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The Little Black Book: Restaurants

  • 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.

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    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.

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    Duende, Wiveliscombe

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

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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 grub on the tables.

  • 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.

  • Ensemble, Wells

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

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