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The Langford, nr Taunton

Muddy says: Informal fine dining and restful rooms in a beautiful 15th century manor house on the Somerset Levels

Superb food and handsome rooms for overnight stays in the peaceful and atmospheric surroundings of a gorgeous 15th century manor house in the middle of the Somerset Levels.

The house has all the oak beams, stone fire surrounds and pargetted ceilings you’d expect from a medieval country house but it’s also light-filled, has contemporary art on the walls and is totally laid back.

Rebecca runs front of house, with Olly in the kitchen, cooking classic dishes with The Langford twist, from scratch. All the ingredients are local, including much from their own gardens.  Food is delicious and beautifully presented (we know, we’ve tried it).

The restaurant is open to non-guests for lunch and dinner, after you’ve enjoyed a drink in front of a fire in one of the three lounges or out on the terrace. Prix fixe three courses for £42.50.

Fancy feasting on pheasant? From 15 Oct to 21 Dec, their fixed price, three-course pheasant menu is £80 for two (including a bottle of red).

Or watch Olly and the team at work – then eat – a five-course dinner plus petit fours from a table in the kitchen, at £55 per head.

Sleep over in six en suite room (two with four-posters), each named after people associated with the house’s history, with digital radios, tea, coffee, hot choc and bowls of goodies.

Breakfast next morning in the library.

Needless to say, the grounds are gorgeous too.

Bucolic, peaceful, the ultimate rustic retreat – yet you’re only 25 mins from Taunton and the M5 up to London.

Photos by David Griffen Photography.

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