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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.
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.
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.
Nestled in the rolling North Somerset countryside stands one of the region’s most popular destination spa hotels.
Come and visit our fabulous new coffee house! Delicious breakfasts, cream teas and homemade cakes – sharing boards, summer salads and light lunches – a la carte evening dining, sundowner cocktails and GinSpiration drinks menu. Not to mention the locally roasted specialty Brazier coffees and Somerset Miles teas!We offer a stylish and relaxing atmosphere set within the grounds of The Cleve, a historic country house and spa. We boast ample parking and a beautiful garden to soak up the stunning Somerset views. And if you have time to spare, take a sneaky peak in our spa…!Dogs more than welcome.
Whether you want a sit down lunch, a take away cup of coffee to sip as you wander the grounds or have brought your own picnic there's plenty of options at Dunster Castle.
The Florentine is a stylish bistro café situated in the Winter Gardens Pavilion. We serve a selection of cakes, sandwiches and hot food, as well as a selection of hot and cold drinks.
Classic Cottages have been holiday cottage specialists for the South west since 1977
Come and stay at The West Country’s newest hotel. Great value family breaks all year round.
Self-catering holiday cottages situated in the South West of England. Norton Sub Hamdon near Yeovil,
The Victoria Art Gallery is located in the centre of Bath.
Brean Caravan Shop sells a huge range of products.
Discover an enormous range of willow baskets made by our team of skilled craftsmen and women.