One of the most unspoilt traditional Inns in Norths Somerset, the Black Horse at Clapton in Gordano prides itself on maintaining its unique country character.
With stone flagged floors, beamed ceilings and large open fireplace, a real attraction in the cold winter months, the pub retains many of it’s original features. The building dates from the 14th century shortly after the time St Michael’s, the local church. Both bars are furnished with a variety of settles and the main bar features some oak pews donated by St Michael’s church.
Situated just a couple of miles off junction J19 of the M5 motorway, in the beautiful Gordano Valley the pub benefits from many nearby walks, including the Gordano round and a footpath that leads to Cadbury camp, a 200 year old hill fort with magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. It also provides the ideal stop for the many cyclists using the Avon cycle way that passes the front door. The pub was built on the edge of salt marsh to serve the needs of the local mining community and The Black Horse name is believed to be derived from the pit ponies and the horses that drew the coal to Portishead for shipping. The pit was at the end of the pub garden and it is recorded that in 1797 is produced 240 bushels of coal a day. Around this time the lounge bar doubled as the village lock up and the window is still barred to this day.
The current owners, Nick and Jane Evans, have been at the pub for over a quarter of a century and are committed to preserving the special atmosphere that the pubs history helps to provide. The Black Horse is renowned for well kept real ales and ciders that can be enjoyed next our roaring log fire or in the rural setting of one of the gardens surrounded by magnificent hanging baskets. In addition, is the ever more popular homemade food offering including changing daily specials and hot and cold filled baguettes.
The Black Horse is featured in The Good Pub Guide, the AA Pub Guide and on TripAdvisor. So please come and visit “The Kicker”, as it is known locally, as the pub continues to appeal to all ages and backgrounds and is proof that in a shifting pub landscape there is still room for a real traditional rural pub.