Historical & Cultural
The Bishops Palace
East Lambrook Manor Gardens
Fantastic events across Somerset West and Taunton this month!
Somerset Towns and Villages
Popular Somerset Towns
Visiting, Staying & Living in Somerset
Somerset Wedding and Event Venues
Fascinating Somerset Facts
Somerset Food, Drink & More!
B&B. Guest Houses
Camping & Glamping
Farm Holidays Somerset
Holiday Parks Somerset
Somerset Self Catering
Stay In Bath
Bath Self Catering
The Loft & Lounge Bar
Experience and enjoy the sophisticated atmosphere that Street's newest venue now offers.
Set over two floors with a secluded alfresco terrace, the ground floor bar offers an extensive range of wines, Champagnes, beers, as well its own brand of home brewed craft ale.
Pillars has been sympathetically refurbished to acknowledge its entertainment history throughout the decades.
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.
Looking for unique, luxury gifts for friends and family? Swing by our boutique gift store in Clutton (on the A37) and grab a coffee and cake to go! Discover delicious freshly baked cakes and the best coffee around!
AN APPLEY TWIST TO SOME WELL-KNOWN FAVOURITES WITH THATCHERS BLOOD ORANGE CIDER COCKTAILS
4 x 500ml bottles of Thatchers Haze cider½ cup orange juice2 x 500ml bottles ginger beer or ginger ale1 sliced apple1 sliced orangeIceRum (optional)
275ml Thatchers Haze cider25ml shot of premium quality gin such as Thatchers Orchard Cut GinMintCucumber, lime and red apple to garnish
Sheppy’s House of Cider is nestled between Taunton and Wellington and is the beating heart of Somerset’s oldest family-owned cider-making 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.
We’re a family farm and dairy business that’s grown into Britain’s largest organic brand. Somerset is our home, our workplace and the backdrop and inspiration for everything we do. We’ve been farming and making dairy products in Blagdon since 1961. Our business has grown with farms across the Mendips and production sites across Somerset employing over 1,700 people.
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.
Situated in the historic stables and cart house at Hestercombe Gardens, the Stables Restaurant and Caffè + Gelato are the perfect places to indulge with some delicious, home-made food.
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.
Built in 1795, the Pump Room is one of the most elegant and historical buildings in the country, and still today after more than 300 years people come together to celebrate in this unique venue.
Steart Marshes and the beautiful River Parrett Estuary on the doorstep .
Self catering cottages and lodges in Somerset on the edge of Exmoor National Park near Minehead
Great Holiday Park just yards from the beautiful Sand Bay Beach
Discover an enormous range of willow baskets made by our team of skilled craftsmen and women.
Sharpham Park is a 300 acre estate in the heart of the Somerset Levels.