The Hankridge Arms
“Bustling bar and restaurant in a retail and leisure park”
Derelict for years, this 16th-century former farmhouse was rescued by Blandford brewery Hall & Woodhouse, whose expert attentions ensured that many of its original features remain visible. Starters on the wide-ranging menu include smoked haddock and spring onion fishcakes; and a deli board for two. Mains could be chicken curry; sautéed breast of guinea fowl; and asparagus, red onion and Dorset Blue Vinney tart, washed down with a well kept pint of hoppy Badger First Call ale. Mature gardens and a courtyard could, for some, be welcome relief following a shopping expedition in the retail park next door.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: false
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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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