Welcome to the historic City Arms in the heart of Wells – the ideal place for quality food, drink and accommodation. Our aim is simple: whether you are looking for somewhere to relax and have an early morning coffee, a business lunch or a romantic dinner we aim to offer you the finest locally sourced food, great wine, beers, lagers, spirits, and soft drinks.
In addition to the main bar we have the Keepers bar which, in addition to offering a more formal dining experience, provides a great space as a function room for those special occasions.
If you want to stop over we have four luxurious en-suite rooms in the historic wing of the pub drop us a line and we will get back to you within 24 hours
At The City Arms we offer a wide range of foods from our unpretentious menu that makes the most of fresh, locally sourced, quality produce. Occasionally we also have special Sushi nights – prepared by our own Japanese trained Sushi chef. We like to think it’s some of the tastiest food you will find in Wells.
Whether you a want somewhere to relax and have a coffee, a quick lunch or a leisurely romantic dinner, or maybe somewhere for that special celebration between the Main bar and the Keepers Bar we can provide the right location. When it is sunny, or if you are feeling brave, the terrace, or the courtyard, provides a wonderful space to enjoy the food and drink and watch the world go by.
And don’t forget we’ve got a range of local cask ales, wines and lagers that are matched to go with our menu. Of, course we wouldn’t be a true Somerset pub without a great selection of ciders for you to try.
Our Current Bar and Lounge Menu
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and we have our ever changing specials board!
Coming soon - an introduction to Sushi from our Japanese-trained chef - Dominc
As you would expect from a traditional CAMRA recommended Somerset pub we have a wide range of Cask Marque real ales and draught ciders.
The City Arms is a free house which means we can serve you a range of seasonal real ales from local breweries such as Glastonbury Ales, Goffs Brewery and the Quantock Brewery. Not to mention a fantastic range of draught local ciders, including the brilliant draught Glasto Real Festival and a range of bottled ciders.
Obviously we have a range of draught and bottled lagers.
We also offer a selection of 20 specially selected wines to complement our food menu from across the world, including three connoisseur choices of Petit Chablis Josselin, Deakin Estate Pinot Noir and Castillo De Clavijo Crianza.
We have recently transformed from a public house to an inn with the addition of four spacious and luxurious, individually designed, en-suite bedrooms. Each room includes large drenching showers/wet rooms or wet room, with king size/twin bed or/family rooms.
We have two master suites which have period vaulted ceilings, with rich red, black and cream interiors while the more contemporary rooms are decorated in soft lilacs and blues.
Each room has lots of space, flat screen TV’S, complimentary toiletries and tea/coffee making facilities.
Our fur-friends (dogs) are welcome to stay with you in your room, so long as they are no more than terrier size and have their own bedding. Please note there is a supplement to the room rates of £5.00 for your dog to stay in the room.
We also offer a leisurely award winning traditional breakfast that is served from 9am until Midday either in our Bistro or Al Fresco on our terrace. If you need to get away early we can provide a continental breakfast.
To check room availability please send us an email through the contact form below
Please note that we do speak English, French, Italian and Spanish.
Just as Wells is historic, we too have an illustrious history.
Although not a great year for big events in the world, 1623 was a great year for Wells. It had been granted a Royal Charter by Queen Elizabeth I and, for reasons lost in the mist of time, as a result, it was felt that it needed a gaol. The good burghers of Wells built a solitary cell, which you can still see today, along with a set of barred windows and some instruments of torture. The building remained in use as a gaol for the next two hundred years until 1810 (when lots of other things were going on in Europe, mainly revolving around some chap called Napoleon) when it was converted into an abattoir.
Sometime later it was decided that the abattoir was no longer necessary but a public house was essential and the Rainbow public house was born which eventually turned into the City Arms.
Time does not stand still and with the addition of four luxurious en-suite bedrooms we are no longer just a public house but we are also an inn.
We are dog friendly and welcome our fur-friends, some of them, so long as they are well-behaved, have their own bedding and are no bigger than a terrier, can even stay with their families in our rooms.
Naturally we have our regulars, such as Jake the Border Terrier, whose picture you will see dotted around the site, Jack the English Bull Terrier and not forgetting Bo and Gershwin, two Tibetan Spaniels who drop by to say hello. Jake even has his own blog in which he sometimes writes about some of the goings-on in the pub – if you read his blog you will see that we often have to bribe him to write nice things about us with either one of our local butcher’s award winning sausages or a ham platter fit for a local doganality.
While The City Arms we may be one of the most relaxing places in Wells to have a meal, a drink or a place to stay Wells has much more to offer – check out Wells Tourist Information
As with any business we have those who support us as suppliers and those who are just good friends whose products we know and trust (click on the image to go to their site):