The Holcombe

“Known for great food and glorious sunsets” - AA Inspector



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A 17th-century, Grade II listed inn with views of nearby Downside Abbey, this is where to find some of the county’s top locally-produced food, represented on the AA-Rosette menus. Start with a pint of Bath Ales Gem in the log-fired, flagstone-floored bar, where local Orchard Pig cider is on tap and wines by the glass are plentiful. Linger a while in the evening, as the sunsets can be rather special here.

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AA Pick of the Pubs
The Holcombe
Stratton Road, HOLCOMBE, BA3 5EB
Phone : 01761 232478


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Free Wifi
  • Garden
Opening times
  • Open all year

About the area

Discover Somerset

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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