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15th 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


Welcome Welcome to the Bath & Somerset Food & Drink Guide 2017. 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 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.

You’ll notice that some restaurants in the guide have an 084 telephone number. Calls cost 5p per minute plus your phone company’s access charge. Just like the weather, ownership, opening times and prices are subject to change throughout the year. Have a look at our website – www.foodanddrinkguides.co.uk – to see reviews of restaurants nationwide and to request other regional Food & Drink magazines.

Contents Foreword .....................2 Fine Dining ..................3 Modern British .............6 Modern European.........9 British .......................10 Brasserie....................13 Gastropub ..................15

French .......................23 Italian........................25 Fish & Chips ..............27 Bar & Restaurant .......27 Café, Bar & Restaurant ...32 Café ...........................32 Café & Deli ................33

Food & Drink Guide 2017 Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve Deputy Editor Jessica Roberts Senior Editorial Assistants Joele Forrester, Alex Everill Editorial Assistants Robert Masters, Tori Sharpe Graphic Designer Sally Bufton

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Farmers’ Market ........34 Tearoom .....................35 Traditional .................35 Thai ...........................42 Chinese ......................43 Chef Profiles ..............44 Index .........................48

Photography Jon Hurst (www.jonhurstphoto.co.uk), Christopher Jones (www.christopher-jones.net) Contributors Tuesday Bryan, Tom Parrington, George Pasparakis PR & Marketing Manager Jen Merrikin Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Tim Hall, Derek Bannatyne, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Gareth Welch, Emma Clarke, James Hicks, Iain McFarnon 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 March 2017.

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Gordon Jones Bath and Somerset are currently going through some important changes; the status of Bath as a World Heritage Site is growing by the minute. Exciting new hotels and restaurants are appearing in the region and a conference centre is opening up very soon. This, I hope, has and will continue to bring more competition to the food market and consequently drive standards to an all-time high. I personally wish to be challenged with something new and different and wholeheartedly encourage the rivalry. The competition and culinary diversity means that the customer is always in control of the food scene. I am hopeful that we will see innovation and fresh ideas flourishing as diners expect to see more craft on their plate. Consequently we also need more talented chefs and to encourage young people to get into cooking. Luckily, Bath and Somerset is a beautiful area to live and work in and we have a bevvy of talented chefs, including Chris Staines and Wang Ping Coombes, and great local producers, such as my fantastic local butcher Walter Rose. At Menu Gordon Jones I offer a surprise tasting menu that utilises fantastic fresh ingredients sourced from in and around Bath and Somerset. There really is a huge variety of ingredients out there to work with at present, and the culinary landscape is all the better for it. It’s great to see that the diners of Bath and Somerset are embracing an open-minded attitude to food that keeps chefs on our toes and ever-inspired to be creative. In order to create the freshest and most exciting menus possible, it’s important to rely heavily on suppliers. I have recently found a superb foraging business called Bello Wild Foods. My other local food heroes include small businesses like Just Kidding at Dartland Farm, which grows and rears to a consistently high standard. There are hidden treasures to be found at the farmers’ market in Green Park too. There really is no shortage of places to eat out in Bath and Somerset and there’s truly something for everyone. I love to dine at the Longs Arms, Yak Yeti Yak and The Pig Near Bath, but I’m sure the varied selection in this guide will help you discover some local gems of your own.

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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, * £99 The Dining Room, Whatley Manor has everything you might need. to Rather than offering a tasting menu, executive head chef Niall Keating has compiled £174 a true dining experience; a culinary journey with 12 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. The fresh flavours and delightful texture proved the perfect prelude to the dining Weds-Sun 7pm-10pm 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. *£99 is the cost of the 12-course dining experience; £174 is the cost of the 12-course dining experience with matching wine flight.

Holbrook House

Fine Dining

 Location Wincanton, BA9 8BS t: 0844 502 8385 w: www.holbrookhouse.co.uk e: enquiries@holbrookhouse.co.uk

SS Holbrook House is a picturesque Georgian country retreat situated in the heart of Somerset with luxury accommodation and outstanding service. £35 Our visit began with a crisp glass of wine in the cosy lounge as we perused to the exciting menu of the award-winning Cedar Restaurant. With two AA £40 rosettes to its name, Holbrook House is a renowned destination for exquisite fine dining. My starter of wheat-fed guinea fowl, pickled enoki mushroom, bramley apple and celeriac was packed with flavour, while my companion’s scallop with sesame, wakame, sea vegetable and horseradish foam was beautifully presented and delicately flavoured. For a sophisticated main, I would highly recommend the duck, warm purple potato salad, turnip, celeriac and raw beetroot, which was cooked to perfection. Complete with canapés and amuse-bouches, our meals were enhanced by some innovative Food Served: complimentary dishes such as Scotch quail’s egg and black pudding toast, and a Mon 7pm-9.30pm; palate-cleansing sorbet of beetroot Tues-Sat noon-2.30pm, and horseradish atop crushed 7pm-9.30pm; hazelnuts – an inspired flavour Sun 12.30pm-2.30pm combination. We concluded our evening with triumphant desserts, followed by a pot of coffee and homemade petits fours by the crackling fire in the peaceful lounge. For an elegant escape from the city, you can’t do better than Holbrook House, whether you’re staying overnight or just popping in for a relaxed meal. Bath & Somerset Guide 2017

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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. Food Served: Mon-Sun David Campbell and his kitchen 8am-10pm team 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, pancetta, celeriac velouté, crispy chicken skin, 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 options available.

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, Food Served: Mon-Sun such as loin and sweetbread of new season lamb with peas and smoked potato, and noon-2.30pm, 7pm-9pm Creedy Carver duck accompanied by prune and orange, three-cornered garlic and confit gizzard. As soon as you catch a glimpse of the desserts, you’ll want to save room as they’re all irresistible – 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. 4

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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 Bath is renowned as the one-time home of Jane Austen, and to step inside Lucknam Park is almost to stride right into one of her 19th-century classics. Indeed, sitting by a crackling open fire amid the splendour of the drawing room, we found ourselves enveloped in a world very unlike the one we left at the door of this glorious country house. The timelessly luxurious surroundings and utterly seamless service of the Michelin-starred restaurant felt so organic that both my guest and I were completely at home, even in the midst of such prestige. After Champagne and tantalising amuse-bouches, we moved through to the dining room, where we were greeted by a gentle hum of conversation, twinkling candlelight and our sommelier proffering a wine so well chosen that it saw us through several courses with ease. Flaked Cornish crab, Exmoor caviar, violet artichoke, sesame and yuzu were first on the evening’s exquisite bill of fare – more succulent and delicate than I ever thought possible; a standard that continued through the following courses. The main event of pot roast squab pigeon melted dreamily in the mouth, and was served with caramelised turnip, pistachio pastille and spiced cherries. My guest’s turbot with Cardigan Bay prawns, verjus butter and sea vegetables was yet another triumph in a real conveyor belt of exemplary Michelin-starred cuisine. Cheese connoisseurs will delight in the selection of French and UK cheeses, including local cheese Wyfe of Bath and our unanimous favourite, the Stilton and Port. Pre-dessert – a yuzu and white chocolate palate-cleanser – opened the door to the subtly sweet finale that combined flavours of pineapple, toffee, cream and coconut. This is a restaurant that has certainly earned its Michelin star – how brightly it shines, too. For a more relaxed dining experience, The Brasserie is hidden amidst the landscaped walled gardens. It has a contemporary, light and airy interior perfect for informal dinners and al fresco dining, and dishes are effortlessly presented using the best seasonal ingredients. Next time I visit – which I’m sure will be in the very near future – I think I’m going to have to stay in one of the 42 elegantly decorated rooms, unwind in the spa and indulge in a well-being treatment, before exploring the 500 acres of luscious parkland. I don’t think it could get much better than that. *Price represents the cost of a three-course meal.

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The Gainsborough Restaurant

Fine Dining

 Location Beau Street, Bath, BA1 1QY t: 0844 502 7378 w: www.thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk e: enquiries@thegainsboroughbathspa.co.uk

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The exquisitely beautiful Gainsborough Bath Spa is a stunning Grade II listed hotel, situated in the very heart of Bath’s city centre. Its reputation for sensational fine dining precedes itself, and the six-course tasting menu exceeded our expectations. £40 to We began with an expertly crafted aperitif of bespoke cocktails in the Gainsborough £45 Bar, which were mixed to suit our individual preferences. Both my dining partner and I stated our penchant for gin, yet our cocktails were distinctly unique – one with floral notes and the other a deliciously fruity creation. Palates cleansed, we made our way to the restaurant, which is a vision of elegance and modernity with comfortable seating and atmospheric lighting. Our feast of six divine courses commenced in style with a smoked salmon amuse-bouche, revealed from beneath a smoke-filled cloche. Next came the chicken liver parfait, topped with a vibrant rhubarb sorbet, followed by wild mushroom risotto. For the fish course we were served a glass of diver scallops, complemented by king prawns, yuzu caviar and pickled radish. My favourite dish Open: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, followed: Creedy Carver duck breast 6pm-10pm; paired with confit spring rolls. The Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm, meat was succulent and the plum 6pm-10pm; sauce matched perfectly. The meal Sun 12.30pm-2.45pm, concluded with a wonderful surprise: 6pm-10pm the Verona chocolate dome, which melted to reveal orange mousse when drizzled with warm chocolate. This innovative and beautifully presented feast was unlike anything we had ever sampled before, but we would enjoy it again in a heartbeat.

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 Scottish, honest culinary roots. As Mr Jones says, ‘Come with an open mind and enjoy the experience’.

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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 Open: Tues-Sat 12.30pm-2pm, wall. Gordon’s a born showman, 7pm-9pm but when it comes to the food, he’s an artist. He 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. *Price range represents the cost of a tasting menu for lunch or dinner. 6

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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 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 the produce that The Chequers works with is evident in the menu, which 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 seared breast of pigeon with pickled walnuts, red vegetables and leaves, followed by saddle of venison with girolles, broccoli and blackberries. Desserts look almost too good to eat, but, however attractive the presentation, you won’t be able to resist tucking into the likes of popcorn panna cotta with toffee and caramel, salted peanuts, honeycomb and banana. 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.

‘...seared breast of pigeon with pickled walnuts...’ To accompany the superb cuisine, The Chequers has an extensive list of well-kept wine, and serves local ale and cider, as well as a catalogue of classic cocktails. The staff are professional and knowledgeable, yet friendly and unpretentious. Diners can choose to sit in the character-filled bar or 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.

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

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The Swan Hotel

Modern British

 Location 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 Best Western Plus 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 44) and kitchen brigade are proud to support Somerset suppliers and the quality of food has been recognised with the award of two AA rosettes, which The Swan Hotel has retained for the past seven years.

‘...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.

Open: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm; Sun 12.30pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm

During the summer, Swan Terrace and the Walled Garden Café are open for al fresco dining and drinking. The terrace has an 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 guests to this day.

Browns Brasserie & Bar

Modern British

 Location Old Police Station, Orange Grove, Bath, BA1 1LP t: 0844 502 7528 w: www.browns-restaurants.co.uk

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Residing right in the centre of Bath, the building which now houses Browns boasts a rich history. Once a magistrate’s court and police station, the building features a grand entranceway large enough for a horse-drawn carriage, soaring ceilings and sash windows, and even original prison cell doors. This restaurant is perfect for every occasion, be it for a casual lunch with friends or a candlelit dinner with loved ones. You will always be welcomed by the friendly team. Best of all, you can enjoy two courses for just £11.95 from noon until 7pm every Monday to Friday. The dynamic bar staff can recommend one of their gorgeous signature cocktails, or you can select one of the classics for £4.95 on weekdays from 4pm.

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Browns sources all their beef from 20 farms throughout the UK, each producing meat to meet the restaurant’s specifications, with the most local being sourced just ten miles away in Corsham. The winter Tender Beef menu – one of the new specials menus that rotates with the seasons – excellently exhibits UK beef at its best. Open: Mon-Sun 9am-11pm

In the summer, Browns’ terrace is the place to be, offering al fresco dining, cold pints on tap and the beautiful Bath Abbey and other local attractions within a stone’s throw. Browns is also a fabulous venue for parties and special celebrations, with a menu to suit every occasion and afternoon tea served from 2.30pm until 5pm every day. 8

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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, which seats 50 guests, offers more relaxed dining than The Dining Room, but you can still expect to be wined and dined in style. New executive chef Niall Keating is at the helm of both restaurants at Whatley, and has recently launched a brunch menu; he’s adept at addressing the needs of hungry diners. The à la carte menu showcases comforting British fare, including a Sunday roast that’s perfect after a morning exploring the surrounding countryside. You might like to start with smoked mussels on toast, or perhaps with the charred onion Caesar salad, before a main course of crispy pork belly with apple and vanilla compote. Desserts might include such delights as English custard tart with nutmeg and blackcurrant sorbet. The Kitchen Garden Terrace is the perfect spot for al fresco dining when the weather is warm, but Grey’s Brasserie is a wonderful choice whatever the weather – the cosy fireplaces and Keating’s comfort food can warm even the coldest of cockles.

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Food Served: Mon-Thurs noon-2pm, 7pm-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-2.30pm, 7pm-10pm; Sun 10.30am-2.30pm, 7pm-10pm

New Farm Restaurant

Modern European

 Location Over Stratton, TA13 5LQ t: 0844 502 8442 w: www.newfarmrestaurant.co.uk e: dine@newfarmrestaurant.co.uk 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, freshly prepared and served with a smile. Jane’s sister Sue will welcome you on arrival and ensure your stay is an enjoyable one. The menu is a blend of modern British and international dishes, changing regularly to reflect the seasons and availability of produce. You may find starters such as hazelnut gnocchi with a crisp fried egg and shaved Wookey Hole Cheddar, mains like local guinea fowl with red wine and berries, and rhubarb custard cream meringue to finish. Many of the dishes feature items from the garden including leaves and vegetables, eggs from the farm’s own chickens, and even their own honey. Local beers, ciders, spirits and wines enhance what is a fabulous dining experience set amidst the beautiful Somerset countryside.

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Henry’s

Modern European

 Location 4 Saville Row, Bath, BA1 2QP t: 0844 502 7756 w: www.henrysrestaurantbath.com e: hello@henrysrestaurantbath.com When you first enter Henry’s in central Bath, you feel yourself relax. Soft candlelight, simple decor with tasteful artwork, and a genuinely warm welcome let you leave the outside world behind. Two exceptionally well presented starters arrived: a delicate bed of truffle mash topped with a crispy coated quail’s egg and 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 course of rosy Somerset venison, served with slices of beetroot and rosemary cake. Henry loves to showcase 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, and tasting menus come highly recommended.

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Atelier Restaurant

Modern European

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

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On a freezing February day, there are few things that can match the anticipation of an evening’s fine dining. We climbed the steps to the Hilton Bath, looking forward to sampling the modern contemporary food on offer in the restaurant, Atelier. £18 to After we were seated and our thirst quenched with crisp glasses of wine, which £30 was recommended by our smartly dressed and very knowledgeable server, Susana, a plate of Camembert was delivered to our table. A crunchy outer case gave way to creamy cheese within, with just a hint of garlic. Chef Matt Hall has been at the Hilton for over 17 years and his passion and skill still shines through his dishes. To start, I contemplated the luxurious Caesar salad, but plumped for the chef’s signature smoked salmon. My companion, meanwhile, savoured scallops and declared them divine. The beef and ale pie was packed full of beef in a nice crispy pastry case, proving to be a winning antidote to a chilly winter’s evening and a healthy appetite. My fish of the Open: Mon-Sat day arrived perfectly cooked with 12.30pm-9.30pm rosemary and salted new potatoes – delicious. The spiced chicken is a popular choice with many diners, as is the steak, so we know what to choose next time. We enjoyed our desserts in leisurely fashion and, as we sipped our coffees, we remarked how relaxed our evening had been. There is a calmness to the Atelier; nothing is hurried, yet service is seamless. We’ll certainly be back to Hilton Bath to enjoy more of the fantastic food.

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 a 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. 10

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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 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 sausages on offer, at least six (including a homemade vegetarian sausage) 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, and 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. 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.

Open: Mon-Sun noon-midnight Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-4pm, 6pm-10pm; Sat 10am-4pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun 10am-4pm, 6pm-9pm

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The George Inn

British

 Location Long Street, Croscombe, Nr. Wells, 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 British food brought up to date, as well as fantastic 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 £30 ensures 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, just eight miles away. The George Inn’s extensive menu showcases traditional and organic ingredients grown in the inn’s own garden and in surrounding fields and farms – it doesn’t get much fresher than this. British favourites include homemade steak and ale pie, pork, cider and apple pie, beef and Guinness pie, and chicken, sage and mushroom pie, all made with handmade shortcrust pastry. Seafood-lovers will be delighted by the Open: Mon-Thurs Torbay mussels, Cornish scallops and local fish on offer. On top of all this, a great 7.30am-3pm, 6pm-11pm; selection of vegetarian dishes features on the menu and all dietary needs can be Fri 7.30am-3pm, catered for. The regularly changing 5pm-midnight; specials board is always popular, Sat 8am-midnight; as are The George Inn’s gorgeous Sun 8am-11pm 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, a retractable awning and a swing for the little ones. If you’re keen to explore the wider region, the pub also offers bed and breakfast accommodation and is perfectly situated for visiting popular Somerset destinations.

The Redan Inn

British

 Location Fry’s Well, Chilcompton, Nr. Radstock, BA3 4HA t: 0844 502 7738 w: www.theredaninn.co.uk e: info@theredaninn.co.uk

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The Redan Inn is a gloriously quintessential country inn, nestled in the pretty village of Chilcompton. Those who know sister pubs The Pump House in Bristol and The Bird in Hand in Long Ashton will know the standard of drinking and dining that £25 to can be expected. £35 Recently refurbished, the inn is now a stylish blend of rustic-chic and contemporary cosiness with stylish rooms, a brilliant bar and a restaurant serving delicious food. Warm your cockles next the wood-burning stove when the weather is chilly, and make yourself at home with a tipple and a board game. There’s a fine selection of ale, cider and wine, and an impressive 100 different gins on offer at the bar, while bar food is served all day. Talented chef Tony Casey (chef profile page 45) leads the kitchen team. His experience at both The Pump House and AA-rosette-awarded The Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Chequers in Bath has informed this chef and his keen, creative palate means the Sun 11am-10.30pm menu is filled with exciting dishes inspired by the seasons. Diners can rest assured that all the ingredients that go Food Served: Mon-Sat into every dish have been carefully 8.45am-10.30am, and ethically sourced. Specials noon-3pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm; accompany an à la carte menu, and Sun 8.45am-10.30am, the Sunday roast is renowned for noon-4pm, 6pm-8pm miles around as being one of the best in the county. No wonder The Redan Inn has two AA rosettes to its name and was a finalist in the Best Destination Pub category in the Somerset Muddy Stilettos Awards for 2016. 12

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Ensemble

Brasserie

 Location 12 Sadler Street, Wells, BA5 2SE t: 0844 502 8469 w: www.ensemblewells.co.uk e: hello@ensemblewells.co.uk Situated right in the heart of beautiful Wells is Ensemble, a stylish brasserie that’s reason enough to visit this most charming of cities. We slipped inside on a Saturday afternoon, escaping the hustle and bustle of the market for the bright and airy interior. The decor is effortlessly chic, with brushed gold details juxtaposed with bright jade chairs and whimsical animal motifs. There’s an air of relaxed refinement, with a café-like vibe during the day that easily transitions to a cool restaurant setting in the evening. Though we took a seat in the restaurant area, which is staffed by smartly dressed waiters, there were other visitors in the lounge area enjoying a more informal coffee and slice of cake.

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Perusing the menu, we were impressed by the range of tempting dishes on offer – whether you’re hoping for a sophisticated three-course meal or a simple (but perfectly executed) sandwich, Ensemble is a great choice. The breakfast menu offers everything from free-range eggs on toast to Scotch pancakes with maple syrup and streaky bacon, and brunch is available until 3pm on Sundays – perfect for a lazy start. I chose to start our lunchtime visit with a smoked chicken salad, while my husband plumped for calamari with sweet chilli sauce. Both starters were perfectly executed and gave us high hopes for the rest of the meal. The friendly and informative staff recommended a daily special of squid ink linguine with fresh, meaty prawns and succulent monkfish. I was thoroughly impressed with the quality of the seafood, as well as the sublime flavour of the dish, which was enhanced by a subtle hint of chilli. My husband went for a heartier main course, choosing the beautifully presented Creedy Carver duck breast with winter vegetables and star anise jus, which proved to be another stand-out dish. After such impressive first and second courses, we arguably could have done without dessert but there was no way I was passing up the chance to try the warm chocolate fondant with a scoop of raspberry and elderflower sorbet. My husband chose the caramelised calamansi curd tart, the flavour of which is somewhere between a clementine and a lime, and was blown away. Ensemble has all the style of restaurants in the coolest capital cities with the charm of historic Wells – what more could you ask for?

Open: Weds-Sat 9am-11pm; Sun 9.30am-3pm Food Served: Weds-Sat 9am-11am, noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun 9.30am-3pm

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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.

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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 teas, coffees and cakes available.

Food Served: Mon-Fri 8am-9.30pm; Sat 7am-9.30pm; Sun 7am-8pm (food service hours may vary)

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

Shepton Brasserie

Brasserie

 Location 64 High Street, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5AX t: 0844 502 8377 w: www.sheptonbrasserie.co.uk e: sheptonbrasserie@yahoo.co.uk

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Shepton Brasserie is a lovely little venue that consistently supports local suppliers. Tables are nicely spread out, so the restaurant felt quiet despite being busy with friendly lunchtime diners. We arrived and chose to dine in an airy room overlooking Shepton Mallet High Street. We perused the menu and were offered a selection of specials too. The breakfast menu looked delicious and the lunch menu presented plenty of choice.

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My partner chose the Driftwood goat’s cheese salad and the homemade quiche to follow. The salad was available in two sizes, the smaller of which proved a fantastic starter and included beetroot and pine nuts. The smoked salmon quiche of the day was a delicious mini quiche, served with a fantastic dressed salad and sundried tomatoes. I chose the smoked mackerel pâté with tomatoes, spring onion, dressed leaves and crispy sourdough toast, followed by gratinated Open: Mon-Weds 9am-4pm; Portobello mushroom, which was Thurs-Sat 9am-11pm; stuffed with blue cheese, shallots Sun 10am-4pm and Parmesan, and accompanied by red quinoa. Both courses were very well executed dishes and equally as tasty. With little room for pudding, we shared a retro banana split. Pleasant service, homemade cakes, flavoursome coffee and a varied menu all combine to make this a fantastic place to spend an afternoon or visit for breakfast. Shepton Brasserie also boasts a traditional Sunday lunch and Somerset tapas evening menu. 14

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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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Victoria Pub & Kitchen

 Location Upper Bristol Road, Bath, BA1 3AT t: 0844 502 8322 w: www.victoriabath.co.uk e: info@victoriabath.co.uk Situated on the edge of Victoria Park, this lively gastropub serves up an expertly crafted menu in chic yet cosy surroundings – there’s even a garden that’s perfect for drinks and al fresco dining. Families, friends and couples alike are drawn to Victoria Pub & Kitchen thanks to its relaxed, welcoming atmosphere and delicious, freshly prepared food. The friendly staff are particularly accommodating of specific dietary requirements. I started with stylishly presented mushroom and garlic arancini; the delicate flavours of the accompanying rocket, beetroot and toasted pine nut salad complemented the main component perfectly. My partner’s garlic and chilli king prawns were a symphony of robust, fresh flavours, enhanced by smoky chorizo. This was followed by deliciously creamy crab and smoked salmon tagliatelle, and a succulent homemade beefburger, which the chef grills to your specification. The velvety smooth Champagne and raspberry posset was the perfect end to a memorable meal.

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King William

Gastropub

 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 and romantic dinners. Head to the well-stocked bar and find a range of drinks including locally brewed cask ales, thirty 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. 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. The King William is 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.

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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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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‘...the quality of the produce speaks for itself...’ 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, with extra touches to make it really sing. 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, so there’s a selection of hearty pub classics available too, including a 6oz Ruby Red beefburger with fries, and beer-battered fish and chips. Sundays are especially busy, with groups of friends and families enjoying the friendly pub ambience and legendary roasts. The pub also offers pastries 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: friendly and attentive without ever being intrusive or pretentious.

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

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The wine list is extensive, as is the selection of local ale – and the bar staff mix a mean cocktail too. 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.


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 this 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 properties. Wake up to the aroma of fresh coffee, cakes and pastries, which are served all day if you choose to stay over in one of the ten 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 the smoked duck with blood orange, mâche salad and orange and hazelnut reduction, followed by maple-glazed belly pork, cooking juices, butter beans, tenderstem broccoli and crispy skin, and top it all off with the baked vanilla cheesecake with lime- and mint-marinated pineapple and mango coulis. 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, and 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-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; Fri-Sun noon-9pm

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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. In winter, The Locksbrook offers the perfect opportunity to settle next to the wood-burning stove with friends.

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‘...gastropub dining, but not quite as you know it...’ 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 potted chicken liver parfait, pickled shallots and toast, baked Camembert with Genova pesto, and beetroot-cured salmon with toasted sourdough and horseradish. Salads are big, fresh and exciting, and every tasty nine-inch pizza is handmade and hand-tossed before being cooked to delicious perfection. There are also plenty of traditional gastropub staples from battered Brixham fish and chips to braised beef shin with celeriac mash and cavolo nero. The falafel burger with Moroccan spices and baba ganoush is absolutely fantastic. Choose from mouth-watering desserts, such as chocolate delice and Chantilly cream, classic crème brûlée or apple, raspberry and pear crumble with vanilla ice cream. 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 Espresso Martini and Pedro Ximenez Viejo Napolean will provide the perfect conclusion to your meal.

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


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.

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The menu changes often, in line with the ingredients available. Executive chef Chris Alderson, alongside head chef Pedro de Souza, 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 a 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 desserts menu proved too much so 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, which have been given a five-star rating by the AA.

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

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The 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 Hill 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. 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 sandwich generously filled with rare roast beef, horseradish and watercress, with fries on the side. Those looking to enjoy the full three courses are also in for a treat. From the regularly changing selection you might start with pan-fried scallops with roasted Jerusalem artichokes and beurre noisette, and continue with roasted fillet of cod, accompanied by bread-crumbed white onion risotto cake, baby spinach, grilled chorizo and saffron cream sauce. Decadent Amalfi lemon meringue pie and Valrhona chocolate mousse with salted caramel will round things off in a suitably indulgent fashion. Alternatively, there are three different types of burger to choose from – beef, pulled pork 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, The 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.

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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 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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Beautifully 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 braved the weather too.

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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 Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, red onion chutney, which paired well with the rich, earthy flavours of the cheese 6pm-10.30pm; Fri noon-3pm, and pumpkin. My partner’s choice 6pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; of the griddled Star burger with Sun noon-10.30pm Gruyère cheese and bacon jam 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.

Chez Dominique

French

 Location 15 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BQ t: 0844 502 8365 w: www.chezdominique.co.uk e: eat@chezdominique.co.uk Housed within a Georgian building in the heart of historic Bath, this charming French restaurant oozes character and has a relaxed atmosphere. Proprietor-partners Sarah Olivier and Chris Tabbitt named this new and exciting venue after their young son Dominic.

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Head chef Chris trained at award-winning Bibendum in Chelsea, 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 a regularly changing specials board, which often features sharing dishes such as Chateaubriand and tarte fine aux pommes. You can also opt for a tasty roast on a Sunday. Desserts like blood orange posset and Yorkshire Open: Mon-Sat 10am-3pm, rhubarb are almost impossible to 5.30pm-11pm; resist. There’s a great selection of Sun noon-4pm wine and Brasserie Artisanale du Luberon craft beer is available 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. Bath & Somerset Guide 2017

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Bistrot Pierre

 Location 4 Princes Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2ED t: 0844 502 7751 e: bath@pierre94.co.uk BN  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 NS The Bistrot Pierre in Bath brings accessible yet elegant French cuisine to a corner of this Roman city. Set in a Grade II listed building among a scattering of Georgian houses, the city’s famous landmarks such as the Roman Baths, Bath Abbey and £14 to the Museum of Costume are just a short stroll away. Located on Beach Road, £24 Bistrot Pierre in Weston-super-Mare boasts incredible panoramic views across the bay, beach and Grand Pier. This bistrot seats approximately 180 diners and has a large bar area downstairs, extensive outside terraced areas and a balcony, where you can enjoy stunning views whilst dining. Add to the mix the relaxed and friendly ambience, and welcoming staff, and you’ve got a top destination for wining and dining. Masters of combining French bistro classics with regional favourites like tarte flambée, bouillabaise and pâté de campagne, the restaurant offers a compelling culinary line-up. Make sure you don’t miss the popular one-course prix-fixe lunch for £9.50 or two-course pre-theatre menu for just £14.95, which is proving a hit with theatre-goers. Look to the sumptuous à la carte menu for a selection of appetisers Bath Food Served: including saucisson and tapenade. Starters come in the form of homemade Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, chicken liver parfait with sourdough toast, and toasted brioche with fricassée of 5pm-10pm; mushrooms. Mains are served with a selection of potatoes and seasonal vegetables; Fri noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; why not go for the duck leg confit with a coussoulet of Toulouse sausage and smoked Sat 9am-4pm, 5pm-11pm; bacon? As you’d expect from a French establishment, a glance at the distinctive Sun 9am-4pm, 6pm-10pm wine list shows over 20 French wines sold by the glass. End on a sweet note with a Weston Food Served: classic dessert like crème brûlée, or if you’re after something savoury, choose the Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, medley of rustic cheeses served with biscuits, celery and red onion confiture. 5pm-10pm; Fri noon-3pm, All dishes are freshly prepared by the experienced chefs using an assortment 5pm-11pm; Sat 9am-11.30am, of artisan produce and carefully sourced ingredients. You’ll find plenty of noon-4pm, 5pm-11pm; gluten-free dishes as well as a child-friendly menu and an activity pack that enables Sun 9am-11.30am, noon-4pm, all to frequent Bistrot Pierre. They also host special events each month, so there’s 5pm-10pm always a reason to celebrate with a great meal and good company.

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La Piccola Italia

Italian

 Location 21 Pickwick Road, Corsham, SN13 9BQ t: 0844 502 8547 w: www.la-piccolaitalia.co.uk

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This cosy family-run Italian restaurant offers an authentic taste of Italy in the heart of Corsham. With a fantastic chef from Naples, who puts great care and attention to detail into each dish that leaves the kitchen, you’d be forgiven for thinking you’d been transported straight to Italy. The extensive menu will leave you spoilt for choice and features all of your favourite pasta, pizza, risotto, meat and seafood dishes.

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For a hearty meal try the calamari, fried with a dusting of semolina flour and served with tartare sauce, lemon, chilli, parsley and garlic, followed by the fantastic whole sea bream with white wine and garlic butter, cherry tomatoes and pan-fried new potatoes. If you plan on sharing, why not start with bread and olives and an antipasti platter of cured meats, cheese, olives and pickles? For pizza-lovers we would recommend the Piccante, which comes topped with tomato, spicy sausage, mixed roasted Open: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, peppers, chilli and mozzarella. To 5pm-11pm; Sun noon-9pm accompany your meal, choose from a detailed wine list and a range of classic cocktails. Conclude your evening with the homemade tiramisu, homemade lemon cheesecake or gorgeous amaretto ice cream. You may also wish to choose an aromatic Italian-style coffee. For fantastic food and drink, friendly Italian hospitality and a memorable dining experience, look no further than La Piccola Italia.

Ponte Vecchio

Italian

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

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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.

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This isn’t just a place for sit-down dining – the lively bar downstairs welcomes Restaurant Open: Mon-Sun those popping in for a drink or a few cocktails with friends. Those who do 10.30am-10.30pm decide to venture up to the restaurant will be rewarded with fine Italian and Bar Open: Mediterranean fare, and one of the Mon-Sun 10.30am-late 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. Bath & Somerset Guide 2017

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La Tavola D’Oro

 Location Unit 1-2, Red Lion Court, 5 Town Street, Shepton Mallet, BA4 5BD t: 0844 502 8329 w: www.latavoladoro.co.uk La Tavola D’Oro sits proudly on Shepton Mallet’s quaint High Street. It is a modern and spacious restaurant serving authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed ambience. We took our seats and sipped refreshing local cider while perusing the extensive menu, which is full of hearty classics to please all palates. I opted for a vibrant Caprese salad to precede a rich seafood dish, brimming with juicy prawns, mussels, and more. My vegetarian partner chose a rich dish of baked aubergines to start, followed by fresh and creamy asparagus risotto, which was seasoned beautifully. We were seduced by the dessert menu, which is packed with indulgent sweet treats. We settled on a heavenly pistachio and brownie frozen dessert, and hazelnut ice cream sprinkled with meringue and served with an espresso. This Italian eatery really does light up the High Street – next time you’re in the area be sure to pay it a visit.

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Seafoods

Fish & Chips

 Location 38 Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AA t: 0845 468 0343 w: www.seafoodsfishandchips.co.uk 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 alike, this relaxed restaurant and takeaway continues to serve top-quality traditional English fare. Named the best fish and chips 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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The Ashcott

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 50 Bath Road, Ashcott, TA7 9QQ t: 0844 502 8467 w: www.theashcott.co.uk e: theashcott@hotmail.com

Sm Situated on Bath Road, The Ashcott is hard to miss and is a popular meeting point for local Somerset families and visitors alike. With its proximity to Glastonbury and the Tor as well as the popular shopping destination of Clarks Village, this £16 family-run bar and restaurant is a fantastic place to stop off whilst exploring the to £25 local attractions, and boasts a spacious car park. A log burner will keep you warm in winter and on chilly days throughout the year, while the patio doors leading to the deck and the lush gardens beyond make this a peaceful suntrap when the weather’s nice. Take a seat in one of the two cosy bar areas and order yourself a drink before entering the relaxed and comfy restaurant area. Showcasing fantastic local produce, the extensive menu and ever-changing Open: Mon-Sat noon-11pm; specials board ensure that you’re always spoiled for choice. Try the Maldon sea Sun noon-10.30pm salt and cracked black pepper squid with homemade garlic aioli, followed by Food Served: Mon-Fri the slow-cooked belly of pork with black pudding, fine green beans, red wine noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9pm; jus and crackling. For dessert, the Sat noon-9.30pm; warm salted caramel and chocolate Sun noon-9pm brownie with Madagascan vanilla ice cream is a must. To accompany your meal, choose from a variety of house wine, farmhouse cider, and real ale, cider and lager on draught, or perhaps opt for a bottled craft lager. There are also plenty of soft drinks for the designated drivers and younger visitors. Whether you pop in for afternoon coffee, a quiet lunch or an evening meal with drinks, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome and friendly service at The Ashcott. Bath & Somerset Guide 2017

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Grillstock

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 Location Unit 4, 12 Brunel Square, Bath, BA1 1SX t: 0845 468 0489 w: www.grillstock.co.uk e: bath@grillstock.co.uk

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Located in The Vaults right outside Bath Spa train station you’ll find Grillstock Bath serving up Southern-style American barbecue and real Southern hospitality. The music is loud and the lighting low, which creates an authentic smokehouse atmosphere to chow down on mouth-watering barbecue.

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‘...delicious barbecue fare...’ All of the meat is smoked fresh on-site over hickory wood and is liberally coated in Grillstock’s own seasoning and sauces. The menu comes straight from the Southern US and includes ribs, brisket, chicken and pulled pork. Burgers, wings and all manner of fixings complete the impressive line-up. Sweet treats to save room for include toffee waffle cheesecake and Key lime pie. If you’re looking for a challenge, take on the Grand Champion plate, piled high with pulled pork, sliced brisket, Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; half a chicken, full rack of baby Sun 11am-10.30pm back ribs and hot wings, plus mac and cheese, chilli cheese fries, house pickles and slaw. If you manage to eat it all in one hour you’ll get to take home barbecue sauce and a Grand Champion t-shirt. To wash it all down, choose from a selection of American-style beers, making sure to try the Grillstock Pale Ale specially created to complement the delicious barbecue fare.

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 gorgeous Bath limestone with a cool retro scheme. £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 surprisingly 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 Open: Mon-Weds beef and melted blue cheese, served noon-midnight; in a brioche bun with slaw, pickles Thurs-Sat noon-1am; and onion rings stacked on top. The Sun noon-11pm Cork is one of few venues 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. 28

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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 Occupying a quiet spot in the city centre, Hall & Woodhouse is a venue well worth seeking out. Upon entry, you’ll no doubt be struck by the impressive staircase that sweeps up to the restaurant, and above that the roof terrace. On the ground floor, the £18 to room is filled with large benches and sofas to sink into, and the atmosphere is lively. £30 It’s the perfect place to gather while enjoying a great tipple or two, and sample from the pantry menu. Our visit ended downstairs with a post-meal glass of wine, though began upstairs in the restaurant. It has an equally welcoming atmosphere, and is filled with tables big and small, making it the perfect place for intimate meals and family gatherings Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm; alike. To start, I whetted my appetite with the creamy goat’s cheese bruschetta, which Fri & Sat 9am-11.30pm; was paired with lovely sweet onion chutney. Meanwhile, my partner tucked into the Sun 9am-10.30pm duck hash, which comprised confit duck, Savoy cabbage, potato and red onion, and Upstairs Food Served: was topped with a fried egg. Both dishes were beautifully presented and we devoured Mon-Fri noon-3pm, them with gusto. Next came the tuna 5pm-10pm; Sat noon-10pm; Niçoise for my partner and the confit Sun noon-3pm duck leg for me. The salad was filled Downstairs Food Served: with roasted tomatoes, green and Mon-Sat 9am-10pm; borlotti beans, black olives and salsa Sun 9am-9pm verde, and the tuna was cooked to perfection. My duck leg was incredibly tender and was enhanced by buttery mash, red cabbage and delicious Blandford Flyer beer gravy. A scoop of limited edition malt ice cream made sure the meal ended on a high note.

The Worlds End

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Bradford-on-Tone, Nr. Taunton, TA4 1ET t: 0845 468 0542 w: www.theworldsendtaunton.co.uk e: worldsend.taunton@hall-woodhouse.co.uk

TD Nestled on the edge of the pretty village of Bradford-on-Tone just south of Taunton, you’ll find The Worlds End, a traditional country pub steeped in history. The venue has long been associated with Somerset County Cricket Club, with both £18 to founded in the same year. With visitors such as cricketing legends Ian Botham £30 and Viv Richards, The Worlds End is regarded as the go-to destination for fans of Somerset cricket. Inside, the building’s original features have been lovingly restored. Exposed beams and brickwork are accompanied by characterful countryside paraphernalia and opulent chandeliers, creating a rustic yet stylish setting in which to enjoy your Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; meal. I began with creamy garlic mushrooms on toasted focaccia, which was Sun noon-10.30pm both rich and comforting, while my companion enthused over his succulent lamb Food Served: Mon-Sun skewers. Next came a sumptuous beef and wild mushroom stew with honey-roasted carrots, kale and deliciously buttery mashed potato. The duo of miniature pies noon-10.30pm devoured by my companion is the perfect option for those struggling to choose between the restaurant’s signature steak and Tanglefoot ale pie and the mouth-watering chicken and ham hock pie. Unable to resist the tempting dessert menu, we plumped for a trio of delectable puddings, comprising petite versions of raspberry and white chocolate crème brûlée, mulled winter fruit crumble, and Black Forest sundae. Thanks to the friendly, attentive staff who make sure all feel at home, the relaxed atmosphere and the top-notch food, there’s no better place to enjoy the beautiful Somerset countryside with friends and family. Bath & Somerset Guide 2017

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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 aroma 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 four 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.

MeatBusters

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 2 Victoria Buildings, Lower Bristol Road, Bath, BA2 3EH t: 0844 502 7486 w: www.meatbusters.co.uk e: info@burgersnbarrels.co.uk

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Formerly known as Burgers and Barrels, MeatBusters is renowned in Bath as the ultimate place to go for a burger and drink – as the name hints. Inside is a rustic, industrial-style bar with high stalls, while tables out front mean you can enjoy your burger al fresco in the sun. Each burger is cooked to order, using local produce to ensure that the freshest, tastiest meal arrives on your plate. Meat-lovers will drool over the gourmet special 12 Monkeys burger: two beefburgers stacked high and glazed with their unique 12 Monkeys spiced Bourbon sauce. The Phat Patty’s veggie burger, consisting of Portobello mushrooms stuffed with Cheddar, garlic yoghurt and fresh tomato, will impress vegetarians. Fries are pretty special, too – el greko fries are topped with a mix of feta and Cheddar cheese, tomatoes, oregano and egg. The venue deservedly won the Best Burger in Bath title at the Bath Good Food Awards in 2016.

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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 on a countryside walk. Having recently undergone refurbishment, you’ll now find mismatched chairs, muted tones and eclectic artifacts inside the pub. An open fire, intimate lighting and snug all add to its appeal. Food is fresh and homemade, its traditional character echoed in the careful yet unpretentious presentation. On the menu are classics the team can’t resist Open: Mon-Sun including, such as 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 but 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.

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Wincanton Racecourse

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Wincanton, BA9 8BJ t: 0844 502 8460 w: wincanton.thejockeyclub.co.uk e: richard.oram@thejockeyclub.co.uk With its stunning Somerset location, Wincanton Racecourse is the perfect destination for a great day out at the races, offering a wonderful array of dining options, hosted by The Jockey Club’s dedicated hospitality team. With 17 fixtures of quality jump racing throughout the year, Wincanton Racecourse hosts some excellent-value, action-packed days out. The exclusive Winning Post Restaurant boasts stunning views over the racecourse from directly above the finish line. It offers fantastic service and a four-course à la carte meal. The Kingwell Restaurant is situated between the racecourse and the parade ring and offers excellent hospitality in a relaxed and friendly ambience. When booking one of these packages your table is reserved for the entire day, so you can return for refreshment as often as you like. *£65 represents the cost of the two-course package at The Kingwell Restaurant; £100 represents the cost of the four-course premier day menu at The Winning Post Restaurant.

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The Dining Room

Café, Bar & Restaurant

 Location The Borough, Wedmore, BS28 4EB t: 0845 468 1108 Situated within Compton House in the picturesque village of Wedmore, The Dining Room is a family-run venue fit for every occasion. Open throughout the week for morning coffee, light lunches and scrumptious afternoon tea, The Dining Room boasts a great range of fantastic locally sourced food and is fully licensed. A popular choice among locals, The Dining Room plays an important role in the community and hosts fantastic events throughout the year. Whether you’re popping in for cream tea and a cake, or a fantastic two- or three-course meal complete with beer or wine, expect a warm welcome and friendly service. The Sunday roasts at The Dining Room are a real treat. The team also provides outside catering for corporate events, weddings and parties and can accommodate gluten-free diets. For more information and upcoming events, please see The Dining Room’s Facebook page.

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The Holy Cow

Café

 Location Manor Farm, Church Lane, Chilcompton, BA3 4HP t: 0844 502 8562 w: www.theholycowchilcompton.co.uk e: theholycowchilcompton@gmail.com Set in the grounds of a 17th-century manor farm, The Holy Cow is a laid-back and homely café with a garden overlooking St John’s Church, serving delicious homemade food. All of the food here is available to take away if you’re pushed for time, but the relaxed and contemporary decor makes this the perfect place to while the afternoon away. Peruse the breakfast menu for the likes of pastries, breakfast sandwiches and cooked breakfasts, made with high-quality ingredients and free-range eggs. For a heartier lunch choose from a list of regular treats and regularly changing specials, featuring fantastic seasonal salads and warm dishes throughout the year. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options. Choose from eight types of coffee, a selection of tea, or local beer and cider to accompany your meal. Or, why not pop in for a delicious cup of coffee and a homemade cake from the farmhouse kitchen? *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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Rosarios

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 Location 18 Northumberland Place, Bath, BA1 5AR t: 0844 502 7531 w: www.rosarioscafe.co.uk e: rosarios.cafe@zen.co.uk

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Tucked away on one of Bath’s oldest streets, you will find Rosarios, a celebrated Italian café frequented by locals and tourists visiting this historic city. You can leave the hustle and bustle of Bath’s busy streets behind and retreat to Rosarios for a delicious fusion of Sicilian and West Country food.

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The Green Bird Café

Café

 Location 11 Margaret’s Buildings, Bath, BA1 2LP t: 0844 502 8217 w: www.greenbirdcafe.co.uk e: claire@greenbirdcafe.co.uk Ideally situated between The Circus and Royal Crescent in Bath, The Green Bird Café serves breakfast, lunch and fantastic coffee from Brian Wogan. Getting to know each customer by name and remembering how they like their coffee is part of the Green Bird ethos, which has played a big part in the café’s success. The Green Bird Café was crowned Best Café 2016 in the Bath Life Awards – a real honour for the team. Breakfast ranges from local Bertinet sourdough toast and pastries, to poached eggs with chorizo and mushrooms, and American-style pancakes with bacon and maple syrup. Lunch is served from noon until 3.30pm and always includes homemade soups, chickpea and chorizo stew and a range of delicious open sandwiches. The café is fully licensed and offers a carefully selected wine list, available by the glass or bottle. It also stocks a great range of local beer and cider. *Price range represents the average spend per person.

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Pumpkin Delicatessen & Café

Café & Deli

 Location 1 The Borough Mall, The Borough, Wedmore, BS28 4EB t: 0844 502 8363 w: www.pumpkinwedmore.co.uk e: andrea@pumpkinwedmore.co.uk Situated in the heart of the pretty village of Wedmore, Pumpkin Delicatessen & Café is a relaxed and friendly place run by Andrea Brenner and her team. The café offers a full range of coffees and soft drinks, which can be accompanied by homemade pastries and cakes or something from the lovely lunch menu, and is licensed to serve beer, wine and cider. Andrea takes pride to ensure that everything is homemade where possible, and offers outside catering for large and small parties and functions. Pop in for a rest after a walk in the countryside and if the weather’s nice, settle down in the lovely garden where dogs are always welcome. Pumpkin serves fantastic antipasti platters, homemade salads, soups and quiches, as well as a specials board of hot meals. Browse the deli counter and you’ll find a vast array of cheese, pâté, charcuterie and more, alongside shelves brimming with a variety of treats from local chutney to chocolates.

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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 already 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 Widcome 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 really 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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Blue Quails Deli

Café & Deli

 Location 7 Bridge Street, Bath, BA2 4AS t: 0844 502 8368 w: www.bluequailsdeli.com e: info@bluequailsdeli.com Blue Quails Deli is a popular meeting point for locals, providing the perfect spot to enjoy a coffee and a slice of cake, as well as some fantastic meals. Choose from homemade quiches, frittatas, a wide variety of soups and a regularly changing selection of warm meals and international street food-inspired dishes. If it’s coffee you’re craving, Blue Quails Deli serves Lavazza coffee and a variety of flavoured syrups, and offers dairy-free milk alternatives. The team has carefully sourced its tea from Jeeves & Jericho, which specialises in fresh and unique loose-leaf tea in a variety of delicious flavours. They also serve an irresistible hot chocolate, made from real single-origin chocolate. This award-winning café and deli has a lively and vibrant atmosphere and plays relaxed music, making it the perfect place to catch up with friends, grab a light lunch, or simply relax with a good book and a great cuppa. *Price range represents the cost of a drink and a snack.

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Open: Mon-Sat 8am-5pm; Sun 9.30am-4.30pm Farmers’ Market

Bath 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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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 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 can’t wait to return. *Price represents the cost of afternoon tea.

Carpenters Arms

Traditional

 Location Vagg Lane, Chilthorne Domer, Nr. Yeovil, BA21 3PX t: 0844 502 8451 w: www.carpenters-chilthorne.co.uk e: carpenters@chilthorne.eclipse.co.uk

SS The Carpenters Arms in Chilthorne Domer is a quintessentially British village pub, serving straightforward, honest food. The menu is unpretentious and offers a good choice of long-established favourites and a great range of £18 to drinks. The food is beautifully cooked, well portioned, attractively priced and £22 served by friendly staff, which all combines to make an inviting and enjoyable dining experience. 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 bowl of button mushrooms in garlic butter sauce, with dressed leaves and crusty bread on the side. These went down a treat and set the scene for an evening of superbly flavoursome food. My partner decided on the Tex-Mex beef in chilli sauce to Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2.30pm, follow, which was appropriately hot, packed with flavour and accompanied by 5.30pm-10.30pm; ample rice. I opted for the lamb shank: a spectacular piece of meat in beautifully Fri & Sat noon-11.30pm; aromatic minted gravy, served with Sun noon-5pm mashed potato and vegetables. Food Served: Mon-Thurs We concluded the evening with a noon-2pm, 5.30pm-9pm; shared plate of gorgeous Belgian Fri & Sat noon-9pm; waffles, generously drizzled in sticky toffee sauce and enhanced Sun noon-3pm 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 2017

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The Rising Sun Inn

Traditional

 Location 3-4 Grove Street, Bath, BA2 6PJ t: 0845 468 0451 w: www.therisingsunbath.co.uk e: therisingsunbath@gmail.com

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The Rising Sun is an independent pub located just off the world-famous Pulteney Bridge, and is just a two-minute walk from Bath’s central attractions. The building it’s housed in dates back to the 1700s and the cuisine served is fresh, home-cooked classic pub food, or home comforts, as they like to say. Best-selling dishes include their famous fish and chips (which saw the pub named a finalist in the Bath Good Food Awards), and delicious homemade pies. According to many, the home-cooked Sunday lunches are the best in town, so booking is strongly advised.

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£20

‘...relaxed and welcoming venue...’ All ingredients are locally sourced where possible – eggs are free-range, meat is British, and the potatoes are freshly dug from a local farm. There is a good vegetarian selection and takeaway Open: Tues-Fri noon-2.30pm, meals are also available. The Rising 5pm-9pm; Sat noon-close; Sun is a great place for parties, Sun 12.30pm-5pm offering hot and cold buffets for up to 60 people. Real ales and good wines top off the great experience you’ll have in this relaxed and welcoming venue. The Rising Sun also offers comfortable guest accommodation with a three AA gold star rating. Each of the six attractive bedrooms has tea and coffee making facilities, an en-suite bathroom and toiletries.

Cross Keys

Traditional

 Location Midford Road, Combe Down, 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 familyFri noon-2.15pm, 6pm-9.30pm; friendly garden where guests can Sat noon-9.30pm; soak up the sun in fine weather. Sun noon-9pm Come summer, the redesigned garden will feature new gazebos, fantastic play equipment for your little ones and will play host to monthly events with great entertainment. Add to the mix the weekly barbecues, the annual beer festival, and the landlord’s big 60th-birthday bash, and you’ll see why this pub is a real hub of the community. 36

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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.

£30

‘...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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The Old Green Tree

Traditional

 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 in 1928 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 three sauces? 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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Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; Sun noon-6.30pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm

The Neston Country Inn

Traditional

 Location 25 Pool Green, Neston, SN13 9SN t: 0844 502 8473 w: www.theneston.com e: info@theneston.com Owned and run by Desrae and Tony Procos, The Neston Country Inn is a real British treasure located in the heart of the village of Neston. This traditional pub dates back to the early 1800s and boasts a cosy bar, great rustic food and comfortable guest accommodation. Focusing on seasonal, local produce, the menu showcases fantastic ingredients, which are treated with the utmost respect. The menu is traditional overall, but promises a few twists inspired by Des and Tony’s upbringing in the African sunshine and their Mediterranean heritage. This influences a variety of themed nights throughout the year, such as a Greek taverna experience, a South African dinner and the annual lamb spit roast. A traditional roast with all the trimmings is available every Sunday. With delicious food, a lovely garden and plenty of books, board games and toys to keep the little ones occupied, The Neston offers something for the entire family. Find the inn on Facebook or see the website for future events.

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£25

Open: Mon 6pm-11pm; Tues-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-9pm Traditional

The Butchers Arms

 Location Timsbury Road, Farmborough, BA2 0AE t: 0844 502 8570 w: www.thebutchersarms.co e: thebutchersarms@yahoo.co.uk A warm welcome awaits at The Butchers Arms – a lovely village pub serving a great range of drinks and wholesome food in a cosy, traditional setting. Pop in for a relaxed lunch or visit for an evening meal or special occasion, and you’re sure to receive friendly service and an enjoyable meal. Pizza-lovers will be impressed with the array of stone-baked pizzas available every Thursday, while the main menu showcases homemade British favourites. Try the popular starter of button mushrooms in garlic and herb butter, followed by the Stilton chicken. We would also recommend the beer-battered cod, chips and mushy or garden peas – even the chips are homemade and delicious. 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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The George Inn & The Plaine

Traditional

 Location High Street, Norton St Philip, BA2 7LH t: 0844 502 7758 w: www.georgeinnnsp.co.uk e: georgeinn@wadworth.co.uk If you’re visiting Somerset to immerse yourself in the rolling green hills, rural countryside and unspoiled architecture of a bygone era, look no further than The George Inn & The Plaine in Norton St Philip. This quintessential Somerset village is filled with cottages boasting mullion windows and stone-tiled roofs, and begs to be lazily explored. The George Inn & Plaine, housed within a Grade I listed building, is no stranger to the High Street and fits the bill perfectly thanks to its rich history. From characterful bedrooms with beams and antique furniture, to the cosy bars and ancient galleried courtyard, you’ll find it hard not to fall in love with this 700-year-old inn. The George Inn has much more to offer than just history and a warm atmosphere, though. Quality, seasonal fare is served in the impressive 16th-century dining room, and when it comes to food, provenance is high on the agenda. Eggs and poultry are free-range and meat is sourced from award-winning local suppliers. There’s a new locally sourced breakfast menu as well as two- and three-course lunch offers and daily changing specials to choose from. Now fully accredited by Coeliac UK, the team at The George Inn can offer 100-per-cent gluten-free meals all day, every day. From the menu you might like to start with Scottish smoked salmon on a toasted muffin with capers, sour cream and dill. Perhaps follow with seared duck with glazed turnips and a honey, brandy and peppercorn sauce with mash, or pan-fried chicken served on a fricassee of bacon, leeks and mushrooms, with creamy white wine sauce and buttery new potatoes. They say the proof is in the pudding, and the homemade banana and rum crumble with a dollop of clotted cream and sticky toffee pudding with ice cream both prove that this is one of Somerset’s best-kept secrets. Traditional Sunday lunches are available for an end-of-week treat. The National Trust village of Lacock, Bradford on Avon and Longleat are all within easy reach, making it an ideal spot from which to explore nearby attractions. For adventurers, there’s a maze of footpaths that are home to much local wildlife. When the sun is shining, take a seat in the garden that overlooks the village church and soak up the rural scenery. Should you want to extend your visit, The George also offers 14 cosy bedrooms that are perfect should you wish to discover the wealth of the countryside right on the doorstep.

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Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-10.30pm; Sat 8.30am-10.30pm; Sun 8.30am-10pm

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The Rodney Stoke Inn

Traditional

 Location Wells Road, Rodney Stoke, Nr. Cheddar, BS27 3XB t: 0844 502 8313 w: www.rodneystokeinn.co.uk If you’ve spent a day exploring Cheddar Gorge, Wells or Wookey Hole Caves and are in need of refreshment, take a drive to The Rodney Stoke Inn, which boasts a campsite for those wishing to stay overnight. The à la carte and specials board offer plenty to satisfy hungry guests, including everything from tapas dishes and sandwiches to fare from the sea, oven and grill. I devoured moreish sticky barbecue ribs to start, while my partner sampled delicate melon and full-flavoured serrano ham. The lamb shank that followed was beautifully tender and pink – just as it should be. This is a great place for families; kids will have great fun roaming around the gardens and play area before tucking into something from their own dedicated menu. This inn is a wonderful find – the team here not only serves excellent food and drink as standard, but can expertly cater for special occasions too.

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£23

Open: Mon-Thurs 11am-2.30pm, 6pm-11pm; Fri & Sat 11am-2.30pm, 6pm-midnight; Sun noon-11pm

The Farmers Arms

Traditional

 Location West Hatch, Taunton, TA3 5RS t: 0844 502 8477 w: www.farmersarmssomerset.co.uk e: farmersarmswh@gmail.com The rustic charm of this beautifully decorated 16th-century inn is hard to resist. Expect a warm welcome from the friendly staff, and then settle into this unique, cosy and dog-friendly establishment with a Taunton-brewed cider or a beer from Weston-super-Mare. Delightful dishes are freshly made on-site from locally sourced ingredients. Vegetarians are well catered for, with options like the delicious Cheddar soufflé I chose to start with. My main of Somerset pork belly was tender, rich and packed with flavour. If you’re still hungry, try one of the mouth-watering desserts – the rhubarb panna cotta is a sheer delight. Gluten-free cuisine is also available and children are very welcome. If you choose to stay in one of their five well-appointed en-suite bedrooms, you can expect an outstanding breakfast the next day. Walks and rambles are here on your doorstep, with spectacular views of the local countryside.

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£30

Open: Mon-Sun 11am-11pm Food Served: Mon-Sat 8am-10am, noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sun 8am-10am, noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm (breakfast bookings are essential) Traditional

The George at Nunney

 Location Church Street, Nunney, Nr. Frome, BA11 4LW t: 0844 502 8386 w: www.tgan.co.uk e: contact@tgan.co.uk The George at Nunney is a hidden treasure in the heart of the Somerset countryside. This traditional pub is brought right up to date with clean, contemporary fittings and fixtures. Dining at this busy yet relaxed venue was a wonderful experience. I chose pork and chicken terrine to start, which was served with toast and house chutney, and my partner opted for sticky pork ribs. Both starters were perfectly proportioned and deliciously satisfying. For mains, I tried the chargrilled pork chop with mustard mash, a beautifully presented and very tasty meal. My partner went for the magnificent 10oz rib-eye steak, which was superbly cooked and packed with flavour. For dessert we shared a plate of the most delicious profiteroles, drenched in sublime chocolate sauce. For the few minutes it took us to devour this treat, we were almost in heaven.

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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 46), 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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£25

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.

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The Quicksilver Mail

Traditional

 Location 168 Hendford Hill, Yeovil, BA20 2RG t: 0844 502 8311 w: www.quicksilvermail.com e: drink@quicksilvermail.co.uk The Quicksilver Mail in Yeovil is the home of fine home-cooked food and top-notch drinks. Landlord Pete Lambden has transformed The Quicksilver Mail into a wonderful place where people venture for great food, a refreshing pint and live music at weekends. The menus have been carefully assembled to offer something for everyone. Regulars enjoy the evening menu and popular lunch menu, as both offer fantastic value for money. Portions are generally big, but there are also light bites such as the homemade beefburger with relish and chunky chips, steak and kidney pie, and beef lasagne with crunchy salad and garlic bread. It also has comfortable en-suite bedrooms, making it a great place to stay over and enjoy the lively local bands. There’s even a function room that can cater for up to 150 people, so whatever the occasion, you can always rely on The Quicksilver Mail.

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£20

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

Sexeys Arms

Traditional

 Location Blackford, Nr. Wedmore, BS28 4NT t: 0844 502 7702 e: sexeysarms@hotmail.co.uk The Sexeys Arms is set in the heart of the countryside on the main road from Burnham-on-Sea to Wells, not far from Cheddar and the beauty of the Mendips. The Sexeys is open to everybody; children and dogs are welcome, and a secure children’s play area opposite the pub will keep the little ones occupied while you enjoy a pint in the pretty beer garden. All food is home-cooked and traditionally English, with plenty of choice available on the two menus and specials board. Landlady Pauline makes sure her fellow vegetarians are not forgotten, providing a fine selection of dishes to choose from. Whether you visit for a meal or simply a refreshing drink, hosts Pauline and Michael will make you feel completely at home. Parties, reunions and wakes are catered for, and there are two ample-sized car parks to make life easy. If you’re looking for a real, old-fashioned country pub, look no further.

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£18

Food Served: Mon-Sun noon-2pm, 7pm-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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Peking

Chinese

 Location 1-2 New Street, Kingsmead Square, Bath, BA1 2AF t: 0844 502 8230 w: www.pekingrestaurantbath.co.uk

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Established in 1985, Peking is the longest-established Chinese restaurant in the heart of Bath and is a proudly independent, family-run business. Originally from Hong Kong, the team takes pride in being a consistent favourite among locals and serving fantastic Oriental cuisine. The elegant restaurant provides a relaxed dining experience with a hint of luxury typified by white tablecloths and subdued lighting. The service is excellent and the staff are incredibly knowledgeable and will be happy to go through the extensive menu with you. Traditional favourites such as sweet and sour dishes feature, but the head chef loves a challenge and offers some popular lobster and crab dishes too, seamlessly blending authenticity with innovation. Choose from a varied range of Cantonese, Szechuan and Peking dishes, designed to suit all tastes, or opt for one of five attractively priced set menus. The Peking duck and crispy aromatic duck come highly recommended, as do seasonal seafood dishes such as soft-shell crab with ginger and spring onions.

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£30

Open: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 6pm-10.30pm

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Hywel Jones – Lucknam Park – Pg 5 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. Today, Hywel is the executive chef of the acclaimed Lucknam Park. Having retained a Michelin star for 12 consecutive years, he continues to develop exciting menus.

‘...those who work with Hywel cannot help but be inspired...’ 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. Chef Profile

Dan Moon – The Gainsborough Restaurant – Pg 6 Dan Moon started off as a kitchen porter, and it was being surrounded by chefs and witnessing their creative work that gave Dan the cooking bug. His style is one that combines classic flavours with stylish presentation, which is clearly evidenced in every dish served at The Gainsborough Restaurant where he currently cooks up a storm.

‘...classic flavours with stylish presentation...’ To ensure all dishes are the best they can possibly be, they first have to pass the taste test, which is one of Dan’s favourite jobs in the kitchen. Utilising fresh ingredients is important to this chef; in fact, he loves to head outside to forage for his favourite ingredient, wild garlic, when it’s in season. He uses both the flower and leaves to make delicious butter, purées, risottos and soups. For any ingredients that he can’t find himself, he will seek out the best producers in the region to supply quality produce. Dan’s clean, creative dishes are a testament to his dedication to the industry. Chef Profile

Adam Kennington – The Swan Hotel – Pg 8 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 principals and focuses on sourcing the best-quality produce.

‘...treasures simple, honest and seasonal food...’ It’s safe to say 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.

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Oliver Baker – The George Inn – Pg 12

Chef Profile

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 a French influence inspired by Raymond Blanc, among others.

‘...blends classic English techniques with a French influence...’ 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 within two years.

Tony Casey – The Redan Inn – Pg 12

Chef Profile

Having previously worked with Toby Gritten at The Pump House, Tony Casey is pleased to be working with him again at The Redan Inn, which holds two AA rosettes and is Michelin-recommended. Consistency is a gift of Tony’s, who has always worked at award-winning establishments, be it helping them to achieve their accolades or working to retain them.

‘...great access to local farmers, fields and woods for foraging...’ At The Redan Inn, Tony uses the best produce available and strives to source everything locally. With such great access to local farmers, fields and woods for foraging, and Bath, where their veg supplier Eades is based, The Redan’s countryside location has many benefits. For Tony, the main perk of the job is the rewarding knowledge that people are enjoying his wonderful seasonal cooking.

Simon Mealing – Garrick’s Head – Pg 15

Chef Profile

Head chef at Garrick’s Head in Bath, Simon Mealing produces hearty British food that makes the most of fresh, local produce. Deeply influenced by Italian cooking, he keeps his dishes uncluttered and limits the ingredients used, but presents each plate with abundant flair. A good chef, in his words, should have passion, determination and a good palate.

‘...influenced by Italian cooking, he keeps his dishes uncluttered...’ Simon strongly believes that the love a passionate chef imparts into his food offering will translate to the customer, and he enjoys nothing more than receiving positive feedback from his happy customers. Recently awarded a silver medal in Bath’s Chef vs Chef Competition 2017, Simon is looking forward to another successful year producing new and exciting dishes alongside his talented team. Bath & Somerset Guide 2017

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Mike Jones – The Montague Inn – Pg 41 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.

‘...Mike champions making everything from scratch using fresh ingredients...’ From chorizo sausages to pulled barbecue pork, Mike champions 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 it with a poached duck egg, mini croutons and zingy Hollandaise.

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Index Abbey Tea Rooms – Glastonbury................................. 35

King William – Bath.................................................. 17

Ashcott, The – Ashcott ............................................... 27

La Piccola Italia – Corsham....................................... 25

Atelier Restaurant – Bath ......................................... 10

La Tavola D’Oro – Shepton Mallet .............................. 26

Bath Brew House – Bath ........................................... 30

Locksbrook Inn, The – Bath ....................................... 20

Bath Farmers’ Market – Bath .................................... 34

Marlborough Tavern, The – Bath ................................ 18

Bistrot Pierre – Bath, Weston-super-Mare.................. 24

MeatBusters – Bath................................................... 30

Blue Quails Deli – Bath.............................................. 34

Menu Gordon Jones – Bath .......................................... 6

Browns Brasserie & Bar – Bath ................................... 8

Montague Inn, The – Shepton Montague .................... 41

Butchers Arms, The – Farmborough ........................... 38

Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa, The – Henlade ............... 4

Carpenters Arms – Chilthorne Domer ......................... 35

Neston Country Inn, The – Neston .............................. 38

Chequers, The – Bath................................................... 7

New Farm Restaurant – Over Stratton.......................... 9

Chez Dominique – Bath.............................................. 23

Northey Arms, The – Box .......................................... 21

Clifton Sausage, The – Bath....................................... 11

Oakhill Inn – Oakhill.................................................. 37

Cork, The – Bath ....................................................... 28

Old Green Tree, The – Bath ........................................ 38

Cross Keys, The – Bath .............................................. 36

Peking – Bath ........................................................... 43

Cumberwell Park – Bradford on Avon ........................ 14

Ponte Vecchio – Bath................................................. 25

Dining Room at Whatley Manor, The – Malmesbury ...... 3

Pumpkin Delicatessen & Café – Wedmore................... 33

Dining Room, The – Wedmore .................................... 32

Quicksilver Mail, The – Yeovil .................................... 42

Duke of Cumberland, The – Holcombe ........................ 31

Redan Inn, The – Chilcompton.................................... 12

Ensemble – Wells ...................................................... 13

Restaurant Hywel Jones by Lucknam Park – Colerne .... 5

Farmers Arms, The – Taunton .................................... 40

Rising Sun Inn, The – Bath ........................................ 36

Gainsborough Restaurant, The – Bath........................... 6

Rodney Stoke Inn, The – Rodney Stoke ....................... 40

Garrick’s Head – Bath ............................................... 15

Rosarios – Bath ......................................................... 33

George at Nunney, The – Nunney ................................ 40

Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, The – Bath....................... 4

George Inn & The Plaine, The – Norton St Philip ........ 39

Seafoods – Bath ........................................................ 27

George Inn, The – Croscombe..................................... 12

Seven Stars, The – Winsley ........................................ 23

Green Bird Café, The – Bath ...................................... 33

Sexeys Arms – Blackford ........................................... 42

Grey’s Brasserie at Whatley Manor – Malmesbury........ 9

Shepton Brasserie – Shepton Mallet ........................... 14

Grillstock – Bath ....................................................... 28

Swan Hotel, The – Wells .............................................. 8

Hall & Woodhouse at Bath – Bath ............................. 29

Talbot Inn, The – Mells .............................................. 10

Hare & Hounds, The – Bath ....................................... 22

Thai Basil Restaurant – Bath ..................................... 42

Henry’s – Bath ............................................................ 9

Victoria Pub & Kitchen – Bath................................... 16

Holbrook House – Wincanton....................................... 3

Widcombe Deli – Bath ............................................... 34

Holcombe Inn, The – Holcombe.................................. 19

Wincanton Racecourse – Wincanton ........................... 32

Holy Cow, The – Chilcompton ..................................... 32

Worlds End, The – Bradford-on-Tone .......................... 29

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