The Rest and Be Thankful Inn
“Homecooked food in friendly rural inn” - AA Inspector
WHEDDON CROSS, SOMERSET
A 19th-century pub high up in the Exmoor National Park, The Rest and Be Thankful Inn overlooks Dunkery Beacon and was once a staging post. Crackling log fires add to the convivial atmosphere of the bar populated by locals and visitors alike. A range of traditional meals served in the bar and restaurant include beef lasagne or smoked haddock gratin. In summer, enjoy lovely countryside views from the patio.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £9
- Open all year
- Wide selection of ciders
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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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