We’ve brought together a few like-minded pioneers at the start of each section of our brochure, passionate people who follow a similar ethos and encapsulate a little bit of where they live. Read a bit more about each one here on our blog because the way we see it, a holiday is more than just the place where you lay your head for the night. We want you to fully immerse yourself in what the South West is all about, see the sights, hear the sounds and fall in love with the local way of life.
And so we introduce...
Having grown up in Somerset, James Simpson and his wife spent a few years living and working in and around Scandinavia, ‘it was so beautiful that I made a promise to myself that I would never live anywhere unless it had that same sort of beauty’. He went back to his roots in 2009 and realised that that beauty had always been around him, ‘but familiarity had stopped me noticing’. Somerset was home again.
‘We love the pace in Somerset; fast enough to keep you busy but slow enough to be able to enjoy life. We love the food culture throughout the county, a hotbed of small food and drink producers who make amazing things, and plenty of primary producers for quality ingredients. We also love the sense of community, each village and town has its own special quirks and events, making it a wonderful place to raise a family. Basically, we love where we live.’
‘Living and working around the foothills of the Mendips we are spoilt with lush green rolling hills, wide open moorland, fantastic farmland and rural settlements with thriving markets. One of our core business values is having a love of our county and we have our pick of farmers to supply quality raw materials – what could be more Somerset than pork and cider?’
‘This area has held onto important aspects of the past without being afraid of welcoming the new and as a result, the foodie world has grown around us with new eateries and outlets catering to everyone’s tastes. Somerset Charcuterie is proud to be a part of keeping Somerset sharply in focus when it comes to quality food.
Somerset Charcuterie are relative newcomers to the artisanal meat market, but it was always meant to be, with Andy growing up on a pig farm and James part of a community farming collective, they came together over a pint of cider at a local lawn-mower race. Now this story is what we love at Classic, it's what our Pub Philosophy is all about, getting under the skin of a local community and winkling out the stories only told by the old man in the corner of the pub.
But Somerset Charcuterie is a bit more upmarket than that. It takes the best Somerset pork and handmakes it into proper produce with all the right ingredients. Enjoy their flavour on the Somerset Charcuterie website.
If you'd like to experience their lush green rolling hills, have a look at our holiday cottages in Somerset.
Images by Mike Searle Photography