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.
The Watermill Tearoom, Dunster Castle
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.
This traditional inn is a little gem tucked away in the village of Almondsbury, taking its name from the shape of the land surrounding the Severn estuary, which can be seen from the inn.
With plenty to explore around Malmesbury, The Smoking Dog is a perfect pit stop for Bath and the surrounding areas.
The Quarrymans Arms is a friendly family run local Country Pub, located in the village Box on the outskirts of the City of Bath.
The Pig is The Pig is The Pig, it's a one off. Everyone in Bath old enough to drink knows the Pig and they have probably passed many happy summer evenings drinking with friends in our beer garden.
The Pelly, as it's fondly referred to by locals, is set in the centre of Chew Magna in the beautiful Somerset countryside.
Warren Farm is a large family-run holiday centre in Brean, near Burnham-on-Sea.
The Castle Hotel Taunton, Somerset, historic, central with a touch of luxury.
To be found at the very heart of Bath’s fashionable society, No.15 Great Pulteney is elegant
Rifleman Firearms is located on the beautiful Somerset Levels.
You can hire a bike for the day, half day or by the hour.
Browse through an array of beautiful gifts and local produce at the Hestercombe Shop.