Dating in part from the 17th century this thatched free house has rich colour-washed walls, heavy beams and simple wooden furniture. There are six AA-rated en suite bedrooms, and the flagstoned bar offers a great selection of real ales. The daily menus run from pub favourites such as cider-battered fish and hand-cut chips with crushed minted peas, to roast breast and confit leg of chicken with crispy parmesan polenta, cavolo nero with bacon, chicken and tarragon sauce . All bread is baked on the premises and local suppliers are used as much as possible – they have a 24-hour ‘port to plate’ policy for the fish that’s supplied from Brixham.
- 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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