The Air Balloon was originally two alehouses and provided for the needs of travellers before the days of licensing. Many balloon ascents were made from about 1784 onwards and one Walter Powell ascended from Malmesbury and disappeared without a trace about that time. The Inn was next known as â€˜The Balloonâ€™ in 1796 and recorded as â€˜The Air Balloonâ€™ in 1802. It was owned as part of The Cowley Manor estate until 20th century. This is just a little bit about its history, now about what the pub is like these days. This is a typical Cotswold built pub-retaining most of its traditional style. The Air Balloon is more a restaurant pub than drinking establishment because of the excellent menu, which is available every day from 12pm. Choose from a range of dishes to suit all palettes and all ages. Gaining most of our custom from passers by, being next to a main road, we would be very welcoming if you were to visit, so come and join us for a drink, and experience this wonderful friendly atmosphere for yourself. They serve a full selection of draught beers, wine and spirits for your enjoyment along with a lovely range of soft drinks for all those non-drinkers and drivers. Our extensive garden area is a highlight of the Air Balloon, being attractive to both adults and families and children are catered for with a good outdoor play area. Making it the perfect place to sit with a refreshing drink during the summer months whilst you watch the children play and with disabled facilities and a car park also on the premises this makes The Air Balloon easily accessible for all. So why not come down for a drink or a bite to eat and experience this lovely atmosphere for yourself.