Believed to be the country's only remaining pub to straddle two counties, it's only fair that one real ale and one cider – Butcombe and Orchard Pig, respectively – should come from Somerset, and ditto – DBC and Dabinett – from Dorset. Appearing on the thoroughly modern menus could be sea bass with samphire, crab tortellini, crab bisque, caviar and saffron mayo; lamb rump with confit Maris Piper potatoes, textures of onion, seared liver and roasted lamb sauce; and, requiring a deeper dig into the wallet, 50-day-hung, salt-chamber rib-eye with dripping-cooked chips and black-garlic ketchup. To finish, carpaccio of pineapple, iced passionfruit, coconut jelly, pink praline and coriander.
- 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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