The Kings Arms Inn
“17th-century village pub with cosy bar and good food”
The hamstone-built Kings Arms has stood in this picturesque village, at the foot of Mons Acutus (thus, supposedly, Montacute) since 1632. Along with cask ales and fine wines, you can eat in several places as there are two restaurant areas, a bar/lounge, and a large beer garden which has games for both adults and children. Seasonal dishes based on locally sourced produce are offered on both the traditional bar menu and the à la carte. Perhaps try confit rabbit, ham hock and trompette terrine; braised beef cheek, parsnip and potato mash, pancetta, red wine; or wild sea bass, tarka Dahl, micro coriander. There are plenty of events to watch out for.
Facilities – at a glance
Kids play area
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Credit Cards Accepted
- Closed: 26 December, 1 January
- Wide selection of wines by the glass
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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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