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5.5 /6 Wonderful 179 Reviews

The Gate at Bournheath

Bournheath International £££ +100
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About The Gate at Bournheath

There is the opinion that the great British pub is in decline, but down in Bournheath on the outskirts of Bromsgrove, they have an inn that is more than keeping the tradition alive. The Gate at Bournheath may have a heritage dating back to the 17th century, but their menu is up to date and includes Mexican and American favourites alongside the pub grub fare. Take a trip along to Dodford Road, just a short drive out of Bromsgrove, for a meal guaranteed to delight the whole family and to have you counting down the days until your next visit. Remember to book a table, though, as they do get busy.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Tuesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Wednesday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Thursday 12:00 - 15:00, 18:00 - 23:00
  • Friday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Saturday 12:00 - 00:00
  • Sunday 12:00 - 22:00
The Gate at Bournheath, 36 Dodford Road, B61 9JR Bromsgrove

Further Information

Chris & Jan Lloyd have been in the pub business since 1969, managing various establishments around the West Midlands, and since 1976, they’ve been the driving force behind The Gate at Bournheath. Along with their son Gareth and his partner Lucy, they still man the bar-ricades and offer up local cask ales and a menu that brings together the best of British bar cuisine with the tastes that they have picked up on their travels and brought back to Dodford Road on the outskirts of Bromsgrove.

The menu at The Gate is filled with pub grub favourites – gammon and egg, breaded scampi, beer-battered fish and chips with mushy peas – with more international dishes, particularly from the USA and Mexico. Take your pick from fajitas and burritos, blackened chicken with Cajun garlic butter sauce or jerk chicken with traditional rice & peas. Local tastes are catered for too: Aubrey Allen faggots are always a favourite in the West Midlands, as is the vegetable balti, and their beers are sourced from as close to Bromsgrove as possible. Book a table and set a course for Dodford Road in Bournheath for a family feast to remember.


179 Reviews

5.5 /6 Wonderful 179 Reviews
Atmosphere: excellent
Service: extraordinary
Food: heavenly
Quality/Price: great value
Waiting Time: no waiting time
Noise: quiet
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Graham d.
1 review so far 6
16.02.2017 19:15

We very much enjoyed our visit to The Gate. The service was prompt and friendly,the food was very good, the portions generous and the prices very reasonable.

Jason W.
5 reviews so far 6
16.02.2017 01:59

Excellent meal again, was nice & quiet when we first arrived, was served very quickly, & meals arrived promptly, deserts we equally as good, became more busy just 1pm, but the level of service was the same throughout, keep up the good work

Dawn B.
1 review so far 6
15.02.2017 23:26

Visited on a Saturday lunchtime. Good choice of food. Staff were friendly, food was good and service was good. There was no rush for us to leave the table, so we had a nice relaxing catch up with family. Would definitely recommend and return.

Kristy M.
1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 20:32

Lovely home cooked food, generous portion sizes. Lots of vegetarian options. Food is well presented, it is clear a lot of effort goes into making a nice meal. A cosy pub with friendly staff, nicely decorated.

Victoria B.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 05:34

This is a lovely place to eat. Whether you want lunch with ladies, a romantic meal a deuce or a celebration with the family his is the perfect place. We have been coming to The Gate for over 30 years but hadn't visited for a few years. The food is exciting and excellent quality. There is something for everyone. Our favourite is the signature Tex Mex steak with 3 alarm bell chilli. It's cooked perfectly to your choice. Served with salad and your choice of chips etc. Personally the Cajun fries are big favourite. The fish and chips looked like Moby Dick had been landed and it was all fantastically fresh. The English Mojitio was amazing and very moorish. Excellent value and the fix price menus offer an affordable way to have something incredible, different and very filling. I would definitely recommend a visit. We're going back next week - I can't wait. The staff are friendly and attentive and very helpful. 5*

Judy F.
1 review so far 6
14.08.2016 18:13

Fantastic food, fantastic service. High on quality and quantity too. Had an amazing and substantial sharer starter but I was gutted not to be able to quite finish my main course so our server kindly packed up the leftovers so I could take them home. Recommend anyone wanting to eat here book early and don't eat for a few days beforehand! Ps for anyone on a diet don't be put off. One of my dining partners had a fantastic salad in place of chips with her steak and staff were more than happy to provide an extra spoon for her to share a fab home made dessert with her husband. ( who really enjoyed the dessert too but would probably have rather had it all to himself! )

Alexandra O.
1 review so far 5
16.01.2017 22:07

We use this restaurant fairly regularly and the food is always of a good standard and reasonably priced and this visit was no exception. We had the Sunday Lunch set menu. I had a starter of potato skins which were delivered promptly, the portion was a good size and was nice and hot. My husband had the garlic mushrooms which he also enjoyed. We both had roast beef for main course and again the food portion was a good size and the food was hot. Finally for desert I had the crème brulee which again was very nice. The staff are friendly and efficient and we would visit the restaurant again without hesitation.

Peter H.
1 review so far 6
24.10.2016 17:48

One of our favourite places did not disappoint us. My son had hoped we would book the Gate At Bournheath as he loves the blackened steak. They had come from London to be with us at the weekend. For the first time we tried the pulled pork tacos for starters. They were heavenly. The desserts, too, are really good. The only negative I can think of is that you should not come here if you are trying to lose weight. Service was very good and the whole evening was a great success.

Ray M.
2 reviews so far 3
15.10.2016 23:20

Food quality is very high and always consistent. Staff are friendly and polite Our last visit unfortunately was not the best, nothing to do with food but the wait for it. We waited 60 minutes for the starters - our children were hungry and getting very restless. We actually went to the bar and purchased some crisps for them! The waitress did take the cost of the starters off the bill, given the starters are only £0.99p each this was not a significant gesture. The waitress serving did keep coming back to us to apologise but it was always another 5 minutes. The mains did arrive after we finished the starters but I think the initial wait was all too much. We have been here a lot over the years and now think it is time to give it a rest for a while. I do however think it is worth a visit, especially if you like Mexican fare.

Alan B.
1 review so far 5
26.10.2016 18:45

Birthday treat for my wife with friends,Very nice atmosphere, Staff great and very pretty, Food excellent ?. A small problem with the drinks bill promptly sorted by a lovely member of staff ,iwas confused she was confused but quickly sorted, Great. All in all a great evening. The only niggle that my friend and myself had was the strawberry creme brulee was very poor and expensive four for a £1.00 in Lidl. But please try for yourself this is just our opinion , And yes we will be booking again,

Lorraine B.
2 reviews so far 6
15.10.2016 09:36

Ate at the Gate at Bournheath for the first time in years and what a treat. Went with my husband, daughter and son in law. Wonderful experience. We like to eat early so booked for 6.00pm. This gave us a starter for a £1 with each main meal. The food was delicious and plentiful. The service was excellent and the surroundings very comfortable. We will definitely be going again and would highly recommend this restaurant.

Keith M.
1 review so far 6
07.10.2016 02:40

I would highly recommend The Gate at Bournheath. Two dishes you should try are the blackened steak and slow cooked lamb which were excellent. Good atmosphere in the restaurant and good service.

Pat P.
1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 08:30

I give 10 out of 10 to The Gate at Bournheath. We all had a great time with fantastic service and food. The choice is brilliant with something for everyone's taste.

Gerald M.
1 review so far 5
08.10.2016 17:18

The food was excellent and good value. However although the waiting staff were very welcoming they could have been more attentive. At one point after waiting some time I went to the bar to order drinks because I couldn't attract any attention, soon after we asked for sweet menus which didn't arrive so had to ask again. However these are only minor gripes as overall we had a very pleasant evening

Scott M.
1 review so far 6
06.06.2016 20:21

Be hungry... huge portions if you opt for a starter. We could have jumped straight to a dessert after the sharing starter! Great food, service good but not revolutionary. Plenty of choice on the menu but not too much to be overwhelming - nice choice of alternative beers too, rather than the usual mundane selection. Well worth a visit!

Robert A.
1 review so far 5
21.10.2016 02:45

The booking was very smooth. We were welcomed and seated very quickly. Order was taken very quickly. We decided to share a starter - no 2nd plate was provided the starter was look warm bordering on cold and the taco was too hard to eat. That was discounted on the bill at the end of the night and the rest of our meal was excellent. Waitresses were very friendly too.

Peter C.
1 review so far 5
20.10.2016 06:11

We had excellent meal, complemented by good service. Food was very tasty and spicy! Only reason I didn't give a maximum score was that there was a slight mix up with my order but it was sorted without question and quickly. The original waitress even came over to apologise later which, I thought, wasn't necessary but welcome. Overall a great experience and we will certainly return for another meal

kay E.
1 review so far 6
11.01.2017 22:49

The gate is a lovely restaurant, either for just a couples night out or a family occasion, the food is plentiful so if you have a small appetite I would advise just one course, you get a lot for your money and it's always hot and tasty. The staff are very welcoming, helpful and friendly.

Judi W.
1 review so far 6
04.09.2016 19:03

Visited The Gate once again and once again it was very good. Saturday night and it was very busy, but a good atmosphere and very good food. We took our Son and girlfriend, it was for his birthday. The jerk steak didn't disappoint him. He always says I'll try something different, but never does!

belinda c.
1 review so far 6
23.12.2016 05:18

As always the food was absolutely perfect. It is our favourite place to eat out, The staff could not have been more attentive either. We are really looking forward to another visit soon. The only disappointment is it it is some distance away for us, otherwise we could stay longer and have more drinks

Margaret H.
1 review so far 6
15.12.2016 02:03

Our experience at The Gate at Bournheath was excellent and one of the best Christmas meals we have had. The waitresses were very accommodating and cheerful.

Karen J.
1 review so far 6
15.10.2016 04:40

I booked a table to celebrate a 2 year family loss of my father, as always the staff were very helpful, we were booked into the conservatory for convienience has we had an 11 month old baby, the staff were very easy going and made the meal much more enjoyable Than you

Sarah H.
1 review so far 6
07.11.2016 04:24

I have previously eaten here and once again it didn't disappoint !. We were welcomed with a smile and seated very quickly, the waitress served our drinks quickly. The food was wonderful, and the portion sizes were good, so much so I couldn't fit a pudding in! Would definitely recommend any day!!

Brian P.
1 review so far 3
17.09.2016 01:56

Service poor throughout. First main out ,several minutes for last to come, by which time meals were cold. One chicken meal dry. This was reported to staff when they asked how was meal, no one seemed interested except to say other people had chicken enchiladas and had not complained.This was really not good service or acceptable. Have been using the Gate for over 25 years and had many great meals, but have noticed over last few visits that it is nowhere near as good as it was. May have to cross it off our list for the future.

Sue H.
1 review so far 5
04.07.2016 07:02

Husband had the pan fried sea bass and I had the fantastic tex mex - couldn't fault either. Great value for money, we were sat in the conservatory which has less atmosphere than the main part of the pub and was a little bit tired in terms of decor, that said, thoroughly enjoyed out lunch. We'll definitely return.

lynda c.
4 reviews so far 6
15.08.2016 02:14

Group of 4 adults Arrived a little early so took drink out to garden Waitress came out to find us when table ready Lovely food Pleasant service Good price Only negative was very loud today until large group left - no reflection on pub though Will be returning

Julie T.
1 review so far 6
15.01.2017 10:41

Fantastic meal at the Gate, party of 8, plenty of menu choice, good value, good food and good service. The key lime pie was more like a lemon tart but other than that could not fault a thing. Fabulous evening and the pub/ restaurant was extremely busy

Stephanie N.
2 reviews so far 6
24.07.2016 08:23

Wow lovely fresh food always wonderful and a great choice of menu. We have been coming here for 20 years and it is still amazing. The Tex Mex is my favourite. Lovely smilely waitress and efficient service. I can't wait to come here again. Highly recommend. Enjoy!!!!!

Vicky C.
1 review so far 6
09.10.2016 17:59

Great food, eat in the conservatory, which is great for a large group like us with small children. Prompt service, with pleasant staff. We had a variety of food, everyone enjoyed, even my very fussy son, ' chicken nuggets are better than macdonalds' got to be good!!

Kathryn B.
1 review so far 6
02.07.2016 20:16

Massive portions, delicious food! The Monday special deal was very good, but I'm not sure I'd have a starter if I go again, as the portions are so big. In particular, my friend had the platter as his main, and it could have easily served 2!

Colin B.
1 review so far 6
02.01.2017 05:25

Top quality food and huge plate fulls. Almost too much food on plate. Food is better than you expect when you look at the menu. Excellent environment and great service plus all at great prices. Been twice now and this could be my new favourite eatery!!

Christine V.
3 reviews so far 6
18.09.2016 08:49

Lovely evening out service excellent. I have food sensitivites and although there was only one main I couuld have the staff were very helpful a attentive to my needs. Will be back. Perhaps an additional vegan main for gluten sensitive diners might be helpful.

Joy M.
1 review so far 6
07.11.2016 20:46

The Gate was extremely busy when we went for Sunday lunch but we were shown to our table at the time we had booked with no delay. The meal was excellent and the service was efficient, polite and friendly. We will go there again.

Laura H.
1 review so far 6
20.06.2016 01:41

Great staff and service, the food is always delicious and they could definitely afford to cut down on the portion sizes a little, you couldn't pile more food on your plate at a carvery than they give you! Sticky toffee pudding is the winner.

Paul R.
1 review so far 6
06.09.2016 17:21

Had a lovely meal. Also great beer and appreciated the attentive and happy team working there. We came with our friends from Ireland who we first went to the Gate with over 20 years ago! It was great then and still is now.

Bev W.
1 review so far 3
03.07.2016 07:35

Sat night, extremely busy, very very noisy.. More of a fast food outlet! Starters served within one minute which was disconcerting, soup hot but pulled pork luke warm.. Main course served 45mins later.. Veg fajitas nothing special, beef chim ichanga reasonable. We have dined here on a weekday numerous times, and to be honest that is the only time we would consider returning. Not sure what can be done regarding noise levels, perhaps acoustic ceiling tiles on the next refurb? Even the waiters were struggling...

Martyn T.
1 review so far 6
23.10.2016 21:08

Excellent food, served quickly and piping hot! Good selection of American style beers at a reasonable price. Would go again. Only downside is that the room itself was noisy with lots of conversations going on, but then it added to the atmosphere.

Len L.
1 review so far 6
12.07.2016 18:41

Great food as usual- been using the Gate for years - it never fails to impress - great menu ( they were doing Tex-Mex food 25 years before it ever become trendy ) - a great place to eat.

Neil T.
1 review so far 6
25.06.2016 20:15

Friendly efficient staff made us feel welcome. Food and drink of an excellent standard. we both had the Tex Mex steak and both agreed it was one of the best cooked steaks either of us had tried before.

Angela M.
1 review so far 6
08.06.2016 07:38

Very good meal the special American theme set two courses was very good value, huge portions and very tasty. Nice to see a fresh salad garnish instead of the normal limp offerings other places use. Will be returning

Nicholas B.
1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 16:36

Staff very friendly and food excellent. Have eaten here before would not hesitate to do so again. Only negative is the parking, car park not big enough so have to park in narrow road on busier evenings.

Jacqui M.
1 review so far 6
24.07.2016 04:41

The food was marvellous and arrived so quickly after ordering. The service was fantastic. The waiting staff are polite, helpful and friendly. The wine was chilled and the sun was still shining - what a splendid evening!

Gillian B.
1 review so far 4
15.10.2016 04:32

Celebration for newly weds just arrived back from Italy. Table for 7 Fabulous food,good prices, service started off well but then we were forgotten. Very hot in there, no aircon in main room with low ceiling only windows to open that other customer kept on shutting. We had to move tables in the end .

Elaine G.
1 review so far 2
25.08.2016 23:42

It was a busy evening there, no room in car park etc. But the service was absolutely terrible and the food just wasn't on par with the price. We finished our mains at 8.50pm and it took another hour and half from then for one member of our party to have desert and us paying the bill. If the service had been quicker, ironically we'd have probably spent more, by having drinks in the bar after our meal! My main was ok but the meat in the starter was very dry and not particularly pleasant. I certainly had higher expectations of the place and we won't be rushing back unfortunately.

Mark F.
1 review so far 6
10.01.2017 03:29

Nice place to eat (venue), fast service at lunch time, good food. decent range of beers to choose from. prices ok. we have made 2 visits now and will go back regularly. menu is mexican style.

Graham D.
1 review so far 5
06.09.2016 21:59

great food,great service,beer and little pricey but good selection of real ales and cocktails,English mojitos are very good,happy hour also good,we eat here at least twice a month,2 more pubs in the village and the gate gets our custom virtually all the time.

Lisa T.
1 review so far 5
01.10.2016 05:36

Early bird starters are great value at £1 between 6pm & 7pm. We have been going to The Gate for a number of years and have never been disappointed by the food. Booking on line was very easy and convenient. Would recommend.

Karen K.
1 review so far 6
05.06.2016 10:00

booked online, excellent service, very good menu, varied and different to the normal pub grub. Nice atmosphere. The only downside was limited parking as location down a narrow lane and pub car park quite small.

Vicky T.
1 review so far 6
13.06.2016 05:54

Very nice 3 course Sunday Lunch. Has roast pork which there was plenty of. Lots of veg and potatoes and didn't skimp on the gravy. Large portion of sticky toffee pudding with ice cream afterwards.

Charlotte C.
1 review so far 5
09.10.2016 20:25

This is a great restaurant with fantastic food and reasonably priced. It was packed when we went but the service was still pretty good. I was expecting a country pub menu however it was mainly Mexican, but it was still nice