The King Alfred
“Classic pub menu and a friendly welcome” - AA Inspector
A welcoming old pub with slate floors, exposed stone walls, old beams, mismatched furniture and a sunny beer garden. St Austell Tribute is always available, along with a regularly-changing selection of interesting guest ales and a range of ciders. A menu of traditional pub fare might feature classics like smoked salmon and prawn cocktail; steak and ale pie with gravy and mash; or honey and mustard seed glazed baked ham, eggs and chips. Beetroot, brie and walnut Wellington should please vegetarians. Choose a dessert from the blackboard. Close to Glastonbury and the Polden Hills, the village was home to the Quaker Clark family who manufactured boots and shoes. The company still has its headquarters there although there’s no longer a factory. Learn all about it at the Shoe Museum!
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £9
- 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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