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Food & Drink

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Bistro Lotte

Muddy says: French bistro fare and boutique town house accommodation in Frome. Oo la la!

B&Bs

The Barrington Boar

Muddy says: Sink a pint, scoff sensational, seasonal food or while a weekend away at this village pub with rooms in the village of Barrington, near Ilminster

Food & Drink

Exmoor White Horse Inn

Muddy says: Fancy a wifi-free walk where the wild things are? Grab your walking boots, hide the phone and take the first exit to Exmoor.

Food & Drink

Godminster

Muddy says: You may already know their famous organic cheddar cheese but check out their awesome cheese celebration and wedding cakes, flavoured vodkas and other food and wine gift boxes.

Cheese

The Green Table

Muddy says: Dartington’s family-friendly cafe with a mid-century veggie/vegan vibe and fair-to-farmers ethos. The thinking woman’s pit-stop.

Cafes

The King’s Arms, Charlton Horethorne

Muddy says: A five star country pub and hotel in the village of Charlton Horethorne, right on the Dorset/Somerset border and ideally positioned for all the two counties have to offer

Food & Drink

The Litton

Muddy says: 15th century village pub (with suit of armour in the corner) reborn as a cool country destination with Modern British food, incl a vegan menu, and boutique rooms.

Boutique rooms

The Bristol Lido

Muddy says: With an infinity pool, poolside restaurant and bar, outdoor hot tub and spa, it's the closest you'll get to the Med in the city

Fun Finder

Henry’s, Bath

Muddy says: Innovative, beautifully presented, unpretentious – simply some of the best food in Bath for vegetarians and meat eaters alike. A Michelin star in the making?

Food & Drink

Dunkery Beacon Country House

Muddy says: Award-winning luxury hotel and fine dining restaurant, open to non-residents, in the heart of Exmoor – with food that's as spectacular as the moorland views

Food & Drink

The Griffin Inn, Bath

Muddy says: Stylishly revamped Georgian inn with eclectic menu, 300 spirits and liqueurs and eight comfy bedrooms in the centre of the city

Food & Drink

The Bull Inn, Bruton

Muddy says: Sister to the Roth Bar & Grill, this is a good ol' traditional Somerset pub through and through, with beams, brasses, cut-above pub grub – right down to the highly patterned carpet.

Food & Drink

Steve James, personal chef

Muddy says – Exquisite fine dining and party catering in your own home without lifting a finger (apart from dialling up Steve) and pop-ups throughout the year

Catering

The White Hart, Dartington

Muddy says: Wholesome and family-friendly farm-to-fork food served up in a medieval Games of Thronesy hall. And a head chef with Jamie Oliver cred to boot.

Food & Drink

Little Barwick House

Muddy says: Michelin-listed fine dining and rooms in a Georgian country house amidst verdant gardens just south of Yeovil – an eminently civilised experience

Food & Drink

Sugar Street Studios

Muddy says: Cake artist extraordinaire Zoë Burmester creates unique edible sculptures that are – almost – too good to eat

Bespoke cakes

The Five Dials Inn, Horton

Muddy says: Come for the great food, drink, cosy rooms and warm welcome at this family-owned village pub on the slopes of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, near Ilminster

Food & Drink

The Beckford Bottle Shop, Bath

Muddy says: Taste, buy and quaff 250 wines accompanied by inventive small plates, British cheese and charcuterie in an atmospheric Georgian townhouse

Bars

The Old Crown Inn, Kelston

Muddy says: A 400-year-old pub within striking distance of Bath with award-winning food (and garden) and walks into the Cotswold hills on the doorstep – bring your dog

Fun Finder

Gilbert & Swayne

Muddy says: Artisan chocolates, in all sorts of intriguing flavour combos, handmade in a workshop overlooking Glastonbury Tor

Artisan chocolate

The Chocolate Society

Muddy says: Handmade in Wincanton, these exquisite and delicious artisan chocolates are (almost) too beautiful to eat

Artisan chocolate

The Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood

Muddy says: 17th century inn nestled in the beautiful Blackdown Hills, with cosy atmos, good food – and their very own artisan gin

Food & Drink

The Queensberry Hotel, Bath

Muddy says: Elegant Georgian townhouse hotel with (very handily) Bath's only Michelin-starred restaurant in the basement

Food & Drink

The Wheatsheaf Combe Hay

Muddy says: Bucolic 16th century farmhouse now pub with gardens, views, fabulous fine dining restaurant (and just 10 mins from Bath city centre)

Boutique rooms

The Langford, nr Taunton

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

Fun Finder

Fordington Gin

Muddy says: Love gin? You'll want to know about this new West Country gin, made in Dorset with absinthe botanicals

Gin

somerset pub

The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George

Muddy says: Trad pub with added comfort and style, excellent grub and its own petanque piste and rare pelota wall (bet you don't know what that is)

Boutique rooms

Novel Wines

Muddy says: Unique and wonderful wines you've never tasted before, from Bath's award-winning online wine merchant

Wine merchant

somerset farm shop

Trading Post Farm Shop

Muddy says: A wholefoods market, greengrocer, deli and general store rolled into one with the emphasis on local, fresh and organic

Farm Shop

Georgian coaching inn

The Swan, Wedmore

Muddy says: Laid back but stylish, this former Georgian coaching house has an ex-River Cottage chef in the kitchen, pretty gardens and bedrooms.

Food & Drink

No. 15 Great Pulteney, Bath

Muddy says: Grade 1 listed Georgian townhouse turned luxury hotel, stuffed with artworks and quirky decor to amaze and delight

Bars

Kimbers’ Farm Shop

Muddy says: Family-run farm shop selling spectacular, ethically reared meat and pretty much everything else you need to go with it

Farm Shop

Kingsdon Inn, Kingsdon

Muddy says: Chocolate box 17th century thatched pub with a menu inspired by English comfort food and southern Italian cuisine – wild boar bolognaise, anyone?

Food & Drink

Averys Wine Merchant

Muddy says: Bored of supermarket plonk and feel like you’re grown-up enough to get a bit more knowledgeable about what you’re filling your wine o’clock with? Follow us…

Wine

Newton Farm Foods

Muddy says: Third generation run farm with a fabulous farm shop, traditional butchery, a licensed cafe and magnificent views, just outside Bath

Farm Shop

The Queens Arms, Corton Denham

Muddy says: Classy Georgian inn on the undulating Somerset/Dorset border with fab food, luxury bedrooms and views of them thar hills.

Food & Drink

West Country Water Buffalo

Muddy says – Yeovil's the last place you'd expect to find water buffalo but their meat, milk, mozzarella and ice cream (yes!) are delicious and healthy

Farm Shop

Kitchen at the Wharf, Langport

Muddy says: From freshly baked sourdough and croissants to scrummy breakfasts, lunches and weekend brunches, the riverside Kitchen has upped the food ante in Langport.

Cafes

Vine Wine

Muddy says: High quality, new and exciting wines from around the world on a constantly changing, well-priced wine list ... hic!

Wine merchant

The White Horse, Haselbury Plucknett

Muddy says: Village pub outside, Michelin Guide listed restaurant inside, with a chef from The Oxo Tower and Racine cooking up superb British/Mediterranean food.

Food & Drink

The White Hart, Somerton

Muddy says: The 16th century meets the 21st in the ancient capital of Wessex, with good food, relaxed ambience, and eight stylish guest rooms.

Bars

dessert

Levant, Castle Cary

Muddy says: A gorgeous Arts and Crafts house in Castle Cary is transformed into a little corner of the eastern Mediterranean – and it's a boutique B&B, too.

B&Bs

duende somerset restaurant

Duende, Wiveliscombe

Muddy says: A super successful pop-up restaurant finds a permanent home in Wiveliscombe.

Food & Drink

The Holcombe Inn, Holcombe

Muddy says: A 17th century inn with Michelin-listed restaurant, 5-star boutique bedrooms and a Tranquilty Garden just for adults ... yes please!

Fun Finder

The Castle Hotel, Taunton

Muddy says: An historic 4-star hotel with a timeless English country hotel atmosphere – and possibly the most spectacular wisteria in the UK.

Bars

The White Post, Rimpton

Muddy says: Unassuming, out of the way and one of the UK's Top 50 Gastropubs with panoramic views and spectacular sunsets over the Somerset and Dorset countryside.

Bars

Grand bedroom with ornate furniture with Wells Cathedral through the large window

Swan Hotel, Wells

Muddy says: This 4-star independent hotel has been in the Michelin Guide since 1911, has over 100 gins in the bar – and one of the best views in the whole of the West Country.

Bars

The Cross at Croscombe

Muddy says: The Cross bridges the gap between a small, boutique hotel and a traditional B&B, combining personal service and local knowledge with top notch fixtures and fittings

Accommodation

Tim’s Wines

Muddy says: an independent wine store selling wines from around the world with a passionate owner on hand to advise and pour you a taster!

Food & Drink

The Duck at Burtle

Muddy says: Honest, homemade food in a pub perfectly positioned to explore the spectacular nature reserves on the Somerset Levels.

Fun Finder

Ensemble, Wells

Muddy says: Full monty nosh or coffee and cake in a stylish place close to Wells Cathedral.

Cafes

The Grape & The Good

The Grape & The Good is an independent wine merchant and purveyor of craft and local beers and spirits located in the city of Wells.

Wine merchant

The Wren’s Nest

The Wren’s Nest is a bespoke bartending company bringing city quality cocktails and the art of professional bartending to the countryside. We focus on a range of services offering ‘pop up’ bartending events, bartender training, and brand promotion/activation. The cocktail and spirit industry has grown significantly over the last 20 years, with major UK cities […]

Bartending

The Picnic Hamper People

  The Picnic Hamper People provide picnics for every occasion, summer or winter.  Everyone enjoys sharing delicious food al fresco, whatever the weather. We can cater for special occasions, anniversaries, birthdays, first night home with a baby, hen parties, weddings, corporate events and so much more. Our produce is sourced locally from the Somerset Levels […]

Party food

Sweet Cumin

Bini Ludlow of Sweet Cumin grew up in Bradford, West Yorkshire and learned traditional Gujarati cooking from her mother and aunties from an early age. Believing that Indian cooking is about loving the ingredients and not rushing the cooking, she now passes on her skills, knowledge and passion for food to others at her award-winning Indian […]

Cookery courses

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