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Bar, British, Pub
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 February 2024

Delicious food and great service. One of our party were coeliac and the options were brilliant. Would recommend and will definitely be visiting again

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 28 November 2023

We booked a table for a Saturday lunch in order to catch up with an old friend we hadn’t seen for ages. The Bay Tree was new to all of us but was a convenient distance to meet in the middle, so to speak. We...were given a warm welcome by both the staff and the real fires. It was almost like stepping into somebody’s sitting room and being invited to stay for a meal. The food was beautifully cooked and very reasonably priced. Even though they were supposed to close at 2.30pm, we were still chatting at 2.45 but there was no hint that we should be on our way. It was a great lunch and I hope we get a chance to go there again. Highly recommend you visit if you can.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 23 November 2023

Visited on a Saturday, the food as per normal was excellent and the service was top notch, you cannot fault this pub for what it does and while some might say it is without the bell's and whistles, what it does hits the spot every...time! There is always a warm and friendly welcome and nothing is too much trouble.More

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 11 November 2023

Perfect place for a Birthday celebration. The food was delicious, the atmosphere was warm and welcoming and the homemade ice cream has to be tried to be believed! We will definitely be back.

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 27 October 2023

Fantastic food. The beef pie in Guinness was the best I have ever tasted. A lovely pub fast,pleasant service at reasonable prices. In or near Castle Cary then visit this great pub for food

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 22 October 2023 via mobile

Lovely and friendly owner who clearly took pride and joy from making this a homely experience. Food was great. We had the sirloin steak and a beef and Guinness pie. Both cooked very well and sizeable portions. We will be coming back and can recommend...others do the same.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 23 September 2023

Good night out, good food nice and hot all turned up at the same time. Was a little slow for food to get out but not terrible delay. Wasn’t a packed restaurant area, staff were friendly enough and didn’t overwhelm you with checking in like...a lot of places. Helpful with a query. Would go again.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 September 2023 via mobile

I visited The Bay Tree for Sunday lunch with family members. It is a very nice country style pub. We got our drinks and were taken to our table by a very friendly server. We ordered the meals, roasts all round and they were brought...out a few minutes later. The portions were very generous and we loaded them even more with the vegetables brought separately. Our meals were excellent and were consumed with enthusiasm. Even though we were full, we did make room for dessert. My Spotted Dick with piping hot custard was very pleasant and flavoursome. Thank you Bay Tree. I will be back.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 15 September 2023

Popped in hoping to get a meal on our way home at 6 in the evening. Very friendly welcome, great service and excellent food

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 6 September 2023

We went here for the first time today and I'm blown away. I really fancied the steak even though--until today--I'd never had a good steak in a pub and I even told them as such. Well the sirloin I had today was cooked well (to...medium) and a nice cut of meat too. The onion rings that came with it were probably the best onion rings I've had out; they had a nice sweetness and easy to bite through without taking the entire ring out of the batter. The chips were crispy on the outside, golden, and fluffy on the inside. Perfection. And the crowning glory of my meal was actually the creamy pepper sauce. It was a generous portion that lasted my entire meal, including for the chips and onion rings. The taste and creaminess was spot on. It's by far the best peppercorn sauce I've had at a restaurant and reminded me of my grandmother's peppercorn sauce. In fact the sauce was so spot on if I didn't know she was no longer with us I would have had to check in the back of the kitchen to make sure she didn't make it herself. My wife was worried she'd have food envy of my steak when she ordered the lasagne. However, she was delightfully happy with her choice. And she loved the tolberone cheesecake for desert. Oh and the homemade garlic bread to start was really nice. Way better than garlic bread most places and very clearly homemade. I'd recommend this place to anyone and we will definitely be back. I want to try a burger next time, but I'm worried I'll regret it not having the creamy pepper sauce again.More

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 1 September 2023

Brilliant place to celebrate a birthday. Wonderful food and atmosphere - can’t recommend enough. The best place to eat in Castle Cary. We all need to suppprt this business.

Date of visit: September 2023
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Reviewed 23 July 2023

Sunday 23rd July, wow, wow,wow. They accommodated all the children’s needs, food was piping hot and the amount was plentiful. Clean great service. Highly recommended. We’ve lived in Cary for 26 yrs and our first time for Sunday lunch.

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 1 July 2023

We called in on our way through Castle Cary and we're very pleased we did! Friendly, welcoming staff and an excellent range of home cooked food. There was also a good range of gluten free options. The steak and ale pie was the best I...have had and there was a choice of oaccompaniments. Desserts were also varied and excellent, would recommend the fresh pineapple and homemade ice cream. Would not hesitate to go there again, it's even worth a detour off of the main road into Castle Cary from the Sparkford direction.More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 23 June 2023 via mobile

Excellent Sunday lunch Honest, good quality pub food at very good pricing Despite Father’s Day lunch and being full service from the young girls was professional and accomplished A new find for us

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 9 May 2023

We went for a drink at lunchtime, the day after the coronation. There were street parties going on elsewhere in the town and the place was very quiet as a result. Service was good, beer was good, food was good. We had veggie pancakes and...a small pork roast. Both very good. Syrup pudding and homemade raspberry ripple ice cream - both excellent. It's not gourmet and doesn't pretend to be. Just good solid honest pub grub. Good value too. We'll definitely be back.More

Date of visit: May 2023
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The Bay Tree is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5