Augustus

“Refined simplicity in a Taunton courtyard” - AA Inspector

LOCATION

TAUNTON, SOMERSET

Official Rating
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Awards
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Our Inspector's view

The repeated shrilling of the phone serves notice of the popularity of Richard Guest's stylish, friendly courtyard restaurant in the town centre. There’s a pared-down, contemporary look, with white-painted brick walls and unclothed, dark wood tables complementing the equally modern brasserie-style food.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

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2 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
Augustus
3 The Courtyard, St James Street, TAUNTON, TA1 1JR
Phone : 01823 324354

Features

Facilities
  • Seats: 40
Accessibility
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Days Closed: Sunday to Monday
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 3
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9.30
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 36
  • Wines over £30:
  • Wines by the glass: 14
  • Cuisine style: British, French
  • Vegetarian menu

About The area

Discover Somerset

Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.

Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.

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