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Air Balloon

) #4 of 4 Restaurants in Birdlip €€ - €€€ , British,
Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
+44 1452 862541
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  • Excellent30%
  • Very good20%
  • Average15%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible16%
2 weeks ago
“Met Family”
4 Apr 2017
“Cheap and Cheerful”
Open Now
11:00 - 22:00All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
€€ - €€€
Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
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1 - 10 of 721 reviews

Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Went to this pub restaurant on Saturday with my family, we all wished we picked somewhere else. After finding a table, we chose what we wanted to eat, then ordered at the bar. There was five of us, so you expect all meals to come...More

Thank Dowling11
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Lovely quirky building inside .. food selection wide as you would expect in chain pub .. but what we didn't expect was an excellent chilli ... wild rice ... Tortilla chips ... great spice..

Thank timduggie
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Met up with Family, arrived just before midday, ordered full English breakfast. Didn't have to wait long for it to arrive. It consisted of 2 rashers bacon, 2 Sausages ( they were small), baked beans, 2 hash Brown's, poached egg, mushrooms and fried tomatoes. Cooked...More

Thank yvettelloyd
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been going to this restaurant over the years . We took our daughter and fiancées for a Sunday evening meal and were disappointed with the quality of the fish in the main meal .

Thank treesattwood
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Stopped here on way home from picking son from university. Great atmosphere in a old style pub Resturant. Well priced for pub grub which arrived pipping hot and was reasonably priced. Will stop her again as good mid point stop over. Would have liked to...More

Thank Elizabeth G
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

On the way home we called in here for lunch. It looked nice from the outside. It was half full and so there was no problem getting a table. But then things went down hill. It took over twenty minutes to get served due to...More

Thank Zara B
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Nice pub to stop for a bite to eat. Wide variety of meals with some good deals. Typical pub grub, lasagne was very nice. Staff very friendly. Does get very busy because of its location.

Thank 854skyw
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

My son picked me up from work and took me out for lunch, we decided to go here for a change, very disappointed. I ordered salmon on a bed of roasted veg with new potatoes, salmon very dry and overcooked, potatoes dry and hard, I...More

1  Thank Yvonne_carol
Reviewed 14 May 2017

I was staying in a local hotel for a family funeral and popped to the Air Balloon for lunch with my parents, it was lovely... we were served by a charming and very cheery young lady, who couldn't have been more helpful... food was great,...More

Thank Kevin M
Reviewed 14 May 2017

Four of us had a meal here last night, for a kick off they had run out of gin, they only had rhubarb gin left, no slimline tonic and the glasses they served our drinks in would not have looked out of place in the...More

Thank Jonkogirl
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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Hi, I'm a bit worried by the reviews on trip advisor. This is a special lunch for a birthday treat. Can you guarantee we can have lunch at 12 and still go for a walk before dark?
2 November 2016|
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Response from Mike H | Reviewed this property |
Might I suggest that the time of year would influence the answer; I find that my birthday parties go on for quite a while; also, on December 23rd for example (the shortest day) it will be dark soon after 4PM. Why not have... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$19
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
Child-friendly, Kids
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
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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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