was going to be very hungry after a hard day at work.
The Willy Wicket is a former dairy farmhouse, now converted into a very popular pub/restaurant and is a Vintage Inn, serving quintessentially British food from an extensive menu. The dining areas are on either side of the bar and have roaring open fires, black oak beam ceilings, romantic candle lite tables and cosy lighting. The bar has many seating options including squashy leather sofas. Outside is a heated fenced beer garden with plenty of seating.
We had a lovely meal. For starters I had Oven Baked Portobello Mushrooms in a garlic and Cheddar sauce, served with very tasty rustic bread. My partner choose the Duo of pate and duck liver parfait, with Bramley apple butter, baby gherkins and the same very tasty rustic bread. For our mains, I choose the Tagliatelle primavera a paste dish with asparagus, soya bean, broccoli and baby spinach, served with a white wine sauce to which I added a chicken breast. My better half had the 8oz Rump steak with triple cooked chips, onion rings, thyme-roasted tomato and added garlic mushrooms. Of course, we couldn’t finish it there, we had a dessert each. A very creamy Eton mess and Coconut sorbet with fresh strawberries. As you can imagine we were suitable stuffed.
The pub oozes rural charm and rustic character and the picturesque surroundings provide the perfect backdrop for savouring the hearty, seasonal pub-food on offer, and the carefully nurtured cask ales and fine wines. With a weekly changing menu and lots to choose from, we will have to go back to try the many other dishes on offer and I especially want to try their Sunday Roast. There is also a range just for kids offering mini versions of pub favourites too.
If you’re staying in the area in December 2018 they have live music from “Freeze” playing on 21st from 9pm. “Freeze” is a covers band, playing all the classic’s and favourites throughout the years.
Whether you are planning dinner with friends or Sunday lunch with family, it’s a great pub to enjoy some quality time with those who matter the most. Booking for large groups is essential. We have a sample menu for guests at Bury Hill Farm and it’s just a 10 minute walk away. Parking is free and directly outside the pub.
The Willy Wicket Inn – Badminton Road, Downend, Bristol, Gloucestershire, BS36 1DP – Tel: 01179 567308 Opening hours – Monday to Saturday: 11:30 – 23:00, Sunday: 11:30 – 22:30
Independent Review – 25 February 2018 via mobile
My wife and myself visited the pub on the hop at lunchtime on Thursday. It was extremely busy. The waitress found us a table by the window, I was impressed by the cleanliness of the place very warm with two real log fires blazing away. The service was first class and very friendly staff. We both had the lunch time Menu of two courses we both had starters My wife had the lamb koffters and I had the garlic mushrooms Both beautifully presented and plenty of it with various bread great. We had the salmon and spring onion fish cake for main with a medley of assorted veg again beautifully presented and plenty of it. It was reasonably priced, and the staff continually saw that we had all we wanted As Regular visitors to this area from Wales I will definitely be using the pub again Very impressed Thank You