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The City Arms

££ - £££, British,
69 High Street | Somerset, Wells BA5 2AG, England
+44 1749 677768
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  • Excellent28%
  • Very good33%
  • Average16%
  • Poor10%
  • Terrible13%
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“steak” (8 reviews)
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Bar, British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
££ - £££
69 High Street | Somerset, Wells BA5 2AG, England
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81 - 90 of 281 reviews

Reviewed 19 June 2016

Staff and service were good. A few locals were in, who were very loud and monopolised the bar. The place looks good from the outside, but has been stripped of character internally. Not a place for tourists.

1  Thank Jeff B
Reviewed 14 June 2016

Visited twice during our stay. Great building with history. Staff were friendly. Great outdoors area to sit. We didn't eat here so couldn't comment.

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Reviewed 4 June 2016 via mobile

I visited the City Arms on a cloudy Saturday lunchtime in June. It is an old historic pub in the centre of the Cathedral town of Wells .It was once the city jail house. The pub was quite busy with a large number of people...More

Thank Tmead1
Reviewed 30 May 2016

stopped in Wells on way home from a holiday in Devon. Service t this pub was dreadful . We ordered cold food and was still waiting 25 minutes later. We asked to staff members how long we would have to wait and got no reply....More

4  Thank Teresa P
Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

Had a lovely lunch Burger and Fries and a sardine starter. Great food in a lovely surroundings. They warned us it would be a 30 minute wait for food but it arrived quicker

1  Thank AshleySarahBrown
Reviewed 24 May 2016

Nice enough though the food and ales were average and not brilliantly kept. Not sure I'd bother again.

1  Thank Malc N
Reviewed 5 May 2016

Nice setting and décor, friendly staff, classical music softly in the background. We had sandwiched which came with fries, lovely bread from the bakers around the corner. Were this a local place we would definitely return.

Thank GillS98
Reviewed 5 May 2016

Called in for lunch whilst visiting Wells and considering some of the recent reviews we were pleasantly surprised. Very nice welcome, and great service from staff who seemed to be interested in providing a great lunch time experience. Food did take a little time to...More

Thank Phil S
Reviewed 27 April 2016

food took a long time to come out .when finely got food not very good the mash looked and tasted like cheap mash the peas where forked over not very nice and the fish was of poor taste and quality,ihad the pie and mash the...More

1  Thank paultr12
Reviewed 26 April 2016

I've seen the City Arms change ownership many, many times over the years and with each new owner comes a fresh promise of rejuvenation. Sadly, it takes more than a lick of paint. The current decor is light years ahead of the previous purple-terracotta spain-from-home...More

2  Thank James N
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Response from JohnHowardNorfolk | Reviewed this property |
So close to the bus station it’s not worth driving!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$28
Bar, British, Gastropub, Vegetarian Friendly
Lunch, Dinner, Breakfast, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Groups, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 20:30
10:00 - 21:00
10:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 69 High Street | Somerset, Wells BA5 2AG, England
  • Location: Europe  >  United Kingdom (UK)  >  England  >  Somerset  >  Wells
  • Phone Number: +44 1749 677768
We have recently opened after a refurbishment programme. Bar and restaurant are complete. Outside patio area requires planning permission before works can take place - should be ready for the early summer (Target = 1st April). Stocks and shackles in the old City Jail are being repaired and will be used for any customers who over-indulge on our fine ales!. Much done and much more to do to restore the City Arms to its former glory. as one of England's finest pubs.
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