The Notley Arms Inn
“Local ales and food on Exmoor” - AA Inspector
Set within the beautiful Exmoor National Park, this inviting village inn was re-built around 1870 and retains much of its character via crackling log fires, comfy sofas and a well-stocked bar of Somerset ales and ciders. The food focuses on showcasing the region’s best produce in enjoyable, well-presented dishes like Exmoor Ale battered cod and steak and kidney pudding. When the sun shines, head to the garden.
- 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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