“Smart hostelry close to A303” - AA Inspector
On Ilchester’s bustling town square, this handsome Georgian-fronted house oozes character. From the local ales to Orchard Pig cider, the pub proudly supports local producers and this extends to the busy restaurant. Somerset meat and fish delivered daily from Devon appear on the modern British menu. A typical meal might begin with a salad of home-smoked trout fillet with bacon, sherry vinegar and ruby chard and move on to baked rump of Somerset lamb with creamy garlic spinach, mint sauce and crushed latte potatoes.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Sports TV
- Main course from: £12
- Closed: false
- Wide selection of Ales
- 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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