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.
Hanover Street Bistro
Situated within the Bristol Hippodrome Piano Bar, Hanover Street Bistro is a stylish dining establishment serving a delicious menu.
Country cafe tea room near Wedmore & Glastonbury & Street, Somerset
Discover real ales, log burning fires and great British pub food at The Farrington Inn.
We are the only cheesemakers left in Cheddar and you can watch whilst we show you how we make a traditional cheddar.Say ‘Somerset’ and most people think of Cheddar cheese so it is fitting that the world’s oldest surviving makers of it should be based here. To go with it, we make the perfect accompaniment, cider. These are not the only treats to sample on a foodie tour of the County which could take in oysters from Exmoor, strawberries from Cheddar, Trout from the Quantocks and of course a Somerset Cream Tea.
A favourite watering hole in the Bristol pub scene, The Bell is located at the bottom of Stokes Croft in central Bristol. This pub is full of character like its local area, with a graffiti mural along the outside wall, and some DJ decks in the corner for Friday and Saturday nights.
The Bower Inn is a beautiful 18th century building surrounded by a picturesque cottage garden on the outskirts of Bridgwater. Set on the edge of the Somerset Levels it’s within easy access from the M5 Motorway and offers a quality country pub, 16-room hotel and 42-seater restaurant.
Lime Kiln Farm offers three beautiful luxury self catering holiday cottages set in stunning Somerset
Luxury Self-catering cottages in the heart of the Quantock Hills.
New House Farm in Walrow is located within a 5-minute drive of the coastal resort of Burnham-on-Sea
You can hire a bike for the day, half day or by the hour.
Visit Britain’s biggest gorge, take in the dramatic cliffs rising up 450ft.
Millfield Enterprises run a number of activity and sport courses for children during the school holi