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Air Balloon

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Bar, British, Pub, Grill
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Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
+44 1452 862541
10:00 - 23:00
Open now
All hours
Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

7 of us traveled here from elsewhere in country to meet up and share a pre Xmas time and have dinner together on a Saturday evening. We had booked weeks ahead, but on arrival and ordering drinks, the sour looking and grumpy member of staff advised us that there would be at least a 40 minute wait for food. Her... More 

Thank Wendy C
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Stayed in the area for a weekend getaway and had lunch here on the first day, food was really good, had a pulled pork sandwich and it was plentiful. Was so impressed we had dinner here both nights as well and again enjoyed plentiful meals for the cost. Service was a bit slow although we found out that was due... More 

Thank Mark C
Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
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50 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Very disappointed . Group of 5 people and not 1 person enjoyed there meal. Cold hard vegetables. Steak not cooked so I sent it back they brought another just as bad. Offered a free pudding! Whop whop. This chain of pubs should look at the quality of there food and employ a good chef. My hard earns cash wasted on... More 

Thank Kaylawrence2015
Slough, United Kingdom
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

On a long weekend away for my birthday choose this for our meal Sunday night. We booked a table and when arriving was just pointed in the direction of the table. My sister who is disabled on crutches finds sitting down difficult the table was so tightly packed in my husband and brother in law had to physically move a... More 

Thank cheznclive
Saint Louis, Missouri
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19 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This is a great stop for lunch or dinner with tasty food in the Cotswolds. I stumbled across this restaurant in 2008 and have been back each time that I'm in the Cotswolds area or headed near there.

Thank HerbertBaumann
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

4 of us visited for lunch yesterday. The place was freezing cold, after asking several staff members to turn the heating on we were eventually told that it was broken. There was only one member of staff taking food orders and serving drinks ( apparently someone had failed to turn up for work). Food was served very quickly, 3 meals... More 

Thank Gill S
London, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place and pleasant interior but food was poor, especially vegetarian. My wife had an aubergine dish with a salad. The aubergine was not properly cooked and the outer parts hard and chewy. The salad was a limp pile of rocket (looked like the rocket had crashed) They were quite willing and happy to change and the only other option... More 

1 Thank KJSMT
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40 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great food and good value too. Try the luxury fish and chips which is a platter big enough for 2. Even when they were packed our meals came in 35 minutes. Very helpful re allergies. We ate here twice - once on the way to our holiday area and again on the way back! Plenty of parking. The toilets could... More 

Thank julie778
Cinderford, United Kingdom
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113 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Impromptu lunch stop with the family. Really nice old interior to this pub /restaurant. Friendly welcome from staff and a very wide choice on the menu. Lunch was excellent. Good value, good service.

Thank Ash B
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72 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 November 2016

I met my Dad for Lunch here. The Pub is very nice inside, and the staff friendly. We had quite a wait for the food, but that was OK as we were chatting. i just had a jacket potato with Tuna mayo, which came with a side salad and pot of coleslaw, and was good value for money, my Dad... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$6 - US$19
Bar, British, Pub, Grill
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
Cheap Eats, Kids, Child-friendly
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
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?