The Urban Guide to the Countryside
Somerset Edition

Category: eat out

Mother’s Day in Somerset sorted!

12 Mar 2017

Everywhere gets so darn booked up for Mothering Sunday – as you’ll know, if you’ve ever spent the day before desperately trying to nab a restaurant reservation only to find it’s Burger King or bust. So in the interests of being super-organized, we’ve decided to get in there early this year with our guide to what to do with your mother – or your children – on Sunday 26 March (I can think of a few suggestions that aren’t quite in keeping with the spirit of the day, but let’s leave that there).

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Muddy eats: The Duck at Burtle

23 Feb 2017

Driving across the Levels this week I saw a sign to a village called Burtle and the name rang a bell. A quick Google (in a lay by, of course) revealed the reason why – it’s where you’ll find one of Somerset’s newest gastropubs. Now I’m always looking for an excuse to stop and fill my face, so I went to investigate…

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Eat here: Somerset’s top gastropubs revealed

16 Feb 2017

Did you know that not one but three Somerset pubs made it into this year’s Top 50 Gastropubs Awards? Organised by the Publican’s Morning Advertiser, these are the pubs that industry insiders have voted as having the best food in the UK, food cooked by chefs whose skills wouldn’t be out of place in the world’s best restaurants…

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Stonking stuff to do

26 Jan 2017

The Depraved Appetite of Tarrare The Freak,  Tobacco Factory, Bristol, Weds 25-Sat 28 Jan

On the menu: some corks, followed by fresh snake and a side order of cat. Tickle your tastebuds? The extraordinary, true, story of an 18th century Frenchman whose insatiable hunger and unusual diet led to him becoming a spy  and a medical experiment, has been made into a chamber opera for puppets by acclaimed Bristol Puppetry company Wattle & Daub.

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Muddy eats at the – new – Sam’s Kitchen Deli in Frome

14 Jan 2017

People have been talking about the arrival of Sam’s Kitchen Deli in Frome for months – and at last it’s here. Owner Sam has top credentials, with experience at Soho House and At the Chapel in Bruton and of course, his award-winning Bath restaurant of the same name – so I couldn’t wait to try it out. It’s open from 8am for breakfast but I’m always in the gym first thing *coughs*, so a friend and I decided on lunch…

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6 winter walks with good pubs

1 Jan 2017

A Happy New Year! A walk (nothing too onerous) in the Somerset countryside while you ponder your New Year’s resolutions, followed by some good nosh in a cosy pub – what better start to 2017?

A riverside walk and a stylish gastropub in Mells

Some friends took me and the Muddies on this walk along the wooded Mells and Tallis river valleys earlier in the year – it’s fascinating (and rather poignant) as the route passes the ivy-clad ruins of the Fussell’s Ironworks, a company who made spades, scythes and other metal stuff back a couple of hundred years ago.

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Muddy eats: the Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George

7 Dec 2016

When the weather turns parky, where else to head than a cosy pub serving up a menu of delicious, winter warming food? That’s why a friend and I tottered out of the freezing cold night and into the warm and welcoming embrace of the award-winning Lord Poulett Arms in Hinton St George the other evening.

The former Georgian coaching inn, in the almost too perfect South Somerset village of Hinton St George (not far from Crewkerne and Ilminster), is good looking but unpretentious, with a local pub feel and a smattering of national awards and accolades for its food.

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