The White Horse at Haselbury
“Rural pub offering French and British classics”
HASELBURY PLUCKNETT, SOMERSET
This old pub was once a rope works and flax store, then a cider house. Owner Richard sources the majority of the produce for his French and British dishes from within a few miles – you’ll get an idea of the cooking style from dishes such as a starter of lightly curried chicken and apricot terrine with celeriac and organic leaves; and roast grouse with Savoy cabbage and bacon, bread sauce and game chips. Guests who just want something simple, like a Dexter beefburger and hand-cut chips, are equally welcome. Real ales are from Otter, Palmers, Teignworthy and other breweries, with ciders from Burrow Hill and Thatchers.
- 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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