Places To Eat & Drink in Taunton Deane
Thirty-five years ago Taunton became the birthplace of Taste of the West, now Britain’s largest and most dynamic regional food group representing a staggering 2,000-plus producers and outlets from Tewkesbury to Land’s End.
That was no accident: Taunton lies at the heart of one of the finest and most diverse food-producing regions of Britain.
Local farmers raise award-winning livestock, produce world-class ciders which now sell as far afield as Australia, craft some of the country’s most delicious cheeses – and even grow the blackcurrants for Ribena.
And there’s a whole raft of processors turning out a huge range of specialist products from bread to conserves – and even locally-blended tea.
Many of these have become associate members of Taste of the West, denoting the fact that they use ingredients sourced from local suppliers in their kitchens. But everywhere the accent is on good, fresh and local, because when the ingredients on your doorstep are this good why look elsewhere?
Somerset, with more than 8,500 farmers - more than any other county in the UK – remains the hub of the West Country food sector thanks to its diversity of landscapes and farming systems, its mild climate - and even its water, the softness of which is highly valued by Taunton’s local breweries.
Taunton town centre offers a range of restaurants and pubs to suit all tastes, whether you’re after a quick, satisfying meal or treating someone to a long romantic dinner.
But step outside the town and the choice widens: Taunton is ringed by picturesque villages, many of whose pubs have become destinations for foodies because of the sheer quality of the dishes on offer – a quality which in most cases starts with what is grown and raised in the surrounding countryside.
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