The Bear and Swan
“Contemporary British dining and four luxurious bedrooms” - AA Inspector
CHEW MAGNA, SOMERSET
Chew Valley Lake is a real honeypot for anglers, birdwatchers and walkers. It figures therefore that so is this charming, early 18th-century pub, with oak-beamed rooms, scrubbed wooden floors, reclaimed furniture and assorted artefacts. In the restaurant the main menu offers a good choice of fish, game, seafood, meats and vegetarian dishes, plus a specials board that is frequently updated. Start with gin-cured salmon with celeriac remoulade, then perhaps a pub favourite: pan-fried calves’ liver and bacon for instance, or rump of lamb with fondant potatoes, fennel and Mediterranean vegetables. A grilled steak can be accompanied by one of four sauces. To finish, maybe mango cheesecake with hazelnut praline. Culinary evenings are held monthly, and burger and steak nights twice weekly.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- 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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