The location of attractions is intended only as a guide. Distances are 'as the crow flies'.
'Great food in the heart of the Quantocks'. A traditional inn with a varied, locally sourced menu and real ales - the perfect Somerset stop-off. The interior is cosy and welcoming, yet spacious and well-renovated, with spotlights highlighting the traditional features.
Fantastic gastro pub
We are so lucky to have a fantastic gastro pub on our doorstep for all guests at Bashford Lodge to walk to. Open 7 days a week, for lunch and evening meals. Booking essential at the weekend.
Kilve Beach sits halfway between Minehead and Bridgwater. A rolling grassy expanse meeting a rocky beach peppered with rock pools, Kilve is picnic paradise. A Site of Special Scientific Interest, the beach is also home to lots of fossils, including ammonites and reptile remains. Just remember, you are not allowed to dig them directly out of the cliffs though.
Park in the village and take the track up alongside the Rising Sun pub (good for a pre or after walk meal and the food is excellent). It's pretty steep and rocky in places so you'll need walking boots or sturdy shoes. Once ontop of the hill turn left and follow the path through ancient woodland until you reach the wide open moorland area up to Wills Neck trig point. This is the highest point of the Quantocks with stunning panoramic views across the Bristol Channel and South Wales to the north, Glastonbury, Wells and Somerset Levels to the east and the Blackdown and Brendon Hills to the south and west. If you are lucky you will see the herd of wild ponies who live on the Quantocks and are fairly tame. Footpaths stretch for miles in all directions and you can either explore the area or return back the way you came.
On the fringes of the Quantock Hills, Nether Stowey is a village where rural community spirit is alive and well – perhaps the fact that three busy pubs still thrive here is testament to this. The most famous former resident of Nether Stowey is the legendary poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge; his passion for walking the hills and valleys of this beautiful countryside is commemorated in the Coleridge Way, a magnificent 36 mile trail that crosses the Quantocks on its way to Exmoor.
The Ancient Mariner pub
Lovely for Sunday lunch although menu was limited to mainly roasts
Home cooked food and cakes served in a lovely setting overlooking the Quantocks. Panoramic view, outdoor sun deck, ample parking and dog friendly, a great please to stop when out and about in the area.
Lemon Drizzle Cake, YUM
Best lemon drizzle cake I have ever had. Lovely local Miles tea and coffee, delicious.
Forty acres of loveliness including streams, temples, woodland and terraces. The garden features Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian influences.
Thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon at Hestercombe, beautiful gardens, waterfalls and views! Great shop too and dog friendly too.
Quite simply stunning , superb gardens and house . A beautiful location with superb views. The coffee shop is well worth a visit and the restaurant if you have more time .
All the staff were very friendly and gave an excellent impression.
This is exactly the way to manage these houses . Take note National Trust at Montacute . I know which house we shall return to .
A pretty18th century inn strategically placed on the old turnpike road on the edge of the village. Call in for lunch or dinner with a seasonally changing menu and specials. Children are welcome and ample parking is available.
Had Sunday lunch on 4th June. Food delivered quickly and was very good. Seems to be a good choice on the menu and staff very pleasant. Good parking and easily accessible from Taunton. Would definitely pay a second visit.
This 18th century former coaching house is well situated between the Quantocks and Exmoor National Park. If you are out and about for day pop in for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Great local pub in Halse
Good atmosphere in this pub, with the locals. Good pub food, reasonably priced.
Take a walk in the pleasure grounds of pioneering 19th Century electrician Andrew Crosse, which are now a nature reserve. Or plan your outings in the lovely Quantocks countryside at the visitor centre here.
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