Surrounded by the Mendip Hills, in the heart of Winscombe, this popular Tudoresque-style pub is particularly well placed for those on the Strawberry Line Path from Shepton Mallet to Clevedon, which passes the door. A raised log-burner makes the bar a cosy place, while international lagers, local ciders and a range of real ales from independent West Country brewers, such as Butcombe and Otter, help to generate footfall. After a starter, say, of lime, ginger and coconut king prawns, many different seasonal options present themselves, including perhaps rich brisket beef and stout stew; chicken, mushroom and pepper stir-fry; and butternut squash, spinach, sweet potato, sage and goats’ cheese lasagne. All-season 'Woody' classics include hand-battered haddock, chips and peas; and honey-glazed ham, free-range duck egg and chips.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- Parking available
- Coach parties accepted
- Main course from: £10
- 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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