The Waggon and Horses
“Family-run pub with a large enclosed garden” - AA Inspector
SHEPTON MALLET, SOMERSET
By a lonely crossroads with views towards Glastonbury Tor, this long, whitewashed building was a coaching inn in the 18th century, and its arched doorway once led into the blacksmith's forge. Beers include Butcombe and guest ales, with real ciders from Wilkins Farmhouse and Thatchers Gold. A bar menu lists lunchtime baguettes, jacket potatoes, ploughman's and cheesy chips, while among traditional, home-cooked mains are steak and ale pie; lasagne (beef or vegetarian) with chips and garlic bread; freshly made smoked salmon tagliatelle; and a range of beef and gammon steaks. Friday night is (motor) Bike Night and the second Wednesday of the month is Acoustic Night.
- Children welcome
- Children's portions
- Free Wifi
- 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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