Eat & Drink

Indulge in Somerset’s local delights

Somerset really does offer you an incredible array of quality food, restaurants and produce. Here we reveal some hidden Somerset gems; delicious places to eat, unique Somerset produce to discover and genuine local delights to indulge in and all made in Somerset!


Just up the road

Cosy with delicious food
The pub is contemporary inside with real fires and real ale to be enjoyed.  The bar is a show case of well kept real ales, local ciders and excellent wines. Menus are full of fresh seasonal produce from local suppliers and served throughout the pub or in the dining room.   If the weather is fine their landscaped garden has a stunning view over the village church.

Contemporary British Pub
Styled by the talented team behind Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen restaurant, The Mendip Inn takes the concept of a great British pub and adds an exciting, contemporary style of its own without losing that sense of welcome you get at the very best pubs.

Within 5 miles

Cheesemaker extraordinaire
Jamie Oliver’s favourite cheesemaker, Tom Calver, makes award-winning cheddar, Caerphilly, ricotta and more at his family farm, Westcombe Dairy. Drop into the shop for tasters after inspecting the ageing rooms.

Classic Country Pub
The pub and restaurant has log fires, local ales, English lagers, fine wines, real ciders and an extensive collection of rare malt whiskies, which entice you to linger. The menu in the restaurant combines pub classics with inventive dishes and our food is always fresh and sourced as locally as possible in the Somerset area.

Within 10 miles

A new foodie hotspot
In the village of Mells, The Talbot Inn serves pitch-perfect Sunday roasts in firelit, flagstone-floored rooms with antique mahogany furniture. At the back is a huge grill room with banquet tables at which you can feast on whole bream or 42-day-aged steak ‘from the fire’. Old movies are shown in the pretty sitting room.

Delicious fork to table fare
Uncomplicated and simple British garden food, true to the micro seasons with the emphasis squarely on fresh, clean flavours. Their menu changes by the minute depending on what their chef and kitchen gardener deem in perfect condition – this is a genuine way of running a kitchen. What can’t be grown in their Kitchen Garden or in the extensive vegetable and fruit beds, is sourced locally.  Served in an authentically reproduced Victorian greenhouse dining room, complete with bare wood table tops and mismatched bone handled cutlery.

Riverside pub deep in the levels
The Sheppey Inn lies out on the beautiful wilds of the Somerset Levels, surrounded by peat moors, dairy farms and national wildlife reserves.  The pub pulls in people from miles around thanks to the brilliant, eclectic musicians it attracts, its fine selection of local ales and ciders (including all kinds of one-offs and speciality brews), and its fantastic food.  Spending the afternoon out here in the countryside, lounging by the river, looking out for voles and kingfishers, isn’t the worst idea in the world, is it?

Within 15 miles

Traditional cider in a proper local pub
Tucker’s Grave Inn, in Faulkland, is a traditional pub with beautifully kept real ale. A tankard of the luminous orange local cider (correctly drunk with a slice of lemon) in the tiny wooden nook – more of a front room, really – will put you on  a relaxed footing with the regulars.

Michelin-star food in a family-run pub
It may look like an ordinary pub, but the Pony & Trap in Chew Magna has knock-your-socks-off food, all locally sourced. The menu changes daily and might include soused sardines with rhubarb, duck egg with chargrilled asparagus or velvety grouse.

Famed bakery
At The Chapel is a converted church in Bruton now famed for its excellent restaurant and bakery (sourdough bread is baked overnight in the wood-fired pizza oven).It’s a bakery, wine shop, café, bar and restaurant all providing a warm and friendly place to shop, meet, drink and eat.  Decorated with contemporary art from Hauser & Wirth along with original ecclesiastical stained-glass windows.

Cosy supper club
Matt Watson has transformed his charming house in Bruton into an evening supper club, Matt’s Kitchen. It’s great home cooking, with dishes such as chicken with sumac and za’atar, or slow-cooked pork shoulder in cider. Starters and puddings are seasonally inspired.

PLEASE NOTE: Wed-Fri, evenings only. Around £12-25 per person; bring your own wine, £3 corkage

Coolest Gallery Cafe
The Roth Bar & Grill is arguably the coolest gallery café in Britain. It’s part of the new Hauser and Wirth arts centre, a sensational exhibition space on the edge of Bruton. The cows in the field next door and vegetables from the allotments over the road appear on the lunch menu as burgers and colourful salads, and the commitment to local suppliers anchors the whole thing pleasingly to its rural West Country roots, despite being a world-class creative venue

Organic food heaven
Here lies the best canteen food in the world!  Executive head chef Paul Collins has more than 25 years experience at some of the country’s top kitchens – from The Dorchester to Lucknam Park, Daylesford to The Grove. Produce is sourced locally – dairy products are made here, while fruit and veg are grown in their organic gardens, or come from community growing initiatives a few miles down the road.

A genuine scrumpy house

Beloved over the years by the likes of Johnny Rotten and Joe Strummer, Wilkins Cider Farm in Mudgely is the real deal. Roger Wilkins will take a break from cider-pressing to plonk you on a peeling red vinyl sofa right in front of the press, thrust a tankard of scrumpy into your hand, and offer you a plate of crackers and cheddar. Local workers stop in for a liquid lunch, and all the while the cider-making continues. Takeaways are by the gallon, in petrol cans. Do not expect to drive home.

Award winning chef
The George Inn Wedmore serves Real Ales from the cask, Butcombe Bitter & Sharpe’s Doom Bar as well as Orchard Pig & Thatcher’s Ciders, with Wilkins cider available seasonally.  Their food ingredients are sourced as locally as possible, and seasonal produce is put to full use by their award-winning head chef Richard Sampson and his team, allowing them to create great tasting food whilst maintaining variety.

Elegant eating
Great West Country food: they cure their own hams and bacon, fresh fish is delivered daily from Brixham, ciders and ales are locally produced.

Great beer garden
The Red Lion at Babcary is a traditional thatched inn set in the heart of this unspoilt Somerset village, with a reputation for great local ales, à la carte, Sunday roasts, burgers and wood-fired pizzas.  Their award winning pub/restaurant is open every day of the year, oozing charm with its traditional flagstoned floors, open fires and pretty garden.

World’s finest natural handmade cheddar cheese
At Manor Farm, the cheese is made 7 days a week to ensure the freshness of the milk which is produced by the Montgomery’s own herd of 200 Friesian cows.  Most cheeses are matured for 12 months wrapped in muslin cloth on wooden shelves. Some are matured for 18 months for an extra special Montgomery’s Cheddar.   The statesman of the farm, Montgomery’s Cheddar is the epitome of traditional, handmade, unpasteurised Somerset cheddar. It’s deep, rich, nutty flavours have won worldwide acclaim.

Buy at the Village Shop, North Cadbury, the retail arm of the world’s finest natural handmade cheddar cheese, made by James Montgomery at Manor Farm.

Fab food and celebrity connections
The Ring O Bells is a traditional country pub located in the pretty village of Compton Martin, North Somerset, which is listed in the Domesday Book.  Stone-built village inn for classic pub fare and pie specials amid open-fire exposed-beam interiors.  The village sits in the heart of the Chew Valley, surrounded by undulating hills, churches and apple orchards which provides some of Somerset’s finest ciders. Situated at the foothills of the Mendips it is an area of outstanding natural beauty.  There’s a photo of Kylie Minogue signing in the bar…

Delicious fish & chips with stunning views
Want guilt free Fish & Chips? Then head to Chew Valley Lake for a walk around this gorgeous reservoir, feed the ducks, let the kids loose at the playground and then head to Salt & Malt for a well deserved serving of delicious fish & chips.

Within 20 miles

Restaurant, café and a wonderful walled garden
Housed in the Victorian greenhouse of a walled garden bursting with apple trees and vegetables, The Ethicurean café and restaurant is a passion project from start to finish.

From the apothecary bottles of rosemary gin and chilli rum to the cured goat’s legs (called ‘violins’ for their shape) hanging above the brick bar, the place is full of delight, imagination and culinary inspiration. Have a homemade vermouth, order dishes straight from the garden (the tomato-and-fennel soup is particularly good) and try the sticky apple cake, the recipe for which is top secret. Grab a copy of the eponymous cookbook to take a little of the magic home with you.

The perfect country pub
Near Pitney, The Halfway House is the sort of pub you always hope to stumble across but rarely do: ancient flagstone floors, white walls, beamed ceilings, open fireplaces. Above the bar are chalked records of who owes who how many pints, while the kitchen and tiny smokery in the garden turn out top-notch pub fare (beef in beer; spicy curry). Worth a detour.

Picturesque pub set in an old hunting lodge
The Devonshire Arms, a Grade II former hunting lodge, is set on the picturesque village green of Long Sutton in the heart of the Somerset Levels.  Step inside the impressive inn and you’ll find an unexpectedly contemporary style, with an emphasis on quality. Friendly staff are always on hand to ensure your visit is enjoyable, whether it’s just for a pint in the bar or a relaxed meal in the restaurant prepared from locally sourced ingredients. You can also drink and dine ‘al fresco’ in the sheltered courtyard, large terraced walled garden or overlooking the green at the front.

Somerset pub of the year
Set in the quaint village of Hinton St. George, this chic 17th-century pub serves traditional, rustic pub offers real ales, a gastro menu and a flower-filled beer garden.

Pizza Somerset style
The Firehouse Somerset is a Village pub that has been lovingly restored with a modern twist yet full of traditional charm.  They are passionate about creating homemade, fresh food using the finest locally sourced ingredients. Enjoy the theatre of our pizza oven as you are greeted at the door.  They have an array of interesting fine wines, local ciders and real ales for you to experience in the warmth of an armchair next to one of our wood burners.

Within 30 miles

Traditional smokery
Suppliers to Scotts of Mayfair and Fortnum & Mason, Brown and Forrest in Hambridge offers every imaginable smoked delicacy, including cheese, scallops and lamb. Fishermen can take in their day’s catch and have it smoked, too.

Award-winning ciders and cider brandies
Sample and buy Julian Temperley’s  in the very heart of ciderland.  Here, surrounded by a sea of orchards, is Burrow Hill Farm, the home of Julian Temperley, cider-maker extraordinaire, prophet of the Slow Food Movement and a passionate believer in the French concept of terroir – the contribution of environment to produce.  No one knows how long the apple tree has blossomed in Britain; but while southern Europe has embraced the vine, Somerset’s rich soil and our damp English climate have conspired to make cider the grand cru of the West Country.

Quirky middle eastern transport cafe
This is a quirky, eccentric place to come and enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch, coffee and cake or, on a Thursday and Friday evening, a wood-fired pizza.  The food’s summery, salady, with a Middle Eastern/Mediterranean feel. It’s brilliant for veggies although meat eaters aren’t forgotten – and the cakes are to die for.  Now with a brand new – old – big, green double-decker bus around the back.
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