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17th annual edition

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

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


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Welcome Welcome to the Bath & Somerset Food & Drink Guide 2019. 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

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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 Modern British .....................................3 Fine Dining ...........................................8 British ................................................13 French ................................................22 Brasserie ............................................24 Modern European ...............................25 Italian ................................................26 Mediterranean ....................................27 Fish & Chips .......................................27 American ............................................28

Grill....................................................29 Gastropub ...........................................30 Bar & Restaurant ................................37 Café ....................................................39 Café & Deli .........................................39 Tearoom..............................................40 Traditional ..........................................40 Thai ....................................................53 Chef Profiles .......................................54 Index ..................................................56

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Food & Drink Guide 2019 Canningford House 38 Victoria Street Bristol BS1 6BY t: 0117 927 7167 e: editor@foodanddrinkguides.com w: www.foodanddrinkguides.com Editor Hannah Burton-Grieve Senior Editorial Assistants Robbie Masters, Tori Sharpe Editorial Assistants Elle England, Jess Maples, Oli Bishop, Ella Fisher, Rosie Best Graphic Designer Jo Ley Photography Nicci Peet (www.niccipeet.co.uk) Contributors Emma Bryan, Ana Collingridge, Georgie Crawshaw, Jo Middleton, David Osborne, George Pasparakis, Dan Wakeman Project Manager Joe Packer Advertising Sales Matt Brentley, Simon Northcott, Emma Filby, Paul Balshaw, Emma Clarke, Sam Terrett, Russ Sealy, Tim Hall Published by Food & Drink Guides Ltd Publisher Sam Collins Managing Director Robin Fry

The cost of producing this guide has been met by advertising revenues from the restaurants featured within. We only include restaurants that we know, from either experience or recommendation, provide a quality service, and our journalists review the majority of the establishments. However, some reviews are supplied by third parties, and no review in this guide should be taken as a direct recommendation by Food & Drink Guides Ltd. Printed April 2019.

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Gordon Jones Though it’s always been a popular tourist destination, Bath and Somerset were never on Britain’s culinary radar. Thankfully this attitude is now a thing of the past; Bath and the surrounding area are now considered foodie destinations in their own right – it’s about time. When people come to visit the great city of Bath, or the beautiful Somerset countryside, towns and villages, there’s no shortage of great food and drink for them to enjoy. The great tapestry of diverse restaurants, businesses and shops is part of what makes our little corner of the world so appealing. I love that you can go from the bustling centre of Bath and within 15 minutes be enjoying the peace and quiet of the canal. Bath and Somerset are awash with dynamic chefs and exciting restaurants, and there’s a great diversity of cuisine available. This competition pushes us chefs and restaurateurs to keep improving and coming up with new ideas to ensure diners are happy. I like to cook with my heart and decide each day what to create for my customers. It can depend on the weather or what new and exciting produce my suppliers have to offer. Being based in Somerset means there’s a bountiful array of exceptional produce available locally; Larkhall Butchers supply us with fantastic-quality meat. Local foragers Bello Wild Foods are another notable supplier, providing us with different and interesting ingredients including various herbs and mushrooms. It’s unfortunately a difficult era for the restaurant industry, with small businesses struggling to establish themselves thanks to high rents and rates; Bath has lost a lot of independent restaurants recently. This means that we have to nurture our talented young chefs – especially those trying to steer away from traditional concepts – and work hard to ensure that this region has the diverse and exciting gastronomic offering that it deserves. As a busy chef, I don’t have a great deal of time to eat out, although when I do I head to Yak Yeti Yak or The Longs Arms, which both serve consistently good food. At Menu Gordon Jones we strive to make sure that we’re accessible to all diners, providing a fine dining experience without any pretension. I hope that you’ll use this guide to navigate the excellent gastronomic offerings around Bath and Somerset, and find some new favourites of your own.

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Menu Gordon Jones

Modern British

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

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

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

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

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Swan Hotel

Modern British

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

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

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The head chef (chef profile page 54) and kitchen brigade are proud to support Somerset suppliers, and the quality of the food has been recognised with the award of two AA rosettes, which the Swan Hotel has retained for the past 12 years.

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‘...ticks so many boxes...’ Menus change with the seasons and guests can choose from an all-day menu packed with family favourites or enjoy a more formal three-course dinner in the restaurant. During the summer, Swan Terrace 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. Open: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm; Sun 12.30pm-2pm, 7pm-9.30pm

The Beach Hotel

Modern British

 Location The Avenue, Minehead, TA24 5AP t: 01643 704765 w: www.thebeachhotel.org e: info@thebeachhotel.org

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Overlooking the Bristol Channel, The Beach Hotel occupies an enviable coastal location in the charming town of Minehead. This stylish retreat offers a series of light, airy rooms, decorated with calming white and blue hues to reflect its seaside setting, as well as a comprehensive fitness suite, excellent conference facilities and an award-winning restaurant. On top of all that, with every visit you’ll be giving back to the community: in 2013, The Beach Hotel was purchased by the YMCA and now offers a variety of training schemes to help young people make a career in the service industry.

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Food is served at The Beach Hotel throughout the day and in The Galley restaurant guests can even watch their food being prepared in the kitchen theatre. A focus on seasonal produce means that dishes change regularly: stop by at breakfast time for delights such as smoked salmon and scrambled Food Served: egg and fresh pastries, opt for a Sun & Mon 8am-4pm; juicy burger or grilled panini at Tues-Sat 8am-8.30pm lunchtime, or choose to split one of the taste meze sharing platters over drinks. In the evening, the menu typically begins with starters such as citrus-cured salmon and warming leek and potato soup, while mains range from smoked tofu and white bean sausage to slow-roasted shoulder of lamb with creamed potato and ratatouille. 4

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The Exmoor White Horse Inn

Modern British

 Location Exmoor National Park, Exford, TA24 7PY t: 0844 625 4564 w: www.exmoor-whitehorse.co.uk e: enquiries@exmoor-whitehorse.co.uk

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Nestled in the very heart of Exmoor National Park, just by the bridge across the river Exe, is the enchanting White Horse Inn. The venue looks directly out across the river and for those hoping to enjoy the view still further, the delightful garden is perched right on the bank.

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We visited for lunch and were delighted to discover an extensive menu full of delicious, locally sourced dishes, with something for even the most discerning palate. We were greeted by Vincent, a charming and ever-helpful front-of-house manager who ensured that our visit was a success. The venue boasts a malt bar with over 200 single malt whiskies and a choice of a dozen or more gins. On Vincent’s recommendation I enjoyed a local Courtney’s Exe gin and tonic before we moved on to our meal.

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We were spoilt for choice but I opted to start with deliciously rich baked Camembert studded with cranberries. My wife chose equally well with a delightful confection of smoked salmon, prawn and samphire. For mains, I couldn’t resist the Exmoor venison tenderloin cooked to perfection and served with a tasty selection of roasted vegetables. My wife chose the rainbow trout, which was delectably fresh and perfectly seasoned to highlight the delicate flavours. The Exmoor White Horse Inn boasts a good selection of wine, with many vintages available by the glass. To accompany my meal I ordered a large glass of La Ronde, a medium-bodied French that was very easy to drink. We finished our meal in fine style with an irresistible sticky toffee pudding with honeycomb ice cream and a beautifully light crème brûlée. Family-owned and operated for several generations, this attractive venue is now in the capable hands of Peter and Linda Hendrie. As well as offering an excellent meal, those wishing to explore the area can stay in one of the beautifully decorated guest bedrooms, some of which are even dog-friendly. The team has excellent connections in the area, and can arrange a wealth of outdoor pursuits for guests, from an Exmoor Safari to mountain biking, riding, fishing and clay pigeon shooting.

Open: Mon-Sun 8am-11pm

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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 is the casual dining experience at Whatley Manor, boasting a stylish atmosphere and a menu that showcases comforting British fare at its finest for lunch and dinner. You might like to start with a few small plates in the Green Room before dinner in Grey’s. The Green Room is an interactive foodie hub, serving tapas-style dishes inspired by world ingredients, where the chef prepares your food in front of you. Main courses in Grey’s include braised beef cheek with stuffed beer-glazed onion with thyme, and confit skate wing with mashed potato, brown butter croutons, parsley and capers. Or perhaps you’ll opt for Chateaubriand of Ruby Red for two? For dessert, plump for Yorkshire rhubarb trifle with Madeira cake and rhubarb compote. The Kitchen Garden Terrace is perfect for al fresco dining in the summer. On Sunday, the roast is ideal after exploring the surrounding countryside; alternatively, relax with live jazz while you dine before heading to Whatley’s own cinema.

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

Henry’s

 Location 4 Saville Row, Bath, BA1 2QP t: 0844 502 2973 w: www.henrysrestaurantbath.com e: hello@henrysrestaurantbath.com Located in historic Bath, Henry’s exudes elegance and style. Simply decorated with a pastel colour palette, the minimalist decor instantly puts guests at ease. The chefs draw on a wealth of culinary experience to create imaginative dishes that are full of flavour. You might enjoy rich pork belly ravioli followed by succulent partridge breast atop black pudding, Puy lentils and roasted salsify. As plant-based diets have increased in popularity, Henry’s has remained ahead of the curve and vegetarian visitors will find an abundance of irresistible repast. Starters like panko-crumbed quail’s egg with smoked potato and truffles are just the tip of the iceberg. For the main course, discover the likes of white onion tart with goat’s cheese curd, or caramelised apple and celeriac risotto. Desserts are equally superb – you might finish with crème brûlée with poached rhubarb and candied hazelnuts or perhaps a selection of cheese.

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The Chequers

Modern British

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

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

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

‘...whole roasted partridge with white beetroot fondant...’ To accompany the tempting menu, The Chequers has an extensive list of well-kept wine, and serves local ale and cider. The staff are professional and knowledgeable, yet friendly and unpretentious. Diners can choose 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-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-8pm

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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 its beef from 20 farms throughout the UK, each producing meat to meet the restaurant’s specifications, with the most local being 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.

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 restaurant * £38 that overlooks secluded gardens. The kitchen is led by talented executive head chef to David Campbell, who has compiled a wonderful array of menus for The Dower House £72 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 Food Served: on the menu is conscientiously sourced, with much of the produce coming from the Mon-Sun 8am-10pm finest producers in the area. David Campbell and his kitchen 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 and duck fat croutons and you’re sure to be talking about your visit to The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa for some time to come. With professional service, stunning food and a wonderful setting, The Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa ticks every box – the hotel even has private dining facilities. *Price range represents the cost of the food offering from afternoon tea to a three-course meal. 8

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Eight

Fine Dining

 Location 3 North Parade Passage, Bath, BA1 1NX t: 0844 502 2928 w: www.eightinbath.co.uk e: info@eightinbath.co.uk Set in the heart of the historic city of Bath, Eight is an independent townhouse hotel founded on an exciting and original concept. With their focus firmly on quality not quantity, the team offers eight stunning hotel rooms and eight elegant dishes that change with the seasons. Located just a few minutes’ walk from Bath Abbey and the famous Roman Baths, Eight is the perfect place for couples looking for a luxurious stay and a creative, delicious meal in one of the country’s most beautiful cities. Each room at Eight is unique and every one effortlessly marries modern style and amenities with the building’s traditional charm. Ask for a room on the top floor for truly astounding views across Bath. The hotel’s small size means that the staff (chef profile page 54) can give each guest their undivided attention; this excellent standard of service has earned Eight fantastic reviews on sites like TripAdvisor. Diners at Eight will discover a carefully thought out menu, offering a selection of tasty dishes that have been precisely proportioned so that guests can sample several plates, enhancing their culinary experience. The menu changes regularly but you can expect rich, flavoursome options such as ballotine of rabbit with dry-cured ham and sweet apricot stuffing, braised beef cheeks with roast garlic mash, and juicy pan-seared breast of guinea fowl. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten here, as there’s a refreshingly varied selection of plant-based options available. In the colder months, sample the warming vegan casserole, made with fagioli beans, split peas and winter vegetables, or try the delicious courgette and cheese fritters. Following your mains, check out the list of glorious desserts on offer at Eight. Many of these can even be made vegan or gluten-free upon request. The flourless chocolate cake with custard ice cream and white chocolate sauce is simply unmissable and the zesty lemon meringue is perfectly complemented by a sweet red berry coulis. For those who prefer a savoury treat, there’s the ever-popular cheese plate. Finally, why not pair your food with one of the restaurant’s fine wines? The servers are delighted to offer knowledgeable recommendations. Alternatively, order one of the many cocktails or ales on offer at the hotel’s beautiful medieval bar.

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Open: Sun-Thurs 5.30pm-9.30pm; Fri & Sat 5.30pm-10pm

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Dan Moon at The Gainsborough

Fine Dining

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

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Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sat 12.30pm-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sun 12.30pm-2.45pm, 6pm-9.30pm

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A quiet serenity underpins the luxury on offer at The Gainsborough. This impressive hotel and spa spans two Grade II listed buildings in the heart of historic Bath. We were instantly enthralled by the subtle opulence and elegant styling that greeted us. On our arrival we took a seat in the Gainsborough Bar, which is tucked away from the main lobby for an intimate atmosphere. Our friendly mixologist offered us a taste of the bespoke cocktail service; after just five simple questions we heard the satisfying clink of shaken ice and our cocktails were soon served. My lychee-infused Tequila Sunrise was enhanced by lashings of lime and an edible flower garnish. As our glasses emptied, we perused the restaurant’s enticing menus; a difficult choice between the five-course, seven-course and à la carte offering. We opted for the seven-course tasting menu – a stunning arrangement of esteemed head chef Dan Moon’s specialities – and accompanying wine flight. Each wine pairing is explained in enlightening detail by the expert front-of-house team. Seated in the restaurant, we welcomed the arrival of a selection of miniature loaves of bread with assorted butters, which preceded that of the rich chicken tea amuse-bouche, which was poured from a pretty Japanese teapot. The Jerusalem artichoke velouté that followed was creamy beyond belief and elevated by sumptuous goat’s curd, black truffle and sherry vinegar gel. Smoked fillet of beef was next on the agenda; it came topped with foie gras, horseradish cream, fennel and a pané quail’s egg. The dish was beautifully constructed and revealed from under a smoke-filled cloche for added theatre. Leading up to the main of roast Creedy Carver duck with confit spring roll, plum and sesame was my personal favourite: sautéed scallop with sumptuous shellfish risotto, king prawn, delicate beads of yuzu and seaweed. Dry and fruity chenin blanc matched the zesty yuzu and cleansed the palate between each delightful mouthful. The duck was followed by the highly anticipated dessert of chocolate delice with salted caramel ice cream, vanilla mousse and hazelnuts. Decorated with cranberry sorbet, lemon balm, meringue and passion fruit sauce, the triumphant finale came in the form of a stunningly presented lemon mousse. The cuisine at this three-AA-rosette-awarded restaurant is exquisite; each dish is presented with confidence and served with abundant knowledge.


Cloisters Restaurant

Fine Dining

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

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

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

Open: Weds-Sun 7pm-9.30pm

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Castle Bow

Fine Dining

 Location Under the Archway, Castle Bow, Taunton, TA1 1NF t: 0844 625 2289 w: www.castlebow.com

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Once part of a 12th-century Norman fortress, The Castle at Taunton has been welcoming travellers for centuries. Now a renowned foodie destination, this Grade I and II listed hotel steeped in history boasts two fine eateries on-site – the popular contemporary brasserie Brazz, and the elegant Castle Bow restaurant, which is located just under the archway.

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The restaurant boasts an impressive à la carte menu and tasting menu with optional wine flights to match. The tasting menu – a testament to the talent of executive chef Liam Finnegan – may feature the likes of hand-dived scallops and smoked pork belly with Jerusalem artichoke and shallot, and organic Dexter beef with Dauphinoise potatoes, pumpkin, wild mushrooms and Savoy cabbage. For dessert, you’ll enjoy the likes of dark chocolate with Taunton honey and vanilla ice cream. An extensive wine list and well-stocked bar complements the menu, Open: and a barista service means that Weds-Sat 6.30pm-close you can finish your meal with a freshly brewed coffee of your choice. Executive chef Liam Finnegan founded the Feast Food and Drink Festival in Taunton. Held annually, the festival features a fantastic open market and a series of top chef dinners. Previous guest chefs have included Phil Howard, Michael Caines, the Tanner Brothers, The Great British Menu’s South West chefs and the team from Best of Bristol. Keep an eye on the Castle Bow website for details.

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

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As breathtakingly beautiful Cotswolds retreats go, Whatley Manor is unbeatable. The stunning country manor house is, quite simply, majestic. Home to 23 bedrooms, the Aquarias Spa, a 40-seat cinema, Grey’s Brasserie and the acclaimed restaurant, * £120 The Dining Room, Whatley Manor has everything you might need. to Rather than offering a tasting menu, executive head chef Niall Keating has compiled £200 a true dining experience; a culinary journey of unforgettable destinations. Some dishes are delivered to your table by the chefs and you are invited into the kitchen for one course. Contemporary and classic styles are balanced in Niall’s use of ingredients and presentation, but his well-travelled background also shows in Asian influences. Seated in front of a roaring fire, with a Whatley Manor cocktail in hand, we Food Served: browsed the exquisite menu and sampled an appetiser of charcuterie from the manor. We were then invited into the kitchen for marinated pemelo with chilli and Thurs-Sun 7pm-10pm lime, tempura smoked eel and melon fresca. The fresh flavours and delightful textures proved the perfect prelude to the dining experience. The menu is varied and interesting, truly an exploration for the senses. We repeatedly proclaimed each course the favourite – needless to say, you’re in for a treat, from chorizo risotto with scallop, to the complex flavour of squid ink tortellini and the blissful Anjou pigeon. The matching wine flight made for a truly superlative dining experience, and one that will be remembered for all the right reasons. *£120 is the cost of the gastronomic tasting menu; £200 is the cost of the gastronomic tasting menu with matching wine flight. 12

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The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa

Fine Dining

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

TD 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 balance £34 to attentive and knowledgeable service with a discreet and unobtrusive approach £52 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 (chef profile page 54), including a fabulous lounge menu, canapés and an exciting three-course menu du jour. The à la carte features beautifully presented starters such as roasted quail with a full English breakfast garnish, charred pigeon with beetroot and sweet rosehip syrup, and the langoustine and pork belly with Granny Smith apple and crackling. Mains showcase the best of British produce, such as loin and sweetbread of new season lamb with peas and Food Served: Mon-Sun smoked potato, and Creedy Carver noon-2.30pm, 7pm-9pm duck accompanied by prune and orange, three-cornered garlic and confit gizzard. You’ll want to save room for dessert – the chocolate and olive oil delice with mango and passion fruit sorbet comes highly recommended. As well as exquisite fine dining, The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa provides a perfect getaway with its 19 luxury bedrooms in the heart of the Somerset countryside. The stunning Regency country house hotel also offers afternoon tea and is the perfect venue for private dining, special occasions and weddings.

The Cotley Inn

British

 Location Wambrook, Nr. Chard, TA20 3EN t: 0844 625 7422 w: www.cotleyinnwambrook.co.uk e: contact@cotleyinnwambrook.co.uk

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Tucked away in the lovely village of Wambrook is The Cotley Inn, a Grade II listed pub set on a beautiful family estate. The pub has retained many of its traditional features, and in the colder months the roaring fires, flagstone floors and exposed wooden beams create a warm, cosy atmosphere. On warmer days, guests spill out onto the south-facing terrace and fill the tables in the pleasant garden.

£23 to

£28

‘...south-facing terrace...’

The quintessential country pub setting is delightful, but the real draw of The Cotley Inn is the excellent menu. Farm to fork is the overriding ethos here, and much of the produce is sourced from the surrounding farmland. The game on the menu is often from local shoots and the kitchen team goes to great lengths to source the best seasonal produce. I opted to start with a rich and creamy leek and potato soup. My Open: Tues-Sat wife chose equally well with the noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; pub platter – a homemade pork Sun noon-3pm, 6.30pm-10pm pie, scampi, a Scotch egg and melting blue cheese croquettes. Craving a hearty main, my companion enjoyed succulent pheasant breast with fondant potatoes – a dish both beautifully presented and boasting perfectly complementing flavours. I contentedly tucked into a juicy beefburger, stuffed with Ogleshield cheese and oozing barbecue sauce. We left feeling extremely satisfied and are already planning a return trip. Bath & Somerset Guide 2019

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The Wheatsheaf

British

 Location Wells Road, Corston, BA2 9HB t: 0844 502 4471 e: wheatsheafcorston@gmail.com

NE

Occupying an idyllic rural setting just ten minutes from Bath, The Wheatsheaf achieves the best of both worlds. Re-opened last November after a thorough refurbishment, the bright, elegant interior and friendly ambience are irresistibly inviting. With the pub and restaurant separated by a well-stocked bar, this adaptable spot is equally perfect for casual lunches, family gatherings and romantic suppers.

£25 to

£35

We were seated in a cosy corner for two, which offered delightful views of the Somerset countryside. After a quick perusal of the menu my companion selected a delectable spring vegetable frittata. I couldn’t resist the spiced fishcakes, which were light and fluffy, served with a vibrant mango and pea shoot salad. To follow, my partner enjoyed homemade vegetarian pie, complete Open: Tues-Thurs with deliciously crumbly pastry and tangy tomato chutney. For me the noon-3pm, 4.30pm-11pm; stand-out dish was my main – a Fri & Sat noon-11pm; juicy carbonnade of beef braised Sun noon-6pm in beer until it was meltingly tender and full of flavour. To complete the evening we selected two sweet treats from the dessert menu: a rich and boozy rum baba with sweet caramelised pineapple, and an indulgently creamy banoffee pie with lashings of chocolate and caramel. As a spot in which to dine, relax and take in the scenery, The Wheatsheaf is unbeatable and we can’t wait to return.

The Orchard Inn

British

 Location Hillcommon, Taunton, TA4 1DS t: 0844 625 7409 w: www.orchardinn.biz e: info@orchardinn.biz

TD

Looking for an excellent meal and a warm welcome in the attractive town of Taunton? Look no further than The Orchard Inn. Bright and airy, the interior brings together traditional wooden ceiling beams with tasteful decorations in a collaboration that’s a treat to behold. In the warmer months, the pleasant garden and shaded patio prove an irresistible allure and quickly fill up with happy visitors basking in the sun. In winter, the restaurant is a cosy retreat from the elements, tempting guests with the promise of hearty fare and a well-stocked bar.

£20 to

£27

The menu boasts the likes of rich potted crab with toasted ciabatta and crisp deep-fried Brie with cranberry sauce. For mains, expect a choice of popular pub classics and sophisticated delicacies. While foodies can indulge in grilled sea bass and Mediterranean vegetable lasagne, traditionalists Open: Mon-Thurs may prefer beer-battered cod and noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; chips, or the homemade beefburger Fri-Sun noon-11pm with smoky bacon and melted Cheddar. The Sunday carvery is a popular option too, but be sure to book as it fills up fast. For those seeking a light lunch there’s an excellent selection of panini, sandwiches and jacket potatoes stuffed with tasty fillings. Guests will also find a dedicated children’s menu with fun games and tempting options to entice even the smallest of appetites. 14

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Stag’s Head Inn

British

 Location Pound Lane, Yarlington, BA9 8DG t: 01963 440393 w: www.stagsheadinn.co.uk e: info@stagsheadinn.co.uk Head off the beaten track – but just three miles off the A303 – to the charming village of Yarlington to discover this wonderful country pub. The Stag’s Head Inn first opened its doors in the 1850s. Now under new ownership, the pub offers a warm and friendly welcome to loyal locals and visitors alike, with its convivial atmosphere and high-quality food and drink. The pub’s charming exterior leads you into either the characterful restaurant or to the cosy traditional bar, with flagstone floors and a fine selection of local ale, cider and Continental lager. In the restaurant, the decor seamlessly blends traditional features with the benefits of modern comfort to create a relaxing environment in which to dine. In the summertime guests enjoy soaking up the sun in the south-facing garden with a refreshing drink in hand, and when the weather turns cooler you can return to the bar to warm up in front of the fire; the Stag’s Head is truly a pub for all seasons. Whether you’re looking for a leisurely lunch or intimate dinner à deux, you’re bound to be impressed by the exciting menus that have been expertly crafted by head chef Sam McKean (chef profile page 55). Provenance is key to the kitchen team’s ethos, so you can be confident that all produce is fresh, seasonal and sourced from local suppliers whenever possible. The menus change frequently according to the produce available, so you might be tempted by whisky- and beetroot-cured salmon accompanied by pickled cucumber and a delicate fennel and apple salad to start. Follow with pan-roasted fillet of sea bream served with brown crab hash, sea herbs, samphire, braised fennel and crab bisque, or perhaps treat yourself to the sumptuous 28-day aged sirloin steak topped with a delicious Yarlington Blue sauce. Vegetarians will be delighted with dishes such as field mushroom Wellington with butter bean broth and winter greens. Indulge your sweet-tooth with a dessert such as the subtly flavoured velvety smooth orange and vanilla panna cotta. Whatever your reason for visiting, this inviting inn with its warm welcome, cosy ambience and exceptional cuisine is a venue that can be enjoyed all year round. The Stag’s Head Inn offers everything you would wish to find in a traditional country inn, including three recently refurbished, comfortable and well-appointed guest bedrooms where you’re guaranteed a restful night’s sleep in the relaxing countryside.

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£30

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

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The King John Inn

British

 Location Tollard Royal, SP5 5PS t: 0844 502 3387 w: www.kingjohninn.co.uk e: info@kingjohninn.co.uk

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Tucked away down a winding country lane, The King John Inn sits on the border between the picturesque counties of Dorset and Wiltshire. Boasting a mouth-watering menu, a huge selection of local beer and a tranquil setting just a stone’s throw from Cranborne Chase, The King John Inn is the quintessential English country pub.

£25 to

£42

‘...perfect rural haven...’

Upon arrival you’ll feel immediately at home: the restaurant blends traditional decor with modern style to create a welcoming environment that is the perfect balance of sleek and homely. Upstairs, you’ll also find a series of eight individually decorated suites. With various rooms available, The King John is the perfect rural haven for those wishing to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. In summer, you can also enjoy the inn’s elegant Victorian Open: garden. Diners are treated to a Mon-Sat noon-2.30pm, menu full of British delights. The 7pm-9pm; King John’s location means that Sun noon-3pm, 7pm-9pm chefs have access to a wealth of local game, seafood and other ingredients. Begin with a bowl of warming cauliflower and rosemary soup, followed by a delicate twice-baked cheese soufflé. Alternatively, opt for a starter of braised octopus with crispy sweetbread, before indulging in a rich haunch of venison served with gnocchi and wild mushrooms. Why not round off your meal with The King John cheeseboard or a zesty lemon tart?

Crown and Victoria

British

 Location 14 Farm Street, Tintinhull, Nr. Yeovil, BA22 8PZ t: 0844 625 4584 w: www.thecrownandvictoria.co.uk e: info@thecrownandvictoria.co.uk

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Nestled in the beautiful village of Tintinhull, the Crown and Victoria is a celebration of traditional village life. This much-loved free house has been run by current owners Isabel and Mark since 2006. The interior is bursting with rustic charm and features farmhouse tables, stone walls and a large traditional fireplace. There are also five attractive guest bedrooms with a four-star AA rating. For guests seeking a quick drink, the well-stocked bar offers great local ale, cider and an impressive choice of spirits. It’s also worth sampling the ever-changing seasonal menu, which presents popular traditional dishes with imaginative flair and has maintained a well-deserved AA rosette since 2008.

£25 to

£34

The pub rears its own pigs, turkeys and quail, and the chef sources seasonal game, fresh meat and vegetables from the local area. The kitchen team also forages ingredients from the surrounding countryside and owner Mark catches a regular supply of fresh local fish. This produce is smoked, cured, pickled and dried in-house resulting in a great variety of tempting flavours. In warmer weather guests can also dine in the large suntrap beer garden, which is pleasantly encircled by trees and shrubs. For those planning weddings and other special occasions there’s a light and charming conservatory, and a lawn large enough to hold a marquee. Open: Mon-Sat 9am-3.30pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun 9am-3.30pm

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The Langford

British

 Location Fivehead, Nr. Taunton, TA3 6PH t: 0844 625 7307 w: www.langfordfivehead.co.uk e: hello@thelangford.co.uk Located in the heart of rural Somerset, The Langford is nestled down a winding country lane and provides a tranquil and picturesque retreat, whether you’re stopping by for a delicious meal or enjoying an overnight stay. The Langford takes the form of a 15th-century manor house. The beautiful stonework, abundant flowers and well-kept gardens create a charming exterior that makes an immediate impression. You’ll feel as if you’ve truly escaped reality as you make your way up the long driveway. Upon entering, guests are greeted by a refreshing blend of traditional and modern decor: contemporary artworks adorn the walls while the original stone windows let ample light into the two airy lounge areas. Why not enjoy an aperitif by the roaring fire or outside on the charming terrace? The rooms at The Langford pay homage to the building’s history and each one is named after an influential figure from its past. With four-poster beds, beautiful antique furniture and spacious en-suites bathrooms, the accommodation offers a taste of classical luxury. Heavy curtains ensure that you’ll get an excellent night’s sleep. If you’re looking for delicious, refined fare and exceptional service, be sure to book a table at The Langford’s charming restaurant. The food is prepared by a dedicated team of chefs who are passionate about using West Country ingredients. The meat is purchased from Bonner’s of Ilminster and Flying Fish in nearby Cornwall supply fresh seafood. The team even has its own garden – complete with orchard and polytunnel – where much of the restaurant’s produce is grown. Additional seasonal fruit and vegetables like asparagus are delivered by New Cross Fruit Farm. Menus change monthly but you are assured of a varied selection throughout the year. Begin with the likes of whipped Vulscombe goat’s cheese with roast squash, drizzled with pomegranate molasses, or start with a delicate dish of confit trout fillet before indulging in some tasty vegetarian gnocchi with a creamy butter sauce. For ardent foodies, the Kitchen Table experience is ideal. Take a seat and watch your mouth-watering five-course tasting menu – including petits fours – be prepared before your eyes. With its stunning location, unbeatable food and exceptional character, a visit to The Langford won’t easily be forgotten. *Price represents the cost of three courses from the prix-fixe evening menu.

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£45

Food Served: Tues 6.30pm-8.30pm; Weds-Fri noon-1.30pm, 6.30pm-8.30pm; Sat 6.30pm-8.30pm

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The Hatch Inn

British

 Location Village Road, Hatch Beauchamp, TA3 6SG t: 0844 502 3304 w: www.thehatchinn.co.uk e: info@thehatchinn.co.uk

TD

This enchanting 18th-century coaching inn has been sympathetically refurbished, enhancing the attractively exposed brick and roaring fires with an abundance of little touches that bring out its rustic charm. Set in the beautiful sweeping countryside of Hatch Beauchamp, just outside Taunton, The Hatch Inn is a warm and tranquil haven. Just off the popular Staple Fitzpaine Herepath Trail, this dog-friendly venue is ideal for cyclists, horse riders and walkers. For those wishing to stay there are also several attractive bedrooms, decorated with country-chic styling and individual touches that highlight each room’s unique character.

£21 to

£28

The kitchen team offers a wonderful array of homemade dishes that are lovingly prepared with fresh, local ingredients. I opted to start with a rich game Scotch egg, perfectly complemented by apple and cider chutney. My companion couldn’t resist the beautifully presented roasted figs with goat’s cheese. For mains, we Open: Tues-Thurs indulged in juicy peppered venison noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; with creamy Dauphinoise potatoes Fri & Sat noon-11pm; and succulent apricot-stuffed pork Sun noon-5pm loin enhanced by a flavoursome pistachio crust. Vegetarian visitors will find themselves equally well catered to, with the likes of creamy red wine and wild mushroom risotto, and vibrant broccoli and chilli fettuccine with cream and Parmesan on offer. After such a delightful meal we can’t wait to return, hopefully to sample The Hatch Inn’s famous Sunday roast.

The Griffin Inn

British

 Location Monmouth Street, Bath, BA1 2AP t: 0844 502 8859 w: www.thegriffinbath.co.uk e: info@thegriffinbath.co.uk

BN

Situated in the heart of Bath, The Griffin Inn puts you right on the doorstep of everything that this beautiful city has to offer. One of the oldest pubs in Bath, this historic venue was established in 1730, and the buildings that make up the current pub were built over the next 100 years. At nearly 300 years old, The Griffin Inn hasn’t lost its historical charm, but attractive modern additions create a relaxed and cosy atmosphere.

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£16

With famous attractions only minutes away, The Griffin Inn is the ideal place to rest and relax after exploring the city. The eight newly decorated, cosy bedrooms provide an intimate atmosphere and a fantastic night’s sleep. Guests can also enjoy a delicious home-cooked breakfast from 8am to noon Friday to Sunday, and Continental breakfast is available all week. Being a typical foodie pub, the small but distinct menu consists of innovative and exciting twists to Open: traditional pub classics. The combination of delicious, award-winning food Mon-Fri 11.30am-late; at honest prices is hard to beat. Sat 11am-late; The team also offers a choice Sun noon-8pm of delicious roasts on Sundays, perfect for more traditional diners. An enviable collection of spirits, a comprehensive selection of cask ale, lager and cider, and a cocktail list featuring an exceptional Espresso Martini, makes the bar the ideal spot to experience the city’s vibrant nightlife. *Price represents the cost of two small plates and a drink. 18

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Combe House Hotel

British

 Location Holford, Nr. Bridgwater, TA5 1RZ t: 0844 502 2934 w: www.combehouse.co.uk e: enquiries@combehouse.co.uk

WS

Known locally as Somerset’s best-kept secret, Combe House Hotel can be found just a stone’s throw from Bridgwater, on the edge of the picturesque Quantock Hills. This beautiful country house is home to an exquisite restaurant as well as 17 individually styled guest bedrooms. The rooms boast a tranquil setting and come with all the extras you need for a comfortable stay, including Wi-Fi and free parking. Its rural location makes this the perfect spot for a post-walk lunch and an ideal retreat for ramblers exploring the surrounding countryside with their dogs.

£26 to

£42

‘...Somerset’s best-kept secret...’

Over in the restaurant, you’ll be delighted to find a varied menu crafted from the finest local ingredients. At lunchtime, diners can choose from a selection of light bites, or plump for one of the heartier options like classic sausages and mash. Explorers who’ve worked up an appetite might like to try the set lunch menu. Begin with a starter of breaded mushrooms, followed by vegetarian spinach and pine nut gnocchi, or opt for breaded wholetail scampi before indulging in a luxurious dark chocolate and pecan brownie.

‘...beautiful country house...’

The dinner menu is equally tempting. Why not start with a melt-in-the-mouth cheese soufflé? Alternatively, plump for the juicy pan-seared scallops with carrot and star anise purée, crispy pancetta and black pudding. You’ll be spoilt for choice with mains, but the roasted red pepper and goat’s cheese risotto comes highly recommended and the chargrilled pork cutlet with apple and chive mash is full of flavour.

‘...varied menu crafted from the finest local ingredients...’

Guests looking to treat themselves will love the afternoon tea service at Combe House Hotel. Enjoy a simple cream tea with scones and jam, or for special occasions upgrade to a full afternoon tea complete with finger sandwiches and a variety of tempting cakes.

Open: Mon-Sat noon-5pm, 7pm-9pm; Sun 12.30pm-7.30pm

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Cat Head Inn

British

 Location Cat Street, Chiselborough, TA14 6TT t: 0844 502 3309 w: www.thecathead.co.uk e: info@thecathead.co.uk

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Conveniently located less than five miles from the A303, this charming inn dates back to the late Elizabethan period. We visited on a cold winter’s day and were greeted by a friendly welcome, burning log fires and the pleasant sound of classical music tinkling in the background. The menu boasts a wealth of tantalising options including several gluten-free and vegan dishes. I chose the Cat Head Smokies, a delectable starter of poached haddock in whiskey cream. My partner opted for rich chicken liver pâté accompanied by tomato and chilli chutney. For mains we plumped for two sumptuously meaty options – a chicken, bacon and mushroom pie in white wine sauce, and West Country liver and bacon in flavoursome white onion gravy. We finished with two scrumptious puddings – Chiselborough rhubarb Charlotte and an unbeatable selection of Bath ice cream. Our visit was rounded off perfectly with a walk around the pub’s beautiful country garden.

£23 to

£30

Open: Tues-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6.30pm-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-3pm

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The George Inn

British

 Location Church Street, Nunney, BA11 4LW t: 0844 625 7388 w: www.thegeorgeinnnunney.com e: georgeinnnunney@btinternet.com

Md

The historic George Inn has occupied its current striking position overlooking Nunney Castle since the mid-18th century. Located within easy reach of Frome town centre, Longleat safari park and the Bath & West Showground, it’s a bustling hub of activity. The new leaseholders took the helm in October 2018 with the determination to restore it to its former glory. The entire ground floor has since undergone a dramatic renovation, transforming it into a light and airy space which is a delight to behold. Guests can settle down in the bar and get warm by the large open fire, or take a table in the bright and welcoming restaurant. In warmer weather visitors can also dine al fresco by a babbling brook in the front garden, or amongst the flowers and herbs in the sunny walled garden at the back.

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£15

The kitchen is thriving under the influence of head chef Spiros, who runs several weekly offers alongside the monthly changing main menu to ensure there’s always something new to try. There’s a fixed-price menu from Monday to Thursday from noon to 6pm, exciting specials and two burgers for £20 every Monday. The George Inn also delivers an exceptional all day Sunday roast with a choice of three different meats or a whole chicken to share. Booking is advised to avoid disappointment. For those wishing to stay overnight, there are ten beautiful bedrooms currently being refurbished to the highest standard of comfort while maintaining their traditional charm. Hotel guests can also enjoy a delicious breakfast in the Garden Room, which has been sympathetically restored to allow natural light to stream in and highlight the attractive exposed stone walls. Tempting options range from a full English breakfast to a stack of pancakes with yoghurt and fresh fruit. The Garden Room is also available as a function room, and can be hired free of charge when the venue is booked to cater to an event. As well as catering to private events, The George Inn also hosts popular public events. There are regular jazz nights in the function room and quizzes are held monthly on a Monday. A recent murder mystery evening was a resounding success, so the team has planned another for October 2019. *Price represents the cost of three courses from the fixed-price menu.

Open: Mon-Fri 7.30am-11.30am, noon-9pm; Sat 8am-11.30am, noon-9pm; Sun 8am-11.30am, noon-7.45pm

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The Old Crown Inn

British

 Location Kelston Road, Kelston, Nr. Bath, BA1 9AQ t: 0844 502 8848 w: www.oldcrownkelston.com e: info@oldcrownkelston.com

NE

Nestled in the Somerset countryside just outside Bath, The Old Crown Inn is a traditional English pub with a contemporary twist. Mindful of the history of this 15th-century building, the owners have sought to maintain its classic £20 to charm. With traditional stone fireplaces, polished wooden beams and rustic £30 stained mirrors, guests visit to escape the commotion of the city. The well-stocked bar caters to all tastes, combining an international selection of wine, beer and ale on-tap with delicious mulled drinks and cider made with apples from the garden. The food menu boasts a selection of pub classics made using fresh, local ingredients. You might branch out with poached salt cod or a spiced black bean burger, though traditionalists will struggle to resist beer-battered fish and chips and hearty pie of the day. The menu caters to everyone, with numerous vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Food Served: Tues-Fri You’ll also find a great children’s menu and several dog-friendly areas so noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; the whole family can feel right Sat noon-9pm; at home. For those planning a Sun noon-6pm private event, the award-winning garden is available to hire for weddings and parties all year round. There are marquees for events of all sizes, a covered and heated seating area for up to 40 guests, an outdoor bar and fire pits, making this a great choice for those wishing to take advantage of the outdoors and bask in the summer sun with friends. French

Chez Dominique

 Location 15 Argyle Street, Bath, BA2 4BQ t: 0844 502 8365 w: www.chezdominique.co.uk e: eat@chezdominique.co.uk Housed in 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 exciting venue after their young son £15 Dominic. Testament to the team’s talent and hard work, Chez Dominique was to £25 named best French restaurant at the Bath Good Food Awards in 2017, where its steak also came out on top, and has earned itself a place in The Good Food Guide 2019. Head chef Chris trained at award-winning Bibendum in Chelsea, which is renowned for its refined French cuisine. Chris creates fabulous seasonal menus, which may include starters such as cured duck breast with pickled grapes, hazelnuts and a Open: Mon-Sat 11.30am-3pm, Muscat dressing. 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 5pm-11pm; menu of two or three courses, the tempting à la carte, or the regularly changing Sun 11.30am-3.30pm, specials board, which often features 6pm-10pm sharing dishes like Chateaubriand and tarte fine aux pommes. You can also opt for a tasty roast on a Sunday. Desserts like caramelised pear tarte Tatin with vanilla ice cream are almost impossible to resist. There’s a great selection of wine to accompany your meal. Warmly lit by, chandelier-inspired pendants, Chez Dominique is the perfect place to take your time and enjoy a meal to remember. It also offers a private dining room that comfortably seats up to eight guests, and boasts views of the Pulteney Weir and the River Avon. BS

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Bistrot Pierre

French

 Location 4 Princes Buildings, George Street, Bath, BA1 2ED t: 0844 502 7751 e: bath@pierre94.co.uk  Location Princess Royal Square, Beach Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1AT t: 0844 502 7767 w: www.bistrotpierre.co.uk e: westonsupermare@pierre94.co.uk

BN

Bistrot Pierre in Bath brings accessible yet elegant French cuisine to a delightful corner of the Roman city. Set in a Grade II listed building, surrounded by a scattering of Georgian houses, it’s just a short stroll from the city’s famous landmarks including the Roman Baths. Located on Beach Road, Bistrot Pierre in Weston-super-Mare boasts incredible panoramic views across the bay, beach and Grand Pier. This bistrot has a large bar area downstairs, extensive outdoor terraced areas and a balcony, where you can enjoy stunning vistas while you dine.

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£24

‘...accessible yet elegant French cuisine...’ Each menu has been expertly created to cover all bases. Whether you’re stopping by for a lazy breakfast at the weekend, a light lunch or a full-blown three-course feast, your food will arrive beautifully presented and freshly prepared to the highest standard. The culinary line-up showcases French classics like steak frites and boeuf Bourguignon alongside an assortment of regional favourites. Don’t miss the eminently popular, great value prix-fixe lunch menu, with two courses priced at only £12.95 and three just £14.95.

‘...freshly prepared to the highest standard...’ Inspired by travels around France, the evening menu includes starters of baked goat’s cheese and crab remoulade. For the main event, why not go for the oven-roasted half chicken with your choice of marinade and sides? Lighter but equally delicious dishes include delicate sea bass with saffron-curried mussels, samphire, seasonal veg and potatoes. Desserts are the pièce de résistance and include indulgent Valrhona chocolate mousse and classic crème brûlée. As you’d expect from a French establishment, a glance at the varied wine list reveals a fantastic selection, with an offering to complement every dish. With plenty of vegetarian and vegan options alongside gluten-free dishes and a dedicated children’s menu, a warm welcome is extended to all at Bistrot Pierre.

Bath Food Served: Mon-Weds noon-9.30pm; Thurs & Fri noon-10pm; Sat 9am-10pm; Sun 9am-9pm Weston Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-10pm; Sat 9am-11.30am, noon-10pm; Sun 9am-11.30am, noon-9pm

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The Roman Baths Kitchen

Brasserie

 Location Abbey Churchyard, Bath, BA1 1LY t: 0844 625 7347 w: www.romanbathkitchen.co.uk e: rbk@searcys.co.uk

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Nestled amongst some of Bath’s most iconic sites, including the Roman Baths and the Pump Room, you’ll find the Roman Baths Kitchen. This charming neighbourhood brasserie is housed in an enchanting Grade II listed townhouse. Striking the perfect balance between traditional Georgian architecture and more contemporary decor, the setting is warm and inviting. Open all day, guests can visit The Roman Baths Kitchen for breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner and enjoy reinvented British classics with an emphasis on locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. You can also pop by to refresh yourself with a glass of wine or a few cocktails after exploring the city’s magnificent sites.

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Created by quintessentially English restaurateurs Searcys, the menu boasts feel-good dishes such as Bath ale-battered cod with triple-cooked chips. You’ll also find delights like the popular West Country burger, and vegan chargrilled aubergine, spiced tomato and chickpea stew with coriander hummus and flatbread to intrigue the palate with exceptional flavour combinations. The menu is nicely rounded off by local meat and fish sharing boards, and a selection of carefully crafted sandwiches. Why not complete your visit with a sweet treat? The ruby poached pear with vegan vanilla ice cream is a refined pleasure, while the classic treacle tart with clotted cream is sure to delight traditionalists. Summer Open: Mon-Sun 9am-9pm Winter Open: Sun-Thurs 9am-6pm; Fri & Sat 9am-9pm

*Price represents the cost of a two-course meal from the lunch menu.

Cumberwell Park

Brasserie

 Location Great Cumberwell, Nr. 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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Food Served: Mon & Tues 8.30am-7pm; Weds-Sat 8.30am-8.30pm; Sun 7.30am-7pm (hours may vary, please call for details)

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 by 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’s also a selection of tea, coffee and cake available.

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Clayton’s Kitchen

Modern European

 Location 15a George Street, Bath, BA1 2EN t: 0844 625 7248 w: www.claytonskitchen.com e: rob@claytonskitchen.com

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Clayton’s Kitchen is the jewel in the crown of Bath’s dining scene, and has been delighting visitors since 2012. Offering an intimate ambience and relaxed service, this contemporary restaurant puts food at the forefront, making it a favourite among foodies and those devoted to seasonal, market-fresh British produce. With its burgeoning culinary scene, historic Bath is the perfect setting for this charming venue headed by chef-patron Robert Clayton. Robert – who previously headed up the kitchen at Bath Priory and retained a Michelin star for the duration of his seven-year stay – curates inspiring menus that showcase the stunningly executed cuisine that has shaped his impressive career.

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Visit for lunch and you might sample starters such as crispy fried goat’s cheese with heritage tomato, endive and walnut salad, and mains such as porcini mushroom risotto enhanced by sautéed shimeji and oyster mushrooms, crispy parsnips and truffle oil. An evening dining from the regularly changing à la carte might start with pan-roasted diver-caught scallops with Jerusalem artichoke purée, roasted hazelnuts and crispy pancetta. Follow with the likes of honey-roasted Creedy Carver duck breast with celeriac purée, sautéed potatoes, chestnuts, seasonal greens and cassis sauce, and indulge in a heavenly dessert such as salted caramel chocolate mousse. Each starter, main and dessert is so overwhelmingly enticing that you’ll want to return time and again to work your way through the menu. The wine list is befittingly extensive and thoughtfully put together, with sparkling options offsetting crisp whites and the organic, vegan Rioja, full-bodied Chianti and Argentine malbec providing robust accompaniments to Robert’s more rich, umami dishes. On Sundays there’s no shortage of hearty flavours, as the likes of roast sirloin of beef with Yorkshire pudding, caramelised onion purée and red wine sauce grace the menu, with vegetarian options and seafood providing enviable alternatives. A family man himself, Robert – along with his dedicated team – accommodates little ones with a menu of proper food for smaller appetites. It’s the perfect way to get your kids excited about good food and introduce them to restaurant-quality dishes in a relaxed and friendly space.

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Fri noon-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm; Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-10pm; Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm

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Aqua

Italian

 Location 88 Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BD t: 0844 625 4494 w: www.aqua-restaurant.com e: bath@aqua-restaurant.com

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Since opening, this family-run restaurant has remained true to its ethos of providing contemporary Italian food made with the finest ingredients, served by a friendly and attentive team. The Aqua kitchen team sources cured meats and Italian produce directly from Italy, whilst local suppliers fulfil all of their meat, fish and vegetable needs.

£16 to

£31

The glorious setting for Aqua’s Bath restaurant is a beautifully restored former Arts and Crafts church house which exudes a cool, elegant atmosphere. Choose to dine in the large, theatrical main dining area, or one of the other, more intimate dining areas, which are ideal for private parties. Being Italian, the mouth-watering seasonal menus boast a range of big, bold flavours. On the extensive à la carte menu, you’ll struggle to choose between lobster served with pomodoro, sundried tomato and mascarpone linguine, and delicious eight-hour-braised pork cheek with mashed potato, black pudding fritter and red wine jus. You’ll also find especially delectable sourdough pizza on offer. For those visiting earlier in the day there is a lunch and early dinner menu served from noon to 7pm, Monday to Friday. This early-bird menu includes flavoursome dishes like arancini with truffle pecorino, mussels with Marsala and cream, and spinach, cavolo nero, leek and pea risotto. If you’re too early for lunch, Aqua is also open for breakfast and coffee from 9.30am every day. Sunday lunch is a must at Aqua with a scrumptious choice of roast strip loin of beef, pork belly stuffed with apricot and sage, spatchcock chicken or Mediterranean vegetable strudel with tomato oil. To accompany your meal choose from a well-considered wine list with options ranging from a rich, crisp Soave, to a dark and brooding primitivo. If this doesn’t tickle your fancy, Bellinis are £7 from noon to 7pm every day, and the cocktail list includes classics such as Pink Gin Fizz, Italian Pornstar Martini and Cosmopolitan. Open: Sun-Thurs 9.30am-10pm; Fri & Sat 9.30am-10.30pm

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For more information and to keep up to date with special offers and events, visit Aqua’s website and sign up to the mailing list, or find them on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook.


Anise

Mediterranean

 Location 65 Station Road, Taunton, TA1 1PA t: 0844 625 7238 w: www.anisetaunton.com e: anisetaunton65@outlook.com TD Anise is a haven of Mediterranean cuisine, set in the heart of Somerset’s county town. With its relaxed atmosphere and emphasis on great food, this restaurant has pioneered the concept of ‘sophisticated rusticity’ – a more casual alternative £20 to fine dining. No one is excluded at Anise, as there’s a range of vegetarian and to £25 vegan dishes on offer. Between Thursday and Sunday, guests can enjoy a tasty, Mediterranean-inspired lunch at Anise. Begin with classic ham hock terrine or aromatic cumin and cauliflower soup, before sampling the braised blade of beef or the Lebanese falafel with saffron rice. Those dining later in the day are offered the evening à la carte menu. Seafood-lovers have a choice of sea bream with hearty Sardinian seafood stew or baked hake with a pine nut and olive crust, while meat-lovers can choose from delicate confit guinea fowl and braised pork belly, among other delicious dishes. For vegetarians there’s also a baked sweet potato dish, Open: served with vegetable tagine and Thurs-Sat noon-3pm, parsley and lemon couscous. If 6pm-9.30pm; Sun noon-4pm you’re staying for dessert, you’ll be spoilt for choice by Anise’s range of Mediterranean classics. The Moroccan orange and almond cake accompanied by lemon curd and mango and passion fruit sorbet is a celebration of citrus flavours, while the sweet and creamy mascarpone cheesecake is equally wonderful. It’s also well worth popping by on Thursdays for the Taste of the Mediterranean menu, which offers five courses for £25 per person.

Seafoods

Fish & Chips

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

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

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£6 to

£8

Only the best will do for owner Ian Menzies. He has previous experience in Michelin-starred restaurants and understands the importance of high-quality ingredients. The perfect chips are made with Somerset potatoes and all the fish at Seafoods is sustainably sourced. Even the frying oil is carefully considered. Get comfy in the licenced restaurant area while you ponder the mouth-watering menu, packed with purse-friendly tempting choices for fish-lovers, meat-eaters and vegetarians alike. For me, it had to be the succulent scampi and Open: Mon-Weds a refreshing local ale. For a spot of 11.30am-9pm; fresh air on a sunny day, dine in the Thurs-Sat 11.30am-10pm; al fresco area whilst sipping wine Sun noon-7pm and absorbing the stunning historic scenery. For fish and chips in Bath, Seafoods is an undisputed champion and I for one cannot wait to return. *Price range represents the cost of lunch and a drink. Bath & Somerset Guide 2019

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Eat The Bird

American

 Location Coal Orchard, Taunton, TA1 1AE t: 0844 625 7424 w: www.eatthebird.co.uk

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Inspired by the top-notch flavours of the street food scene, Eat The Bird was founded by an edgy duo from deepest Devon. With a shared passion for contemporary cooking styles and a love of socialising with friends, the two friends set out to create a neighbourhood hang-out that offers mouth-watering chicken with a selection of bold flavours and quirky, original sauces. This menu is guaranteed to get your tastebuds tingling.

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£9

The interior at Eat The Bird is contemporary and modern. Stop by with a group of friends and grab a seat at one of the comfy booths, or book a table for a casual meal out. The bar offers a fantastic range of beer, cider and spirits and the cocktails – including a rose and lychee-flavoured option – are legendary.

‘...legendary...’ Eat The Bird’s tasty sharers provide the perfect accompaniment to drinks. Split some boneless bites with your party or try the crispy fried hot wings, which come with blue cheese dip and classic American ranch sauce. The cheesy nachos are a popular option too – you can add pulled pork for just £2.50. If you’re looking for a simple snack, check out the list of sides: the loaded fries come with toppings like sweet, sticky barbecue duck and creamy cheese sauce, and customers go home raving about the gooey mac and cheese, which is topped with a herb and Parmesan crust.

Open: Tues-Thurs noon-10pm; Fri & Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10pm

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For your main, be sure to check out the burgers. The chefs only use high-welfare chicken and each cut is lovingly marinated in buttermilk and spices before being fried to crispy perfection. Options range from the Proper Filth burger – succulent chicken breast combined with streaky bacon, jack cheese, chipotle barbecue sauce and iceburg lettuce – to the Japanese katsu curry burger. Vegetarians aren’t forgotten here: there’s a great halloumi and mushroom burger with beetroot jam available, as well as the Cluck Off burger – an irresistible fusion of tortilla-crumbed halloumi, sour cream, jalapeños and pico de gallo salsa. If burgers aren’t your thing, tuck into juicy rotisserie chicken, or go for the healthy option with a creative super salad. *Price range represents the cost of a burger.


Hubbox

American

 Location 27 North Street, Taunton, TA1 1LW t: 0844 502 5129 w: www.hubbox.co.uk e: taunton@hubbox.co.uk A cornucopia of American-inspired street food, the Taunton branch of Hubbox is the go-to spot for gourmet fast food. Think crispy buttermilk-fried chicken and succulent 21-day dry-aged beefburgers slathered with your choice of cheese, chilli, bacon and barbecue pulled pork. The options don’t end here – why not check out the surf and turf menu, or pick something straight from the grill? Vegetarian guests are also spoilt for choice – tuck into the tasty falafel and roasted pepper burger, the Moving Mountain B12 burger, or perhaps the squash and black bean patty with vegan barbecue mayo, facon, vegan cheese and lettuce. Then there are the fries – the heart of the fast food haven that is Hubbox. Top your delectably crisp fries with anything from rich vegan chilli, to indulgent buttermilk-fried chicken with Korean barbecue sauce and cheese sauce. To really take your fries to the next level opt for the addition of Hub sauce, diced white onions and jalapeños.

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£11

Open: Sun-Thurs 9am-9pm; Fri & Sat 9am-10pm

While you decide on your meal, why not start with something refreshing to drink? In the summer sun the coolers and Eager juices are incredibly refreshing. Alongside a hand-picked wine list and a selection of craft beers to please the most discerning connoisseur, you’ll also find indulgently creamy malt milkshakes, hot chocolates and a complete selection of tea and coffee. *Price range represents the cost of a burger.

Cow & Apple

Grill

 Location 8-10 Church Street, Yeovil, BA20 1HE t: 0844 502 3358 w: www.cowandapple.co.uk e: yeovil@cowandapple.co.uk

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If you’re in Yeovil and looking for a casual dining spot, you won’t do better than Cow & Apple. Centrally based and easy to find, it was the brainchild of siblings Stacey, Gareth and Stuart; with the help of family, friends and crowd-funders, they have renovated this space into a funky restaurant. At Cow & Apple, sustainability is very important and the team is eager to give back to the community.

£14 to

£26

As the name implies, Cow & Apple specialises in burgers and cider. The team sources beef from the Red Ruby cows that roam the surrounding countryside but their selection doesn’t end there: there’s an excellent range of vegetarian burgers available too. The starters are simple but tasty and we opted to share the Southern fried chicken and dips. I followed with the Sloppy Cow burger – a juicy beef patty topped with chilli con carne, while my wife enjoyed a Open: hotdog served in a soft bun and Tues-Fri 11.30am-late; accompanied by fresh coleslaw Sat 9am-late; and beautifully crisp sweet potato Sun 9am-4pm fries. To finish, we chose to share an indulgent Belgian waffle, which came with a generous scoop of vanilla ice cream. To complement my meal, I sampled one of the marvellous ciders on offer. My wife, on the other hand, treated herself to a scrumptious milkshake topped with lashings of whipped cream.

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The Holcombe Inn

Gastropub

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

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

£25 to

£45

This multi-award-winning country retreat also acts as an ideal base from which to visit Bath, Bristol, Wells, Longleat Safari Park and many National Trust houses. Wake up to the smell of fresh coffee, cakes and pastries, which are served all day if you choose to stay over in one of the 11 AA-star-awarded luxurious guest rooms. Everything on the menu is freshly made on-site and the exciting menus change with the seasons. For a delectable three-course meal, plump for pan-fried pigeon breast with Puy lentils, pancetta and mushroom duxelles, followed by juicy pork fillet saltimbocca and braised pig cheek with celeriac fondant, glazed quince and rosemary rosti. Top it all off with a chocolate dome with coffee parfait, hazelnuts and tonka beans. 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 vegan and vegetarian options, The Holcombe Inn offers something for everyone.

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

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To enhance its offering of wholesome, award-winning fare, The Holcombe Inn showcases an excellent selection of real ale, organic cider and lager, rare malt whiskies, unusual gins, rums and vodkas. There’s also an extensive wine list, and Prosecco and Champagne are available by the bottle or glass. For an extra-special visit, you can make the most of the beautiful gardens and indulge in a spot of al fresco dining. The gardens are the perfect place from which to view stunning sunsets on summer evenings. Why not enjoy an after-dinner stroll in the Victorian kitchen gardens? With a great atmosphere and menu, The Holcombe Inn should be at the top of your list of culinary hotspots to visit.


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The Northey Arms

Gastropub

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

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Once a hotel backing onto Box train station, The Northey Arms was lovingly transformed by actress Maisie Gay back in the 1930s. Rumour has it that guests in the early days could even find Noël Coward pulling pints behind the bar. The contemporary interior is light and airy, whilst still paying homage to the historical grandiosity of the building. Comfy sofas sit alongside bright leaded windows, while candlelit tables perfectly complement the period fireplaces. Outside there’s an extensive beer garden, with plenty of seating under the shade of centuries-old trees – perfect for whiling away a sunny afternoon. Guests with little ones will also appreciate the play area, complete with climbing frame and swings. There’s also a large car park for the convenience of guests. For those wishing to stay there are ten beautiful en-suite bedrooms and with such friendly staff you’ll never want to leave.

£24 to

£32

If you’re popping in for a drink there’s a wealth of options. Treat yourself to an elegant cocktail, order from the hand-picked wine list, or take advantage of the excellent selection of real ale, including a speciality pale ale courtesy of the local Great Western Brewing Company. It’s also worth knowing about the weekly Tuesday steak night and Thursday’s burger and pint special.

Open: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm; Sat & Sun 8.30am-11pm

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We visited one evening, and the sumptuous à la carte menu lived up to our every expectation. We opted to start with the homemade bread du jour – a superb olive focaccia that brought back pleasant memories of focaccia I’d sampled in Sicily. To follow, I plumped for battered prawns with spicy Marie Rose sauce – lighter than air with the perfect crunch. My companion selected juicy seared scallops with a delicately spiced cauliflower purée. Choosing a main wasn’t easy with so many mouth-watering options. We eventually settled on succulent and perfectly spiced Cumberland pork tenderloin and a rich coconut and spinach dahl. Every dish was as delicious as it was beautifully presented, and the experience was a treat for the senses. We finished with two indulgent puddings – a heavenly hazelnut sponge and a warm dark chocolate brownie – both presenting compelling and flavoursome reasons for a return visit.


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 the whole afternoon. In the summer, sit beside the water and sample the wide range of drinks on offer at the outside bar – expect soft drinks, draught beer, fine wine and delicious cocktails.

£20 to

£30

‘...the kind of place where you can while away the whole afternoon...’ The chilled background music makes this the perfect spot to watch the narrow boats drift by on sunny afternoons, while in winter you can settle by the wood-burning stove with friends. Kick-start your day with a Locksbrook brunch, which offers delicious classics like a big Locksbrook breakfast and breakfast baps. These are served Monday to Saturday until 11.30am and until 11am on Sunday.

‘...The Locksbrook Inn is a real crowd-pleaser...’ Equally perfect for a casual drink and a meal, The Locksbrook Inn is a real crowd-pleaser. The menu is packed with tempting options all freshly prepared to the highest standard. There are also plenty of traditional gastropub staples, from battered Brixham fish and chips to succulent lamb rump. But you’ll also find light, healthy options like delicious fresh smoothies and tasty salads. On Sunday The Locksbrook Inn serves roasts all day from noon until 8pm.

‘...family-friendly venue...’

This buzzy venue also offers a constant stream of deals, from takeaway pizza from £6 to Fizzy Thursdays where you can grab a bottle of Prosecco for £15. This family-friendly venue also boasts a dedicated children’s menu and activity packs to keep little ones entertained.

Open: Mon-Thurs 8.30am-11pm; Fri & Sat 8.30am-midnight; Sun 8.30am-10.30pm

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The Seven Stars

Gastropub

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

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Situated in the village of Winsley, The Seven Stars extends a warm welcome to all who step inside its historic walls. Whether you swing by for a swift drink with friends or are lingering a little longer over a bite to eat, you’re sure to £18 to have an enjoyable time, thanks to the stylish interior and friendly service. The £25 pub proved the perfect escape on the day we visited; though wet and windy outside, inside was cosy and buzzing with customers who’d also braved the weather. 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 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.

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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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£30

‘...a firm favourite with locals and visitors...’ The menu is essentially British in character and uses local produce to create great-tasting, inventive dishes in which the quality of the produce speaks for itself. The pub has held two AA rosettes for good food since 2009, and features in both The Good Food Guide and The Michelin Guide. You might find yourself enjoying a starter of parsnip hash browns with parsnip crisps and wild mushrooms cooked in honey and soy, followed by Cornish wild venison loin and crispy shoulder, paired with truffle mash, pear purée, parsnip crisps and red wine sauce. Desserts are similarly tempting, with options such as rich chocolate fondant with pistachios, chocolate soil and salted caramel ice cream. The Marlborough Tavern doesn’t shy away from its pub heritage, though, and there’s a selection of hearty pub classics available too, including a 6oz Ruby Red beefburger with fries, and beer-battered fish and chips.

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

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

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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 with glorious views over the Bath countryside. The pub serves home-cooked, seasonal food every day at breakfast, lunchtime and in the evening.

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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.

£30

‘...glorious views over the Bath countryside...’ Food is freshly prepared on-site using produce sourced in and around Bath. You can start your day with a freshly brewed coffee and eggs Benedict or The Hare & Hounds full English. From the à la carte menu you might start with homemade chicken liver parfait with juicy prunes, hazelnuts, pickled shallots and toasted sourdough. Continue with flaky fillet of hake with new potato and spinach cake, roasted fennel and creamy lobster bisque. Sumptuous dark chocolate mousse with honeycomb, salted caramel and raspberry compote will round things off in a suitably indulgent fashion. There’s a separate menu for children, which includes mini fish and chips, sausage and mash, and pasta with pesto, 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.

‘...award-winning roasts...’

Open: Mon-Fri 8am-11pm; Sat & Sun 9am-11pm

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


Juno

Bar & Restaurant

 Location 4 Philip Street, Southgate, Bath, BA1 1AU t: 0844 502 5113 w: www.junobath.co.uk e: info@junobath.co.uk

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Open since August 2016, this alternative, independent bar and kitchen is a breath of fresh air on Bath’s bar scene. While Bath is known for its cocktail and wine bars, Juno’s owners saw a gap in the market for something a little edgy and were determined to fill the void. Beer, pizza and art is the cornerstone of the offering – awesome pizza and incredible beer presented in quirky surrounds inspired by street art. As well as stone-baked pizza, Juno serves up exceptionally tasty burgers, sandwiches and loaded fries. The Animal Fries heaped with mozzarella, bacon and barbecue sauce are not to be missed. Whether you’re after a good coffee, a cold beer, scrumptious pizza or late night cocktails, Juno is the perfect hangout.

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£25

The vibrant decor and quirky murals continue upstairs, where guests will find comfy seating and two pool tables; it’s the ideal spot for a laid-back evening. Behind the bar you’ll find familiar bottles and favourites on draught, offset by beer from local breweries Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; like Electric Bear Brewing Co. Sun 11am-10.30pm and Cocksure Brewing Co. Beer connoisseurs can also enjoy varieties from up-and-coming breweries such as Jubel and Tiny Rebel. In the summer months, alongside the refreshing cocktails, cider and wine on offer, slushy machines produce delights like the ever-popular frozen Daiquiri – perfect for enjoying in the sun.

The George Hotel

Bar & Restaurant

 Location Market Place, Castle Cary, BA7 7AH t: 0844 502 2927 w: www.thegeorgehotelcastlecary.co.uk e: castlecarygeorge@aol.com

SS Set against the backdrop of the charming market town of Castle Cary, The George Hotel eagerly welcomes guests from far and wide. Originally a coaching inn, the hotel’s exterior, with its thatched roof, is equally as charming as £17 to its interior. Here you’ll find 14 boutique rooms that offer that comforting £40 home-away-from-home feeling, as well as a cosy, traditional-style restaurant and a well-stocked gin and Prosecco bar. Begin by perusing the varied menu – there’s something available for every palate. The specials board offers a selection of the chef’s favourites while the menus provide an offering of homemade British classics. At lunchtime, opt for a light jacket potato with a salad garnish, or order a sandwich with your favourite filling. Options include roast beef and horseradish, Brie and cranberry, and mouth-watering barbecue pulled pork. Food Served: Mon-Thurs Evening diners are offered an noon-2.45pm, 6pm-8.45pm; impressive array of platters, Fri & Sat 6pm-9pm; grilled dishes and burgers. If Sun 6pm-8.30pm you’re sharing with a partner, plump for the meaty sharer, which comes with the likes of pork pie, honey mustard sausages and slices of roast beef, or opt for a delicious veggie feast. For many diners, the grilled Aberdeen Angus steak is hard to beat, and the vegetable lasagne with triple-cooked chips is deliciously moreish. The George Hotel hosts regular live music events too – be sure to check the website for details. Bath & Somerset Guide 2019

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Hall & Woodhouse Portishead

Bar & Restaurant

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

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Portishead Quays Marina is home to this thriving dining destination. Boasting panoramic harbourside views, this unique venue was constructed from 28 recycled shipping containers and was recognised as the UK’s best new build at £18 to CAMRA’s prestigious Pub Design Awards. Inside, the pub is split over two floors. £30 Downstairs you’ll find the vibrant bar and the relaxed Pantry, with huge tables and long wooden benches perfect for relaxed, sociable dining. We took a seat upstairs in the stylish dining room, complete with open kitchen and delightful views of the marina. Inspired by our waterside location, my companion and I opted to share a seafood platter to start, which comprised lightly dusted calamari, whitebait, crab mayonnaise with croutes, and classic prawn and avocado cocktail. My partner followed with a succulent West Country sirloin steak accompanied by grilled tomatoes, flat mushrooms, watercress and fries. Open: Mon-Sat 9am-11pm; I plumped for the Vitality salad, a vibrant medley of tenderstem broccoli, wilted Sun 9am-10.30pm chard, carrot, roasted beetroot, Food Served: Mon-Sat pomegranate seeds, rocket, spring 10am-9pm; Sun 10am-8pm onions, cherry tomatoes and toasted pine nuts. My salad was just one of the vegan dishes available, alongside vegetarian options like stuffed roasted aubergine. We finished our delightful meal with an indulgent chocolate and coconut torte and a warm apple and sultana crumble. Delicious food, a fantastic location and regular events throughout the year make Hall & Woodhouse a great destination for any occasion.

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

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This fantastic bar and restaurant is set in an impressive building complete with high ceilings, beautiful chandeliers and a show-stopping staircase. When we visited, the bar was filled with lively after-work drinkers, creating a warm, jovial £20 to atmosphere. Upon entering, my partner and I were immediately greeted by a £30 friendly barman, and this warm, attentive service continued throughout the evening. We headed to the upstairs dining area, which is set apart from the bustling bar allowing for a more intimate dining experience. In the summertime, diners and drinkers flock to the rooftop terrace to enjoy the stunning views of Bath. I opted to start with the duck hash, comprising confit duck, Savoy cabbage, potato Open: Mon-Thurs 9am-11pm; and grilled red onion topped with a fried egg, while my partner opted for baked mushrooms served with lentils and a flavoursome citrus, caper and sun-blushed Fri & Sat 9am-11.30pm; tomato dressing. To follow, I plumped for a hearty portion of Badger beer-battered Sun 10am-10pm fish and chips, made with sustainably sourced fish and served with triple-cooked Food Served: chips, tartare sauce and garden Mon-Sat 9.30am-10pm; peas. My partner delighted in his Sun noon-7pm dish of high-welfare British rose veal tenderloin wrapped in sage and prosciutto and served with heritage carrots, wilted chard, pomme purée and lemon and caper butter sauce. Although we were both completely satisfied, we couldn’t resist sharing a dessert, and indulged in a West Country cheeseboard – a delightful end to what was a superb meal. We’ll definitely be back to sample the tempting brunch offering, which is served until 3pm Monday to Saturday. 38

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The Planet

Café

 Location 13a Paul Street, Taunton, TA1 3PF t: 0844 502 2945 Tucked away off Fore Street, The Planet is a fantastic family-run eatery serving fresh, tasty and imaginative dishes. Inside you’ll find plenty of satisfied foodies enjoying the relaxed, friendly ambience and top-notch fare. The team prides itself on the quality of the food – everything is cooked fresh on-site and the menu is 100-per-cent vegan. The offering changes regularly to keep things fresh and exciting, and diners rave over the likes of the chickpea burger, the beautifully creamy korma and vegan sausage rolls. If you’re looking for a quick pit-stop, pop in for a slice of cake – the peanut butter and chocolate cake is particularly decadent. The delicious fare is even more impressive given the incredibly reasonable prices. After your first visit to this superb venue, you won’t be able to resist stopping by again. *Price range represents the cost of a meal and a drink.

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Widcombe Deli

Café & Deli

 Location 17-18 Widcombe Parade, Bath, BA2 4LD t: 0844 502 8813 w: www.jjbeanos.com e: deli@jjbeanos.com Since opening Widcombe Deli in January 2017, owners Nicky and Jon have received a warm reception and have a whole host of loyal customers. The café and deli seats 40 guests and serves delicious homemade food including quiches, snacks and salads as well as a range of homemade cakes. There is plenty of outdoor seating and dogs are always welcome here too. Three separate rooms ensure that Widcombe Deli retains its quiet and relaxed atmosphere, even when busy. Pop in for a coffee (or a cup of tea) and settle down in the café’s cosy ambience under the warm light of its quirky ceiling lamps. With a fantastic offering of attractively priced food, including gluten-free and vegan options, Widcombe Deli comes highly recommended and the warm welcome you’ll receive is second to none. For those hosting their own events, the team here also offers a catering service ideal for picnics and parties. *Price range represents the cost of a coffee and a snack.

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The Pump Room

Tearoom

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

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A visit to Bath wouldn’t be complete without afternoon tea at The Pump Room, a Georgian treasure that inspired the likes of Jane Austin and Mary Shelley. Built in the 1790s, its Corinthian columns, glittering chandeliers and spa fountain * £21 made this the go-to destination for members of high society hoping to meet and take the waters. Today most of the neoclassical style features remain unchanged, and guests are serenaded by classical musicians as they enter the restaurant, setting the tone for an indulgent dining experience. The food offering by Searcys delights all palates, and the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea throughout the year. An ode to that most quintessential of English customs, the sumptuous Summer Open: afternoon tea menu includes homemade buttermilk scones with Dorset clotted Mon-Sun 10am-4.30pm cream, local specialities like chicken and fennel sausage rolls, and exquisite bakes Winter Open: and sandwiches. The lunch menu is a tasteful tribute to the West Country, featuring starters such as The Pump Room Mon-Sun 9.30am-5pm prawn cocktail and delicious mains (in July and August the venue like pressed lamb shoulder with stays open until 9pm) potato croquettes, and pea and wild garlic purée. In July and August and during festive seasons the restaurant opens for late tea and evening dining. Space fills up fast so be sure to book in advance – you can book and find further information at www.thepumproombath.co.uk. *Price represents the cost of a two-course meal from the lunch menu.

Railway Inn

Traditional

 Location Sandford, BS25 5RA t: 0844 502 5133 w: www.therailwayinn.com e: info@therailwayinn.com

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A warm welcome awaits at the Railway Inn, which has been the hub of Sandford for over 140 years. The pub is charmingly decorated with artefacts and photos that depict the pub’s cider-making heritage. Treat yourself to a delicious meal £24 to in the restaurant, have a snack in the cosy bar, or simply enjoy a pint of cider. £30 The enthusiastic front-of-house team is happy to go the extra mile to ensure that every guest has a memorable visit. The food served features regional and seasonal ingredients from local producers, with a strong emphasis on great quality, great taste and sensible prices. Favourites on the menu include cider-battered fish and chips, and sticky toffee pudding with homemade ice cream. The drinks menu is also carefully chosen, with a full range of cider from Pub Open: Thatchers, as well as plenty of beer, wine and soft drinks. Mon-Sat 10am-11pm; The Railway Inn benefits from being Sun 11am-10.30pm close to the Strawberry Line, a Restaurant Open: Mon-Fri popular footpath with walkers and noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; cyclists, and provides a welcome Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9.30pm; break for those venturing along it. Sun noon-7pm Dogs are very much welcome, and are greeted with complimentary dog treats, although since this doesn’t suit everyone, the formal restaurant area is dog-free. Take a look at the Railway Inn Facebook page for news about special events taking place throughout the year. 40

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George Inn

Traditional

 Location Gurney Slade, Nr. Radstock, BA3 4TQ t: 0844 502 2482 w: www.georgegurney.co.uk e: info@georgegurney.co.uk

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Conveniently located along the A37, the George Inn provides the perfect pit-stop for those travelling to or from Bath, and can be found just a short drive from historic Wells. Its rural setting means that the George Inn enjoys a calm and tranquil ambience and guests staying in one of the inn’s four boutique bedrooms can relax and unwind while taking in the clean West Country air.

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The pub boasts an inviting family-friendly atmosphere – nothing is too much trouble for the approachable team of staff and guests of every age are guaranteed a warm welcome. Inside, you’ll find traditional decor and comfy leather armchairs, with a roaring fire to keep you warm and cosy during the winter months. On the other hand, during summer many guests choose to sit outside in the pub’s pretty beer garden. If you’re ordering a drink, you’ll be spoilt for choice by the selection of local cider, ale and beer on offer, including Thatchers and 6X beer. Grab a pint and enjoy a relaxed catch up with family and friends. There’s a great range of wine, spirits and soft drinks available too. The food menu at the George Inn encompasses all the scrumptious dishes you’d expect from an English country pub. The lasagne is the perfect winter warmer, and the beef chilli provides a delicious spicy kick. The crisp fish and chips is always a sure bet, and the hunter’s chicken – butterflied chicken breasts wrapped in crispy bacon and smothered with barbecue sauce and cheese – is comforting and delicious. For vegetarians, there’s a range of sumptuous options to choose from. The veggie burger is always a popular dish and the three-bean chilli is a meat-free take on a pub classic. For younger guests, there’s a kid’s menu that offers the likes of chicken strips or sausages with chips and a choice of peas or salad. On Sunday, don’t miss the George’s famous roasts. Select your favourite meat and enjoy with all the traditional trimmings. If you still have room, follow your meal with an indulgent dessert – you can never go wrong with sticky toffee pudding and custard.

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The World’s End

Traditional

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

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Nestled on the edge of Bradford-on-Tone, just west of Taunton, you’ll find a lovely Victorian house that’s home to The World’s End. This traditional country pub is steeped in Somerset history – the venue has long been closely associated £18 to with Somerset County Cricket Club, having both been founded in the same year. £30 The pub’s garden boasts picturesque views of Somerset’s fine countryside, while 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 dine. After settling in a cosy spot in the restaurant, my partner and I sampled two delicious Badger Ales: Fursty Ferret and Golden Champion. A long history of brewing has gone into creating the perfect pint, and we were certainly impressed by our tipples. We began our meal with two Open: Mon-Sat 11am-11pm; classic favourites: whitebait with tartare sauce and a prawn and avocado Sun noon-10.30pm cocktail. Next came succulent Food Served: lamb medallions with Dauphinoise Mon-Sun noon-9pm potatoes, seasonal greens and a red wine and cranberry jus for me, while my wife devoured steak frites, cooked to perfection and complemented by smoked black garlic butter. Friendly, attentive staff ensured we felt at home dining here; it’s easy to see why locals and visitors come back time and time again – we left already planning our next visit.

The Boathouse

Traditional

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

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The Boathouse sits in a picturesque and tranquil riverside spot away from the hustle and bustle of Bath’s city centre. Easy access and ample free parking make this a convenient spot for visitors, while nine en-suite guest rooms mean The £18 to Boathouse is just as fine a destination for relaxing weekend breaks as it is for cosy £30 meals with family and friends. Arriving on a chilly evening, we were seated in the beautiful conservatory overlooking the river and surrounding countryside. Friendly, helpful staff combined with rustic decor, a roaring fire and nautical-themed furnishings made for a warm and welcoming setting. As we perused the menu we were pleased to discover that there were plenty of tempting plates on offer to suit all tastes Open: Mon-Sat 8am-11pm; and dietary requirements. After a little time pondering, I opted to start with Sun 8am-10.30pm baked goat’s cheese drizzled with honey and served on a bed of leaves, orange, Food Served: Mon-Sat caramelised walnuts and St Clements dressing, which did not disappoint. My 8am-10am, noon-9pm; main course of pea, mint and basil Sun 8am-10am, noon-8pm arancini was a true delight, served with homemade pesto, roasted root veg and tenderstem broccoli. My partner enjoyed sumptuous game terrine with Melba toast and pickled blackberries to start, followed by the H&W burger, a mouth-watering creation featuring two juicy British beef patties stacked with caramelised smoked bacon, Monterey Jack and homemade burger sauce, all served up in a toasted brioche bun with a side of skin-on fries. 42

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The Ring of Bells

Traditional

 Location 16-17 St James Street, Taunton, TA1 1JS t: 0844 502 3379 w: www.theringofbellstaunton.com

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The Ring of Bells is located just across the road from Taunton’s Brewhouse Theatre and a short walk from Somerset County Cricket Ground. Upon entering, my guest and I were greeted by the pleasant sound of chattering locals, the mouth-watering aroma of freshly prepared food and a polite and genuinely helpful team of staff. The cosy bar area entertained groups of friends and couples – along with a few four-legged friends – as they sipped on their pints of beer and enjoyed the live rugby showing on televisions around the room.

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‘...a blend of traditional and modern...’ The interior is furnished with a blend of traditional and modern decor with candles that contribute to the relaxed ambience. Once seated, we perused the attractive menus. We were spoilt for choice by the delicious selection of hearty classics: starters ranged from baked Camembert with chutney to smoked salmon with cream cheese, lemon and caper berries. I decided to opt for the crispy salt and pepper squid, which was perfectly cooked and accompanied by a fresh green salad, while my friend chose the creamy butternut squash and coconut soup – one of the day’s specials. Appetites sufficiently whetted, we moved on to the eagerly anticipated main course. On the menu, dishes such as the Exmoor venison steak with red wine and redcurrant sauce piqued my interest and the range of burgers – all served in a soft brioche bun – sounded incredibly enticing. After much deliberation I settled upon the roasted lamb rump with Dauphinoise potatoes, minted pea purée and a red wine jus and was delighted with my choice. The lamb was cooked exactly as I had requested and the red wine sauce was beautifully rich and slightly tart – the ideal complement to the creamy potatoes. My companion’s dish of slow-roasted pork belly was succulent and juicy. The side of mustard mash was subtly sweet and the greens added an element of freshness. We finished our evening with delectable desserts: the chocolate fondant was gorgeously gooey and the indulgent sticky toffee pudding came with lashings of piping hot custard. As we left, we waved goodbye to the cheery team and agreed to return next time we’re in Taunton.

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

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The Dog & Fox Inn

Traditional

 Location 33 Ashley Road, Bradford-on-Avon, BA15 1RT t: 0844 502 4475 w: www.dogandfoxinn.com For a prime example of a traditional English inn, look no further than The Dog & Fox. We visited on a Sunday in spring, and were immediately taken with the charming setting overlooking Bath – the sunsets over the city are glorious. We moved through the quaint pub, with its cosy corners and spectacular open fire, to the dining room. The Dog & Fox is a pub that does great food, rather than a restaurant that offers beer, but that doesn’t mean the quality of the food suffers. I started with the baked Camembert while my husband tucked into tempura king prawns, before we moved on to the Sunday roast. Heaps of perfectly cooked trimmings accompanied hearty portions of roast lamb and beef, which were served with jugs of meat-specific gravy; we’re extremely envious of those that call The Dog & Fox their local. This hidden gem won’t stay secret for long – visit soon before you’re fighting for a table.

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The Butchers Arms

Traditional

 Location Timsbury Road, Farmborough, BA2 0AE t: 0844 502 8570 e: thebutchersarms@yahoo.co.uk Looking for a traditional village pub, great food and real ale? The Butchers Arms has it covered. Set just a few miles outside the historic city of Bath, this rural pub enjoys a tranquil location and is always bustling with friendly locals, families and even dogs. Order a pint of ale, draught lager or a fruity cider and unwind in the bar. You can even order a tasty snack such as nachos or onion rings to accompany your drinks. On the first Saturday of every month, The Butchers Arms hosts a popular steak night, where you can order two juicy steaks and a bottle of wine for just £20. Regular pie nights see tempting options such as chicken and mushroom pie and the vegetarian spinach and Stilton pie grace the menu. Offering the perfect excuse for an evening out, this hidden gem is not to be missed.

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£25

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-2.30pm, 5pm-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-11.45pm; Sun noon-10.30pm Traditional

The Rising Sun Inn

 Location 3-4 Grove Street, Bath, BA2 6PJ t: 0844 502 3350 w: www.therisingsunbath.co.uk e: therisingsunbath@gmail.com Set in a building that dates back to the 1700s, The Rising Sun is a traditional pub with a modern edge. Having been lovingly restored with a cosy interior and first-class accommodation, this beautiful hotel and restaurant welcomes guests from all over the world. Diners at The Rising Sun will not be disappointed by the range of mouth-watering fare on offer. Sample anything from a veggie burger to a traditional pie of the day, a light lunchtime sandwich to cider-marinated ham with chips. During summer, you can even enjoy your meal in the charming courtyard. The jewel in this restaurant’s crown is the unbeatable Sunday roast. With a choice of chicken, pork, beef and homemade nut roast, diners go home raving about these exquisite lunches. Finish your meal with an indulgent dessert – perhaps a generous slice of warm chocolate fudge cake – before heading off to explore the city.

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Carpenters Arms

Traditional

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

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Nestled in the picturesque village of Chilthorne Domer, the Carpenters Arms is a quintessentially British village pub serving straight-forward, honest food. The interior has been sympathetically restored, combining traditional features like exposed wooden beams and flagstone floors with vibrant contemporary furnishings. In winter the cosy bar and welcoming restaurant have an irresistible charm, while in summer the balmy weather invites guests to take advantage of the patio beer garden. Surrounded by striking Somerset countryside, this inviting spot is also totally child- and dog-friendly, making it the ideal place for a bite to eat after exploring the area with your family. For those planning private events, there’s also an elegant all-weather conservatory with natural light and under-floor heating making it perfect for all occasions.

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‘...sure to be your kind of pub...’ The menu is unpretentious and offers a good choice of long-established favourites and a great range of drinks. You can pop by for a refreshing hand-pulled real ale, or settle in for a pleasant evening and a delicious meal. The food is beautifully cooked, well portioned, attractively priced and served by friendly staff, which all combines to make an inviting and enjoyable dining experience. My partner and I visited on a Monday night and found the restaurant had a quiet buzz about it. We started our evening with a drink and a plate of creamy garlic mushrooms atop toasted ciabatta. These went down a treat and set the scene for an evening of superbly flavoursome food. My partner decided on the popular Carpenters chicken to follow, comprising chicken breast stuffed with Cambozola mousse and wrapped in Parma ham, served with sautéed potatoes, fresh vegetables and a creamy Cambozola sauce. I opted for the 10oz rump steak, a spectacular piece of meat served with onion rings, tomatoes, mushrooms, chips and peas. We concluded the evening with a shared plate of gorgeous Belgian waffles, generously drizzled in sticky toffee sauce and enhanced by vanilla ice cream – the perfect end to a perfect meal. If you’re after simple, lovingly prepared, fairly priced grub, the Carpenters Arms is sure to be your kind of pub.

Open: Mon-Thurs noon-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm; Fri & Sat noon-3pm, 5.30pm-midnight; Sun noon-5pm Food Served: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 5.30pm-9pm; Sun noon-3pm

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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 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 awarded the Bath and Borders CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016. The lunch menu promises an extensive doorstep sandwich menu and a fantastic ploughman’s lunch. Daily specials such as chilli con carne and beef and ale pie are popular and can be paired with one of six real ales, including the exclusive Green Tree Ale. For a hearty meal, why not plump for sausages and mash with a choice of two sauces? On Sundays they serve a delicious traditional roast with all the trimmings. With a fantastic food offering, plenty of great beer and seven choices of wine, it’s no wonder that National Geographic rated The Old Green Tree one of the top ten pubs in the UK. *Price range represents the cost of a main meal and a drink.

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The New Inn

Traditional

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

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

The Crown

 Location Regil, Winford, BS40 8AY t: 0844 625 4967 w: www.thecrownregil.co.uk e: thecrownregil@gmail.com The location of The Crown is ideal for weary travellers seeking a peaceful spot for a break. Set in the Chew Valley countryside, this classic British inn is less than ten minutes from Bristol Airport and offers a wide range of homemade local food. Step inside, be greeted by the hospitable staff and take a seat by the log-burning fire. The rustic interior – with its original beams and flagstone flooring – will have you feeling utterly at home. After ordering a pint of ale, or a real West Country cider, peruse the food menus. There’s also a kids’ selection for younger diners. Start with a small plate of chicken goujons before indulging in the freshly made pie of the day, or try the mushroom, black pudding and chorizo stack followed by a flavourful pork and apple burger. On Sundays, be sure to check out The Crown’s traditional roast lunch.

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The York Inn

Traditional

 Location Honiton Road, Churchinford, Taunton, TA3 7RF t: 0844 502 3386 w: www.yorkinn.co.uk e: theyorkinn@yahoo.com

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Whether you fancy a hearty lunch after a dog walk on the rugged Blackdown Hills, or a relaxed evening meal out with friends, this delightful country pub is sure to rise to the occasion. A beautiful, rural setting invites guests in to discover the warm welcome that awaits at The York Inn. Get comfy in a leather armchair by the wood-burning stove, or take a seat in the restaurant area to sample some of the wide range of hearty pub classics.

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I started with the crisp breaded whitebait, while my companion looked to the specials board and selected mussels in a deliciously creamy cider sauce. The menu boasts an impressive variety – for mains I chose a delectable halloumi salad with peppers, tomatoes and new potatoes. My companion plumped for one of The York Inn’s hearty homemade pies – a mouth-watering pastry Open: Mon 5pm-11pm; casing enclosing succulent venison, Port and cranberries. We’d recommend Tues-Fri 11.30am-3pm, working up an appetite before 5pm-midnight; you visit as The York Inn serves Sat 10am-midnight; satisfyingly hearty portions, and Sun 10am-11pm with such tempting options you’ll want to leave room for pudding. We just about had room to share a mountain of profiteroles, oozing with fresh cream and generously drizzled with chocolate. Despite the tranquil setting, The York Inn is only a few minutes off the A303, and is certainly worth a trip.

The Masons Arms

Traditional

 Location Marstons Gate, Marstons Road, Frome, BA11 4DJ t: 0844 502 3382 w: www.ourlocal.pub/pubs/the-masons-arms-frome e: info@themasonsarmsfrome.co.uk

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The Masons Arms is everything a traditional village pub should be: warm and relaxed with an excellent menu of British fare and an exceptionally well-stocked bar. This inn sits just outside the historic town of Frome and with a family-friendly policy and a dog-friendly bar area, it’s the perfect spot to pause after a weekend walk around the nearby Mendip Hills.

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Over the years, the team at The Masons Arms has developed an outstanding reputation for their range of high-quality drinks. Whether you fancy a pint of real ale, a can of craft beer or a glass of fine wine, the bartender can accommodate you. A BT Sports licence makes this a popular spot to watch the latest big game, and live music every Saturday provides the perfect evening out.

Open: If you’re feeling peckish, the pub’s mouth-watering food menu has you covered. Mon-Thurs noon-11pm; Having been recently updated, the Fri & Sat noon-midnight; selection of homemade fare now Sun noon-10.30pm includes all the classics – think steak and ale pie, fish and chips, and succulent steaks cooked to your liking – as well as more unusual dishes. For those seeking something light, there’s a tasty selection of sandwiches as well as jacket potatoes with toppings such as pulled pork and Cheddar cheese. This popular venue also offers an excellent Sunday roast, but booking is advisable as tables fill up fast. Bath & Somerset Guide 2019

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The Barley Mow

Traditional

 Location Rockwell Green, Nr. Wellington, TA21 9DA t: 01823 972754 w: www.barleymow.org

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A family-run British pub, The Barley Mow is the beating heart of Rockwell Green and the only pub in this Somerset village. With its spacious beer garden and large car park, The Barley Mow is always bustling with guests, whether they’re popping in for a post-work pint or enjoying a tasty three-course meal.

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‘...spacious beer garden...’ Inside, you’ll be greeted by a cosy interior while the adjacent dining room provides the perfect location for private functions. Once you’ve ordered a pint of real ale or a refreshing glass of white wine, take a seat and unwind while you catch up with friends and colleagues. If you’re ordering from the food menu, Open: Mon 5pm-11pm; you’ll be delighted to find a selection laden with hearty pub classics. Why not Tues-Thurs noon-3pm, order some garlic bread to split with your party? The mains offer excellent value 5pm-11pm; for money in terms of quality and portion size – you certainly won’t go home Fri & Sat noon-midnight; hungry after one of these homemade Sun noon-10.30pm delights. Opt for a flavoursome fish Food Served: Tues-Thurs pie topped with creamy mash and noon-2pm, 5pm-8pm; served with fresh vegetables, or Fri & Sat noon-3pm, select the rich lamb shank with mint 5pm-8pm; Sun noon-2pm gravy. On Friday night, diners are treated to the weekly steak night and on Sunday The Barley Mow plays host to a sumptuous carvery, offering a choice of meats and all the trimmings.

The George Inn

Traditional

 Location Longbridge Deverill, Nr. Warminster, BA12 7DG t: 0844 502 2909 w: www.the-georgeinn.co.uk e: info@the-georgeinn.co.uk

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With unbeatable views of the River Wylye, The George Inn is situated in the beautiful village of Longbridge Deverill within an acre of its own grassland. You’ll find this traditional coaching inn on the edge of the Cranborne Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, just a short drive from Shaftesbury and Salisbury. Its 12 tastefully decorated rooms provide a peaceful countryside retreat for weekend visitors.

£19 to

£27

Open: Mon-Thurs 8am-10am, noon-2.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Fri noon-midnight; Sat noon-11pm; Sun noon-10.30pm

With its stunning location and beautiful rooms, The George Inn seems to have everything. But the jewel in this pub’s crown is its delicious menu of food. The dedicated chefs provide fresh, wholesome meals, using locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Children are also offered their own menu.

Indulge in a gooey baked Camembert followed by a juicy sirloin steak with chunky hand-cut chips, or plump for homemade spiced falafel, and a spicy vegetable Thai curry. Craving one of the classics? Opt for a traditional steak, ale and mushroom pie, or a plate of crispy battered cod with chips, peas and tartare sauce. If you’re popping in for one of the pub’s real ales or refreshing beers, why not order a bar snack too? There’s a choice of sandwiches, jacket potatoes and salads, as well as heartier mains such as beef, chicken and halloumi burgers. 48

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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

SS 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 £15 to atmosphere – perfect for a quiet chat while you’re enjoying the many local ales £25 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 Wayne Greenfield (chef profile page 55), 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. The Montague Inn can offer Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, private dining for individuals or 6pm-midnight; Sun noon-4pm 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.

Archangel

Traditional

 Location 1 King Street, Frome, BA11 1BH t: 0844 502 9805 w: www.archangelfrome.com e: hello@archangelfrome.com

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Nestled among the cobbled streets of Frome, the Archangel combines classical charm with modern comfort. Enjoy a signature cocktail in the casual elegance of the bar, or dine in the Cube restaurant. Spread across several glass mezzanine levels, the contemporary dining space features artistically distressed brick walls decorated with local artworks. In summer the enchanting courtyard is also the backdrop for regular live music performances and al fresco dining.

£23 to

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Whether you visit for breakfast, lunch or supper, Archangel is renowned for its exceptional menu. Evening visitors might start with the likes of maple-smoked trout or Somerset rarebit with apple, grape and pickled walnut salad. For mains tuck into juicy duck breast with noisette potatoes and roasted onion purée. Why not finish on a triumphant note with a delectable pudding? Discover passion fruit fool with Muscovado sugar meringue, or rich dark chocolate Food Served: Mon-Fri mousse with indulgent raspberry 7.30am-10am, noon-2.30pm, sorbet and chocolate soil. With 6pm-9.30pm; dishes as delicious as they are Sat 8.30am-10am, beautifully presented, every visit noon-4.30pm, 6pm-9.30pm; Sun 8.30am-10am, is a delight. Seamlessly blending noon-4.30pm, 6pm-9pm old-fashioned luxury and modern amenities, Archangel also boasts ten characterful bedrooms. How better to enjoy a country escape than surrounded by striking murals, oak floors and chic freestanding baths? Bath & Somerset Guide 2019

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Hope & Anchor

Traditional

 Location Midford Road, Midford, BA2 7DD t: 0844 625 2397 w: www.hopeandanchormidford.co.uk e: hopemidford@gmail.com Sitting right on the Bath Two Tunnels cycle track, you can reach the ivy-clad Hope & Anchor in just ten minutes by car from Bath, or via a scenic 20-minute bike ride that takes you through the famous tunnels and right into the pub car park. This independently run historic pub is the perfect spot to rest up and enjoy a well-earned pint of local ale or cider, and to tuck into a tasty lunch or delicious dinner in relaxed surroundings.

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‘...the perfect spot in which to enjoy an al fresco pint...’ Open: Mon-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sat & Sun 11.30am-10.30pm Food Served: Mon-Fri noon-2pm, 6pm-9pm; Sat & Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm

The regular menu, which is packed with classic British favourites, is supplemented by ever-changing specials. Fine, fresh produce is put to good use in dishes such as homemade sausages; steak and ale pie; salmon and smoked haddock fishcake with tarragon and caper mayo, and pan-fried loin of pork, alongside several delicious vegetarian dishes.

‘...independently run...’

The pub boasts a sheltered garden, which is the perfect spot in which to enjoy an al fresco pint in summer. Dogs will enjoy the fresh air and are very welcome to relax in the bar, while families are well catered for in terms of both the food offering and the atmosphere. With a varied offering, great location and friendly team, this country pub comes up trumps.

The Camelot

Traditional

 Location Chapel Road, South Cadbury, Nr. Yeovil, BA22 7EX t: 0844 502 8856 w: www.camelotpub.co.uk e: enquiries@camelotpub.co.uk

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Set in the village of South Cadbury, The Camelot is located just five minutes’ walk from the historic Cadbury Camp – an Iron Age hillfort that boasts excellent views of the Mendips, the Quantock Hills and Exmoor. Inside, the relaxed atmosphere creates the perfect environment in which to unwind after a morning hike, and is equally suited to a laid-back evening drink with friends.

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£27

Behind the bar there’s a selection of West Country scrumpy, as well as real ale and carefully selected wine. Select your tipple of choice and take a seat in the cosy lounge area before ordering from the varied menu. As a dog-friendly pub, The Camelot provides a warm welcome to four-legged friends. Food is served at The Camelot throughout the day and dishes are crafted with locally sourced produce. Whet your appetite with a starter: try the flavoursome garlic mushrooms, or opt for some classic whitebait with a refreshing salad Open: Mon-Thurs garnish. When choosing your noon-3pm, 5pm-11pm; main, you’ll be spoilt for choice by Fri & Sat 11am-11pm; the range of delicious pub classics Sun noon-10.30pm on offer. For vegetarians, there’s a mushroom burger topped with Stilton or Brie, while the succulent steak with tomatoes, peas, chips and salad is a firm favourite with meat-lovers. The Camelot also hosts a variety of events in the evening, including live music, themed gatherings and skittles. 50

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The Windwhistle Inn

Traditional

 Location Cricket St Thomas, Chard, TA20 4DQ t: 0844 502 3067 Dating back to the 17th century, this attractive pub was once a notorious smuggler’s haunt and still retains an air of historical, roguish charm. The original building has been extended to incorporate a peaceful restaurant, a function room and a large conservatory where the popular Sunday carvery is served. Conveniently located just off the A30, The Windwhistle Inn is set in five acres of beautifully maintained garden, perfect for a day out with children and energetic pups.

SS £20 to

£31

Freshness is at the heart of The Windwhistle Inn’s philosophy and amongst the locally sourced produce you’ll often find fruit and vegetables picked fresh from the venue’s garden. We opted to start with a shared plate of nachos laden with cheese, guacamole, sour cream and salsa – it was delightful, and a scattering of jalapeños added a welcome kick. For the main event, my partner opted for a delectable butternut squash, beetroot and goat’s cheese burger Open: Mon-Sat noon-3pm, with a generous portion of chips 6pm-11pm; Sun noon-10pm and coleslaw. Showcasing a wonderful combination of flavours, it exceeded all expectations. I sampled the 10oz sirloin steak, which was cooked to perfection and served with some of the best onion rings I’ve ever tasted. We finished with a spectacular lemon sponge – striking the perfect balance of sweet and tart, it was a joy to eat.

Lowtrow Cross Inn

Traditional

 Location Upton, Nr. Taunton, TA4 2DB t: 0844 625 7325 w: www.lowtrowcrossinn.wordpress.com

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Nestled on the edge of Exmoor National Park in the beautiful village of Upton, Lowtrow Cross Inn is a quintessential country pub with fantastic bed and breakfast accommodation to boot. The building dates back to the 17th century when it operated as a working farm, and the present-day pub retains its rustic charm, complete with roaring open fires and exposed wooden ceiling beams.

£18 to

£30

Those visiting can expect a friendly welcome from staff and regulars, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere that puts you at ease from the moment you step through the door. If it’s a bite to eat you’re after, you’ll be more than satisfied with the food on offer at Lowtrow Cross Inn. Start with the likes of farmhouse pâté, homemade Thai crabcakes with sweet chilli dipping sauce, or beer-battered squid rings. To follow, there’s a brilliant selection of dishes to choose from, including steak and ale pie, tender slow-cooked lamb shank and pan-fried Newland cod served atop champ mash with mussels and creamy leek sauce. You’ll also find a selection Food Served: of tasty burgers and succulent grill Mon-Sun noon-9pm options, and food can be ordered to take away. If you fancy a weekend away, why not make the Lowtrow Cross Inn your base? Each of the three newly refurbished en-suite bedrooms has all the amenities you could need for a comfortable stay, along with thoughtful touches that make for a memorable experience. Well-behaved dogs are welcome too, so there’s no need to leave your pooch at home. Bath & Somerset Guide 2019

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The King’s Arms

Traditional

 Location Bishopston, Montacute, Nr. Yeovil, TA15 6UU t: 0844 502 2932 w: www.thekingsarmsinn.co.uk e: info@thekingsarmsinn.co.uk

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Nestled in the pretty village of Montacute, this family-run inn dates back to the 17th century. Adjacent to the National Trust’s Montacute House, The King’s Arms is ideal for visitors to the area but also has a wonderful reputation with locals, having earned several TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence.

£20 to

£31

Inside The King’s Arms you’ll find two stunning dining rooms: the Abbey Room offers exquisite views of the neighbouring church, while the Fountain Room is relaxed, spacious and light. Stop by for lunch or dinner and enjoy a delicious meal of freshly made British classics. Mains on the lunchtime menu include pork and chorizo burger with paprika mayonnaise, a luxurious fish pie, and tasty aubergine Parmigiana. In the evening, traditionalists will love the battered fish and chips and the gorgeous honey- and mustard-glazed ham, while those with a more adventurous palate might plump for the Thai-spiced lamb burger or the Open: succulent duck breast with celeriac Mon-Sat noon-3pm, 6pm-9pm; purée, wilted pak choi and five spice Sun noon-3pm, 6pm-8.30pm jus. During the summertime, enjoy your meal with a cool pint or glass of wine in the pub’s charming garden. In addition to its impressive food offering, The King’s Arms also boasts 15 comfortable rooms. Whether you’re exploring the surrounding countryside or looking for a peaceful weekend retreat, a warm welcome awaits you at this recently refurbished inn.

The Swan at Kingston

Traditional

 Location Taunton Road, Kingston St Mary, Nr. Taunton, TA2 8HW t: 0844 502 3383 w: www.swanpubkingston.co.uk e: swanpubkingston@gmail.com

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A real heart of the community, The Swan at Kingston offers a warm welcome to locals and visitors alike. Attractively decorated, with squashy armchairs by a roaring fire, painted stone walls and exposed wooden beams, this venue is bursting with traditional charm. In warmer months the verdant beer garden is also delightful, and guests planning private parties can book a small marquee for their exclusive use. For a more casual evening with friends, the pub’s fresh new seasonal menu and extremely talented chef make dining here an irresistible proposition.

£17 to

£23

I couldn’t resist starting with breaded Brie with cranberry sauce, while my wife chose the deliciously rich, coarse farmhouse pâté with apple and ale chutney. After the mouth-watering starters, we moved on to equally tasty mains. For me, a juicy 7oz sirloin steak cooked to perfection, served with on-the-vine tomatoes, flat mushrooms, Open: crisp hand-cut chunky chips and Mon-Sat noon-11pm; homemade peppercorn sauce. Sun noon-10.30pm My wife opted for flavoursome pan-fried salmon fillet with crushed lemon and herb potatoes. To indulge a sweet-tooth we finished with a beautifully smooth and light vanilla panna cotta with raspberries and a heavenly sticky toffee pudding. After a truly excellent experience overall, we can’t recommend The Swan at Kingston highly enough. 52

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The Pheasant Inn

Traditional

 Location Wells Road, Wookey, Nr. Wells, BA5 1LQ t: 0844 502 9054 w: www.thepheasantinnwookey.co.uk Located just outside Wells, The Pheasant Inn is the epitome of traditional country charm. This dog-friendly pub is surrounded by beautiful walks and cycle routes, making it the perfect base from which to explore the area. Pop in to refresh yourself with a pint of real ale, or to sample the gin of the week. The menu is overflowing with fantastic options, and the chef breathes new life into a wealth of classic dishes. Tuck into hearty plates of hunter’s chicken, creamy fish pie or succulent pork belly with Dauphinoise potatoes. It’s also worth checking out the daily changing specials board where the chef’s creativity really comes into play. In the warmer months the beer garden is the ideal place to while away the hours, whereas the skittles alley comes into its own during winter. The Pheasant also prides itself on its monthly live music – the perfect way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Check out the website for the latest dates.

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£30

Open: Tues-Fri 5pm-11pm; Sat noon-3pm, 5pm-midnight; Sun noon-11pm

Thai Basil Restaurant

Thai

 Location 90a Walcot Street, Bath, BA1 5BG t: 0844 502 7387 w: www.thaibasilbath.co.uk 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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£20

Open: Tues-Sat noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10.30pm; Sun noon-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm

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Chef Profile

Adam Kennington – Swan Hotel – Pg 4 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.

‘...modern techniques and stunning presentation...’ Driven by the adrenaline rush of a busy service, he strives to meet these principles and focuses on sourcing the best-quality produce. It’s safe to say that Adam has worked hard to achieve his success, which has so far culminated in two AA rosettes and the restaurant’s continued appearance in The Michelin Guide. Other career highlights include cooking for actors Johnny Depp and John Malkovich in Wells during filming of The Libertine. Chef Profile

Fred Lavault – Eight – Pg 9 Fred Lavault, the talented chef at the helm of Eight, was first introduced to the world of professional cooking in France. His mother was a chef in a restaurant in the Dordogne and Fred learned an early love of cooking when he secured a summer job there. He has since developed his skills working as a chef in Tuscany, London and in Provence, where he and his wife owned a restaurant. These different influences have given his cooking style the fun, imaginative touches that really allow the high-quality ingredients to shine.

‘...learned an early love of cooking...’ The husband-and-wife team have since opened their new restaurant in Bath, and Fred’s creativity really shows on the new menu. It’s not hard to see why only seven months after opening, Eight was named one of The Guardian’s top 50 best hotels and B&Bs in the UK.

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Mark Potts – The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa – Pg 13 Mark Potts, head chef at the illustrious Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa, has achieved the optimum balance between excellence and consistency. His maxim is that good food should be simple and seasonal. To achieve this Mark selects the freshest produce reared, grown and foraged in the surrounding area, showcasing it to its best natural advantage.

‘...exquisite flavour with superb presentation...’ With a strong network of local suppliers, there’s no shortage of exciting new ingredients to work with. Mark’s first priority is to ensure that every customer leaves happy and that everything that leaves his kitchen meets the same exceptional standard. His dishes combine exquisite flavour with superb presentation. It’s not hard to see why Mark has achieved three AA rosettes in the last two kitchens he’s worked in, but he believes that the Mount Somerset kitchen team can achieve a whole lot more. 54

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Sam McKean – Stag’s Head Inn – Pg 15

Chef Profile

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

‘...his own unique interpretation of food from the local land...’

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

Wayne Greenfield – The Montague Inn – Pg 49

Chef Profile

Wayne Greenfield, recently appointed head chef at the charming Montague Inn, developed an early love of cooking. He has a passion for local produce, relishing the diversity of flavours found in fresh, seasonal ingredients. Wayne especially enjoys working with cheese, and sources a great variety from numerous local suppliers. He possesses a wealth of creativity and those who sample his cooking can’t fail to be impressed by the imaginative dishes on offer.

‘...possesses a wealth of creativity...’ Wayne believes that every dish should be as beautifully presented as it is delicious, and with this policy his cooking is destined to please. His aim is to produce food that is the talk of his local area, and to combine the appeal of great ale and a beautiful sunny patio garden, with the sort of dishes that turn visitors into regulars.

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Index Anise – Taunton ........................................................27 Aqua – Bath .............................................................26 Archangel – Frome ...................................................49 Barley Mow, The – Rockwell Green ..........................48 Bath’s Historic Party Venues – Bath .........................31 Beach Hotel, The – Minehead .....................................4 Bistrot Pierre – Bath, Weston-super-Mare.................23 Boathouse, The – Bath ..............................................42 Browns Brasserie & Bar – Bath ..................................8 Butchers Arms, The – Farmborough ..........................44 Camelot, The – South Cadbury ..................................50 Carpenters Arms – Chilthorne Domer ........................45 Castle Bow – Taunton ...............................................12 Cat Head Inn – Chiselborough ...................................20 Chequers, The – Bath..................................................7 Chez Dominique – Bath.............................................22 Clayton’s Kitchen – Bath ..........................................25 Cloisters Restaurant – Bath ......................................11 Combe House Hotel – Holford ...................................19 Cotley Inn, The – Wambrook.....................................13 Cow & Apple – Yeovil ...............................................29 Crown and Victoria – Tintinhull ................................16 Crown, The – Winford...............................................46 Cumberwell Park – Great Cumberwell .......................24 Dan Moon at The Gainsborough – Bath .....................10 Dining Room at Whatley Manor, The – Malmesbury ...12 Dog & Fox Inn, The – Bradford-on-Avon ...................44 Eat The Bird – Taunton.............................................28 Eight – Bath ..............................................................9 Exmoor White Horse Inn, The – Exford ......................5 George Hotel, The – Castle Cary ...............................37 George Inn – Gurney Slade .......................................41 George Inn, The – Longbridge Deverill ......................48 George Inn, The – Nunney .........................................21 Grey’s Brasserie at Whatley Manor – Malmesbury.......6 Griffin Inn, The – Bath .............................................18 Hall & Woodhouse Portishead – Portishead ...............38 Hall & Woodhouse at Bath – Bath ............................38 Hare & Hounds, The – Bath ......................................36 Hatch Inn, The – Hatch Beauchamp ..........................18 56

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Henry’s – Bath ...........................................................6 Holcombe Inn, The – Holcombe ................................30 Hope & Anchor – Midford.........................................50 Hubbox – Taunton ...................................................29 Juno – Bath .............................................................37 King John Inn, The – Tollard Royal............................16 King’s Arms, The – Montacute .................................52 Langford, The – Fivehead..........................................17 Locksbrook Inn, The – Bath ......................................33 Lowtrow Cross Inn – Upton ......................................51 Marlborough Tavern, The – Bath ...............................35 Masons Arms, The – Frome ......................................47 Menu Gordon Jones – Bath .........................................3 Montague Inn, The – Shepton Montague ..................49 Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa, The – Henlade ...........13 New Inn, The – Blagdon ...........................................46 Northey Arms, The – Box .........................................32 Old Crown Inn, The – Kelston ....................................22 Old Green Tree, The – Bath ......................................46 Orchard Inn, The – Taunton ......................................14 Pheasant Inn, The – Wookey .....................................53 Planet, The – Taunton ...............................................39 Pump Room, The – Bath ...........................................40 Railway Inn – Sandford ............................................40 Ring of Bells, The – Taunton ....................................43 Rising Sun Inn, The – Bath .......................................44 Roman Baths Kitchen, The – Bath .............................24 Royal Crescent Hotel & Spa, The – Bath......................8 Seafoods – Bath .......................................................27 Seven Stars, The – Winsley .......................................34 Stag’s Head Inn – Yarlington ....................................15 Swan at Kingston, The – Kingston St Mary ...............52 Swan Hotel – Wells ....................................................4 Thai Basil Restaurant – Bath ....................................53 Wheatsheaf, The – Corston........................................14 Widcombe Deli – Bath ..............................................39 Windwhistle Inn, The – Chard ...................................51 World’s End, The – Bradford-on-Tone .......................42 York Inn, The – Taunton ............................................47


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