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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
Closed now
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Sun 11:00 - 22:00
Mon - Sat 10:00 - 23:00
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Ithaca, New York
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85 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped at Air Balloon based on a recommendation from friends in Leominster, an hour and a half away. It was half way to Heathrow airport. It's easy to find as it's right on the highway and at an intersection of two important roads. The menu is extensive and with some good variety. The food we ordered was well cooked,... More 

Thank chris k
Southbury, Connecticut
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146 reviews
121 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Last visit two years ago. Same feeling that we were a bother even though place was nearly empty. Had fish and chips. Was passable. Small portions of fish and chips. Chips were old and very salty. Service was slow even though not crowded. Food cost on the high side given the portion size. We had two glasses of wine of... More 

Thank JoeMary01
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

As a family of 10 we made two visits to the Air Balloon. On both visits we were accommodated well. The waiting staff work their socks off to bring the good food to the table and even though the pub was busy, wait times were not stupid. The menu is extensive with some quite unusual meals like beetroot risotto. Puddings... More 

Thank bahraintrumpet
Cornwall, United Kingdom
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2 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

From the minute we walked in both myself and my partner felt as if we were an inconvenience to the staff. We found our table and went to the bar to order, my partner ordered a bottle of water and myself a lemonade. Not only did the man behind the bar who appeared to be the manager, was deflated and... More 

Thank wanderingcornishgirl
Guildford, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Whilst the food was good, the time it took to be served was somewhat lengthy, clearly not a one off as family on adjacent table complained re same problem. Portion control on some of the meals served appears tight. Purchased second drinks, 2 small coke, 1 small lemonade, 2 fruit shoots for children, cost £9.30, somewhat costly in my view.... More 

Thank Dave C
Kidderminster, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 December 2016 via mobile

Firstly ordered some drinks which took 30 minutes to arrive as we were told we had given the wrong table number. Diners beware, if you are sat at table 2 as denoted by the slate sign on the table this is actually table 20 as defined on the other side of the slate!!! My husband ordered a sandwich with mozzarella... More 

Thank Picnic198
Gloucester, United Kingdom
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

went last year and was brilliant. staff spot on, seeing to us straight away, no waiting about, table checks, friendly food brill. met up with family for Christmas get together again, today, they have 2 hour drive to get here, table was booked a while ago, they rang last week to check if we wanted xmas menu (no) . was... More 

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Cheltenham, United Kingdom
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215 reviews
110 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 92 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016

Group of 6 celebrating Christmas with the Old English Inns 'Festive Menu' at Air Balloon. Our table was decorated with paper table cloth, crackers and napkins in wine glasses. We had pre-ordered our meal when we booked. It was wise to let staff know when we were ready for our first course, and, when we were ready for desert otherwise... More 

Thank Leckhampton_2012
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71 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Stop off on the way to a funeral. 50 minute wait for passable food. I only had chips and breaded mushrooms as the veggie choices weren't appealing. When I asked what had happened to our food, I was told that they didn't know where we were sitting ??? And yet no one came out to ask. Also off putting was... More 

Thank Jo V
Salisbury, United Kingdom
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 December 2016

stopped off enroute from Salisbury to Manchester during the rush hour. Good place to stop before the motorway. Lovely ambience and great pub food (had game pie). Friendly staff.

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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?