For over 250 years, this landmark pub, now owned by Matthew Mills, has stood on the ancient Fosse Way. Loud music, pool tables and fruit machines are out; in are silently evocative photographs and signage from a fictitious maritime and railway past, invented by a mischievous landlord 60 years ago. Good-quality cask ales and farm ciders, and freshly prepared traditional pub favourites feature here. Classic-car owners meet here on the first Wednesday evening of the month (from 6pm).
A traditional village inn with a rather fanciful history
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Main course from: £1
- Open all year
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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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