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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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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good20%
  • Average15%
  • Poor20%
  • Terrible17%
2 weeks ago
12 Jun 2017
“Met Family”
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Bar, British, Pub, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
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1 - 10 of 741 reviews

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We always visit this pub whether it be from a walk or a drive back from a day out. This is a small friendly pub with a great atmosphere. Have eaten there in the past the food was good and good value for money.

Thank Pricey38
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We popped into the Air Balloon in our way home to Wiltshire hoping to find a cheap and cheerful dinner for my wife and I and our young children. We ordered from the "saver" menu and what we received, whilst cheap was far from cheerful....More

2  Thank CowheadUK
Reviewed 1 week ago

reasonably priced food with a good choice of menu - terrible service:- long wait for meal - only ordering at the bar both for main and dessert - no-one asked at any time if all was well - noisy music - cramped conditions - no...More

1  Thank howardandsylvia
Reviewed 1 week ago

Lovely Bar staff where I had a lovely chat too and ordered my food and drink, our starter of garlic bread came out burnt on the sides. Took them 10 minutes to clear the starter plate after we had finish and wasn't massively busy either,...More

2  Thank Lucyrj94
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This was fairly busy on a Monday morning with friends meeting for coffee. We arrived on foot but there seemed to be plenty of parking.My guess is they are really busy at lunchtime. They do a breakfast menu, as well as lunch and dinner. It...More

Thank fromstalbans
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Early evening weekday meal after day out at Swindon Shopping Outlet. Pub empty although many tables were reserved - had to order 2nd choice meals as lst choice was sold out - a bit strange for a weekday - not many staff about - eventually...More

1  Thank warriors09
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Service very prompt considering the crowd there and food delicious! Prices reasonable. If you really want to eat here especially at a particular time, I think you need to book. People waiting for tables Sunday lunch time

1  Thank charmaine_chugg
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We visited on a Sunday, the roasts were lovely and very tasty. Offers on during the week on meals. Lovely clean pub with good menu choices and good service. Nice outside seating area with large covered smoking area. A little out of the way but...More

Thank Hcc1976
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just had rib ofBeef at The Air Balloon - absolutely disgusting!!! Left most of it. Gravy like water. Meat inedible. Roast potatoes so soggy you could wring them out. Stuffing dry. No Pigs in Blanket, as advertised

1  Thank AndyAtlantic
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Children's play area is not maintained, falling apart and dirty. Food and coffee appalling quality, avoid at all costs.

1  Thank Rjs33
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2 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$ 6 - US$ 19
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
  • E-mail
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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