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  • Muddy puts her nose into The Trough

    Yeovil's a bit of a desert when it comes to good places to eat. But newly opened The Trough, down a lane on the outskirts of town, is a little oasis (and has a fab shop too).

  • 20 cool cafes

    The best cafes for breakfast, lunch or just a coffee and cake in Somerset: out in the sticks, across the countryside and in the heart of the city

  • Chow in Chew Stoke

    Tick tock, tick tock! It may be built on the site of an historic clock factory but you could easily lose track of time at this laid back cafe bistro


    A cornucopia of home wares, contemporary and vintage, from a ball of string to a beautifully upholstered armchair – and some tempting artisan food and drink

  • Sam’s Kitchen Deli, Frome

    It's been described as Ottolenghi meets country kitchen - and you can take in what must be the best view in Frome while you're there.

  • Let’s Ensemble in Wells

    I chanced upon Ensemble in Wells last Saturday, when I was Googling something completely different (possibly killer clowns). The restaurant's only been open since June and as I always love trying out somewhere new, I quickly nabbed a friend and we popped ourselves over there to catch the tail end of lunch. Come and see what we found...

  • Breakfast at HOME

    No, not at home, home, silly - at HOME, the new cafe in Castle Cary, not far from Bruton, in south-east Somerset, which has only been open about three weeks. It serves delicious, inventive, Italian-influenced food – that just happens to be vegetarian.

  • Cole Manor Tea Rooms, nr Bruton

    Do your bit to support National Afternoon Tea Week by stuffing yourself silly with tea and cake as often as possible from now until next Sunday.  I started supporting our Great British institution early by taking the Muddy Ma for afternoon tea in the stunning gardens of the Cole Manor Tea Rooms at the weekend. […]

    • Salt & Malt, Chew Valley Lake

      A former tearoom enjoys the golden (crisp, lightly battered) touch of Somerset’s Super Chef Josh Eggleton to become the Salt & Malt fish cafe, restaurant and tearoom. It’s in a fab location overlooking the Chew Valley Lake  – actually the largest artificial reservoir in the west country – in north Somerset. Josh Eggleton (of Michelin-starred […]

    • All aboard for summery salads, irresistible cakes – and pizza

      The Railway Carriage Café (now with a brand new – old – big, green double-decker bus around the back) is a quirky, eccentric place to come and enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake or, on a Thursday and Friday evening, a wood-fired pizza.  The food’s summery, salady, with a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean feel. It’s […]

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