The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
Children, dogs and welly boots are all welcome in this newly refurbished pub, all watched over by Alan the Barrington Boar. The bar and restaurant both have good food, and the location in the centre of the village makes it a social hub for local events.
Fantastic, Fantastic, friendly pub with delicious food.
friends and I visited the Barrington Boar whilst staying in the village this weekend. We first visited Fri eve where we enjoyed whole baked plaice in a caper sauce, fish pie, & stuffed aubergine with salad. The main courses were absolutely delicious. Having a coeliac in our party, we asked about gluten free & were told the sauce would not be made with wheat flour. The accompanying salads were huge, fresh and excellent - no rubbish bit of iceberg lettuce & tomato here! A mixture and abundance of salad leaves really impressed us. Desserts of lemon posset were divine, and although the brownie was overcooked, we were cheerily offered something else - no bad atmosphere here! We throughly enjoyed our meal and service was excellent - so much so that we returned on Sunday for lunch after a country ramble with moments of mild to moderate peril gave us a huge appetite. We enjoyed our meal in the garden and again, our coeliac and pescatarian friends were catered to by the owners and chef happily offering the roast dinner with no meat & extra roasties for the coeliac, and homemade Thai style fishcakes with the roast potatoes, for our other friend. An unusual combination, but the didn't phase the Barrington Boar! Again we enjoyed the divine lemon posset, and our chocolate loving friend asked for the brownie again - which was baked to perfection! Again friendly, helpful staff made our meal a very enjoyable experience. We all agreed that we would heartily recommend The Barrington Boar to all our friends visiting the area and look forward to eating there again when we return to Somerset. Thanks to all at The Barrington Boar for two truly delicious and welcoming visits!
Charmouth has to be one of the most famous places for collecting fossils in the world. Part of Dorset's World Heritage Jurassic Coast; many a happy hour can be spent scouring the beach for ammonites and belemnites.
Lovely beach, brilliant for fossil hunting
Take a fossil hunting guided walk or boat trip. No sand but plenty to keep the kids amused.
The hours seem to have a habit of slipping by while you're wandering along hunting for fossils on this stretch of coast. The kids love the excitement of finding an ammonite or debating the authenticity of possible 'dinosaur bones'. Great way to spend an afternoon.
A moderate two and a half mile walk which takes you through some lovely South Somerset countryside and you can visit the grand Ham stone church of Shepton Beauchamp on the way. Suitable for dogs with some stiles, steps and kissing gates en route.
Deep in the rolling Somerset countryside, Ilminster, with its imposing church and the winding River Ile, is a vision of pastoral beauty. One of the town’s best-loved attractions is Barrington Court, a well-preserved manor house with stunning formal gardens, an arboretum and traditional kitchen gardens.
A Tudor manor house with beautiful gardens divided into ‘rooms’. The kitchen garden supplies the restaurant with lovely homegrown produce. Autumn is the best time to visit the arboretum when it is resplendent with rich golden hues.
A beautiful mediaeval court, with eclectic interiors gathered from many old buildings from all over the country - like a jigsaw, and very intriguing. The gardens are very attractive, and the village of Barrington is delightful.
A stunning privately owned Grade 1 listed garden which is renowned as the premier example of the English cottage garden. Please check their Web site for opening times.
I have some new inspiration
Not any old garden but actually the garden created by the pioneer of the traditional cottage garden…. Marjory Fish , 77 years ago….
The intensity of the planting took my breath away – the sheer variety of shapes, sizes and colours, shoulder to shoulder with each other so that you cannot see the earth is stunning. This is a place that will amaze even the least green fingered of us. With Manor in the title I had a preconception of formal lawns, demure statues and marble benches and wide pathways. Not so, this was a forest, a deliberate jungle.
Best of all is that this tranquil place is literally minutes off the A303 – a perfect easy stop off for anyone on the long journey down into the West Country. There is a little café at East Lambrook Manor and across the road a really good pub.
My garden, such as it is, is a little desert by comparison but now, even though it is a very small space, I have some new inspiration.
There's lots to see in these cottage-style gardens and it was great to have so many plants for sale!
An exceptional Elizabethan house filled with treasures, including 17th Century textile samplers and Elizabethan art. This house featured in the 1995 film ‘Sense and Sensibility’.
A lovely house and location . It was a pity it was spoilt by a very heavy handed and hard sell approach in the ticket office to join the N.T. I had to be very persistent to get into the house and gardens without joining up .
Once we had managed to get in we had another issue with an officious lady in the long room who basically told us off for taking the wrong staircase up . It turned out that a rope had not been put in place . How were we to know! Other staff members tried to make up for this and were excellent but the impression overall was poor.
Another West Country gem to consider when in the Somerset or Dorset areas. Although the house was endowed to NT as an empty shell much work has been done by introducing surplus items from other properties and there is a current fascinating exhibition from the National Portrait Gallery which is a must.
Quirky mini farm shop selling home grown veg and crazy varieties of garlic from all over the world, grown and supplied by Rowswell's Farm in Barrington.
Why not take a walk up this iconic, legendary Tor? Well worth the effort, you will have spectacular views across 3 counties. Dogs must be on a lead and there are no public conveniences.
It's well worth the initially steep climb up the tor for the amazing panoramic views from the summit - we parked in Glastonbury itself, walked up through the town and past the Chalice Well to tackle the steepest slope first, which meant an easier walk down the 'back' of the tor and a stroll through countryside to get back to the top of the town. Plenty of tea shops and cafes to refuel at when you get back!
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