The Monkton Inn
“Touches of South Africa in deepest Somerset”
WEST MONKTON, SOMERSET
Stone walls, polished floorboards, log fire, leather sofas and smart dining furniture – features that help paint a picture of this convivial pub. Landlords Peter and Val Mustoe's many years in South Africa is reflected in their menu, so you may well find bobotie, ostrich burger and Durban beef and Cape Malay curries there. But if you'd prefer braised lamb shank, chicken chasseur, or pan-fried sea bass, they could be there too. From Monday to Saturday all lunchtime mains are £10, including a drink. Monday is fish and chips night, and it's Thursday for steaks. Hot chocolate drinks include salted caramel, and mint. There's a children's play area in the beautiful garden.
- 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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