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Ancient Gate House Hotel

20 Sadler Street, WELLS, BA5 2SE

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The hotel is so named as it incorporates nothing less than the Great West Gate that once formed part of the little city's medieval fortifications. Housed within it for the past 40 years has been Rugantino's, flying the flag for Italian home cooking. The lengthy menus deal in numerous favourites, from well-wrought pasta dishes such as linguine carbonara, and spaghetti del mare generously teeming with scallops, prawns, clams and crab, to main-course showstoppers like chicken breast stuffed with salsiccia and pine-nuts with truffled mushroom cream sauce. Simple fish preparations are a good bet, for example sea bass with fennel and puréed red pepper. To finish, there are treats such as pannacotta and berry compôte, or white chocolate cheesecake and raspberry sorbet.

Further information

Tel: 01749 672029
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Dates closed: 25-29 Dec
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern Italian
Chef: Jamie Cundill
Number of seats: 40
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Steps for wheelchair: 2
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £10.90
3 Course lunch from: £13.90
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £9.50
2 Course dinner from: £20.00
3 Course dinner from: £25.00
Sunday lunch: £13.90-£19.90
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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Nearest station: Castle Cary

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