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Reviews - The Malt Shovel Inn

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Blackmore Lane, Cannington, , Bridgwater, TA5 2NE
The Malt Shovel is situated just off the a39, 3 miles outside of Bridgwater. Along a quiet country road you will find the Beauty that is The Malt Shovel. The Original Bar Area dates back to atleast early 1940s with original oak beams & low ceilings. We are favoured for our Cask Marque Award Real Ales & selection of fine wines. Our 80 Seater Restaurant is very popular with guests and our extensive Menu has something for everyone; we specialise in freshly cooked seasonal food, sourcing local produce where possible. We have a large beer garden, that is a real suntrap with a large patio area and a wooden Pirate Ship for the kids to play in. Our 8 en-suite are new for 2009, each room has en-suite bath & shower rooms, freeview flat screen televisions, Tea & Coffee making facilities & high speed free WIFI. We welcome pets in one of our rooms and have a room which is fitted out to suit guests with any disabilities. Situated about five miles northeast of Bridgwater, Cannington has a charming centre with many older buildings and a medieval church. At 10 metres above sea level, the village lies between the plain of the River Parrett and the Quantock Hills. An Iron Age fort once crowned Cannington Hill and there is evidence of Romano-British occupancy .In AD 87 a battle is said to have taken place here when Saxon King Odda drove back a party of Danish sea raiders. Cannington Centre for Land-based Studies is a well-known educational establishment that also offers facilities for the general visitor too. These include a 9 hole /18 tee golf course, cycle hire facilities and Cannington Heritage Gardens- attractive walled gardens with a glass house. Grapes are successfully grown to produce award-winning wines at Oatley Vineyard in Cannington. The River Parrett Trail passes close by as it approaches Bridgwater Bay on its final stages.
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92% recommended this accommodation to a friend 93% would stay again
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The Malt Shovel
A bit off the beaten track, but on the whole, worth the trip. The goods are that this is a nice cosy pub with great beer, a friendly atmosphere and friendly welcoming staff. The food was excellent - pork roast the first night and chicken curry the second. Good sized portions, well cooked and very reasonable pricing.The not so goods included the rather austere rooms which while clean, were a bit bleak and soulless. Having a cheap mattress and a shower that took forever to get going and then provided a weak flow didn't help. Overall the experience didn't put me off and it may well be that our room was at the end of the pipe loop. A change of decor and few pics would do wonders.

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w smith

From Watlington, UK
Who stayed in October 2013

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Quiet (good!), very good food, clean and good value

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Mike W

From Alfreton, UK
Who stayed in October 2013

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A good start to the day
Good clean comfortable rooms, good choice of evening meals. The best thing about my stay is breakfast a good choice to suit everyone and sets you up for the day. The Malt Shovel is easy to get to and well located if working in and around Bridgwater

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S Tipping

From UK
Who stayed in October 2013

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Excellent place to stay,Rooms Great. Food extremely good and plentiful, quiet location.
The location was great quiet and out of the way but very easy to find, and close enough to Bridgewater . The room was clean and spacious the bathroom large and very clean. The Host were very good and helpful. The breakfasts were plentiful, and extremely good, with a large choice.
Had a meal there in the evening, that was also excellent. Would highly recommend to anyone.

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James M

From UK
Who stayed in September 2013

Couple

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Malt shovel
Malt shovel is down a counrty lane-no noise,only fields.
the rooms are separate from pub,and very clean.
had very good steak for dinner and fresh cooked breakfast.
staff very helpfull
would definately stay again.

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w clark

From Tadworth, UK
Who stayed in September 2013

Travelling alone

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Staffing a bit Chaotic
Overall a nice motel, room very good, had trouble tracking down milk for cereal in the morning and someone to cook breakfast

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mick t

From Kettering, UK
Who stayed in September 2013

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very accommodating - looked after me very well

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chris vaughan

From Biggleswade, England
Who stayed in August 2013

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Better than staying in Bridgwater town centre
Booked this last minute as I was working in the area. Cheapest on late rooms but one of the better ones that I have stayed in, in the Bridgwater area.

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R Tams

From Stoke on Trent, UK
Who stayed in July 2013

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Inn with character and a view
Very good value, quiet location, good food and confortbale rooms, why stay in a chain when this was £45!?

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stephen d

From Sunderland, UK
Who stayed in July 2013

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Our stay at the Malt Shovel was a stop over for one night, the room was very clean, the staff helpful and really pleasant. The owners couldn't have been nicer. The food was excellent, will be staying again.

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B Jones

From UK
Who stayed in July 2013

Couple

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