This charming family-run hotel, situated in a quiet residential street near the city centre,…
The Olive Tree at the Queensberry Hotel
“Sophisticated dining in a magnificent Georgian townhouse” - AA Inspector
Built for the 8th Marquess of Queensberry in 1771, and set in a quiet residential street close to the city centre, The Queensberry really does offer everything you could ask for in a classy boutique hotel, including a very stylish basement restaurant. Head chef Chris Cleghorn steers The Olive Tree with confidence, and service, from a friendly and knowledgeable team, is polished and attentive. Cooking is highly seasonal and inventive, with two tasting menus (six and nine courses). Start with a refreshing dish of cured chalk steam trout with wasabi mayonnaise and Granny Smith apple granite, before taking in a main of Cornish monkfish with leek and ginger.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- Seats: 55
- Private dining available
- Steps for wheelchair: 5
- Assist dogs welcome
- Closed: 20–27 April, 3–10 August, 2–9 November
- Wines under £30: 5
- Wines over £30: 126
- Wines by the glass: 31
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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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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