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Air Balloon

Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
+44 1452 862541
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  • Excellent26%
  • Very good20%
  • Average15%
  • Poor19%
  • Terrible16%
4 Apr 2017
“Cheap and Cheerful”
29 Mar 2017
“Great location to meet people coming from many directions”
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All hours
Bar, British, Pub, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Crickley Hill, Birdlip GL4 8JY, England
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1 - 10 of 713 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

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 2 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Have visited this lovely pub on a few occasions and have never been disappointed. Very quaint and slightly quirky inside which just adds to its character and charm. The service has always been very good despite usually being very busy. Good variety of pub food...More

Thank Deb T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Very disappointed with the quality of customer service on my visit. Restaurant was almost empty.Had to stand and wait at an empty bar while staff tried to look busy with crockery and glasses. Had to ask to be served. I was met with a sarcastic...More

Thank DonaldandDaisy
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have seen the Air Balloon whenever we visit our cousins and have always wanted to have a meal here. There is plenty of parking and access is either via the steps from the top car parks or level ground from the lower car park....More

Thank Wicker-Chalmers
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Great food Great service Warm and friendly atmosphere The visit was mad even better by the manageress who was a fellow thfc supporter. Will definitely be back. And would 100% recommend

Thank thfc1982
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Had a grate visit, the food was lovely the staff where friendly and helpful just a lovely little pub to go.

Thank Jack K
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Fab place to visit. Lovely meal had and quickly delivered to our table. Very clean and tidy with a lovely play area for the kids.

Thank Dave W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Service was fabulous, friendly and efficient, food and drinks were brilliant, couldn't fault a thing, manager Delia is lovely and attentive, will definitely return!

Thank 823hannahh
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Came here after a day out for food was waiting well over an hour for a burger! Not only that but the people next to us who came and ordered a while after us got their food first and we asked where our food was...More

1  Thank Sam P
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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?
3 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.