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Air Balloon

) #4 of 4 Restaurants in Birdlip $$ - $$$ , British,
Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
+44 1452 862541
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  • Excellent29%
  • Very good20%
  • Average15%
  • Poor20%
  • Terrible16%
12 Jun 2017
“Met Family”
4 Apr 2017
“Cheap and Cheerful”
Open Now
10:00 - 23:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
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1 - 10 of 731 reviews

Reviewed yesterday

A colleague and I went here this lunch time. The service was appalling. We were left standing at a till at the bar for 15 minutes without anyone attending, and when they opened a till nearby, they started to serve people who had arrived after...More

Thank Dulal G
Reviewed 5 days ago

You would think that this place would tune in to customer needs from past reviews as it looks inviting and seems popular but that could be down to its small size and number of tables crammed inside. The weather was not at its best today,...More

Thank Peter F
Reviewed 1 week ago

We stopped here for the first time on our breaks meal very good, staff happy and friendly, nice selection of meals for all, will return on our way back to Kent

Thank Kevinfr525
Reviewed 1 week ago

This is, in spite of its location next to a vey busy round about, the perfect country pub. Its very old-fashioned and its lively and professional staff serve great food. Go there if you are in the neighborhood.

Thank Maria S
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We have been coming here for years and this visit was the worst by far the staff just told us to try and find a table that wasn't reserved, then we waited 15 mins before someone wiped down the table for us as it was...More

1  Thank keiranewman25
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Have been meaning to visit this pub for years. Every time we went down South and passed it we said the same thing. Today we finally did it after walking our Cockapoo on the Crickley Hills. There is lots of outdoor seating - some with...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Firstly car park was a nightmare massive pot holes dangerous Went in and picked up menu to see what light bites they had to be shouted at by someone behind the bar that I had to queue in the bar so I went from daylight...More

2  Thank malefamily
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Having been told it would be an hour wait for food (despite a half empty restaurant). We were initially pleased to see our food appear after 35 minutes. We had ordered Lamb Shank Sunday roast with roast potatoes, cauliflower cheese and pigs in blankets with...More

1  Thank GraRo7
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here early on Sunday evening for a roast, we both ordered lamb shank with, as the menu said, roast Potatoes, cauliflower cheese, pigs in blankets, Yorkshires and seasonal vegetables. When food arrived after half an hour, we had been warned it could be...More

1  Thank Andrew D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on way back from holiday.Shame as beautiful building but was really dirty, covers on settee smelt, glasses on empty,dirty tables.. toilets filthy,blocked and without toilet roll...staff looked fed up.Place very busy and food looked OK, but think there is a lot can be...More

1  Thank Kiddyangel39
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3 November 2016|
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Response from Mike H | Reviewed this property |
Might I suggest that the time of year would influence the answer; I find that my birthday parties go on for quite a while; also, on December 23rd for example (the shortest day) it will be dark soon after 4PM. Why not have... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
10:00 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Cotswolds  >  Birdlip
  • Phone Number: +44 1452 862541
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The Air Balloon was originally two ale houses and provided for the needs of the travellers before the days of licensing. Many Balloon ascents were made from about 1784 onwards, and one Walter Powell ascended from Malmesbury and disapppeared without trace about that time. No evidence is recorded, however that he landed here! The Inn was next known as The Balloon in 1796 and recorded as the Air Balloon in 1802. It was owned as a part of Cowley Manor Estate until the early 20th Century. Current owners Greeneking acquired the Air Balloon in January 2004, after having a refurbishment in 2010 the character and charm is still catering for the needs of todays traveller, and is a busy stop off point for all walks of life. There is a very busy car park which can be used, therefore ensuring that all customers can park. We also have a new meeting room that can sit 8-30 people.
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