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The Air Balloon in Birdlip is a stone built cosy restaurant and bar serving delicious meals all day every day. Packed full of history, this pub restaurant is extremely welcoming, perfect for catching up with friends in the cosy bar over a drink or two.
The Air Balloon was originally two ale houses and provided for the needs of the travellers before the days of licensing. Now it is a popular, busy pub and restaurant, serving a wide range of drinks and delicious meals for everyone.
Many Balloon ascents were made from The Air Balloon 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 8-36 people, depending on your preference. It can also be used for private dining and has a large window allowing a great amount of natural light in.
Open Mon - Sun10:00 - 22:00