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The Old Spot

12 Sadler Street, WELLS, BA5 2SE

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Back in the 1990s, Ian Bates was working in some of London's hottest addresses, and now it is the lucky people of Wells who get the benefit of all his experience. Hanging baskets outside suggest the mellow tone within, and indeed it is an easy-going place where the focus is on good food and good company. Chef also trained with the French master Michel Guérard, so there's a Gallic influence on show, but, most of all, it's all about the fabulous (and seasonal) produce of the southwest. Celeriac and apple soup is packed with flavour and arrives topped with walnut crumbs and pesto, or another starter is a Mediterranean-inspired octopus salad with green olives, preserved lemon and basil. Roast guinea fowl surfaces among courses, partnered with cauliflower purée, fondant potato and Madeira sauce, or try roast cod with olive oil mash, peppers and chorizo. Sunday lunch turns out a cracking roast chicken. For dessert, custard tart with Yorkshire forced rhubarb shows good pastry skills.

Further information

Tel: 01749 689099
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Days closed: Mon-Tue
Dates closed: 1 wk Xmas
Sunday lunch available.
Days closed for dinner: Sun

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Italian, French
Chef: Ian Bates
Number of seats: 50
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.


Restaurant price guide

2 Course lunch from: £15.50
3 Course lunch from: £18.50
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £12.50
Sunday lunch: £22.50-£24.50
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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On entering Wells, follow signs for Hotels & Deliveries. Sadler St leads into High St, Old Spot on left opposite Swan Hotel
Nearest station: Bath Spa, Castle Cary

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