The Carpenters Arms
“Good food and local ale in peaceful hamlet” - AA Inspector
STANTON WICK, SOMERSET
Well placed for visiting Bath, Bristol and Wells or, by the same token, if you’re already in one of these cathedral cities, then this quiet hamlet is close enough to consider making for. A low-slung, stone-built, pantile-roofed free house overlooking the Chew Valley, it was converted from a row of miners’ cottages, dating from when the Somerset coalfield was in production. Beyond the flower-hung porch, the rustic bar displays low beams, old pews, squashy sofas, and precision-cut logs stacked neatly in the large fireplace. An appealing place, it’s where a pint of local Butcombe Bitter, Cornish Doom Bar or a guest ale will always go down well, whether inside or on the attractively landscaped patio. The menus change regularly to make the best of West Country-sourced produce; you might find oxtail Scotch egg or smoked haddock kedgeree risotto with crispy poached egg among the starters, with West Country beef and ale pie or spiced duck confit for mains. Among the home-made desserts are sticky toffee pudding; and chocolate brownie. Not an overlong wine list, but a good range. If you have your walking boots, nearby Chew Valley Lake is an established wildlife haven.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Closed: 2
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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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