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Column Room Restaurant at Hestercombe Gardens
Overlooking the Blackdown Hills, The Column Room Restaurant at Hestercombe enjoys some of the best views in Taunton, taking in the stunning Victorian Terrace and beyond over the Great Plat and the greater Taunton vale.
With Somerset’s legacy of fresh, abundant local ingredients, it’s no surprise the county is home to national and world-famous produce. Somerset’s culinary offering is readily available across the county, with farm shops and delicatessens stocking a plethora of fresh and artisan local food and drink.
Somerset’s butchery offering doesn’t disappoint, offering a superb range of locally reared meat, poultry and game. Meanwhile, dairy herds grazing in the county’s rich pastures produce the creamy milk perfect for cheese making - including the county’s signature cheddar cheeses, named after the Somerset village it was founded in. Somerset is one of the biggest cider counties in the UK and this much-loved drink can be found in many variations throughout the county. With so much on offer, it’s not hard to find somewhere to sample authentic Somerset flavours.
Somerset’s rich soil and gentle climate are ideal for cider-making. We drink more cider in the UK than anywhere else in the world and it is good to see the orchards returning to Somerset after many disappeared during a dip in the drink’s popularity a few decades ago.
The first recorded mention of cider presses as a source of income here is in 1230 in a Royal Charter granted to the Bishop of Bath even though we know the Romans grew apples in Britain. Today we have a refreshing mix of farms that have been making cider for generations and new young businesses; large concerns selling internationally and tiny orchards using community presses.
There is something special about sampling a product where it is made. Myrtle Farm, at the foot of the Mendips, is where the Thatcher family has been making cider for more than 100 years and is a perfect day out. Torre Cider at Washford has a tea room and orchard walks. (164)
Going together like strawberries and cream are cider and Cheddar. Where better to sample it than in its birthplace? The Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company is the only producer of Cheddar left in the village. Its cheese, maturing in Gough’s Cave, is a memorable sight. Having mentioned strawberries, we should say that at one time Cheddar Valley strawberries were famous and even had their own train on The Strawberry Line. It is still possible to find them locally and well worth the effort. Recently added to Somerset menus are Porlock Bay oysters, Exmoor Caviar, Newton House Gin from Yeovil and farmed trout.
Its not just food and drink either with many famous other brands orginating fro our glorious county such as the global brand Mulberry and the internationally renound Somerset Toiletry Company that has flourished into an International business with toiletries sold in over 50 countries. Renowned for bath, body and home fragrance products that vary from richly classical to wonderfully innovative, its just another reason to enjoy more of what our glorious county has to offer.
A chocolate box thatched pub with an outstanding reputation for food and service in a quiet village close to Yeovil. With en suite rooms, Shepherds hut, luxurious cottage, campsite and microbrewery on site as well as a pretty beer garden and wood fired pizza oven it has just about something for everyone!
Sheppy’s House of Cider is nestled between Taunton and Wellington and is the beating heart of Somerset’s oldest family-owned cidermaking company. The Apple Bay Restaurant features artisan menus, the farm shop encompasses a butcher’s counter and deli, and the shop itself stocks the entire award-winning range of Sheppy’s premium craft Somerset cider.
In the green heart of Somerset, a retail retreat unfolds…
Taunton's most chic spot to catch up with friends, enjoy a meal with the family or a romantic dinner. Whether you're looking for healthy or hearty, you'll find it at Brazz.
Open Monday - Saturday 9.00am - 6.00pm (with last orders at 5pm) and Sunday 9.00am - 5.30pm, Meadows Restaurant and Tea rooms offers locally sourced, great quality, home-style hot and cold food.
A visit to the Regency Tea Room is very much part of the Jane Austen Centre experience.
Fantastic venue open to non residents during low season, refurbished in 2018 with a stage, bar, coffee shop and pub grub.
Sheppy’s House of Cider Visitor Centre is nestled between Taunton and Wellington and is the beating heart of Somerset’s oldest family-owned cidermaking company.
Our Feathers Bar has been elegantly designed and refurbished with comfort in mind. Open daily for morning coffee, drinks, real ales, snacks, afternoon tea and cakes proving a popular place to relax with residents and non-residents alike.
Come and stay at The West Country’s newest hotel. Great value family breaks all year round.
Somerset self catering barns converted to high standard with indoor pool.
Great food, great drink, great accommodation, great service – all wrapped up in a unique boutique.
Welcome to Brean Country Club, the home of Brean Golf Club and Somerset’s new wedding & events venue
Visit Britain’s biggest gorge, take in the dramatic cliffs rising up 450ft.
Relax and unwind at The Cleve Spa…