Local places to eat & drink
There is a very varied selection of restaurants, gastro pubs and take aways in the West Somerset / North Devon area. Here is just a very small selection that we have tried and are happy to recommend:
Valiant Solider, Roadwater – The local Pub with good honest food and a great local atmosphere. Skittle ally in the back. It is 2 miles to The Valiant Solider down the hill into Roadwater. Ideal for dinner or Lunch. Fish and chips early on a Friday evening. Tel: 01984 640 223. Dogs welcome.
Woods, Dulverton – Pub with Great food with a lovely atmosphere
Landlord Paddy Groves has effectively buried the notion that a gastro-pub has to be a sanitised former pub where you’re asked ‘are you eating?’ as soon as you come through the door. Inside the interior is comfortably rural, split between the bar and restaurant, though the two sides don’t feel too separate. The bar staff are friendly (especially the singing barman!), the food is excellent, the wine outstanding and the beer always well-kept. Tel: 01398 324007. Dogs welcome.
Ralegh’s Cross Inn, It is 2 ¼ miles to Ralegh’s Cross Inn by the “top” road and it has glorious views back over the cottages and over the Severn estuary and Wales. Busy pub with basic food. Originally a 16th century coaching inn it was central to the mining community that used to work the local quarries. It has some lovely old photographs on the walls. Tel: 01984 640 343
Brendon Hill, Exmoor, TA23 0LN . Dogs NOT welcome.
Lowtrow Cross Inn, Upton, Nr Wiveliscombe TA4 2DB – We have just be told that they no longer do food but this just be one of the days they don’t. We have not been able to check, so call before you go. Gastro Pub with good food, in front of the open fire in winter. Really pleasant atmosphere with unpretentious service. It is 4 1/2 miles to Lowtrow Cross from the cottages. Food served Wed-Sat 12noon to 2pm. Mon-Sat 6pm to 9pm. Sunday 12noon-2pm & 7pm-9pm (not open Mondays & Tuesday lunchtime except Bank holidays). Tel: 01398 371220. Dogs welcome
The White Lion, Washford – A Traditional 17th Century Coaching Inn
with top quality pub food and very local atmosphere. Situated half a mile off the A39 bewteen Minehead and Williton you will find us tucked in between Cleeve Abbey and Torre Cider Farm Tel: 01984 640415
Dragons House Hotel Resturant, Bailbrook, Minehead. Dine in the hotels traditional oak panelled restaurant. This is fine dining offered by an acclaimed chef – can be a bit formal for some. The menu reflects the seasons and their chef uses only the finest local ingredients available here on Exmoor. Select from local meats and game reared here on Exmoor or freshly caught local fish. Wash it all down with an extensive wine list.The restaurant is open every day for lunch and evening meals. Lunch 12 – 2pm, Evening Meals 7-9pm. Reservations are highly recommended. Check if dogs are welcome or not. Tel: 01984 640215
Royal Oak Inn, Whithypool – 300 year old pub in the heart of Exmoor. Two bars where you can eat with the locals and a smart and comfortable restaurant. The food is excellent, a great varied menu well presented. Save some room for the deserts. Tel: 01643 831 506 TA24 7QP Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Bengal Spice, Williton - Indian Restaurant, Eat in or takeaway – Very good, great service, lovely beer. Open 7 days a week including bank holidays. Menus are in each cottage or ask at the house. 7 Fore street, Williton. Tel: 01984 632 169. Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Fish & Chips: the best is at Atcombe, just before Minehead on the left. But on Tuesday the fish & chips van is in Roadwater from 5pm to 7.30pm.
Take away Pizza – cooked fresh on a woodfired oven, in Roadwater on Thursdays 5pm to 7.30pm. Highly recommended.
Pulhams Mill, Brompton Regis – Tea rooms, lunches and a good traditional Sunday Lunch. A real find and well worth a visit. You can sit outside by the stream in the summer or cuddle up inside near the wood fired Aga in the winter. Very homely. Craft and gift shop as well. Tel: 01398 371 366. Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Tarr Farm,Tarr Steps, Dulverton – Inn and Restaurant – Lovely setting for lunch or dinner. We have only had lunch but it was very good quality with pleasant service. Guest can park at the Inn and not up the hill as walkers have to. Tel:01643 851 507 Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Luttrell Arms Hotel, High St. Dunster. 01643 821 555 Very old coach house which serves a very pleasant lunch. Have been both in the summer when it’s large rooms are cool to sit in. In Winter, it was warm and felt snug. Staff are really nice and welcoming. Have not had the pleasure of dinner here yet. Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Stags Head Inn, West Street, Dunster TA24 6SN. Offering excellent food both lunchtime and dinners in a warm cosy atmosphere. On the otherside of Dunster to the Yarn market.Tel: 01643 821 229 Dogs welcome.
Royal Oak, Winsford. This the third Royal Oak in our area. It is a beautiful thatched building in the heart of Winsford village. Good polite service and excellent food. Does a very nice Sunday lunch. Tel: 01643 851455 Postcode: TA24 7JE Check if dogs are welcome or not.
The Quarrymans Rest, Bampton. Although a little drive out of the National Park, Bampton is local market town and the Quarrymans Rest is worth the travel. You usually need to book, even for lunch since it is well regarded in the area. Tel: 01398 331480 Briton St, Bampton. EX16 9LN Email: Info@thequarrymansrest.co.uk Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Podshaver, Bishops Lydeard, Near Taunton TA4 3DW 01823 433 556. Although a little drive out of the National Park it is this side of Taunton. This is a very good quality resturant in a lovely obscure location. Set in a old podshaving barn (podshaving is a name for cricket bat shaping). Worth a visit but book on a weekend. Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Cloud Farm Cafe. In the most beautiful spot serving wonderful snacks. Well worth a visit. Colin & Jill Harman Oare, Lynton, Devon. EX25 6NU Tel: 01598 741 234 Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Driftwood Cafe, Blue Anchor. Overlooking Blue Anchor beach this quaint little cafe does some great snacks along with a lovely seafood platter for those with bigger appetites. Well recommended. Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Millers at the Anchor, Porlock Weir. This is both a restaurant and hotel with a great position over-looking Porlock Weir. We had sunday lunch there recently and it was very good food although the service was a little slow – but this is no ordinary restaurant. With rooms stuffed full of antiques sourced by Martin Miller – this is a very quirky and fun place to visit. Make sure you have a Millers Gin & Tonic to top it off. Dinner & Lunch Wednesday to Sunday. Cream tea daily. Tel: 01643 862 753
The Sanctuary, Middle Street, Taunton 01823 257 788.
In the centre of Taunton, this win bar and restaurant offer very good food and a very pleasant atmosphere. Check if dogs are welcome or not.
Tramonte’s – Italian Restaurant, Heron’s Gate, Riverside, Taunton TA1 2LP tel: 01823 323377. Good Italian food, well priced, goos service Very close to the Odeon Cinema Complex so idea for before or after a film.Check if dogs are welcome or not.
The following are recommend to us, but we have not had the pleasure of trying ourselves yet:
Dunster Castle Hotel, Squires Brasserie is a smart new restaurant in beautiful Dunster. High Street, Dunster Tel: 01643 823 030
Other Places to Eat in Dunster: (we have not tried these)
Castle Coffee House, High Street 01643 821 219
Cobblestones, High Street 01643 821 595
Foresters Arms, West Street 01643 821 313
Hathaways, West Street 01643 821 725
Reeves Restaurant, 20-22 High street 01643 821 414
Yarn Market Hotel, High St 01643 821 425