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).Read more
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…Read more
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…Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
What’s your favourite Sunday roast? Beef? Pork? Chicken? I can never decide, so when a friend told me about the Sunday Sharing Board – where you can have it all – at the Michelin Guide listed The White Horse, I immediately booked a table for Sunday lunch.
The White Horse is a 17th century coaching inn in the village of Haselbury Plucknett, close to Crewkerne in south Somerset.Read more
Babcary’s a tiny village just off the A303 and A37, lying between Somerton and Castle Cary, with just a church and a local pub. I can’t vouch for the church – but oh, what a pub. The Red Lion Inn, runner-up in the Best Destination Pub category in the recent Muddy Stilettos Awards, has an award-winning restaurant, swanky guest rooms that are more boutique hotel than country inn – yet still manages to feel like the village pub, with locals who’ve been coming here for decades.Read more
Know a music-loving-footie-playing-moor-walking-gourmet Dad ? Then quick, book a table for a Father’s Day lunch at one of these Somerset pubs…
For music-loving Dads: Ring O Bells, Compton Martin, North Somerset
This is the pub where people like Kylie Minogue, Tinie Tempah and Coldplay just happen to drop in and start a-singin’. The names over the door of the Ring O Bells, in the pretty village of Compton Martin, explain why: the pub’s owned by Miles Leonard (who runs Parlophone & Warner Bros Records UK) and friend Matt Fisher (also in the biz).Read more
Just checked out the new kid on the rural block: the newly opened The Firehouse, a pub and restaurant in the village of Curry Rivel, just a few miles to the west of Langport. Located off the main drag, in what was previously the Old Forge Inn, the old village pub has had a complete makeover in every sense. Come on in and see what’s inside…
When you go through into the reception area and wait to be seated, take note of the sleek, stone-fired pizza and the pizza chefs doing their stuff – you might be having one later.Read more
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to brilliant pubs in Somerset. We’ve got some of the best watering holes in the UK – atmospheric, set in beautiful countryside, serving fantastic local beers and ciders, fine wines and delicious seasonal, local food. They’re so good, it can be hard to leave. So why not stay? Check out these five cool Somerset pubs with rooms and nab a night or two away with your partner or your bestie…
Tarr Farm Inn, Tarr Steps, nr Dulverton
This 16th century inn has a truly idyllic setting on the wooded banks of the River Barle, overlooking the famous Mediaeval clapper bridge in the Exmoor National Park.Read more