The Congresbury Arms has recently undergone an impressive refurbishment throughout. Bedrooms…
“Local ales and ciders a specialty”
A short drive from Bristol Airport, this popular village inn has undergone a major refurbishment in recent years. There are comfortable bedrooms of all sizes and the bar retains its traditional character with a choice of local ales and ciders. The food is worth staying for, too, especially the cider-battered fish and chips, and the sweet potato, chickpea and coconut curry. In summer, head for the pleasant rear garden.
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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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