The Bird in Hand
“Low beams, warming fires, friendly service” - AA Inspector
NORTH CURRY, SOMERSET
Cheerful staff provide a warm welcome to this friendly village inn, which boasts large inglenook fireplaces, flagstone floors, and exposed beams. The place is very atmospheric at night by candlelight, and the blackboard menus feature local produce, including seasonal game and fish from the south coast. The à la carte menu always has two fresh fish dishes, steaks and a changing dessert board. A light bites/snack menu is available on some days along with a roast lunch on Sunday.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £9
- Closed: 2
- Wide selection of ciders
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About the area
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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