The Red Lion
“Innovative seasonal dishes in village pub”
BISHOP SUTTON, SOMERSET
This has fast become a real little gem of a pub; many visitors comment on its friendliness, the efficiency of its staff and how much they enjoy eating and drinking here. In the bar, Bath Ales Gem single-handedly raises the flag for Somerset. The menus offer choices such as Camelot Vale blue cheese and onion tart, truffle honey dressing and walnut salad; or wild boar salami with fennel and apple salad to start, followed by pappardelle pasta and venison ragù; pot roast belly of lamb; and salmon, crayfish and cod bake. There’s also the ‘classic stuff’ as they call dishes such as thick slices of Walsh’s ham, double fried egg, chips and chunky piccalilli; and a 12oz dry-aged (for a minimum of 31 days) T-bone steak.
- 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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