Hole in the Wall16 Crockwell Street
Dating from the 18th century and originally the town's Debtors' Prison, this locals' pub is entered direct from the public car park or through a leafy garden containing a stream and tropical plants, presided over by a rather bleached stuffed lion. The single bar, which is subdivided by archways, contains a unique and eclectic collection of antiques and military memorabilia, and there is a comfortable conservatory area. The Lion's Den restaurant upstairs is currently out of use except for occasional functions, although light lunchtime meals are available in the bar. There is a paved garden for families. The changing beers will be from the Heineken approved lists but always includes a Butcombe brew.