Duke of York
“Traditional village pub with plenty of reasons to visit”
SHEPTON BEAUCHAMP, SOMERSET
Husband and wife team Paul and Hayley Rowlands have established a good reputation over the years at this 17th-century free house. The bar stocks good West Country ales and local ciders, and the restaurant’s traditional menu pleases locals and tourists alike with confit chicken terrine with spiced gooseberry and fresh coriander, griddled cider and mustard sausages with red onion gravy and buttered mash, and pan-fried lamb's liver and bacon. Lunchtime sandwiches are also available. Gardens, a skittle alley, two steak nights a week and a Sunday carvery round off the attractions of this homely pub.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Open all year
- 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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