The Ring O Bells is a traditional country pub located in the pretty village of Compton Martin, North Somerset, which is listed in the Domesday Book. The village sits in the heart of the Chew Valley, surrounded by undulating hills, churches and apple orchards which provides some of Somersets finest ciders. Situated at the foothills of the Mendips it is an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Villagers Miles and Luca Leonard bought the Ring O Bells earlier in 2012 with friends Matt and Fiona and transformed the pub back to it's original state. From the moment you walk in you'll feel immediately at home. With it's flagstone and wooden floors, inglenook fireplaces, old leather armchairs, upright piano, and vintage bar games, the Ring O Bells is the perfect place to simply come and have a drink or spend a whole weekend in the country.
"Pubs are Britain's secular churches. their wobbling stools and battered bars are the pews and alters of our one true religion"
"With fab food and celebrity connections the Ring O Bells has a distinctly modern edge, but crucially, still feels like a proper pub" Sally Shalam, The Guardian
General Manager Lizzie Callard is at the helm. With extensive experience in running busy London pubs such as The Albany and The Champion she also has excellent customer service credentials. With family nearby, Lizzie and her partner crave nothing more than settling into the Chew Valley and Lizzie's love of running a great pub.
"The Ring O Bells is a lovely pub and belongs to the people who eat and drink within it. My job is to offer a proper pint, great wines and delicious food, and to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere that people will want to come back to time and time again"
Local and seasonal ingredients are used whenever possible. You'll often see game such as venison, rabbit and pheasant on the menu, alongside locally caught trout from the nearby Chew Valley Lakes which offer some of the best fly fishing in the South West.
The pub offers a fine selection of wines, some interesting guest ales and if you're tempted for a night cap, the staff will gladly guide you through their extensive range of single malt whiskies.
With it's owners connections to the music industry, the pub is renowned for having had some very 'special' guests drop by. Keep your ear to the ground to find out who may be showing up next!
Back in the day
We would like to credit the following:
Photographers: Annie Elson, and Rob Baker
Activities Consultant: Mark Chamberlain