The Flying Fish
“Friendly rural pub serving global food” - AA Inspector
Previously the Square & Compass, this pub overlooking the beautiful Blackdown Hills, changed hands and identity in 2018. Exmoor and St Austell ales head the refreshments list, while reasonably priced and freshly prepared meals combine pub classics with Caribbean dishes cooked by the Barbadian owners. Locally sourced sausages with mash and onion gravy sit alongside Jamaican jerk chicken with coconut rice and curried mutton. There’s also a lovely garden and conservatory.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Main course from: £9
- 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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