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The Little Black Book: Restaurants

  • The White Horse, Haselbury Plucknett

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

  • The Litton, near Wells

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

  • dessert


    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.

  • duende somerset restaurant


    Muddy says – a super successful pop-up restaurant finds a permanent home in Wiveliscombe

  • The Holcombe Inn

    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

  • fine dining with salad, flowers, tube of paste

    The White Post, Rimpton

    Muddy says: relaxed dining at one of the UK's Top 50 Gastropubs, with panoramic views over the beautiful Somerset and Dorset countryside

  • Georgian coaching inn

    The Swan, Wedmore

    Muddy says : a Georgian coaching house turned village pub, with a fab restaurant (led by ex-River Cottage head chef) and boutique bedrooms in the heart of Wedmore.

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

    New Farm Restaurant, Over Stratton

    Muddy says: once part of a farm run by the chef's family since the 1880s, this converted old hamstone building in south Somerset now houses a rather good restaurant

  • 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

  • The Duck at Burtle

    Muddy says: award-winning pub and free house in the village of Burtle on the Somerset Levels and its unique nature reserves

  • Ensemble

    Muddy says – stop for breakfast, lunch or dinner or just coffee and cake in this stylish little restaurant/cafe so, so close to Wells Cathedral

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