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The Black Horse, known locally as The Kicker, dates from the 14th Century and has a reputation as one of the most unspoilt inns in the South West.  Built at the same time as the local church, the pub originally served a mining community and the pub name undoubtedly refers to either the ponies working in the pit itself or to those beasts of burden used to draw the coal to Portishead to be shipped.

In those times, the pub served a dual role in the community as both watering hole to thirsty workers and as the village lock up for those committing misdemeanours to reflect on their actions.  The window in one room still has the bars in place reflecting this historical use.

 

In addition to the main bar area, there is a cosy snug and a further area with seating.  Outdoors, there are extensive, attractive gardens with plentiful seating, covered areas with heating including a 10 x 10 metre Bedouin stretch tent, an outdoor serving hatch and a devoted bar in the garden area.   

 

The pub retains much of its centuries old character: stone flagged floors, low ceilings with oak beams and period furniture including pews from the local church all lend to this old world charm.  But for electricity, you might imagine you have stepped back in time!  Add to this roaring open fires in colder months, a glorious display of hanging baskets from late spring onwards and a warm welcome all year round and The Kicker is a destination not to be missed.

RAMBLERS, HIKERS & CYCLISTS

Clapton In Gordano is a famous stop for cyclists and walkers alike, with regular passers through stopping off at The Kicker for a rest on their adventures.

The 'Clapton Round' is a famous walking route taking you on a countryside tour aligning with the Avon Cycleway back in the village. 

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