“Enticing combination of ales, ciders, art and music” - AA Inspector
LOWER GODNEY, SOMERSET
On the Somerset Levels and only a hippy’s dance away from Glastonbury, The Sheppey sits beside its eponymous river like a cider barn crossed with a private members’ club. The ales and craft beers are reassuringly real – around a dozen to tease the taste buds. Cider is taken seriously too – 10 barrels sit atop the bar, so there’s no danger of running out as happened in 1976 resulting in a loss of trust by the locals towards the then landlords. The modern menu offers twists on various international dishes. Start perhaps with Lyme Bay scallops, raisin purée, celeriac, cauliflower bhaji, sorrel oil; then follow with hickory-smoked chicken, bulgar wheat pilaf, feta, mushroom ketchup. Round a good meal off with toffee and stout cake, banana crumble, banana spring roll. In addition to three bedrooms, there's also accommodation in two cottages with Glastonbury Tor views.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £14
- Open all year
- Wide selection of Ales
- Wide selection of ciders
- Micro Brewery Ale
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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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