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16th annual edition

B AT H & S O M E R S E T

A comprehensive guide to eating out in the region Restaurants • Cafés • Bars • Pubs • Hotels


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Welcome Welcome to the Bath & Somerset Food & Drink Guide 2018. On the following pages you’ll find a wide range of options for eating out in the region. To help you make your selection, each review features a coloured tab to denote the restaurant’s location – just reference the map and key below. L n ow sd an

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Many of the reviews include a price tab. This is the typical cost per person you can expect to pay for two courses from the à la carte menu, plus a drink (unless otherwise stated). This is for guidance purposes only and prices may vary. Restaurants featuring this symbol have both disabled access and a toilet suitable for wheelchair users (this information has been provided by the restaurants in question and should be confirmed prior to visiting). Restaurants featuring this symbol have accommodation.

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Contents Foreword ..............................................2 Modern British .....................................3 Fine Dining ...........................................7 Modern European ...............................13 British ................................................15 Brasserie ............................................21 Gastropub ...........................................22 French ................................................30 Italian ................................................31 Greek..................................................33 Bar & Restaurant ................................33

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Fish & Chips .......................................38 Bistro .................................................38 Tearoom..............................................39 Café ....................................................39 Café & Deli .........................................40 Farmers’ Market .................................40 Traditional ..........................................40 Thai ....................................................51 Chef Profiles .......................................53 Index ..................................................56

Photography Jon Hurst (www.jonhurstphoto.co.uk), Leon Day (www.leondayimages.com) Contributors Tuesday Bryan, Ana Collingridge, George Pasparakis, Dan Wakeman PR & Marketing Manager Jen Merrikin Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Tim Hall, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Emma Clarke, Sam Terrett Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry

The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed April 2018.

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Gordon Jones Having been based in Bath for the past six years, I’ve noticed a lot of change in the area. Bath and Somerset didn’t used to be on Britain’s culinary radar, and were almost viewed as unfashionable backwaters, far from the style and talent of bigger cities and areas. It’s hard to comprehend this attitude now, given the area’s wealth of produce. The region is in fact awash with dynamic chefs and exciting restaurants, and there’s a great diversity of cuisine available. This competition pushes us chefs and restaurateurs to keep improving and coming up with new ideas to ensure diners are happy. I like to cook with my heart and decide each day what to create for my customers. It can depend on the weather or what new and exciting produce my suppliers have to offer. Being based in Somerset means there’s a bountiful array of exceptional produce available locally; Walter Rose butchers supply us with fantastic-quality meat. Local foragers Bello Wild Foods are another notable supplier; providing us with different and interesting ingredients including various herbs and mushrooms. Unfortunately, we’re currently living in a tough era for the restaurant industry, and Bath and Somerset have not been immune to this. We’ve lost a lot of independent restaurants recently due to high rent and rates, which make it difficult for small businesses to establish themselves. Saying that, we’re lucky in Bath to have a lot of talented young chefs, which is great to see – especially those trying to steer away from traditional concepts. I firmly believe that it’s best to have your own take on things and push boundaries; food should be a constant development and extension of the chef’s personality. I take my hat off to every fellow chef who works hard to ensure that this region has the diverse and exciting gastronomic offering that it deserves. Being a busy chef, I don’t have a great deal of time to eat out, although when I do I head to Yak Yeti Yak or The Longs Arms, both of which serve consistently good food. At my own restaurant, Menu Gordon Jones, we strive to make sure that we’re accessible to all diners, providing a fine dining experience without any pretension. I hope that you’ll use this guide to navigate the excellent gastronomic offerings around Bath and Somerset, and find some new favourites of your own.

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Menu Gordon Jones

Modern British

 Location 2 Wellsway, Bath, BA2 3AQ t: 0844 502 7734 w: www.menugordonjones.co.uk e: info@menugordonjones.co.uk

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There are only two things you really need to know about Menu Gordon Jones – firstly, it’s listed in The Times’ Top 100 Restaurants in the UK, and secondly, there’s a long waiting list. Pre-booking is essential at this 22-cover restaurant, which can be found just a short stroll from Bath’s city centre. The food, cooked by Michelin-trained Gordon, is breathtakingly beautiful and the incredible set menus are a delight. There’s always an element of surprise; eating here is certainly more of an event than just lunch or dinner, but it’s grounded in the chef’s honest, Scottish culinary roots. As Mr Jones says, ‘come with an open mind and enjoy the experience’.

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‘...the incredible set menus are a delight...’ Gordon himself is clearly one of the main attractions at his eponymous restaurant. The open kitchen allows diners to watch him at work, and when he’s not cooking he’s in the restaurant chatting and occasionally showing off the huge gun that normally lives on the wall. Gordon’s a born showman, but when it comes to the food, he’s an artist. The menu changes daily and a surprise selection of dishes are created for each service, so guests never know what they’ll be sampling until it’s in front of them. This element of surprise keeps the offering fresh and exciting, and ensures that dining here is a memorable experience. Gordon uses as many unusual local ingredients as he can, so you might find the likes of Dorset wasabi ice cream, seagull eggs or duck hearts on his innovative menus. Ever original, his wine flights are designed to dispel outdated, preconceived notions about wine pairings. As much emphasis is placed on the wine as the food, with the team endeavouring to ensure that the potable offering is just as exceptional as Gordon’s cuisine. Each tipple is hand-picked to complement the food offering, and every one is organic and biodynamic. All the while, impeccable service ensures that this one-of-a-kind establishment excels in every area. There’s every reason for epicureans to add Menu Gordon Jones to their foodie hit list. *Price range represents the cost of a tasting menu for lunch or dinner.

Open: Tues-Sat 12.30pm-2pm, 7pm-9pm

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The Chequers

Modern British

 Location 50 Rivers Street, Bath, BA1 2QA t: 0844 502 7783 w: www.thechequersbath.com e: reservations@thechequersbath.com

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The Chequers is a beautifully appointed gastropub that’s been serving guests since 1776. Situated a short walk from The Circus and Royal Crescent, it’s a firm favourite with Bathonians and visitors to the city alike. The menu is inventive, with a nod to the pub’s heritage in the shape of well-executed classic British dishes. The Chequers holds two AA rosettes for its cooking and is featured in The Michelin Guide.

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‘...a firm favourite with Bathonians...’ The team’s respect for produce is at the forefront of their menu. The menu changes frequently to ensure it offers plenty to intrigue and surprise even regular diners. Dishes are crafted with care, expertly cooked and thoughtfully presented using only the best regional produce. You might begin with teriyaki salmon, chervil yoghurt, avruga caviar and fennel, followed by whole roasted partridge with white beetroot fondant, candied walnuts and quince. Desserts look almost too good to eat but however attractive the presentation, you won’t be able to resist tucking into the likes of white chocolate delice with blood orange sorbet and crumble. True to its roots, The Chequers also offers a menu of classics, with more traditional pub fare such as Bath Gem ale-battered haddock and dry-aged rib-eye steak.

‘...whole roasted partridge with white beetroot fondant...’

Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-4pm, 6pm-9pm

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To accompany the tempting menu, The Chequers has an extensive list of well-kept wine, and serves local ale and cider. The staff are professional and knowledgeable, yet friendly and unpretentious. Diners can choose a seat in the character-filled bar or by the elegant restaurant upstairs, which affords a view into the kitchen with its panoramic window. On warm summer nights, diners and drinkers spill out onto the canopied patio area in front of the pub. The Chequers is also a wonderful venue for functions thanks to its private dining and meeting room, both of which are available for hire.


Grey’s Brasserie at Whatley Manor

Modern British

 Location Easton Grey, Malmesbury, SN16 0RB t: 01666 822888 w: www.whatleymanor.com e: reservations@whatleymanor.com Grey’s Brasserie re-opened last year after a full refurbishment that gave it a completely modern and stylish new look. Head to Grey’s on Saturday morning for a sparkling brunch, or order from the à la carte menu, which showcases comforting British fare at its finest. You might like to start with sausage roll with spicy tomato butter beans, or French onion soup with Roquefort croutons before a main course of roasted Cornish Pollack in a seaweed butter sauce, or perhaps a Ruby & White hot-stone steak. For dessert, plump for the delectable profiterole with chocolate sauce, white chocolate ice cream and hazelnuts. The Kitchen Garden Terrace is the perfect spot for al fresco dining in the summer. On Sunday, the roast is ideal after exploring the surrounding countryside; alternatively, relax with live jazz while you dine before heading to Whatley’s own cinema. Another string to Whatley’s bow is the newly added Green Room, a vibrant foodie hub that hosts regular guest chef and wine evenings.

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Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 7pm-10pm; Sat 11am-3pm, 7pm-10pm; Sun noon-2.30pm, 7pm-10pm

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Ston Easton Park

Modern British

 Location Ston Easton, Nr. Bath, BA3 4DF t: 0844 625 3102 w: www.stoneaston.co.uk e: reception@stoneaston.co.uk

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Situated in the heart of the Somerset countryside between Bath and Wells, you’ll find Ston Easton Park. Nestled within 36 acres of picturesque parkland, this exquisite hotel is the epitome of luxury, yet is without a hint of the pretension usually associated with such a fine establishment. The large Palladian mansion is a sight to behold, while the tranquil setting makes this an idyllic destination for a relaxing getaway. Inside, opulent furnishings and a warm atmosphere make for a wonderful environment in which to spend time with friends or loved ones.

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Those dining in the two-AA-rosette-awarded Sorrel Restaurant are treated to an outstanding selection of plates created by head chef Ashley Lewis. The menu changes regularly to showcase the fine seasonal produce available. Many ingredients are sourced straight from the hotel’s Victorian kitchen garden; in fact, the restaurant is aiming to become 80-per-cent self-sufficient by the end of the year. You might start with the likes of torched mackerel served with Dorset crab apple jelly, aerated brown crab mayonnaise and a squid ink cracker. Follow with sumptuous venison en croute made with confit venison shoulder, accompanied by potatoes and red cabbage purée. The dessert offering is equally impressive thanks to dishes such as passion fruit mousse encased in a layer of milk chocolate mousse, served with mango and chocolate sorbets, hazelnuts and chocolate crumb. The restaurant’s cellar is well known for its excellent selection of fine wine, and an expert sommelier is on-hand to recommend the perfect tipple to complement your food, showing an innate understanding of individual palates. Those who prefer a laid-back meal can enjoy the same excellent menu in the hotel’s brasserie which is located at basement level. Something of a hidden secret, the basement has a relaxed, jovial atmosphere, and alongside the brasserie, it boasts an informal bar, pool table, lounge area, and the hotel’s in-house florist, who runs classes and workshops that have proven popular with the local community. Food Served: Mon-Sun 8am-10.30am, noon-2pm, 6pm-9.30pm

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The combination of outstanding food and drink and impeccable service makes Ston Easton Park a truly exceptional destination. The team’s passion shines through, and the dedication to providing customers with a bespoke experience ensures every visit is memorable for all the right reasons.


Swan Hotel

Modern British

 Location 11 Sadler Street, Wells, BA5 2RX t: 0844 502 7791 w: www.swanhotelwells.co.uk e: info@swanhotelwells.co.uk

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The four-star, independently owned Swan Hotel ticks so many boxes; it has been featured in The Michelin Guide since 1911, boasts a well-stocked bar with over 100 gins and has a fantastic view of the west front of Wells Cathedral.

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The head chef (chef profile page 53) and kitchen brigade are proud to support Somerset suppliers, and the quality of the food has been recognised with the award of two AA rosettes, which the Swan Hotel has retained for the past eight years.

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‘...ticks so many boxes...’ Menus change with the seasons and guests can choose from an all-day menu packed with family favourites or enjoy a more formal three-course dinner in the restaurant. During the summer, Swan Terrace Open: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, and the Walled Garden Café are 7pm-9.30pm; open for al fresco dining and Sun 12.30pm-2pm, drinking. The terrace has an 7pm-9.30pm incredible cathedral view, and the Walled Garden Café is a peaceful suntrap. The hotel is licensed to hold civil wedding ceremonies and offers private dining. This former posting house has been attracting guests for 600 years and continues to delight people to this day.

The Dining Room at Whatley Manor

Fine Dining

 Location Easton Grey, Malmesbury, SN16 0RB t: 01666 822888 w: www.whatleymanor.com e: reservations@whatleymanor.com

Wi As breathtakingly beautiful Cotswolds retreats go, Whatley Manor is unbeatable. The stunning country manor house is, quite simply, majestic. Home to 23 bedrooms, the Aquarias Spa, a 40-seat cinema, Grey’s Brasserie and the acclaimed restaurant, * £120 The Dining Room, Whatley Manor has everything you might need. to Rather than offering a tasting menu, executive head chef Niall Keating has compiled a £200 true dining experience; a culinary journey of unforgettable destinations. Some dishes are even delivered to your table by the chefs, who explain the components of the dish and give an insight into the culinary process behind it. Contemporary and classic styles are balanced in Niall’s use of ingredients and presentation, but his well-travelled background also shows through in Asian influences. Seated in front of a roaring fire, with a Whatley Manor raspberry and Champagne cocktail in hand, we browsed the Food Served: exquisite menu and sampled an appetiser of spiced cracker with sesame and lime. Weds-Sun 7pm-10pm The fresh flavours and delightful texture proved the perfect prelude to the dining experience. The menu is varied and interesting, truly an exploration for the senses. As we journeyed through, we repeatedly proclaimed each course the favourite – needless to say, you’re in for a treat. From light oysters with wonderfully fresh, tangy seaweed mignonette, to the complex flavour of squid ink tortellini and blissfully tender aged beef loin, Niall’s menu is a masterpiece. The matching wine flight made for a truly superlative dining experience, and one that will be remembered for all the right reasons. *£120 is the cost of the gastronomic tasting menu; £200 is the cost of the gastronomic tasting menu with matching wine flight. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa

Fine Dining

 Location Henlade, TA3 5NB t: 0844 502 8042 w: www.themountsomersethotelandspa.com e: info@mountsomersethotel.co.uk

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From the moment you enter the lounge for aperitifs, to the moment the friendly team bids you farewell, The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa captivates with its impeccable service and award-winning dining experience. The staff effortlessly £34 to balance attentive and knowledgeable service with a discreet and unobtrusive £52 approach that facilitates a relaxed and inviting ambience. Expect nothing less than perfection when it comes to dining, as The Mount Somerset holds three AA rosettes and offers a range of fantastic menus created by head chef Mark Potts, including a fabulous lounge menu, canapés and an exciting three-course menu du jour. The à la carte menu features beautifully presented starters such as roasted quail with a full English breakfast garnish, charred pigeon with beetroot and sweet rosehip syrup, and the langoustine and pork belly with Granny Smith apple and crackling. Mains showcase the best of British produce, such as loin and sweetbread of new season lamb with peas and smoked potato, and Food Served: Mon-Sun Creedy Carver duck accompanied by noon-2.30pm, 7pm-9pm prune and orange, three-cornered garlic and confit gizzard. You’ll want to save room for dessert – the chocolate and olive oil delice with mango and passion fruit sorbet comes highly recommended. As well as exquisite fine dining, The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa provides a perfect getaway with its 19 luxury bedrooms in the heart of the Somerset countryside. The stunning Regency country house hotel also offers afternoon tea and is the perfect venue for private dining, special occasions and weddings.

The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa

Fine Dining

 Location 16 Royal Crescent, Bath, BA1 2LS t: 0844 502 8033 w: www.royalcrescent.co.uk e: info@royalcrescent.co.uk

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Set in the centre of one of the world’s most iconic crescents, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa offers a truly spectacular and diverse gastronomic experience. The hotel has five AA red stars and houses an exceptional three-AA-rosette £45 to restaurant that overlooks secluded gardens. The kitchen is led by talented £55 executive head chef David Campbell, who has compiled a wonderful array of menus for The Dower House Restaurant that run throughout the day. Visit this beautiful hotel to enjoy all-day dining, sample one of the hotel’s iconic sweet or savoury afternoon teas, or enjoy the à la carte offering, which is exquisite. For a real treat, opt for the six-course tasting menu – it’s sure to impress even the greatest gourmands. The restaurant and gardens are open to non-residents, so you don’t even have to stay at the hotel to enjoy this memorable dining experience. Every ingredient on the menu is conscientiously sourced, with much of the produce coming from the finest producers in the area. David Food Served: Campbell and his kitchen team Mon-Sun 8am-10pm take genuine pride in their work, resulting in expertly prepared dishes and a flawless finish. From the inspired menu try creative dishes such as slow-cooked duck egg with pancetta, celeriac velouté, crispy chicken skin and duck fat croutons and you’re sure to be talking about your visit to The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa for some time to come. With professional service, stunning food and a wonderful setting, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa ticks every box – the hotel even has private dining facilities. 8

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Cloisters Restaurant

Fine Dining

 Location Bailbrook House Hotel, Eveleigh Avenue, London Road, Bath, BA1 7JD t: 0844 625 0028 w: www.handpickedhotels.co.uk e: enquiries.bailbrook@handpicked.co.uk The first thing I noticed on the Cloisters Restaurant menu was the statement ‘you have our permission to be outrageously self-indulgent’, which, along with the chatty and effervescent maitre d’, dispelled any fears of this being a stuffy fine dining establishment. There’s no whispering or stiff-backed chairs here, just the pleasure to be had from an immaculately refurbished and comfortable restaurant. The restaurant is situated within the grounds of historic Bailbrook House Hotel, surrounded by 18th-century grandeur and opulence. Impeccably polished cutlery, crisp linens and gleaming glassware set the scene for first-rate dining experiences.

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‘…immaculately refurbished and comfortable…’ Our meal began, for me, with the super smooth and peppery mushroom pâté, while my dining companion relished the al dente poached asparagus that married beautifully with morel mushroom vinaigrette. I followed with a 21-day-aged flank of beef atop buttered spring cabbage with horseradish gnocchi and Madeira jus, which took simple flavours and amplified them for tremendous effect. The slow-cooked beef, in particular, was incredible, and you’d never guess it was a so-called lesser cut from its tenderness. My partner, meanwhile, appreciated the cod fillet with saffron potato risotto and samphire. The minute cubes of potato that made up the risotto were bite-sized pieces of heaven, and everything combined to result in one utterly delicious plate of food. We finished with the kind of indulgent desserts you dream of as a child – the chocolate brownie with raspberry sorbet put a smile on my face before we left.

‘…the kind of indulgent desserts you dream of…’ Our expectations of an establishment with an atmosphere like Cloisters were very high, but the constant string of delights that we were presented with proved just how good this restaurant really is. It comes as no surprise that they’ve been awarded two AA rosettes. We’ll be back to sample the Sunday lunch soon. *Price represents the cost of the table d’hote menu.

Open: Mon-Fri 7pm-9.30pm; Sat 8am-10.30am, 7pm-9.30pm; Sun 8am-10.30am, 12.30pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm

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The Pump Room

Fine Dining

 Location The Roman Baths, Stall Street, Bath, BA1 1LZ t: 0844 625 2862 w: www.romanbathssearcys.co.uk e: events.bath@searcys.co.uk

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A visit to The Roman Baths is a must for those visiting Bath for the first time. For those who have been before or live nearby, it’s a very welcome treat – perfect for special occasions and treating loved ones. Built by the Romans, this magnificent £22 to temple and luxurious bathing destination is a beautiful sanctuary. Today, as one of £28 Europe’s most popular historical sites, Britain’s only hot spring attracts nearly one million visitors every year. A site of such significance and esteem is deserving of an equally revered dining establishment; the 18th-century Pump Room strikes just the right note. As you enter the restaurant and take your seat, classical musicians set the tone for a relaxing dining experience. The stunning food offering tempts all palates with a balance of both Food Served: modern and classical cuisine. Open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea throughout Mon-Sun 9.30am-2.30pm the year, The Pump Room is the perfect backdrop for special occasions and memorable (hours vary seasonally) days out. In July, August, and the festive season, the restaurant opens in the Afternoon Tea Served: evening for dinner. The menu might Mon-Sun 2.30pm-close feature sumptuous starters such as beetroot-cured salmon, lemon, crème fraîche and rye bread, and mains such as confit chicken and smoked bacon cassoulet. The three-tiered afternoon tea offering is a decadent affair, comprising finger sandwiches, sweet treats and Champagne for celebratory visits. The quintessentially English Jane Austen Tea includes Fentiman’s ginger beer and scones with plum jam and Earl Grey butter, while the Somerset High Tea comes with a choice of Orchard Pig cider or Apple Rambler.

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Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park

Fine Dining

 Location Colerne, Nr. Bath, SN14 8AZ t: 0845 468 0543 w: www.lucknampark.co.uk e: reservations@lucknampark.co.uk

Lucknam Park is in its own tranquil world. As we drove along the tree-lined drive under a blanket of stars, the dreamy Palladian mansion surrounded by 500 beautiful acres set a spectacular scene that had us captivated from the very beginning. Lucknam Park is breathtaking inside and out: the seductive mix of traditional glamour and timeless luxury let us truly leave the outside world behind, so when we were welcomed into the quiet hush of the Drawing Room, an air of calm washed over us. Fine furnishings, fresh posies, gilt mirrors and oil paintings whisked us back in time as we sipped expertly mixed cocktails and tucked into excellent amuse-bouche. Once in the calming restaurant, my rich, creamy Jerusalem artichoke velouté arrived first, topped with soft Elbridge quail’s eggs, melted leeks and flavours of truffle. Across the table, my partner’s fresh citrus-cured salmon carefully paired with earthy beetroot, sweet apple and punchy horseradish, indicated the level of care put into each dish. The precision and outstanding flavour combinations continued. For the main event, rolls of lasagne encasing sweet butternut squash, textures of pine nuts and a sharp hit of sage were punctuated by soft onions and foraged mushrooms, and reminded me of forest rambles. My guest’s rosy pink Brecon lamb cooked two ways melted in the mouth and was exquisitely paired with wine as smooth as the service. Our refreshing pre-dessert – sorbet dipped in white chocolate – was just what we needed before the sweet finale. The punchy poached pineapple and fragrant mango sorbet offset my delicate, creamy toasted coconut cheesecake perfectly. My guest’s much-anticipated rich Guanaja chocolate crémeux was a real highlight, with innovative rosemary and olive oil ice cream and a tart punch of Tulameen raspberries completing the expertly composed sweet treat. Afterwards, we relished petits fours – of which the delicate chocolate macaroon with lemon curd was our favourite – and coffee, taking in our incredible experience; nothing was rushed yet the service was seamless. I’ll be returning to stay in one of the elegant 42 bedrooms and savour a relaxing treatment in the spa before indulging in a meal in the more casual brasserie, which is tucked away in the landscaped walled gardens. Having retained a Michelin star since 2006, there’s no doubt that Lucknam Park is still at the top of its game. *Price represents the cost of a three-course meal.

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Dan Moon at The Gainsborough

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 Location Beau Street, Bath, BA1 1QY t: 0844 502 7378 w: www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk e: reservations@thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk The handsome interior of Dan Moon at The Gainsborough is the inspired handiwork of New York-based design firm Champalimaud. The result of their collaboration with The Gainsborough is an elegant, easy-on-the-eye blend of neutral tones and striking contemporary furnishings that exudes refinement. Throughout the week, The Gainsborough’s central location and dignified setting invite leisurely daytime diners and business lunches in equal measure. In the evening, bathed in the light emitted by the feature wine wall, the restaurant’s interior takes on an altogether different dynamic. The atmosphere shifts, becoming sophisticated yet informal; the perfect backdrop for a notable get-together with family, a special occasion with a loved one, or even a corporate tête-à-tête. Dan Moon’s menus are a tour de force of seasonal, contemporary British cuisine. Drafted on a daily basis, they represent a balance of Dan’s inspired texture and flavour pairings, and his trusted suppliers’ exemplary produce. Almost invariably, the à la carte leaves dining parties debating over who will order what. Of course, if an accord can’t be reached on this, the six-course tasting menu is a wonderful workaround. On our visit, my partner and I decided that we’d strike for the à la carte. I began proceedings with sautéed scallop served atop flavoursome lobster and crab risotto, garnished with crisp fennel and inky-black beads of caviar. My partner’s terrine of smoked rabbit loin was complemented by piquant pickled radish, creamed sweetcorn and a perfectly cooked, soft-in-the-middle quail’s egg. For the main event, we sampled roast fillet of halibut accompanied by king prawn, leeks and tart yuzu, with piping-hot haddock chowder poured at the table; and roast loin of Mendip venison served with goat’s curd, pommes Anna, salt-baked celeriac, chanterelles and black pudding. Both were a triumph of flavour, texture and presentation. Unable to resist a third course, we finished with Valrhona chocolate ganache with honeycomb, orange sorbet, ginger and citra cress, and buttermilk panna cotta layered over apple compote with apple sorbet and almond crumble. If you’re introducing visitors to the South West, what better way to treat the uninitiated than with a table at one of Bath’s premier gastrodomes? Just be sure to arrive early enough to enjoy pre-dinner drinks at the bar, which overlooks The Gainsborough’s spa and pool. In fact, if you’ve time to spare, why not indulge in an afternoon at the spa?

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The Greenhouse  Location The Pavilion, Wadswick Green, Corsham, SN13 9RD t: 0844 625 2653 w: www.thegreenhousewg.co.uk e: thegreenhouse@wadswickgreen.co.uk Set in the idyllic grounds of Wadswick Green and surrounded by beautiful countryside, you’ll find The Greenhouse. This wonderful hidden gem is the perfect place to while away an afternoon with friends and family over a delicious meal or relaxing drink. From the outside, this stylish modern building makes for an inviting sight thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows that wrap around the whole restaurant. The interior is equally appealing – it’s clear that a lot of thought has gone into creating the ideal dining environment. Vibrant patterned upholstery adorns the comfy armchairs and banquettes, which are paired with solid wooden tables and striking artwork. This elegant setting is complemented by a relaxed atmosphere, making The Greenhouse a wonderful environment in which to enjoy a luxurious lunch, laid-back evening meal or catch up with friends over a drink or two. If you’re looking to treat yourself, why not visit for an indulgent afternoon tea? The ever-changing menu fuses classic British dishes with Mediterranean favourites to offer a selection of tempting choices. Start the day right with a tasty breakfast of eggs Benedict, pancakes with maple syrup and bacon or a hearty traditional breakfast. Those dining in the evening might sample starters such as cured salmon accompanied by beetroot purée and a salad of fennel, kohlrabi, dill and carrot, and chicken and smoked ham hock terrine served with apricot and apple chutney. Follow with the likes of pan-fried pork tenderloin, chestnut mushrooms and redcurrants in a Madeira sauce served with Parisian potatoes, or perhaps roasted cod atop saffron fondant potato complemented by cockles, smoked bacon and pea broth. There’s also a selection of flavoursome stone-baked pizzas as well as juicy steaks with all the trimmings. Dessert options are sure to please those with a sweet-tooth, thanks to dishes like pear and almond tart with Calvados sauce and traditional custard, as well as lemon posset with fresh berries and lavender shortbread. Wine-lovers will be delighted with the well-crafted list that boasts a range of premium tipples. The team is passionate about great wine and is happy to answer any questions you may have. Whatever your reason for visiting, the top-notch gastronomic offering and attentive staff will ensure that your visit is memorable for all the right reasons.

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New Farm Restaurant

Modern European

 Location Over Stratton, TA13 5LQ t: 0844 502 8442 w: www.newfarmrestaurant.co.uk e: dine@newfarmrestaurant.co.uk

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Jane and Crispin Bond, proprietors of the New Farm Restaurant, converted this Hamstone building into a restaurant over 20 years ago. Originally a farm run by Jane’s family since the late 1800s, the ethos emphasises local produce £25 to freshly prepared and served with a smile. Jane’s sister Sue will welcome you £35 on arrival and ensure your stay is an enjoyable one. The restaurant is spread across two floors. The ground floor has a snug, cosy atmosphere with a wood-burning stove that keeps the chill at bay on winter evenings. Upstairs is airy with high-beamed ceilings and antique farm trappings adorning walls. On balmy summer evenings, the big barn doors are opened for rural air conditioning, transporting diners back in time to when the premises was a working farm. The menu is a blend of modern British and international dishes, changing regularly to reflect the seasons and the availability of produce. You might start with hazelnut gnocchi with crisp fried egg and shaved Wookey Hole Cheddar, Open: Weds-Sat 7pm-close before tucking into mains of local Hinton Harvest guinea fowl with red wine and berries. Round things off with the likes of rhubarb custard cream meringue. Many of the dishes showcase produce from the New Farm garden, such as leaves and vegetables, honey and eggs from the farm’s chickens. Local beer, cider, wine and spirits enhance an already fabulous dining experience, set against a backdrop of beautiful Somerset countryside. If you are looking to stay the night, there are three en-suite bedrooms available, not to mention a wood-fired eco hot tub for residents’ use.

Henry’s

Modern European

 Location 4 Saville Row, Bath, BA1 2QP t: 0844 502 7756 w: www.henrysrestaurantbath.com e: hello@henrysrestaurantbath.com

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Located in central Bath, Henry’s is known for its imaginative cuisine and impeccable service. When you first enter this exceptional establishment, you feel yourself relax. Soft candlelight, simple decor with tasteful artwork, and a genuinely warm welcome let you leave the outside world behind.

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The seasonal menu offers a selection of tempting dishes that can be enjoyed à la carte, or as part of a four-course tasting experience. After perusing the menu and making our choices, we eagerly anticipated the meal ahead whilst enjoying smooth glasses of Chilean syrah. Two exceptionally well-presented starters arrived: a delicate bed of truffle mash topped with a crispy coated quail’s egg drizzled with parsley oil, and mackerel tartare with sea purslane, horseradish aioli and discs of finely sliced fresh radish. My companion plumped for a main Food Served: course of rosy Somerset venison, served with slices of beetroot and rosemary Tues-Sat noon-2pm, cake. Henry loves to showcase 6pm-9pm ingredients that may otherwise be overlooked and my main course of chervil root demonstrated just how well he does this. It was a sweet, delicious dish comprising perfectly roasted chervil root topped with parsnip crisps, with hints of vanilla and maple. You must save room for dessert, of which there is always a vegan selection. In fact, Henry’s is incredibly veggie- and vegan-friendly – a full vegan menu celebrating sustainable plant-based food runs alongside the classic menu. 14

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The Manor House Inn

British

 Location Wraxall Road, Ditcheat, BA4 6RB t: 0844 625 3118 w: www.manorhouseinn.co.uk e: landlord@manorhouseinn.co.uk

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The Manor House Inn is a charming pub-restaurant nestled in the heart of Ditcheat. Surrounded by the beautiful Mendip Hills, this Grade II listed building dates back to the 17th century. Period features like dark wooden beams, arched windows and a large, inviting fireplace have been retained throughout the centuries, creating a charming, characterful setting.

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Breakfast, lunch, dinner and a traditional Sunday lunch are all on offer at The Manor House Inn. Start the day right with a tasty breakfast before exploring the picturesque Mendips. The breakfast menu is packed with classics such as eggs Benedict and omelettes with a variety of fillings. If visiting for lunch or dinner you’ll be spoilt for choice. Starters include dishes like English asparagus spears wrapped in prosciutto ham and served with a poached duck egg, and scallops with black pudding, chorizo, pea mousse and a Parma ham crisp. With an à la carte menu, specials board and chargrill menu to choose from, you’re sure to find a main course that takes your fancy. Reasonably priced steak options are served with mouth-watering duck-fat chips, vine tomatoes, crispy shallots and Portobello mushrooms, making for a hearty plate that’s packed with flavour. Vegans and vegetarians should not be disheartened – The Manor House prides itself on catering for all. The flavoursome power salad comprises rocket, butternut squash, beetroot, goat’s cheese, sliced potatoes and nuts and can easily be altered for vegans, and gluten-free options are also available. Priced at £6.50, the children’s menu features a selection of tasty choices for little ones. The pub’s two large bars are popular with locals due to the fantastic range of local ale and West Country cider. The cellar boasts a varied selection of fine wine too, which has been specially selected to complement the food. During warmer months, the large garden is a delightful suntrap, and is the site of the annual village fete – The Manor House is a true community hub. The bars can be hired for private functions, and with the added luxury of en-suite bedrooms and a cottage, The Manor House Inn is the perfect venue for a family gathering or weekend away.

Open: Mon-Thurs 8am-11pm; Fri 8am-midnight; Sat 8am-1am; Sun 8am-10.30pm

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The Clifton Sausage

British

 Location 5 Bladud Buildings, The Paragon, Bath, BA1 5LS t: 0844 502 8379 w: www.cliftonsausage.co.uk e: cliftonsausagebath@gmail.com

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At The Clifton Sausage, the aim is to show that when British food is done well, it can compete with the best food in the world for taste and satisfaction. The restaurant is situated in the heart of historic Bath in a beautifully restored Grade II listed building, with breathtaking views over Bath and the surrounding countryside. Comfort and a touch of class are found in the decor as well as the food and service.

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The Clifton Sausage in Bath is the second restaurant for this family-owned independent business, and aims to follow the popularity of the original restaurant in Clifton, Bristol. It’s a child-friendly family restaurant with baby-changing facilities, highchairs and a children’s menu. The team even welcomes well-behaved dogs into the restaurant, so you can bring your four-legged friends along if you wish.

‘...classics that are sure to tempt even the most discerning diners...’ Of the many varieties of sausage on offer, at least six (including homemade vegetarian) usually appear on the menu at one time. They are served with either mash or champ (mash with chopped spring onion) and onion gravy. Flavours include classic Gloucester Old Spot pork, lamb, mint and apricot, beef and Butcombe ale and, at Christmas time, reindeer and cranberry make a special appearance. Sausage tasting plates and toad in the hole also feature.

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As well as delicious sausage dishes, the restaurant also offers a range of British classics that are sure to tempt even the most discerning diners, such as roast rump of Wiltshire lamb, fresh Cornish seafood and a fantastic sticky toffee pudding. The Sunday roast menu at The Clifton Sausage is just plain scrumptious. As well as offering their full range of yummy sausages, they also serve mouth-watering Wiltshire roast beef and Old Spot pork belly with roast potatoes, vegetables, Yorkshire puddings and lashings of gravy. To book your table, give the team a call or visit The Clifton Sausage website.


Half Moon Inn

British

 Location Stoke Road, Stoke St Mary, TA3 5BY t: 0844 625 2836 w: www.halfmoontaunton.co.uk e: halfmoonstokestmary@gmail.com

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Situated in the quaint village of Stoke St Mary, Half Moon Inn is a charming family-run pub that makes regular patrons out of all who visit. From the outside, this large red-brick building makes for an inviting sight. The pub’s two spacious bar areas are welcoming hubs for families, friends and everyone in between – dogs are welcome too, so there’s no need to leave your canine companion at home. There’s also plenty of outside space in which to enjoy a refreshing pint or bite to eat, and a wooden play area keeps little ones entertained.

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The menu changes regularly to reflect the quality local produce available. Those dining can enjoy starters such as pork and honey mustard terrine accompanied by pickle vegetable relish, toast and dressed leaves, as well as goat’s cheese Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm bruschetta with red onion marmalade, pumpkin seed pesto and pea shoots. Food Served: Mon-Sat Main courses might include comforting dishes like West Country fish broth noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; comprising a light tomato and Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-8pm saffron stew with bass, hake, salmon and mussels, or slow-roasted duck confit with spring onion mash, honey-baked vegetables, wilted greens and Port jus. There’s also a selection of juicy steaks that come with vine cherry tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, dressed leaves and rustic chips. The sumptuous food is even more impressive given the reasonable prices. Whatever your reason for visiting, you’re sure to be impressed with the great food, friendly staff and jovial atmosphere.

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Dunstan House Inn

 Location 8-10 Love Lane, Burnham-on-Sea, TA8 1EU t: 0844 625 2863 w: www.dunstanhouseinn.co.uk e: dunstanhouseinn@youngs.co.uk If you’re exploring the seaside town of Burnham-on-Sea, you won’t want to pass up the opportunity to visit Dunstan House. Recently refurbished, this fantastic pub offers a cosy, traditional setting with all the benefits of modern comfort. Pair this with a relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff and you’re sure to feel right at home. Those dining can expect a menu of top-notch locally sourced food. Tempting starters include the likes of Brixham crab and prawn salad with Bloody Mary sauce, and devilled lamb’s kidneys on toast. Follow with Young’s ale-battered cod fillet served with rustic chips, mushy peas and homemade tartare sauce, or perhaps the sumptuous shepherd’s pie made with slow-cooked shoulder of lamb. The succulent 28-day-aged Angus beef sirloin steak is particularly delicious, and there’s always a catch of the day on the specials board. The pub also boasts six en-suite guest rooms, making it a great destination for a weekend getaway. *No disabled access to guest bedrooms.

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Stag’s Head Inn

British

 Location Pound Lane, Yarlington, BA9 8DG t: 01963 440393 w: www.stagsheadinn.co.uk e: info@stagsheadinn.co.uk

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Head off the beaten track – but just three miles off the A303 – to the charming village of Yarlington to discover this wonderful country pub. The Stag’s Head Inn first opened its doors in the 1850s. Now under new ownership, the pub offers a warm and friendly welcome to loyal locals and visitors alike, with its convivial atmosphere and high-quality food and drink. The pub’s charming exterior leads you into either the characterful restaurant or to the cosy traditional bar, with flagstone floors and a fine selection of local ale, cider and Continental lager. In the restaurant, the decor seamlessly blends traditional features with the benefits of modern comfort to create a relaxing environment in which to dine. In the summertime guests enjoy soaking up the sun in the south-facing garden with a refreshing drink in hand, and when the weather turns cooler you can return to the bar to warm up in front of the fire; the Stag’s Head is truly a pub for all seasons. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely lunch or intimate dinner à deux, you’re bound to be impressed by the exciting menus that have been expertly crafted by head chef Sam McKean (chef profile page 53). Provenance is key to the kitchen team’s ethos, so you can be confident that all produce is fresh, seasonal and sourced from local suppliers whenever possible. The menus change frequently according to the produce available, so you might be tempted by whisky- and beetroot-cured salmon accompanied by pickled cucumber and a delicate fennel and apple salad to start. Follow with pan-roasted fillet of sea bream served with brown crab hash, sea herbs, samphire, braised fennel and crab bisque, or perhaps treat yourself to the sumptuous 28-day-aged sirloin steak topped with a delicious Yarlington Blue sauce. Vegetarians will be delighted with dishes such as field mushroom Wellington with butter bean broth and winter greens. Indulge your sweet-tooth with a dessert such as the subtly flavoured, velvety smooth orange and vanilla panna cotta. Whatever your reason for visiting, this inviting inn with its warm welcome, cosy ambience and exceptional cuisine is a venue that can be enjoyed all year round. The Stag’s Head Inn offers everything you would wish to find in a traditional country inn.

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Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri noon-4pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Sat noon-4pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-4pm

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The George Inn

British

 Location Long Street, Croscombe, BA5 3QH t: 0844 502 8642 w: www.thegeorgeinn.co.uk e: info@thegeorgeinn.co.uk

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The 17th-century family-owned George Inn is situated in the scenic village of Croscombe and has an impressive reputation for serving honest, contemporary British food as well as fantastic local real ale and cider. Previous winner of CAMRA’s Bath £20 to and Borders’ Rural Pub of the Year and Pub of the Year, The George Inn always ensures £30 that four real ales are available at any one time; King George The Thirst and George and the Dragon are brewed exclusively for the pub by Blindmans Brewery, just eight miles away. The George Inn’s extensive menu showcases traditional and organic ingredients grown Open: Mon-Thurs in the inn’s own garden and in surrounding fields and farms – it doesn’t get much 7.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm; fresher than this. Favourites include homemade shortcrust steak and ale pie, The Fri 7.30am-3pm, George beefburger, homemade meat and vegetable lasagnes, and their hand-cut chips. 5pm-midnight; Seafood-lovers will be delighted by the Torbay mussels, Cornish scallops and fresh fish Sat 8am-midnight; on offer. On top of all this, a great selection of vegetarian dishes feature on the menu, Sun 8am-11pm the homemade ice creams are simply wonderful, and all dietary needs can be catered for. The regularly changing specials board is always popular, as are The George Inn’s gorgeous Sunday roasts. The cosy pub itself has a relaxed and friendly atmosphere and its lovely beer garden is perfect for summer days, boasting plenty of seating, retractable awning and a swing for the little ones. The George is also dog-friendly, so four-legged friends can join in the fun. If you’re keen to explore the wider region, the pub also offers bed and breakfast accommodation and is ideally situated for visiting popular Somerset destinations.

The Talbot Inn

British

 Location Mells, Nr. Frome, BA11 3PN t: 0845 468 0515 w: www.talbotinn.com e: info@talbotinn.com

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For a quintessentially British break, look no further than The Talbot Inn. Set in stunning Somerset countryside just five minutes from Frome, The Talbot Inn is a charming coaching inn. It blends the traditional character of an historic build with £20 to modern comfort, resulting in an atmospheric pub, superior food and stylish yet £35 comfortable rooms for overnight stays. The cosy rooms are contemporary in style but often offer period features like exposed beams, roll-top baths and four-poster beds. The affordable prices belie the level of comfort that overnight guests can enjoy, with Egyptian cotton sheets and Siberian goose down duvets as standard. In the morning, look forward to an expertly prepared breakfast. Almost everything served in the restaurant has been made, cured or smoked Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm in-house. As such, the menus change regularly so the kitchen team can incorporate Food Served: Mon-Sun the freshest ingredients into every noon-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm dish. Whatever the time of year, though, you can look forward to beautifully prepared dishes. You might find starters of house-smoked pheasant breast and duck salami, followed by the likes of monkfish and mussel stew, with chickpeas, smoked paprika, crab mayonnaise and grilled lemon chips. For dessert, plump for an indulgent goat’s cheese parfait with honey and rosemary caramel, baked chocolate and a poached pear. At the weekend, dine in the coach house grill room as you would have done hundreds of years ago, enjoying food grilled on an open charcoal and wood fire. 20

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Cumberwell Park

Brasserie

 Location Bradford on Avon, BA15 2PQ t: 0845 468 0781 w: www.cumberwellpark.com e: enquiries@cumberwellpark.com

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Situated just five miles outside of Bath and set in the striking Wiltshire countryside is Cumberwell Park. It’s an elegant space suitable for any number of occasions, and the menus are based around the finest produce available in the area. The Wraxall Bar and Brasserie, open daily, is bright and beautiful and overlooks the golf course. Produce is sourced locally wherever possible, with meat supplied from a local butcher. The menu offers traditional picks like beer-battered cod and chips as well as dishes with a modern twist. There are daily seasonal specials alongside hearty burgers and sandwiches, making Cumberwell Park a great choice whether you’re visiting for a three-course meal or grabbing a quick bite to eat. On sunny days, choose to dine al fresco on the spacious patio. Sunday lunches are served upstairs, where there are beautiful views through the large feature windows. The bar presents many beverages to choose from including ale, cider and an extensive wine list. There is also a selection of tea, coffee and cake available.

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Food Served: Mon-Fri 8.30am-9pm; Sat 7am-9.30pm; Sun 7am-8pm (hours may vary, please call for details)

You can choose this lovely spot for a private party or an intimate family gathering – whatever the occasion, you can rest assured that the service will be top-notch.

Lanes Brasserie

Brasserie

 Location Lanes Hotel, High Street, West Coker, BA22 9AJ t: 0844 625 2799 w: www.laneshotel.net e: stay@laneshotel.net

SS If you’re looking for a relaxed dining experience and quality, locally sourced food, Lanes Brasserie is an excellent choice. Set in idyllic Somerset countryside yet within easy access of nearby main roads, it’s the perfect place to retreat and spoil £17 to yourself. Inside, floral table decorations and twinkling tealights provide an elegant £37 touch that’s complemented by professional, attentive staff. The contemporary menu offers a wide range of choices throughout the day, from light bites like sandwiches served with vegetable crisps and salad, to mouth-watering grilled steaks and other favourites. Vegans, vegetarians and those with food intolerances are well catered for, and there’s also a delightful children’s menu, ensuring that there’s something for everyone. I opted to start with a comforting bowl of Mulligatawny soup, while my partner chose the flavoursome Food Served: stuffed field mushroom accompanied by smoked haddock rarebit, seasonal leaves and mustard dressing. To follow, the beef Bourguignon served with buttered mash, Mon-Sun noon-9.30pm kale, and carrots was every bit as sumptuous as I’d hoped it would be, and my partner was equally impressed with his Malaysian aubergine and spinach curry. We couldn’t resist the tempting dessert menu, and treated ourselves to rich bread and butter pudding and a decadent banoffee sundae served with fresh strawberries, raspberries, cherries and caramelised banana. The bar stocks an extensive range of beverages, proudly presenting 18 local Somerset ciders with two on draught, including Perry’s Barn Owl. Wonderful food, exquisite presentation and a serene ambience ensure a visit to Lanes is a memorable experience. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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Candlelight Inn

Gastropub

 Location Bishopswood, Chard, TA20 3RS t: 0844 625 2291 w: www.candlelight-inn.co.uk e: info@candlelight-inn.co.uk

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Flint walls, wooden floors, beamed ceilings and open fires all add to the traditional, cosy ambience of the beautiful Candlelight Inn. Enveloped in Somerset’s stunning Blackdown Hills, the pub echoes its roots, bringing together award-winning, friendly £23 to hospitality and the very best local produce. The bar boasts a wide range of local cider, £30 ale and beer alongside a huge selection of gin, including Beau Gin, the pub’s very own small-batch artisan tipple. The menu changes daily, reflecting the seasons, and seeks to combine fine dining and favourite pub classics. Choose from the likes of pheasant forestiere, hand-dived scallops from Lime Bay, Creedy Carver duck and a wide range of local steaks. Traditionalists might enjoy Somerset bangers and mash or classic fish and chips. Alternatively, plump for moules marinières or the delicious moules frites with local cider and bacon. The Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, Candlelight burger is a gourmet treat, as is the vegetarian-friendly halloumi burger. 6pm-midnight; The pub caters for gluten-free diners and offers plenty of choice. Fri-Sun noon-11pm Living up to its name in the evening, the pub adorns every table with candles, lending an intimate atmosphere and making this a special place to dine. Visit on a Sunday and be treated to a hearty three-course lunch. In warmer months, barbecues are a regular feature in the beer garden, which boasts verdant display of shrubs and blooms. The lovely dining room is available to hire for your next private function or corporate event. The Candlelight Inn is easy to find, situated just off the A303 in Bishopswood, and is worth seeking out; you’ll be rewarded with a refreshing pint, fantastic food and a special atmosphere.

The Seven Stars

Gastropub

 Location Winsley, Nr. Bradford on Avon, BA15 2LQ t: 0844 502 7169 w: www.sevenstarswinsley.co.uk e: enquiries@sevenstarswinsley.co.uk

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Situated in the village of Winsley, The Seven Stars extends a warm welcome to all who step inside its historic walls. Whether you swing by for a swift drink with friends or are lingering a little longer over a bite to eat, you’re sure to have an enjoyable time, thanks to the stylish interior and friendly service. The pub proved the perfect escape on the day we visited; though wet and windy outside, inside was cosy and buzzing with customers who’d also braved the weather.

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From the lunch menu I chose the chef’s creamy cauliflower and vanilla soup of the day, while my partner opted for braised pork and smoked venison terrine served with bread and salad. Such well-executed starters set the standard high for the rest of the meal, and we were not to be disappointed. The pan-seared goat’s cheese and pumpkin risotto had a kick of sweetness from the caramelised red onion chutney, which paired well with the rich flavours of the cheese and Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Fri noon-3pm, pumpkin. My partner’s choice of the griddled Star burger with 6pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Gruyère cheese and bacon jam Sun noon-10.30pm was just as delicious and similarly generous in portion size. Decadent desserts rounded the meal off well. The beautiful, simply presented dishes stand testament to the talent of the head chef. After our excellent experience, I have a feeling The Seven Stars has two new regulars. 22

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The Northey Arms

Gastropub

 Location Bath Road, Box, Nr. Corsham, SN13 8AE t: 0844 502 8826 w: www.ohhpubs.co.uk e: thenorthey@ohhcompany.co.uk

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If you’re looking for a quaint countryside retreat, look no further than The Northey Arms. Ensconced amid the rolling hills of Wiltshire, it is the quintessential British pub, where visitors are invited to relax away from the hubbub of modern life.

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Inside, the pub has undergone extensive renovation, transforming the venue into a charming hideaway. There is an open fire to warm visitors on cold evenings, a large garden space for sunny days, complete with a children’s play area, and a light and spacious dining area for patrons in search of a delicious feast. The menu changes often, in line with the ingredients available. Head chef Chris Alderson, works closely with local suppliers to ensure that only the highest-quality produce is used at The Northey Arms, resulting in dishes that are impressive enough to have gained the attention of the AA and The Michelin Guide. We were keen to sample the pub’s offering on our visit, and browsed the menu in the bar area while enjoying the house white. Once seated in the restaurant, our first course promptly arrived. I had the caramelised shallot and goat’s cheese tart paired with an apple, grape and celery salad, while my companion enjoyed the crayfish and avocado salad accompanied by a crab croquette, which was recommended by the waiter. Both proved excellent choices, and were beautifully presented as well as delicious. Our tastebuds awakened, we moved on to the main event. For me, this comprised pan-fried calf’s liver and bacon, artfully placed alongside honey-roasted carrots, spinach and Dauphinoise potatoes. Each component brought new colour and texture to the dish, and the result was scrumptious. My friend seemed equally taken with her moules marinières, and even joked about drinking from the bowl to savour every drop of the creamy sauce. Although rather full from the first two courses, the temptation of the dessert menu proved too much and we shared the iced strawberry timbale. It was the perfect ending to a faultless meal, and we will undoubtedly return to sample more of the menu – and perhaps next time forgo the drive home and make use of The Northey Arms’ ten bedrooms, rated five stars by the AA.

Open: Sun-Thurs 8am-9.30pm; Fri & Sat 8am-10pm

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The Locksbrook Inn

Gastropub

 Location 103 Locksbrook Road, Bath, BA1 3EN t: 0844 502 7787 w: www.thelocksbrookinn.com e: reservations@thelocksbrookinn.com

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Located in the beautiful city of Bath, right on the bank of the canal in Lower Weston, The Locksbrook Inn is just the kind of place where you can while away a whole afternoon. In the summer sit out in the sunshine beside the water and sample the wide range of drinks on offer, while winter presents the perfect opportunity to settle next to the wood-burning stove with friends.

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It’s the perfect place to spend time with friends and family as The Locksbrook Inn manages to cater to everyone with ease, with small plates through to hearty, hefty portions, and everything has a bit of a Locksbrook twist. This is gastropub dining, but not quite as you know it. The main menu is packed with tasty sharing and small plates – think ham hock and Parma ham terrine served with homemade piccalilli, crispy-fried king prawns with Bloody Mary dressing and toast, or baked Camembert with cornichons and rosemary flatbread. Every tasty 9in pizza is handmade and hand-tossed before being cooked to delicious perfection, with toppings such as salami, rocket and Parmesan. There are also plenty of traditional gastropub staples from battered Brixham fish and chips to lamb rump with buttery fondant potato with kale and honey-glazed carrots and rosemary jus. The falafel burger with Moroccan spices and baba ganoush is absolutely fantastic. Choose from mouth-watering desserts such as hot chocolate fondant with raspberry Pavlova ice cream, classic sticky toffee pudding, and Baileys and amaretti cheesecake served with blackberries and white chocolate. If you’d prefer to end the meal on a savoury note, why not order a selection of West Country cheeses with chutney, celery and crackers? There is a chance you’ll be too full for pudding, in which case a choice of post-dinner drinks including the delicious Martini Espresso and Pedro Ximenez Viejo Napolean will provide the perfect conclusion to your meal. Open: Mon-Thurs 8.30am-11pm; Fri & Sat 8.30am-midnight; Sun 8.30am-10.30pm

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Kick-start your day with a Locksbrook brunch, which offers delicious classics like eggs Benedict, Florentine and Royale, a big Locksbrook breakfast and breakfast baps. These are served Monday to Saturday until 11.30am and until 11am on Sunday to give the kitchen team ample time to prepare their lovely Sunday roasts.


The Holcombe Inn

Gastropub

 Location Stratton Road, Holcombe, BA3 5EB t: 0845 468 0510 w: www.holcombeinn.co.uk e: bookings@holcombeinn.co.uk

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Bordered by picturesque landscapes and rolling countryside, the enchanting 17th-century Holcombe Inn is the perfect Somerset sanctuary from which to explore the beautiful rural county. The inn boasts fantastic views and an entire network of walking routes that lead to some fantastic photo opportunities. Walking is encouraged by the lovely team and they’re happy to provide wellies should you require them.

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This multi-award-winning country retreat also acts as an ideal base from which to visit Bath, Bristol, Wells, Longleat Safari Park and many National Trust houses. Wake up to the smell of fresh coffee, cakes and pastries, which are served all day if you choose to stay over in one of the 11 AA-star-awarded luxurious guest rooms. Everything on the menu is freshly made on-site and the exciting menus change with the seasons. For a delectable three-course meal, plump for sesame-coated scallops with curried cauliflower purée, apricot chutney and soda bread croutons, followed by braised ox cheek, caramelised onion purée, parsley- and garlic-fried baby vegetables, Parmesan gnocchi and Lyonnaise sauce, and top it all off with chocolate and orange cheesecake with orange segments and praline. The Holcombe Inn is also an ideal spot to round off the weekend with a Sunday roast, which comprises tender beef, slow-cooked lamb or loin of pork, served with the essentials – Yorkshire puddings, rich gravy and colourful, seasonal vegetables. With a vast range of pub classics, innovative seasonal dishes, and fantastic vegetarian options, The Holcombe Inn offers something for everyone. To enhance its offering of wholesome, award-winning fare, The Holcombe Inn showcases an excellent selection of real ale, organic cider and lager, rare malt whiskies, unusual gins, rums and vodkas. There’s also an extensive wine list, and Prosecco and Champagne are available by the bottle or glass. For an extra-special visit, you can make the most of the beautiful gardens and indulge in a spot of al fresco dining. The gardens are the perfect place from which to view stunning sunsets on summer evenings. Why not enjoy an after-dinner stroll in the Victorian kitchen gardens? With a great atmosphere and menu, The Holcombe Inn should be at the top of your list of culinary hotspots to visit.

Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat & Sun noon-9pm

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Hare & Hounds

Gastropub

 Location Lansdown Road, Bath, BA1 5TJ t: 0844 502 7680 w: www.hareandhoundsbath.com e: reservations@hareandhoundsbath.com

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The Hare & Hounds enjoys a stunning location high on Lansdown Road with glorious views over the Bath countryside. The pub serves home-cooked, seasonal food every day at breakfast, lunchtime and in the evening. On summer days, customers can enjoy lunch on the large terrace; on winter evenings, the open fire creates a cosy atmosphere, and the attentive but relaxed service really shines. The large garden is also a big draw, with plenty of space for visitors to soak up the sun and the views at the same time.

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‘...glorious views over the Bath countryside...’ Food is freshly prepared on-site using produce sourced in and around Bath. Open from 8am daily, you can start your day with a freshly brewed coffee and eggs Benedict or the Hare & Hounds full English, or visit for lunch and tuck into a generous sharing board of cured meats and pickles, or a fresh salad bowl of beetroot, chicory and charred sprouting broccoli. Those looking to enjoy the full three courses are also in for a treat. From the regularly changing selection you might start with wild mushrooms on sourdough toast with roasted Jerusalem artichokes and brown butter, and continue with fillet of hake and Palourde clams served with burnt cauliflower purée, potatoes and creamy leek and tarragon sauce. Decadent polenta and almond cake served with poached Yorkshire rhubarb and white chocolate crémeux will round things off in a suitably indulgent fashion. Alternatively, there are three different types of burger to choose from – beef, pulled chicken or vegetarian. There’s a separate menu for children, which includes mini fish and chips, sausage and mash, and mini steak with potatoes and seasonal vegetables, followed by sticky toffee pudding and fruit dippers. A favourite Sunday haunt for locals, Hare & Hounds serves award-winning roasts all day, from noon until 8pm. Booking in advance is strongly recommended for Sunday afternoons as tables fill up quickly. Open: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm; Sat & Sun 9am-11pm

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The Hare & Hounds sits only a mile from town but a world away from the hustle and bustle, with its wonderful vantage point and ample parking. Its location is perfect for visitors heading to or from the M4 motorway to the north of Bath. You’ll come for the views, but stay for the friendly service and fabulous food.


The Marlborough Tavern

Gastropub

 Location 35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath, BA1 2LY t: 0844 502 7790 w: www.marlborough-tavern.com e: reservations@marlborough-tavern.com

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Located a stone’s throw from the Royal Crescent, The Marlborough Tavern is a charming establishment that combines the atmosphere of a local pub with the food offering of a top restaurant, making it a firm favourite with locals and visitors to Bath alike.

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‘...a firm favourite with locals and visitors...’ The menu is essentially British in character and uses local produce to create great-tasting, inventive dishes in which the quality of the produce speaks for itself. The pub has held two AA rosettes for good food since 2009, and features in both The Good Food Guide and The Michelin Guide. You might find yourself enjoying a starter of goat’s cheese with honey, truffle, shallot purée, braised beetroot and figs, followed by pan-fried hake, smoked haddock chowder, sautéed courgettes, samphire and crispy Parma ham. Desserts are similarly tempting, with options such as assiette of chocolate with blackberry purée and a hazelnut tuile. The Marlborough Tavern doesn’t shy away from its pub heritage, though, and there’s a selection of hearty pub classics available too, including a 6oz Ruby Red beefburger with fries, and beer-battered fish and chips.

‘...the quality of the produce speaks for itself...’ Sundays are especially busy, with groups of friends and families enjoying the friendly pub ambience and legendary roasts. The pub also offers toast and fresh coffee from 9am throughout the week, making it an ideal spot for an early meeting or an hour of blissful solitude with the morning papers. The Marlborough Tavern’s reputation for good food is matched by the service, which is friendly and attentive without ever being intrusive or pretentious. The wine list is extensive, as is the selection of local ale. Outside, The Marlborough boasts what is arguably Bath’s finest pub garden – a walled courtyard space that’s just perfect for summertime lunching and drinking with good friends. For summer diners wishing to walk off their lunch or dinner, the entrance to Royal Victoria Park is just a few steps from the door.

Open: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-8pm

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King William  Location 36 Thomas Street, Bath, BA1 5NN t: 0845 468 0655 w: www.kingwilliampub.com e: info@kingwilliampub.com

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King William pub and dining rooms is just a 15-minute walk from Bath Abbey and is a destination for lovers of great food and proper pubs. Having been independently owned for over ten years, this cosy little Georgian eatery is a favourite of locals and visitors alike, so it’s a good idea to book your table in advance.

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The huge windows looking out onto the street bathe the bar in sunlight and are perfect for people-watching on a lazy afternoon. The two dining rooms on the first floor offer a more intimate setting for private dining, special occasions or romantic dinners. Head to the well-stocked bar and find a range of drinks including locally brewed cask ales, 30 craft beers, Somerset ciders and an extensive and excellent wine list. The King William’s eponymous house ale is exclusively brewed by Danish master brewer Stig Anker Andersen, and is available to take home, though it can also be enjoyed from the hand pumps. If you fancy a warming brew, coffee is freshly ground and tea is served in warmed pots.

Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat & Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm

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Cooking at the King William is all about respect for ingredients, and the team sources ingredients from the wealth of artisan producers found in and around Bath and the South West. The daily changing menus always have a focus on fresh, seasonal and local produce. Meat and poultry is free-range, fish is delivered daily from the Cornish coast and the rest is homemade by the team. Dishes are modern British in style and arrive beautifully presented, and Sunday roasts are the stuff of legends. They are child-friendly too, with complimentary gifts to keep young minds occupied while the adults get to grips with a serious wine list and four real ales from local microbreweries on draught. King William is also known for serving the Georgian delicacy known as Bath chaps as a bar snack. Known by this name since an advertisement appeared in The Morning Chronicle in 1831, Bath chaps are cured pig’s cheek coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried, served with tangy apple sauce for dipping. They’re delicious, and a real speciality. The King William continues to be a proud champion of quality produce from Somerset and the South West. No wonder it’s such a popular choice.


Garrick’s Head

Gastropub

 Location 7-8 St Johns Place, Bath, BA1 1ET t: 0845 468 0690 w: www.garricksheadpub.com e: welcome@garricksheadpub.com

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Garrick’s Head pub and dining room was the former home of Beau Nash; unsurprisingly, it’s a grand building with stately proportions. Its location next to the Theatre Royal makes it the top choice for pre-theatre diners. It is open every day from noon onwards, and lunch and dinner are served in the beautiful dining room, in the bar and on the terrace.

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‘...bursting with fresh, seasonal ingredients...’ Menus are bursting with fresh, seasonal ingredients and modern British dishes. The bar menu features top-notch pub classics that use the best regional ingredients, while the pre-theatre and à la carte menus are more fine dining in style. Everything is made from scratch, including the burgers and ice cream, with the exception of the bread, which is delivered daily from The Bertinet Bakery in Bath. Legendary traditional Sunday roasts are served with all the trimmings and children are occupied with complimentary gifts to keep them busy at the table. Renowned for serving some of the best fish and chips in Bath, Garrick’s Head is also known for serving the Georgian delicacy of Bath chaps. Known by this name since an advertisement appeared in The Morning Chronicle in 1831, Bath chaps are cured pig’s cheek coated in breadcrumbs and deep fried, served with tangy apple sauce for dipping – they’re delicious. The Garrick’s Head’s eponymous house ale is exclusively brewed by Danish master brewer Stig Anker Andersen and is available to take home in addition to being enjoyed from the hand pumps. The pub’s reputation for well-kept ale and cider doesn’t rule out the comprehensive wine and spirits list, with over 20 wines available by the glass and 50 whiskies. Outside, the spectacular floral displays in the hanging baskets and window boxes on the terrace catch the early afternoon and late evening sun – it is the perfect location in which to sit back and watch the hustle and bustle of Bath while enjoying a bite to eat or a glass of something delicious from the bar. Booking is always advisable – especially at the weekend.

Open: Mon-Fri noon-11pm; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5.30pm-9pm; Sat & Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm

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Bistrot Pierre

French

 Location 4 Princes Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2ED t: 0844 502 7751 e: bath@pierre94.co.uk  Location Princess Royal Square, Beach Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1AT t: 0844 502 7767 e: westonsupermare@pierre94.co.uk w: www.bistrotpierre.co.uk Bistrot Pierre in Bath brings accessible yet elegant French cuisine to a corner of the Roman city. Set in a Grade II listed building, surrounded by a scattering of Georgian houses, the city’s famous landmarks such as the Roman Baths are nearby. Located on Beach Road, Bistrot Pierre in Weston-super-Mare boasts incredible panoramic views across the bay, beach and Grand Pier. This bistrot has a large bar area downstairs, extensive outside terraced areas and a balcony, where you can enjoy stunning vistas while you dine.

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‘...accessible yet elegant French cuisine...’ Each menu has been expertly created to ensure they cover all bases. Whether you’re stopping by for a lazy breakfast at the weekend, a light lunch or a full-blown three-course feast, your food will arrive beautifully presented, freshly prepared and of the highest standard. The culinary line-up showcases French classics like steak frites and boeuf Bourguignon alongside an assortment of regional favourites such as confit de canard and tarte flambée. Don’t miss the eminently popular prix-fixe early-evening menu with two courses costing only £14.95.

‘...freshly prepared and of the highest standard...’ Bath Food Served: Mon-Weds noon-3pm, 5pm-9.30pm; Thurs & Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm Weston Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-4pm, 5pm-10pm; Sat 9am-11.30am, noon-10pm; Sun 9am-11.30am, noon-9pm

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Inspired by travels around France, the à la carte menu includes starters of salmon fumé gribiche, and moules marinières. For the main event, why not go for slow-cooked marinated pork medallions paired with Morteau sausage, caramelised apples and Dijon mustard beurre blanc, served with Provençal vegetables? Lighter but equally delicious dishes include ricotta and spinach veggie balls baked in a rich tomato and Béchamel sauce. Desserts are the pièce de résistance and include tarte au citron, frangipane paired with vanilla crème fraîche and toasted pistachios, and classic crème brûlée. As you’d expect from a French establishment, a glance at the varied wine list reveals over 20 French wines sold by the glass. With gluten-free dishes and a dedicated children’s menu too, a favourable welcome is extended to all at Bistrot Pierre.


Chez Dominique

French

 Location 15 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BQ t: 0844 502 8365 w: www.chezdominique.co.uk e: eat@chezdominique.co.uk BS Housed within a Georgian building in the heart of historic Bath, this charming French restaurant oozes character and has a relaxed atmosphere. Proprietorpartners Sarah Olivier and Chris Tabbitt named this exciting venue after their young £15 to son Dominic. Testament to the team’s talent and hard work, Chez Dominique was £25 named best French restaurant at the Bath Good Food Awards in 2017, where its steak also came out on top, and has earned itself a place in The Good Food Guide 2018. Head chef Chris trained at award-winning Bibendum in Chelsea, which is renowned for its refined French cuisine. Chris creates fabulous menus that change with the seasons, which may include starters such as baked Crottin goat’s cheese with walnuts, chicory and red wine-poached pear. Mains such as pheasant breast with black pudding, cavolo nero and red wine sauce are sure to delight. Choose from an attractively priced prix-fixe menu of two or three courses, the tempting à la carte, or the regularly Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-3pm, changing specials board, which often features sharing dishes such as Chateaubriand 5pm-11pm; and tarte fine aux pommes. You can Sun 11.30am-3.30pm, also opt for a tasty roast on a Sunday. Desserts like blood orange posset and 6pm-10pm Yorkshire rhubarb are almost impossible to resist. There’s a great selection of wine to accompany your meal. Warmly lit by chandelier-inspired pendants, Chez Dominique is the perfect place to take your time and enjoy a meal to remember. It also offers a private dining room that comfortably seats up to eight guests, and boasts views of the Pulteney Weir and the River Avon.

Rugantinos

Italian

 Location The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel, 20 Sadler Street, Wells, BA5 2SE t: 0844 625 3115 w: www.ancientgatehouse.com e: info@ancientgatehouse.co.uk

Md Rugantinos is a fantastic Italian restaurant located within The Ancient Gatehouse Hotel. Situated right on the cathedral green, diners flock to Rugantinos to enjoy fantastic food with a backdrop of Wells’ magnificent cathedral. The clean, £20 to contemporary interior reflects the high-quality food served, and makes for a £40 stylish and comfortable environment in which to dine. The menu showcases fine Italian cuisine made from first-class ingredients. The team is passionate about sourcing the best produce available, so you can be sure that your steak comes from a local Somerset butcher, and fresh fish is sourced from the Devonshire coast. You might start with the antipasto platter, comprising Italian charcuterie, smoked salmon, arancini, olives, artichokes and whitebait. Follow with the popular spaghetti del mare, made with mouth-watering scallops, king prawns and mussels cooked in white wine, garlic and shallots. Pasta and pizza dough are handmade on-site each day, resulting in Food Served: Mon-Sun deliciously authentic, fresh dishes noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm that have been delighting diners since Rugantinos opened over 45 years ago. It’s not just the food that makes this establishment a cut above the rest; it’s the friendly, professional service and relaxed atmosphere that, when combined with great cuisine, keeps customers returning again and again. Reasonable prices and lunchtime offers mean a fantastic meal out needn’t be saved for a special occasion. You may even wish to extend your stay and book into one of the hotel’s fabulous en-suite guest rooms. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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Piattino

Italian

 Location 7 Edgar Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2EE t: 0844 625 2846 w: www.piattinobath.com e: reservations@piattinobath.com

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A concept brought to life by three close friends, Piattino celebrates everything that’s great about Italian food: fine cuisine shared among family and friends. Stop by and you’ll soon see why diners rave about the restaurant’s vibrant yet £20 to laid-back ambience, authentic food and friendly hospitality. £30 The restaurant specialises in serving Italian small plates known as piattini, with dishes ranging from decadent pasta and gnocchi to ever-popular arancini, alongside seafood specials. Everything that leaves the kitchen is homemade using the finest ingredients. Piattino prides itself on using fresh, free-range and organic produce, which is sourced from local independent suppliers. Using top-notch ingredients ensures that, despite being petite, the dishes are packed with big flavours. Particular highlights include the gnocchi per zola – homemade gnocchi served with rich Gorgonzola, juicy pears and crisp walnuts – and gambero di galizia, comprising crayfish marinated in chilli and Open: Mon-Sun noon-late lime accompanied by a Caerphilly croquette and sharp redcurrant jam. Traditional Neapolitan-style pizzas also feature on the menu. When it comes to dessert, the classic tiramisu is not to be missed; it’s best enjoyed with a tipple from the extensive dessert wine menu. In addition to delightful fare, guests are often treated to live music from local jazz and blues bands. With a fantastic atmosphere, live entertainment and top-notch food to boot, Piattino is the place to be.

Ponte Vecchio

Italian

 Location Spring Gardens Road, Bath, BA2 6PW t: 0844 502 8032 w: www.pontevecchiobath.com

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Restaurant Open: Mon-Sun 10.30am-10.30pm Bar Open: Mon-Sun 10.30am-late

Bath is known for its picturesque charm. You’ll find one of the city’s prettiest views from the windows of Ponte Vecchio (meaning ‘the old bridge’), a smart Italian bar and restaurant adjoining the rugby ground and overlooking the historic Pulteney Bridge. Previously known as The River Canteen, the restaurant underwent many exciting changes in spring 2013; visitors can expect contemporary decor, a beer garden to take advantage of in the summer, and a revamped menu offering exciting Italian cuisine with a twist. If you’ve got an occasion coming up, give Ponte Vecchio a call – they can expertly cater for parties and weddings.

This isn’t just a place for sit-down dining – the lively bar downstairs welcomes those popping in for a drink or a few cocktails with friends. Those who do decide to venture up to the restaurant will be rewarded with fine Italian and Mediterranean fare, and one of the best views in Bath. If you’re finding it tricky to decide what to order from the great selection of pasta, fish and meat dishes, you might instead go for the blind menu. Just let your helpful waiter know your preferences, and the skilled kitchen team will whip up a selection of dishes for you and your dining companions to try. If you don’t want to leave Ponte Vecchio’s comforts behind after finishing your Italian feast, you’re in luck – the bar is open late, so you can stay and enjoy the buzzing ambience long into the evening. 32

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Taka Taka

Greek

 Location 34 Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LP t: 0844 625 2386 w: www.taka-taka.co.uk e: bath@taka-taka.co.uk Ask locals and they’ll tell you that Taka Taka’s magic rolls are something to shout about. Presenting perfect lunch options and filling treats after a night out, Taka Taka is understandably popular. Diners can create their own magic roll or select from the all-pleasing list of house favourites. Best-sellers include jaadu khana: chicken, halloumi, tabbouleh, onion, mango and pineapple salsa, hot chilli and mint yoghurt, and the halloumi wrap with roast veg, falafel, hummus and balsamic dressing. Creating and serving reasonably priced Greek street food is what the team at Taka Taka does best. Come evening, the grill opens, serving authentic Greek kebabs, wraps and souvlaki skewers to take away or enjoy in the dining area. It doesn’t end there; the deli counter is filled with an abundance of authentic and organic Greek delights such as feta, olives, halloumi and baklava to take home.

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Kazbar

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 7 South Western Terrace, Yeovil, BA20 1NB t: 0845 468 0570 w: www.kazbaryeovil.co.uk e: info@kazbaryeovil.co.uk When it comes to tapas and cocktails, the independently run Kazbar is a cut above the rest. The concept is social yet relaxed dining that encourages people to unwind at their own pace. Table service ensures a laid-back experience, with rustic decor adding to the ambience. Both the cocktail menu and food offering encompass something for everyone, whether a cocktail connoisseur or a tapas newbie. Find a fusion of flavours in the pork and chorizo burgers, plaintain and shallot bajita, Lebanese-spiced fried chicken drumsticks with whiskey barbecue sauce, and dukkah-spiced fish goujons. Only the freshest ingredients are used and the menu changes regularly to keep things exciting. The list of creative cocktails combines unique and classic tipples that, like the food, take inspiration from around the world. *Price range represents the cost of three tapas dishes.

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The Old Mill Hotel

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Toll Bridge Road, Batheaston, Nr. Bath, BA1 7DE t: 0844 625 2903 w: www.oldmillbath.co.uk e: info@oldmillbath.co.uk Located just three miles from the centre of Bath, The Old Mill Hotel is the ideal spot in which to relax after a busy day exploring the historic city. Boasting picturesque views across the beautiful River Avon, as well as unique characteristics including a stunning waterwheel – a feature that remains from the hotel’s former life as a working flour mill – this scenic local eatery delights guests with its winning combination of fantastic service and mouth-watering food.

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£20

The kitchen brigade prides itself on sourcing the highest quality ingredients, resulting in a delicious selection of dishes that is sure to impress. The Old Mill can also accommodate family parties and celebrations, so if you have a special occasion coming up, be sure to give them a call. Food Served: please call for details Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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Hall & Woodhouse Portishead

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Newfoundland Way, Portishead, BS20 7FP t: 0844 683 9851 w: www.hall-woodhouseportishead.co.uk e: portishead@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

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Head to Portishead Quays Marina and you’ll find this thriving hub of a dining destination. Boasting panoramic harbourside views and that quintessential Hall & Woodhouse home-from-home feel, you’re sure to be charmed by this £18 to family-friendly joint. £30 Upon being seated by our warm and welcoming host, we were immediately taken by the eclectic decor, lively atmosphere and cosy log fire. As we perused the menu we were pleased to discover that there were plenty of tempting plates on offer. Inspired by our harbourside location, my companion and I both opted for seafood Bar Open: dishes to start: garlic tiger prawns with lashing of rich garlic butter, and vibrant Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; beetroot gravadlax on malted sourdough. My partner followed with a succulent Sun 9am-10.30pm 10oz rib-eye steak accompanied by decadently creamy Dauphinoise potatoes and a Upstairs Restaurant Open: fresh rocket and red onion salad. I plumped for the Wiltshire goat’s cheese salad Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, with grilled and roasted vegetables and a delicious mint and parsley dressing. The 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-7pm fresh herb dressing cut through the Downstairs Restaurant richness of the creamy goat’s cheese Open: Mon-Sun 9am-9pm to create a dish with perfectly balanced flavours. My salad was just one of many vegetarian dishes available, alongside vegan options like sweet potato and mushroom shepherd’s pie. We finished our delightful meal with a velvety smooth coffee and walnut panna cotta and a warm apple turnover. Great food, a fantastic location and regular events throughout the year make Hall & Woodhouse a great destination for any occasion.

The Bath Brew House

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 14 James Street West, Bath, BA1 2BX t: 0844 502 7709 w: www.thebathbrewhouse.com e: info@thebathbrewhouse.com

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Whether you’ve stumbled upon one of their many live music nights, been drawn in by the smell of hops emanating from their on-site microbrewery, or have simply been admiring the reclaimed wood and quirky decor, it’s hard to deny £18 to that The Bath Brew House has a homely feel to it. Situated in central Bath, the £22 brew-pub has been open for nearly five years and has proved incredibly popular. They offer home-brewed ales, delicious homemade food (their rotisserie and smokehouse have heavily influenced the menu) and have boosted the profile of craft beer in Bath. Featuring upcoming breweries from across the South West, the pub has plenty to offer everyone, from students to CAMRA members. The upcycled interior perfectly matches the pub’s vibe; you’ll find walls of old doors, barrels converted into stools and knick-knacks dotted around on every fireplace and bookshelf. Bags of penny sweets are tucked into frayed novels with Open: Mon-Thurs your bill, board games are proffered on the end of the bar and a huge garden noon-midnight; space strung with fairy lights Fri & Sat noon-1am; helps to make the most of summer Sun noon-11pm evenings. The pub regularly hosts events that are open to all – folk music, poetry sessions, live comedy and networking events for young people within Bath. The Bath Brew House boasts a large function room, which is available to hire. Brewery tours run daily, alongside their Brewery Experience Days, which give customers the chance to brew their own beer from scratch, with plenty of opportunities to sample other beers along the way. 34

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The Chapel

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Graham Way, Cotford St Luke, TA4 1HX t: 0844 625 2856 w: www.thechapelcotford.co.uk

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Located in the village of Cotford St Luke, just outside Taunton, you’ll find The Chapel – a fantastic bar and restaurant serving top-notch fare. The restaurant is worth a visit for the spectacular venue alone. Housed in a Grade II listed former chapel, the interior boasts magnificent high ceilings, ornate windows and images of Thai culture reflecting the cuisine served by The Chapel’s Thai chefs. There’s even a tuk tuk complete with a table and banquette seating, providing diners with a unique setting in which to enjoy their meal. Add to this the delicious food and great atmosphere and you’ve got more than enough reasons to book a visit.

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To sample a variety of dishes, diners can start with a Thai sharing platter, comprising Thai fishcakes, spring rolls, chicken satay, prawn toast, golden bags and tempura prawns. Follow with a hearty bowl of The Chapel’s famous noodles, such as pad kee mao or the ever-popular pad Thai. Flavoursome curries provide another tempting option Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; – try the particularly delicious Sun noon-10.30pm kaeng massaman, a rich, flavoursome curry cooked with potato and peanuts. Most dishes can be served with a choice of chicken, steak, prawns or tofu, and there’s plenty of choice for vegans and those with a dairy intolerance. There’s also a hand-built wood-fired pizza oven in the bar, so mouth-watering homemade pizzas can be enjoyed in the restaurant or ordered to take away. They also host regular events and live entertainment, making The Chapel a great spot to visit.

Hall & Woodhouse at Bath

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 1 Old King Street, Bath, BA1 2JW t: 0845 468 0546 w: www.hall-woodhousebath.co.uk e: bath@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

BN Hall & Woodhouse is set in an impressive building complete with high ceilings, beautiful chandeliers and a show-stopping staircase. When we visited, the bar was filled with lively after-work drinkers, creating a warm, jovial atmosphere. Upon £20 to entering, my partner and I were immediately greeted by a jolly barman, and this £30 diligent level of service continued throughout the evening. We headed to the upstairs dining area, which is set apart from the bustling bar allowing for a more intimate dining experience. In the summertime, diners and drinkers flock to the rooftop terrace to enjoy the stunning views of Bath. On the recommendation of our knowledgeable waitress, I opted to start with Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm; smoked mackerel pâté accompanied by tomato relish and rocket salad, while Fri & Sat 9am-11.30pm; my partner opted for beetroot gravadlax served with delicate horseradish Sun 10am-10.30pm crème fraîche. Both starters arrived with light, freshly baked sourdough and Upstairs Food Served: whet our appetites. I ordered the perfectly cooked rib-eye, which came with Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-10pm; truffle butter, chips and a generous Sat noon-10pm; Sun noon-5pm portion of rocket, tomato and red onion salad. My partner chose Downstairs Food Served: the high-welfare British rose veal Mon-Sat 9am-10pm; sirloin accompanied by creamy Sun 9am-11am, noon-7pm Dauphinoise, wilted greens and honey-roasted carrots. Although we were both full, we couldn’t resist sharing a lemon tart drizzled with raspberry coulis for dessert. A delightful combination of tart and sweet, it provided the perfect end to our feast. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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The Worlds End

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Bradford-on-Tone, Nr. Taunton, TA4 1ET t: 0845 468 0542 w: www.theworldsendtaunton.co.uk TD e: worldsend.taunton@hall-woodhouse.co.uk Situated between Taunton and Wellington, you’ll find the lovely Victorian house that’s home to The Worlds End. The garden boasts picturesque views of Somerset’s £18 to fine countryside, while inside large wooden beams, open fires and quirky corners £30 welcome guests after a long day. After settling in a cosy spot in the restaurant, my partner and I sampled two delicious Badger Ales: Fursty Ferret and Golden Champion. A long history of brewing has gone into creating the perfect pint, and we were certainly impressed by our tipples. The menu features a selection of favourites and there’s a specials board listing an array of tempting dishes that made deciding what to choose a difficult task. I started with cheese and beer croquettes with balsamic glaze and tomato and onion chutney, while my wife opted for hearty potato skins topped with chutney Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; and cheesy rarebit. To follow, I plumped for the award-winning steak and Tanglefoot Sun noon-10.30pm ale pie, which was packed with Food Served: mouth-watering British steak and Mon-Sun noon-9pm rich, flavoursome gravy. My wife was equally impressed with her sumptuous British sirloin steak accompanied by chips, grilled tomato, field mushrooms and garden peas. For dessert, I couldn’t resist the toffee apple pie with custard recommended to me by our helpful waiter. It’s easy to see why locals and visitors come back time and time again – we left already planning our next visit.

The Cork

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 11-12 Westgate Buildings, Bath, BA1 1EB t: 0844 502 8393 w: www.thecork.co.uk e: info@thecork.co.uk

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The Cork is situated in the heart of Bath, just around the corner from the famous Thermae Bath Spa and within walking distance of all the major tourist attractions. Historically, The Cork was positioned above an old debtors’ prison and a Roman £15 to well. The decor integrates the city’s characteristic limestone with a cool retro theme. £20 Comprising two bars, two vaulted party pods, a conservatory and what is arguably one of the best beer gardens in Bath, The Cork has something to offer everyone. The Cork offers a fantastic range of whisky, wine, rum, craft beer, real ale, cider and cocktails and so much more. The food offering suits the pub’s relaxed feel, and is designed to complement the laid-back atmosphere. The menu boasts American-inspired cuisine along with some great classics like fish and chips. The posh kebab is delicious, turning the typical after-party favourite on its head. Great burgers and an abundance of fantastic beers are what The Cork is best known for, though. The Black & Blue burger is a must-have: Cajun-spiced beef and melted blue Open: Mon-Weds cheese, served in a brioche bun with noon-midnight; slaw, pickles and onion rings stacked Thurs-Sat noon-1am; on top. The Cork is one of few venues Sun noon-11pm in Bath with private party pods, which double up as karaoke rooms and can screen sporting events too. In fact, The Cork has three high-definition televisions on both floors, as well as a projector and an outdoor TV for sunny days. The pub shows a huge range of sports, from regular football and rugby fixtures to Team Bath’s Netball Superleague screenings. 36

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The Duke of Cumberland

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Edford Hill, Holcombe, BA3 5HQ t: 0844 502 7174 w: www.thedukeholcombe.co.uk e: info@thedukeholcombe.co.uk

Md The Duke of Cumberland has been a pub since the 1700s, so it comes as no surprise that it’s a hotspot for those seeking a bite to eat and a tipple or two. Step inside and find a friendly, tranquil space where you’ll want to while away £15 to the day. There are no airs and graces, so feel free to sit back and relax all £30 afternoon, or make a quick pit-stop before heading out for a countryside walk. Having undergone refurbishment, you’ll now find mismatched chairs, calming tones and eclectic artifacts inside the pub. An open fire, intimate lighting and snug all add to its appeal. The food is fresh and homemade, its traditional character echoed in the careful yet unpretentious presentation. There are classics on the menu that the team Open: Mon-Sun can’t resist ,including beer-battered fish and chips, a homemade beefburger piled 11.30am-11pm with cheese and bacon, and pan-fried sea bass on a bed of new potatoes, peas, Food Served: Tues-Fri broad beans and lardons, alongside seasonally changing specials. The sharing noon-3pm, 5pm-9pm; platters and hand-stretched pizzas Sat noon-9pm; are great options for sociable Sun noon-4pm, 6pm-9pm dining. Sweet treats change weekly and may include cheesecake, chocolate brownie and fruit crumble. Feeling hungry yet? In the summer months take your food and four-legged friend outside and dine al fresco in the garden where you can see and hear the trickling Mell Stream. For amazing value for money, a warm ambience and fantastic fare, look no further than The Duke of Cumberland.

Atelier Restaurant

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Hilton Bath City, Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BJ t: 0844 502 7202 w: www.hilton.com/bathcity e: reservations.bath@hilton.com

BN Located just a ten-minute stroll from Bath Spa train station, you’ll find Atelier Restaurant. Perched on the edge of the River Avon near historic Pulteney Bridge, this modern establishment is the perfect spot in which to share fine fare £25 to with friends, family and colleagues. £30 We dined in the sleek, stylish restaurant and upon being greeted by our friendly waiter we felt immediately at home. Excited to see that the menu showcased an array of delicious dishes from light bites to hearty meals, we soon decided what to sample. My roasted tomato and red pepper chowder, and my companion’s kedgeree croquettes were packed with flavour and beautifully presented. I followed with the perfect winter warmer: sous-vide lamb shoulder served with parsnip and herb mash, asparagus and shallots, and enhanced with rich jus. My partner plumped for the pan-seared barramundi fillet, which was met Food Served: with much delight. He was particularly taken by the creamy chive mash that Mon-Fri noon-10pm; accompanied the fish, alongside Sat 1pm-10pm; spinach, mushrooms and sundried Sun 1pm-4pm tomatoes. Desserts were equally scrumptious; the goat’s cheese ice cream accompanying our warm baked apple galette was a surprising highlight for us both. The restaurant also offers an impressive and varied breakfast and lunch menu. Atelier Restaurant really is the ideal place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city, whether you’re just visiting historic Bath, or are a local looking for delectable food right on your doorstep. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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Seafoods

Fish & Chips

 Location 38 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AA t: 0845 468 0343 w: www.seafoodsfishandchips.co.uk

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When it’s fish and chips you’re craving, simply nothing else will suffice. Established in 1908, Seafoods is the place to go for the finest fish and chips in Bath. Popular with both tourists and loyal locals, this relaxed restaurant and takeaway continues to serve top-quality traditional English fare. Named the best fish and chip shop in Bath at the Bath Good Food Awards, and voted one of the top five in the South West, it’s no wonder customers keep coming back for more.

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Only the best will do for owner Ian Menzies. He has previous experience in Michelin-starred restaurants and understands the importance of high-quality ingredients. The perfect chips are made with Somerset potatoes and all the fish at Seafoods is sustainably sourced. Even the frying oil is carefully considered. Get comfy in the licenced restaurant area while you ponder the mouth-watering menu, packed with purse-friendly tempting choices for fish-lovers, meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. For me, it Open: Mon-Weds had to be the succulent scampi and 11.30am-9pm; a refreshing local ale. For a spot of Thurs-Sat 11.30am-10pm; fresh air on a sunny day, dine in the Sun noon-7pm al fresco area whilst sipping wine and absorbing the stunning historic scenery. For fish and chips in Bath, Seafoods is an undisputed champion and I for one cannot wait to return. *Price range represents the cost of lunch and a drink.

The Roman Baths Kitchen

Bistro

 Location Abbey Church Yard, Bath, BA1 1LY t: 0844 625 2876 w: www.romanbathkitchen.co.uk e: rbk@searcys.co.uk

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Just opposite the main entrance to The Roman Baths in Abbey Church Yard, you’ll find The Roman Baths Kitchen. This original Georgian townhouse has been transformed into a contemporary restaurant that serves breakfast and lunch throughout the week. A more informal alternative to its sister restaurant The Pump Room, The Roman Baths Kitchen’s offering changes with the seasons, with menus that showcase top-quality ingredients from trusted local suppliers.

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The menu is satisfying yet concise, offering something for everyone without making the decision too difficult. A real stand-out starter is the Stilton bruschetta with onion relish and a pear salad – a beautiful balance of the sweet and savoury to whet your appetite. The West Country burger is always a treat, while the Langford Farm pork belly accompanied by bubble and squeak and roasted beets intrigues the palate with its quirky take on classic flavour Food Served: combinations. Chicken and leek pie Mon-Sun 9am-close with creamed mash and greens, and Bath Ale-battered haddock with triple-cooked chips and tartare sauce are perfected classics. British meat and fish sharing boards, and a selection of carefully crafted sandwiches round out the menu nicely. No visit to this charming restaurant would be complete without a sweet treat. The rhubarb crème brûlée and sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream ice cream both come highly recommended. 38

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Abbey Tea Rooms

Tearoom

 Location 16 Magdalene Street, Glastonbury, BA6 9EH t: 0844 502 7742 w: www.abbeytearooms.co.uk e: info@abbeytearooms.co.uk

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If you’re looking for a traditional tearoom in Somerset, look no further than Glastonbury’s Abbey Tea Rooms. The tearooms’ convenient location among the main street’s quirky shops, just a stone’s throw from the abbey, is what first enticed us to call in. The perfect vintage style proved an added bonus – we loved the chintzy china and paintings of the local area on the walls. During our visit, the attentive service and soothing background music encouraged us to sit back and relax.

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I chose to indulge in the afternoon tea, comprising a warm scone with clotted cream and jam, and dainty egg mayonnaise finger sandwiches with a pot of Earl Grey. Served on a beautiful tiered china cake stand, this delightful feast was fresh and filling. My partner opted for a hearty serving of roast chicken with stuffing, roast potatoes and lashings of gravy. I was pleased to see a range of dairy- and gluten-free cakes on Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm; offer, so we tucked into a huge slab Sun 11am-5pm of gluten-free lemon drizzle cake. The reasonably priced menu has a broad range of hot and cold food to suit every palate and every pocket, from crumpets and filled jacket potatoes to cheeseboards and pies. Abbey Tea Rooms is open every day for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea with a traditional lunchtime roast served on Sunday and I for one cannot wait to return. *Price represents the cost of afternoon tea.

Urban Brunch

Café

 Location 5-7 Union Street, Yeovil, BA20 1PQ t: 0844 625 3189 e: urbanbrunch@yahoo.com

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If you’re visiting the town of Yeovil, be sure to pop into Urban Brunch. This charming café is a welcome addition to the town’s dining scene, thanks to its laid-back atmosphere and top-notch food and drink offering. Friendly staff greet you with a warm welcome, making you feel at ease as soon as you step through the door. It’s a great spot in which to catch up with friends over a warming coffee or a pot of tea and a slice of cake.

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‘...a great spot in which to catch up with friends over a warming coffee...’

The cosy interior features rustic wood, spotlighting and quirky design features including a large bespoke sign that adorns the far wall. Those seeking a tasty meal will be impressed by the range of dishes available. Set yourself up for the Open: Mon-Sat 9am-4pm day with a hearty breakfast or visit for a leisurely brunch. Vegetarian options are sure to delight both herbivores and meat-eaters alike, and there’s a great selection of meat dishes to satisfy all tastes. There are several gluten-free options available, too. With excellent food, friendly service and a home-from-home atmosphere, it’s no wonder Urban Brunch receives glowing reviews from all who visit. Don’t forget to check out their Facebook page to keep up to date with the latest goings on. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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Widcombe Deli

Café & Deli

 Location 18 Widcombe Parade, Bath, BA2 4LD t: 0844 502 8813 e: deli@jjbeanos.com Since opening Widcombe Deli in January 2017, owners Nicky and Jon Ison have received a very warm reception and have a whole host of loyal regular customers. The café and deli seats around 30 guests and serves delicious homemade food including quiches, snacks and salads as well as a great range of homemade pastries and cakes. Three separate seating areas ensure that Widcombe Deli retains its quiet and relaxed atmosphere, even when busy. Pop in for a lovely coffee (or a cup of tea if you prefer) and settle down in the café’s cosy ambience under the warm light of its quirky collection of ceiling lamps. With a fantastic offering of attractively priced food, including gluten-free options, Widcombe Deli has made an impression on the local community and comes highly recommended. The warm welcome you’ll receive from the friendly team is second to none; we’re sure you’ll be planning your second visit soon. *Price range represents the cost of a coffee and a snack.

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Bath Farmers’ Market

Farmers’ Market

 Location Green Park Station, Green Park Road, Bath, BA1 1JB t: 07779 697278 w: www.bathfarmersmarket.co.uk Bath Farmers’ Market takes pride in having been the first farmers’ market in the UK and has gained a loyal customer base since opening in 1997. The market takes place at Green Park Station in Bath every Saturday morning, with numerous stalls selling quality seasonal and organic vegetables and meats – including beef, veal, pork, lamb, salt marsh lamb, venison, goat, game, poultry and charcuterie. Wander from stall to stall marvelling at the different meat pies, speciality breads, cakes, pasties, quiches and soups – you’re bound to find something new. Anyone looking for some interesting cheese will be pleased to find an array of award-winning local cheeses (including soft cheese, goat’s, ewe’s and Cheddar). Whether it’s fresh fish, free-range eggs, honey, seasonal strawberries or asparagus you’re after, goods here are sold directly by the people who farm them and most produce comes from within a 40-mile radius of Bath. Make Bath Farmers’ Market part of your Saturday morning routine.

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Open: Sat 9am-1.30pm Traditional

The Old Green Tree

 Location 12 Green Street, Bath, BA1 2JZ t: 0844 502 8472 e: info@greentreebath.co.uk Built and opened in 1710, The Old Green Tree is a good old-fashioned British pub, which was refurbished to include beautiful oak panelling. Other than a few changes to add modern comfort, the pub remains unspoiled, and is listed in CAMRA’s inventory of historic pub interiors. The pub was also named the Bath and Borders CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016. The lunch menu promises an extensive doorstep sandwich menu and a fantastic ploughman’s lunch. Daily specials such as chilli con carne and beef and ale pie are popular and can be paired with one of six real ales, including the exclusive Green Tree Ale. For a hearty meal, why not plump for sausages and mash with a choice of two sauces? On Sundays they serve a delicious traditional roast with all the trimmings. With a fantastic food offering, plenty of great beer and seven choices of wine, it’s no wonder that National Geographic rated The Old Green Tree one of the top ten pubs in the UK. *Price range represents the cost of a main meal and a drink.

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The Natterjack Inn

Traditional

 Location Evercreech, Nr. Shepton Mallet, BA4 6NA t: 0844 625 2984 w: www.thenatterjackinn.co.uk e: natterjack@btconnect.com Situated just outside the village of Evercreech, surrounded by the stunning Mendip Hills, you’ll find The Natterjack Inn. Expect to be greeted by a warm welcome and a smile at this charming traditional pub. Whether you’re looking to snuggle up by the fire for a catch-up or prefer mingling with locals at the bar, The Natterjack is sure to impress.

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‘...charming traditional pub...’ We settled into a cosy corner near the bar and sipped crisp glasses of wine selected from the impressive range available. The food menu is packed with well-loved classic dishes such as cod and chips, pies and West Country steaks, and a specials board offers a range of inspired choices. Everything is homemade with care using fresh produce that’s locally sourced wherever possible. I couldn’t resist starting with the classic prawn cocktail served with buttered brown bread and colourful leaves, while my partner opted for luxuriously creamy garlic mushrooms atop toasted brioche. Both dishes were elegantly presented and left us eagerly anticipating our mains. My vegetable lasagne layered with flavoursome ragu and creamy Béchamel sauce proved to be a vegetarian delight, and my partner enthused over his warming beef chilli. As we pondered the tempting dessert menu we were seduced by the tantalising choices. My heavenly vanilla crème brûlée was a smooth, velvety treat adorned with tangy physalis, while my partner’s chocolate fudge cake with local ice cream was delightfully indulgent. The Natterjack Inn is the perfect place for a countryside escape, thanks to a number of modern rooms and family cottages to choose from. Engulfed by breath taking scenery and just a stone’s throw from the Bath & West Showground, Castle Cary, Street, and the historic city of Wells, you’re sure to find plenty to keep you entertained. Book a visit and you’ll soon see why this quaint pub attracts visitors from near and far. Perhaps you’ll be charmed into staying a night or two.

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The Butchers Arms

Traditional

 Location Timsbury Road, Farmborough, BA2 0AE t: 0844 502 8570 e: thebuchersarms@yahoo.co.uk The Butchers Arms is a lovely village pub serving a great range of drinks and wholesome food in a cosy, traditional setting. Pop in for a relaxed lunch, evening meal or special occasion and you’re sure to receive friendly service and an enjoyable meal. Try the popular starter of button mushrooms in garlic and herb butter, followed by Stilton chicken. The beer-battered cod, chips and mushy or garden peas comes highly recommended – even the chips are homemade and delicious. Visit on the first Saturday of the month for steak night, when two steak meals and a bottle of house wine are priced at just £20. Perfect for patrons of all ages, The Butchers Arms offers a children’s menu and can accommodate food allergies and intolerances upon request. The Sunday roast is also impressively popular and comes with all the trimmings. At the heart of its community, The Butchers Arms is a fantastic choice for any occasion.

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Open: Mon noon-2.30pm, 5pm-10pm; Tues & Weds noon-2.30pm, 5pm-11pm; Thurs noon-2.30pm, 4pm-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm

Sparkford Inn

Traditional

 Location High Street, Sparkford, Nr. Yeovil, BA22 7JH t: 0844 625 3270 w: www.thesparkfordinnyeovil.co.uk e: sparkfordinn@gmail.com Sparkford Inn is a large, traditional pub serving hearty meals with a sophisticated flourish. With several seating areas, this charming establishment can just as easily cater for those stopping by for a quick pint of ale as those seeking an intimate dining experience. My wife and I enjoyed a relaxed starter of artisanal breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Our attentive host, Darrell, explained that he sources ingredients locally wherever possible, which was evidenced in my wife’s main course of local sausages made exclusively for the Sparkford Inn, served with creamy mash and root vegetable crisps. I plumped for the heavenly steak and ale pie, served with chips and seasonal vegetables. For dessert, we shared a strawberry cheesecake, which proved to boast a perfectly executed blend of textures and flavours. With 11 well-appointed guest bedrooms, Sparkford provides a great base for those exploring the surrounding area.

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£20

Open: Sun-Thurs 8am-11pm; Fri & Sat 8am-midnight Traditional

Railway Inn

 Location Station Road, Sandford, BS25 5RA t: 0844 625 2276 w: www.therailwayinn.com e: info@therailwayinn.com A warm welcome awaits at the Railway Inn, which has been the hub of Sandford for over 140 years. The pub is charmingly decorated with artefacts and photos that depict the pub’s – and Thatchers’ – cider-making heritage. Treat yourself to a delicious meal in the restaurant, have a snack in the cosy bar, or simply enjoy a pint of Thatchers cider. The enthusiastic front-of-house team is happy to go the extra mile to ensure that every guest has a memorable visit, whether they’re drinking, dining or both. The food served features regional and seasonal ingredients from local producers, with a strong emphasis on great quality, great taste and sensible prices. The drinks menu is also carefully chosen, with a full range of cider from Thatchers, as well as plenty of beer, wine and soft drinks.

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The Montague Inn

Traditional

 Location Shepton Montague, Nr. Wincanton, BA9 8JW t: 0844 502 7793 w: www.themontagueinn.co.uk e: info@themontagueinn.co.uk

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Hidden away amidst scenic Somerset country lanes you’ll find The Montague Inn, a traditional 18th-century local where everyone – including your dog – will receive a warm welcome. The cosy bar guarantees a warm and friendly atmosphere – perfect for a quiet chat while you’re enjoying the many local ales and ciders on offer. The tastefully furnished restaurant will impress you with its ample space and huge windows, which open onto a wide terrace and garden with beautiful far-reaching rural views. The Montague has won awards for its local sourcing of food and drink. Offering a traditional and seasonal menu, owners Sean and Suzy O’Callaghan, along with head chef Mike Jones (chef profile page 54), deliver an excellent selection of dishes made using the very best South West produce. Be it simple suppers, steak nights, candlelit dinners, a wedding feast or a family Sunday lunch, the team here doesn’t scrimp on quality, regardless of the price or occasion.

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Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-midnight; Sun noon-4pm

The Montague Inn can offer private dining for individuals or larger groups and is the perfect spot for an intimate wedding breakfast or celebration. It also has good parking facilities and disabled access, making it convenient for all. Equally known as a favoured meeting place for groups and a popular pit-stop for individuals, The Montague Inn is half way to everywhere and in the middle of nowhere – the ideal place to spend a relaxing evening.

Carpenters Arms

Traditional

 Location Vagg Lane, Chilthorne Domer, BA21 3PX t: 0844 502 8451 w: www.carpentersarms-chilthorne.co.uk e: info@carpentersarms-chilthorne.co.uk The Carpenters Arms in Chilthorne Domer is a quintessentially British village pub serving straight forward, honest food. The menu is unpretentious and offers a good choice of long-established favourites and a great range of drinks. The food is beautifully cooked, well portioned, attractively priced and served by friendly staff, which all combines to make an inviting and enjoyable dining experience.

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£22

My partner and I visited on a Monday night and found the restaurant had a quiet buzz about it. We started our evening with a drink and a plate of creamy garlic mushrooms atop toasted ciabatta. These went down a treat and set the Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, scene for an evening of superbly flavoursome food. My partner decided on the 5.30pm-11pm; Fri & Sat popular Carpenters chicken to follow, comprising chicken breast stuffed with noon-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight; Cambozola mousse and wrapped in Parma ham, served with sauté potatoes, Sun noon-5pm fresh vegetables and a creamy Food Served: Mon-Sat Cambozola sauce. I opted for the noon-2pm, 5.30pm-9pm; 10oz rump steak: a spectacular Sun noon-3pm piece of meat served with onion rings, tomatoes, mushrooms, chips and peas. We concluded the evening with a shared portion of gorgeous Belgian waffles, generously drizzled in sticky toffee sauce and enhanced by vanilla ice cream – the perfect end to a perfect meal. If you’re after simple, lovingly prepared, fairly priced grub, the Carpenters Arms is sure to be your kind of pub. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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The New Inn

Traditional

 Location Park Lane, Blagdon, BS40 7SB t: 0844 625 2790 w: www.newinnblagdon.co.uk e: info@newinnblagdon.co.uk If you’re exploring the Mendip Hills, be sure to seek out the picturesque village of Blagdon, home to The New Inn. This charming country pub boasts stunning views of the surrounding countryside that provide the perfect backdrop to a sumptuous meal or drink. Inside, traditional features like wooden beams, a log fire and horse brasses lend the pub a homely feel that’s enhanced by friendly, welcoming staff. Those dining might sample starters such as Thai green curry mussels, or apple, walnut and Dorset Blue Vinney cheese salad. Follow with delicate fillet of Blagdon trout served with crushed potatoes and creamed greens, or flavoursome cider-braised pork belly accompanied by black pudding mash and apple sauce. On Sundays the kitchen brigade whips up a traditional roast with all the trimmings that proves a hit with diners every week. With fantastic food and drink and a family-friendly atmosphere, this inn is a wonderful find.

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Food Served: Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-9pm; Sun noon-5pm

The Globe & Crown

Traditional

 Location 73 South Street, Yeovil, BA20 1QF t: 0844 625 2736 w: www.relaxinnz.co.uk/yeovil e: globecrown@relaxinnz.co.uk Just a 15-minute drive from historic Sherborne Castle and five miles from the stunning Montacute House, The Globe & Crown is a comfortable hotel with a quintessentially British food and drink offering. A popular foodie destination in its own right, The Globe & Crown serves wholesome pub classics, filling vegetarian plates and daily specials. Everything is homemade to a high standard and designed to satisfy a wide range of appetites, palates and budgets. With two flavoursome traditional meals available for just £12 every day, the pub offers great value for money. The slow-cooked belly of pork with creamy wholegrain mustard mash, green beans and braised red cabbage is a real highlight. Comfortable and attractively decorated rooms with en-suite bathrooms, free Wi-Fi, and tea and coffee making facilities make The Globe & Crown the perfect place from which to explore the countryside, towns, and popular landmarks of Somerset.

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Food Served: Mon-Sat 8am-10am, noon-late; Sun 8am-10am, noon-4pm Traditional

The Hope and Anchor

 Location Midford Road, Midford, BA2 7DD t: 0844 625 2397 w: www.hopeandanchormidford.co.uk e: hopemidford@gmail.com Sitting right on the Colliers Way cycle path, you can reach the ivy-clad Hope and Anchor via a scenic 20-minute bike ride from Bath that takes you through the famous Two Tunnels, or it’s just 10 minutes by car. This independently run historic pub is the perfect spot to rest up and enjoy a well-earned pint of local ale or cider, and to tuck into a tasty lunch or delicious dinner in relaxed surrounds. The regular menu is supplemented by ever-changing specials. Fine, fresh produce is put to good use in dishes such as homemade sausages; steak and ale pie; salmon and smoked haddock fishcake with tarragon and caper mayo, and pan-fried loin of pork, alongside several delicious vegetarian dishes. With a sheltered garden, dogs welcome to chill in the bar, and families catered for, this country pub comes up trumps.

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The Boathouse

Traditional

 Location Newbridge Road, Bath, BA1 3NB t: 0844 625 2811 w: www.boathouse-bath.co.uk e: boathouse.bath@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

BN The Boathouse sits in a picturesque and tranquil riverside spot away from the hustle and bustle of Bath’s city centre. Easy access and ample free parking make this a convenient spot for visitors, while nine en-suite guest rooms mean £18 to The Boathouse is just as fine a destination for relaxing weekend breaks as it is £30 for cosy meals with family and friends. Arriving on a chilly evening, we were seated in the beautiful conservatory overlooking the river and surrounding countryside. Friendly, helpful staff combined with rustic decor, a roaring fire and nautical-themed furnishings made for a warm and welcoming setting. The menu offers plenty of options to suit all tastes and dietary requirements. After a little time pondering, I opted to start with garlic field mushrooms atop toasted focaccia, which did not disappoint. My main course of vegan shepherd’s pie was a true delight, topped with creamy sweet potato and packed with fresh vegetables and lentils in a rich tomato sauce. My partner enjoyed Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; a generous portion of whitebait Sun 8am-10.30pm served with tartare sauce to start, Food Served: followed by rib-eye steak cooked Mon-Sat 8am-10am, to perfection in garlic butter and noon-9pm; served with fries and a dressed side Sun 8am-10am, noon-8pm salad. We ended the evening on a sweet note, indulging in sumptuous coffee and walnut panna cotta, and rich chocolate brownie served with Devonshire ice cream.

The Duke

Traditional

 Location Melbourne Street, Bratton, Nr. Westbury, BA13 4RW t: 0844 625 2690 w: www.dukebratton.cascadepubs.co.uk e: duke@wickwarbrewing.co.uk

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Situated in picturesque Bratton, on the edge of the Salisbury Plains and just a stone’s throw from Westbury, The Duke is a peaceful haven with fantastic food and friendly service. The passionate team prides itself on its friendly welcome, homemade British fare and well-kept ales from Wickwar and Moles breweries. The pub’s recent Cask Marque accreditation is a testament to its fantastic ever-changing drinks selection, which includes guest ales, craft cider, quality wine, and more. In the summer months there’s nothing more refreshing than a pint of Black Rat cider enjoyed al fresco.

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Whether you stop by at lunchtime for an attractively priced meal deal or to enjoy dinner with family and friends, you’re sure to find something you fancy Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, on the menu. From homemade burgers to tasty sandwiches and smaller portions 5pm-11pm; for children, there’s something for everyone. The Duke’s wholesome Sunday Fri & Sat noon-close; lunch is a highly recommended Sun 11.30am-close weekend treat, and a delicious Food Served: takeaway pizza menu means that Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, you can enjoy The Duke’s excellent 6pm-9pm; cooking in the comfort of your own Sun noon-4pm, 6pm-9pm home. With ample outside seating and its tranquil rural setting, The Duke feels like the perfect home away from home. BT Sport shows the latest sporting events, and regular live music nights provide welcome entertainment from popular local bands. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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The Old Stagecoach Inn

Traditional

 Location Station Road, Crewkerne, TA18 8AL t: 0844 625 2842 w: www.theoldstagecoach.co.uk e: theoldstagecoach@gmail.com

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Having undergone major refurbishment over the last year, The Old Stagecoach Inn has been stylishly modernised whilst retaining the period features that make it such a special spot. Situated on the doorstep of the breathtaking Jurassic Coast within easy reach of Forde Abbey, Wells Cathedral and Cricket St Thomas golf course, this pub boasts the most ideal location, whether you’re looking to stay in one of their rooms for a night away or you pop in for a bite after a day exploring the area.

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This pub serves up traditional British fare as well as offering some more modern creations. Starters include homemade soup of the day and barbecue chicken wings, as well as garlic mushrooms atop fresh chunky bread. Main-course options include classics such as homemade vegetable lasagne, and scampi and chunky chips served with peas and tartare sauce. The homemade Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm beefburger is particularly tempting; it’s served in a brioche bun with smoked applewood cheese, grilled pineapple, coleslaw, relish and chunky chips. There’s also a great selection of grill options including succulent steaks, and every Sunday the popular carvery features a choice of three meats with all the trimmings. The children’s menu offers a main and ice cream for only £6 – The Old Stagecoach Inn is a brilliant place to bring the family. Extensive wine and cocktail lists, in addition to a selection of local craft beers, complete this brilliant Somerset pub.

The Babbling Brook

Traditional

 Location Shurton, Nr. Bridgwater, TA5 1QE t: 0844 625 2399 w: www.thebabblingbrookinn.co.uk e: babblingbrook.inn@gmail.com

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As the name suggests, this pub is perched beside Bayley’s Brook and has been run by the Bryant family since 2013. The wonderful front-of-house staff ensure that guests’ experiences are memorable, caring about each and every customer. This is reflected in the accommodating, friendly service provided, and in the food, which is served with care.

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The kitchen team works their magic to bring diners everything from baguettes and hot lunches to seasonal three-course dinners, all of which incorporate as much local produce as possible. A blackboard lists ever-changing seasonal specials, and the dinner menu is also altered with the seasons. It features freshly made stone-baked pizzas, locally reared steak cooked to perfection on a hot rock, and fresh fish. The Babbling Brook’s award-winning Sunday carvery is hard to beat – you’ll find a great variety of vegetables, tender meat and homemade gravy; no wonder booking in advance is highly recommended. Make sure you end proceedings with a sublime homemade pudding or the West Country cheeseboard. The team is happy to cater for vegetarians and those with food intolerances; just let them know. Open: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun 11.45am-7pm

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Harp & Crown

Traditional

 Location Vely Hill, Gastard, Corsham, SN13 9PU t: 0844 625 2685 w: www.harpandcrowngastard.cascadepubs.co.uk e: harpandcrown@wickwarbrewing.co.uk

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Whether it’s your very first time or your second time in a week, every visit to the Harp & Crown promises to be as enjoyable as the last. Situated in the village of Gastard, the pub is something of a hidden gem waiting to be discovered. Those in the know will have heard of its great reputation for first-class traditional fare and attractively priced ale and cider. All this, combined with a friendly welcome from attentive staff, makes this a pub worth seeking out.

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The team prides itself on serving well-kept Wickwar and Moles ales and cider alongside a great wine selection. Menus change with the seasons and may showcase the likes of bacon-wrapped game terrine with toasted sourdough and apple and brandy chutney, and Wickwar ale-battered catch of the day with triple-cooked chips, tartare sauce and buttered garden peas. The team caters for dietary requirements and ensures Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, that all budgets are catered for 5.30pm-11pm; Fri & Sat with fantastic offers on weekday noon-11.30pm; Sun noon-9pm lunches, a great-value steak night on Thursday, and monthly curry evenings. Private parties of up to 50 guests can be catered for in the light and airy conservatory, making it the ideal location for your upcoming special occasion. The beautiful, spacious garden is perfect for marquees, providing an extension to suit larger events such as wedding receptions and corporate celebrations.

The Bear Inn

Traditional

 Location 12 Market Place, Wincanton, BA9 9LP t: 0844 625 2866 The market town of Wincanton is home to The Bear Inn, a charming SS family-run pub serving wholesome British fare. Fans of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels will be interested to hear that Wincanton is officially twinned with Ankh-Morpork – the premier city in the fantasy series – and The Bear £14 Inn is the headquarters for Hogswatch, a bi-annual gathering of Discworld to £17 fans from around the globe. In fact, Terry Pratchett himself was a patron of the pub. It’s not just Discworld fans who will want to check out this charming establishment though; there’s a whole host of reasons to visit. Pull up a stool in the dog-friendly bar and enjoy a pint of well-kept local ale or Somerset cider. Those dining can settle by the log burner and sample traditional, hearty fare. Light bites include potato wedges with crispy bacon and Somerset Cheddar alongside smoked haddock and mozzarella fishcakes with salad and homemade slaw. Main courses include favourites such as 8oz rump Open: Mon 4pm-midnight; steak served with a choice of sauces, as well as succulent gammon with fried Tues-Thurs 11am-midnight; eggs, mushrooms, onion rings, Fri & Sat 11am-2am; tomatoes and peas. Those with a Sun noon-midnight sweet-tooth won’t want to pass up the opportunity to sample The Bear’s popular homemade banoffee pie for dessert. On Sundays the pub serves a delicious roast with a choice of three meats served with all the trimmings. The pub also hosts pool and skittles teams and poker nights so there’s a variety of activities to get involved in. All that and more makes The Bear Inn a real community hub. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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The Nog Inn

Traditional

 Location South Street, Wincanton, BA9 9DL t: 0844 625 2754 w: www.thenoginn.co.uk e: email@thenoginn.co.uk

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The award-winning Nog Inn is conveniently located in Wincanton within easy reach of the A303. On the borders of Somerset, Devon and Wiltshire, Wincanton is a central pit-stop and is a great foodie destination in its own right. Great quality, freshly prepared food is what the pub is best known for, in addition to the excellent range of cask ales. It’s no surprise that The Nog Inn has consistently been featured in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide since 2009.

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‘...sure to put a smile on your face...’ A warm, welcoming ambience makes this a wonderfully comfortable setting for families, who will be delighted by the children’s menus, colouring sheets and board games that keep little ones entertained. For the rest of us, it’s great conversation, a number of exciting drinks to choose from, and an extensive Food Served: menu that keeps us occupied. Sun-Thurs noon-9pm; Starters such as nachos, fresh king Fri & Sat noon-10pm prawns with garlic mayo, and soup of the day are sure to put a smile on your face. Mains include burgers, homemade pie of the day and fish and chips. The menu is completed by vegetarian and gluten-free options – the team aims to cater for all dietary requirements. Well-behaved dogs are welcome at The Nog Inn, and the suntrap beer garden is perfect for al fresco dining and provides a safe space for your four-legged friends to run around.

Cross Keys

Traditional

 Location Midford Road, Combe Down, Nr. Bath, BA2 5RZ t: 0844 502 7797 w: www.crosskeysbath.co.uk e: info@crosskeysbath.co.uk

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Proudly housed in a characterful 300-year-old building, the Cross Keys’ passionate owners have worked hard to complete the pub’s extensive refurbishment. They have chosen to blend original features with tasteful £20 to contemporary touches, making it the perfect local pub. £25 The food offering matches the traditional, charming feel of the Cross Keys. All of the dishes are homemade using fresh produce from local suppliers. Providing a good range of gluten-free options, the team strives to offer plenty of choice to all its patrons. The specials board changes regularly and features hearty goodies Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, made in-house. The saying ‘save the best until last’ rings true when it comes to 5pm-11pm; the homemade puddings – look out for marmalade and whisky bread and butter Fri & Sat noon-midnight; pudding, apple crumble, sticky toffee pudding, and Bailey’s cheesecake. Opt for Sun noon-11pm a Sunday roast for an end-of-week treat, and afterwards take your tipple into Food Served: Mon-Thurs the lounge and unwind next to the flickering fire. noon-2.15pm, 6pm-9.15pm; The Cross Keys has a large Fri noon-2.15pm, 6pm-9.30pm; family-friendly garden where Sat noon-9.30pm; guests can soak up the sun in Sun noon-9pm fine weather. In the summer, the recently redesigned garden features new gazebos, fantastic play equipment for your little ones, and plays host to monthly events with great entertainment. Add to the mix weekly barbecues and the annual beer festival, and you’ll see why this pub is a real hub of the community. 48

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Oakhill Inn

Traditional

 Location Fosse Road, Oakhill, Nr. Radstock, BA3 5HU t: 0845 468 0776 w: www.theoakhillinn.com e: info@theoakhillinn.com

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Established in 1767 as the brewery tap for the world-famous Oakhill Brewery, the Oakhill Inn is now an award-winning bed and breakfast boasting five four-star en-suite rooms and an AA-rosette-awarded restaurant.

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The Oakhill Brewery stopped brewing in 2005, its magnificent maltings transformed into beautiful new homes. These days the Oakhill Inn has its own eponymous house ale exclusively brewed by Danish master brewer Stig Anker Andersen, so the art of brewing has not been lost from this historic site. The bar boasts a handsome selection of local ales and ciders, as well as some amazing cider brandies and single-malt whiskies. The extensive wine list boasts a great selection of wine by the glass and an award-winning Prosecco.

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‘...a handsome selection of local ales and ciders...’ Customers can dine in front of wood-burning stoves alongside the open kitchen where the chefs are busy at work. Alternatively, head outside to the sunny walled garden, or just sink into a comfy sofa with a paper and pint. Menus change regularly and are jam-packed with the best seasonal ingredients and modern British dishes. The bar menu features a variety of pub classics including fish and triple-cooked chips, mushy peas and tartare sauce, bubble and squeak, and Cornish mussels with sourdough bread. The Oakhill’s head chef and kitchen team love chargrilling steaks on the Josper charcoal-fired oven, and serving fantastic handmade sourdough pizzas that are cooked to order in the new Italian stone-based oven. Traditional Sunday roasts are served with all the trimmings and children are given complimentary gifts to keep them busy at the table. If you have room for a pudding you must try the Knickerbocker Glory. Seasonal variations of this classic and other indulgent desserts are hugely popular and feature homemade ice cream made from cream from the dairy just one mile down the road. The Inn has its own car park and there is a wealth of country walks to be enjoyed in the stunning Mendip Hills. Booking is always advisable – especially at the weekends, as this popular haunt attracts diners from far and wide.

Open: Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-midnight; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun noon-9pm

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Georgina’s Restaurant at The Anchor Inn

Traditional

 Location Bridgwater Road, Bleadon, Nr. Weston-super-Mare, BS24 0AW t: 0844 625 2931 w: the-anchor-inn.business.site

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Situated on the outskirts of the village of Bleadon, just south of Weston-super-Mare you’ll find The Anchor Inn, a fantastic traditional pub that charms all who visit. The pub has built up a loyal following of satisfied patrons thanks to its relaxed ambience and cosy setting. You’re guaranteed a warm welcome at this friendly establishment, and skilled staff are on-hand to ensure you have everything you could need. The rustic interior has a host of comforting traditional features – think dark wooden beams, exposed stonework and a roaring log fire. Add to this a well-stocked bar with all the popular potable options and you’ve got everything you could require from a traditional country pub.

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Named after owners Jason and Trina’s daughter, Georgina’s Restaurant at The Anchor Inn serves top-notch traditional pub food that’s sure to satisfy. Authentic spaghetti Bolognese is perhaps the most popular offering, delighting diners with its rich flavour. Other notable options include homemade steak pie made with golden puff pastry and served with chunky chips. Open: Mon-Sun noon-11pm Diners also rave about the hearty Sunday roasts served with all the trimmings, including the sumptuous Yorkshire puddings. If it’s a light bite you’re looking for, try one of the tasty baguettes with a range of fillings. The pub also regularly hosts live musicians, making it a great spot for an evening out.

The Old Pound Inn

Traditional

 Location High Street, Aller, Nr. Langport, TA10 0RA t: 0844 625 2843 w: www.oldpoundinn.com e: info@oldpoundinn.com

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The Old Pound Inn is at the heart of the beautiful Somerset village of Aller. A cosy open fire in the centre of the main bar makes this an appealing spot for walkers and their dogs after a walk in the surrounding countryside. The Old Pound Inn hosts monthly quizzes as well as a band night, and the skittle alley is open for experts and novices alike. Rumour has it that a ghost has also been spotted in this 16th-century pub – perhaps proof that you’ll never want to leave this charming local.

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‘...you’ll never want to leave this charming local...’ The large menu means that there is something everyone. Fresh soup of the day, devilled whitebait and deep-fried breaded Brie with cranberry compote are just some of the delicious starters on offer. Mains include traditional British dishes like gammon steak, beer-battered cod and pork faggots, and most are offered as small or large dishes, so every appetite is catered for. A lighter menu comprising the likes of pizza, jacket potatoes and freshly prepared sandwiches is also available. Locals rave about the whisky and marmalade bread and butter pudding for dessert, but the selection of Lovington’s ice cream is also extremely popular. One visit to The Old Pound Inn and you’ll see why it’s the local’s favourite. Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-9pm; Sun noon-4pm

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The Radstock Hotel

Traditional

 Location Market Place, Radstock, BA3 3AD t: 0844 625 2661 w: www.relaxinnz.co.uk/radstock A cosy stay and a warm welcome awaits you at The Radstock Hotel. With a fantastic food offering that’s rooted in comforting British tradition, the restaurant is a great place to enjoy breakfast, lunch and dinner, while the lovely bar area is the perfect place to unwind after a long day. With a talented new chef recently having joined the friendly team, there have been many exciting changes at The Radstock, including fantastic food and drink offers, the return of happy hour, and some new and improved recipes. Expect the likes of West Country beefburger in toasted ciabatta and homemade steak and ale pie. A wide range of refreshing beer, lager, wine and spirits are available to quench your thirst. Keen to keep locals and regulars happy, the hotel’s famous roast is available every Sunday. The team at The Radstock prides itself on providing attentive service with a smile.

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Food Served: Mon-Sun 7am-10am, noon-9pm

Thai Basil Restaurant

Thai

 Location 90a Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BG t: 0844 502 7387 w: www.thaibasilbath.com Thai Basil’s band of loyal devotees is the true mark of a dependable restaurant serving consistently fantastic cuisine. It’s not only delicious, authentic Thai food that you’re guaranteed here though; a relaxing atmosphere and genuine service can also be expected on every visit. Make yourself comfortable and browse through the different menus: the set menus offer great value; the tempting early-evening options are very reasonably priced and include a glass of wine; and the à la carte will leave your mouth watering. The experienced chefs work with fresh ingredients to create distinctive flavours and what’s more, you’ll find each of their creations a treat for the eyes as well as the appetite. They offer a ten-per-cent discount on takeaway orders over £15 and free home delivery within a three-mile radius for orders over £20. Thai Basil is sure to make a regular guest out of you.

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Koh Thai Tapas

Thai

 Location 36 Broad Street, Bath, BA1 5LP t: 0844 502 9845 w: www.koh-thai.co.uk e: kohbath@koh-thai.co.uk

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Located in the heart of historic Bath, just a short walk from the famous Pulteney Bridge, Koh Thai Tapas is a one-of-a-kind retreat for Thai-style dining. Stepping inside the atmospherically lit interior immediately transports visitors across continents, from a quintessentially English Georgian city to a tropical South East Asian hideaway. Thai trinkets adorn the walls, complemented by indoor plants and minimalistic wooden decor – a harmonious mix of the contemporary and traditional.

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If you’re struggling to select a main dish, the tasting option is a chance to sample and share a wide range of striking Thai dishes and flavours, exemplifying the ethos behind Koh’s dining concept. We opted for the Thai tasting option, which could be tailored to suit our dietary needs. We were impressed by the likes of fragrant sweetcorn cakes and Koh’s own chicken satay – marinated chicken breast served Food Served: on bamboo skewers with satay sauce. Mains brought us more flavours to enjoy, Mon 5.30pm-10pm; including a medium-spiced pork red Tues-Sun noon-3pm, curry, a vegetarian twist on a classic 5.30pm-10pm pad Thai, and a delicious tofu and basil stir fry accompanied by coconut rice. Thai and British beers and a pleasing selection of wine back up an extensive list of cocktails. The helpful team were conversational and professional, making for an all-round memorable evening. Striving for a complete dining experience, Koh Thai Tapas is an absolute must-visit.

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Adam Kennington – Swan Hotel – Pg 7

Chef Profile

Inspired by many fantastic chefs, including Marco Pierre White, Gordon Ramsay and his mentor Ian Bates, Adam Kennington treasures simple, honest and seasonal food. His repertoire showcases traditional fare brought up to date with modern techniques and stunning presentation. Adam believes that the best chefs are dedicated, hard-working and honest. Driven by the adrenaline rush of a busy service, he strives to meet these principles and focuses on sourcing the best-quality produce.

‘...his repertoire showcases traditional fare brought up to date with modern techniques...’ It’s safe to say that Adam has worked hard to achieve his success, which has so far culminated in two AA rosettes and the restaurant’s continued appearance in The Michelin Guide. Other career highlights include cooking for actors Johnny Depp and John Malkovich in Wells during filming of The Libertine.

Hywel Jones – Lucknam Park – Pg 11

Chef Profile

Hywel Jones has always harboured a passion for traditional cooking and fresh ingredients. His love of cooking was ignited at a young age, when he would enjoy his mother’s Sunday roasts and collect vegetables from the garden.

‘...those who work with Hywel cannot help but be inspired...’ Today, Hywel is the executive chef of the acclaimed Lucknam Park. Having retained a Michelin star for 13 consecutive years, he continues to develop exciting menus. Jones’ menus are influenced by seasonal ingredients and local suppliers, rather than a particular style or region. Indeed, he isn’t restricted by trend, but prefers to experiment without limitation. Hywel has gone on to support and guide the cookery school, which opened in November 2012. Offering a range of exciting courses to try, from simple bread-making to seafood preparation, the school is another string to Lucknam’s bow. Those who work with Hywel cannot help but be inspired.

Sam McKean – Stag’s Head Inn – Pg 19

Chef Profile

Sam’s career in the kitchen started with dish washing at his local pub; under the mentoring of talented chefs, he developed a passion for all things culinary. He gets real joy from being able to work across all sections of the kitchen, although his particular favourite is the pastry section. Sam has a passion for food and a genuine desire to work with local and regional family suppliers to source the very best and freshest produce. High-quality ingredients are central to Sam’s cooking style, which he describes as his own unique interpretation of food from the local land.

‘...a passion for food...’ Based in Somerset, Sam knows he’s blessed to have such a wealth of fantastic local suppliers who really go the extra mile. Having been awarded two AA rosettes alongside Taste of the West gold awards in previous ventures, Sam is keen to further his success and garner more accolades in his new role at the Stag’s Head Inn. Bath & Somerset Guide 2018

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Oliver Baker – The George Inn – Pg 20 From a young age, Oliver Baker cooked with his grandfather using home-grown produce from his garden and greenhouse. This sparked his passion for food, but it’s his training that really transformed his cooking style, which blends classic English techniques with French influences inspired by Raymond Blanc, among others.

‘...blends classic English techniques with French influences...’ At The George Inn, Oliver has worked under Cordon Bleu-trained Veryan Graham, Pascal Murrat – who previously worked under Marco Pierre White – and Ian Gibson, who worked for Rosemary Shrager, and Neil Chant. With hard work and determination, and aided by his mentors and inspirational chefs, Oliver’s progression to head chef was well deserved and arrived before he was 21. The George Inn was named Bath and Borders CAMRA Pub of the Year for 2015 and 2016, and Oliver expects to help The George achieve an AA rosette soon.

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Mike Jones – The Montague Inn – Pg 43 Before kicking off his career as a sous chef at a two-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant in Salisbury, Mike Jones trained at Salisbury College. Mike’s background is firmly rooted in traditional, honest cooking, which he brings to the table at his current workplace, The Montague Inn.

‘...prides himself on making everything from scratch using fresh ingredients...’ From chorizo sausages to pulled barbecue pork, Mike prides himself on making everything from scratch using fresh ingredients. Local venison, wild garlic and Galhampton pork are just a few of the local ingredients that he utilises to great effect. Casserole is his go-to dish to cook on wintry nights, while asparagus is his star ingredient. He likes to cook it simply in chilli and tarragon butter and pair with a poached duck egg, mini croutons and zingy Hollandaise.

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Pete Gray – The Old Stagecoach Inn – Pg 46 Pete’s love of food began at a young age whilst cooking in the kitchen at home with his grandmother. From there he decided to pursue a career as a chef and now has over 40 years of experience under his belt. Pete has brought all he knows to his new role as head chef at The Old Stagecoach Inn, where he hopes to continue his success and delight the pub’s loyal patrons.

‘...he aims to deliver a consistently top-notch dining experience to everyone...’ When choosing suppliers, he takes pride in working with local producers. For Pete, sourcing the highest-quality ingredients is paramount to his cooking style, and he aims to deliver a consistently top-notch dining experience to everyone that samples his food. Despite so many years in the industry, Pete remains extremely passionate about cheffing, and particularly enjoys the grill section where he cooks mouth-watering steaks to perfection. 54

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Index Abbey Tea Rooms – Glastonbury....................................... 39

Koh Thai Tapas – Bath ..................................................... 52

Atelier Restaurant – Bath ................................................ 37

Lanes Brasserie – West Coker .......................................... 21

Babbling Brook, The – Shurton ........................................ 46

Locksbrook Inn, The – Bath ............................................. 24

Bath Brew House, The – Bath .......................................... 34

Manor House Inn, The – Ditcheat ..................................... 15

Bath Farmers’ Market – Bath .......................................... 40

Marlborough Tavern, The – Bath ...................................... 27

Bear Inn, The – Wincanton .............................................. 47

Menu Gordon Jones – Bath ................................................ 3

Bistrot Pierre – Bath, Weston-super-Mare........................ 30

Montague Inn, The – Shepton Montague .......................... 43

Boathouse, The – Bath, Western-Super-Mare ................... 45

Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa, The – Henlade ..................... 8

Butchers Arms, The – Farmborough ................................. 42

Natterjack Inn, The – Evercreech ..................................... 41

Candlelight Inn – Chard ................................................... 22

New Farm Restaurant – Over Stratton.............................. 14

Carpenters Arms – Chilthorne Domer ............................... 43

New Inn, The – Blagdon .................................................. 44

Chapel, The – Cotford St Luke ......................................... 35

Nog Inn, The – Wincanton ............................................... 48

Chequers, The – Bath......................................................... 4 Chez Dominique – Bath.................................................... 31 Clifton Sausage, The – Bath............................................. 16 Cloisters Restaurant – Bath ............................................... 9 Cork, The – Bath ............................................................. 36 Cross Keys – Combe Down ............................................... 48 Cumberwell Park – Bradford on Avon .............................. 21 Dan Moon at The Gainsborough – Bath ............................ 12 Dining Room at Whatley Manor, The – Malmesbury ............ 7 Duke of Cumberland, The – Holcombe .............................. 37 Duke, The – Bratton ........................................................ 45 Dunstan House Inn – Burnham-on-Sea ............................. 18 Garrick’s Head – Bath ..................................................... 29 George Inn, The – Croscombe........................................... 20 Georgina’s Restaurant at The Anchor Inn – Bleadon ......... 50 Globe & Crown, The – Yeovil ............................................ 44

Northey Arms, The – Box ................................................ 23 Oakhill Inn – Oakhill........................................................ 49 Old Green Tree, The – Bath .............................................. 40 Old Mill Hotel, The – Batheaston ..................................... 33 Old Pound Inn, The – Aller ............................................... 50 Old Stagecoach Inn, The – Crewkerne .............................. 46 Piattino – Bath................................................................ 32 Ponte Vecchio – Bath....................................................... 32 Pump Room, The – Bath .................................................. 10 Radstock Hotel, The – Radstock ....................................... 51 Railway Inn – Sandford ................................................... 42 Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park – Colerne ........ 11 Roman Baths Kitchen, The – Bath .................................... 38 Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, The – Bath............................. 8 Rugantinos – Wells .......................................................... 31

Greenhouse, The – Corsham ............................................. 13

Seafoods – Bath .............................................................. 38

Grey’s Brasserie at Whatley Manor – Malmesbury.............. 5

Seven Stars, The – Winsley .............................................. 22

Half Moon Inn – Stoke St Mary....................................... 17

Sparkford Inn – Sparkford............................................... 42

Hall & Woodhouse at Bath – Bath ................................... 35

Stag’s Head Inn – Yarlington ........................................... 19

Hall & Woodhouse Portishead – Portishead ...................... 34

Ston Easton Park – Ston Easton ........................................ 6

Hare & Hounds – Bath .................................................... 26

Swan Hotel – Wells ........................................................... 7

Harp & Crown – Corsham ................................................ 47

Taka Taka – Bath............................................................. 33

Henry’s – Bath ................................................................ 14

Talbot Inn, The – Mells .................................................... 20

Holcombe Inn, The – Holcombe........................................ 25

Thai Basil Restaurant – Bath ........................................... 51

Hope and Anchor, The – Midford ...................................... 44

Urban Brunch – Yeovil..................................................... 39

Kazbar – Yeovil ............................................................... 33

Widcombe Deli – Bath ..................................................... 40

King William – Bath........................................................ 28

Worlds End, The – Bradford-on-Tone ................................ 36

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Bath & Somerset Food & Drink Guide 2018  

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