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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: Elegant 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…

Weddings

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.

Bars

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.

Bakery

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 Red Lion Inn, Babcary

Muddy says: The best of both worlds: trad thatched pub serving cut above classic pub food and al fresco pizzas plus sleekly chic guest rooms.

Boutique rooms

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 Litton, 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

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)

Catering

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

Converted old hamstone farm building with signs, a wooden porch in somerset village

New Farm Restaurant, Over Stratton

Muddy says: Housed in an old farm building, this rustic restaurant has farm stuff on the walls and very good nosh on the tables.

Catering

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

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

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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