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Good beer and cider choices plus classic pub food

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Beer festival
Kids play area
Dog friendly

A family-run 17th century, tile-hung coaching inn ideally positioned for visitors to the Somerset Levels or walkers looking for a cosy respite from the rigours of the Mendip Hills. Warmed by two open log fireplaces, the inviting, wavy-beamed interior has an array of fine old photos of the area. Draw close to the bar to inspect the ever-rotating selection of excellent beers, often from microbreweries in Somerset, such as Exmoor and Cotleigh. The beer choice increases significantly during the pub’s popular Summer Bank Holiday beer festival in August. Cider drinkers are spoiled for choice, too, with Thatchers on tap and Rich’s Cider created at a local farm just a couple of miles away. The classic food here also tends to be very locally sourced, like Somerset rump and sirloin steaks, which come with home-made peppercorn, Stilton or white wine and mushroom sauce. Faggots and mash, curry of the day, Somerset ham, eggs and chips are all popular options, but you will need to check the specials board for the daily pie. If fish is your thing, the cod and prawns in garlic butter with spinach is hard to resist. The pasta section of the menu offers beef lasagne, spaghetti bolognese and, for vegetarians, there’s Stilton and broccoli crêpe. Lighter meals include sandwiches, baguettes, ploughman’s and jacket potatoes. Desserts include Alabama chocolate fudge cake and toffee and Dime Bar crunch pie. Under-10s can have a menu of their own, including sandwiches, chicken nuggets, fish fingers and cottage pie. In summer, the large enclosed beer garden and children’s play area comes into its own, as does the heated gazebo.

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Opening hours

  • Closed: 25 December
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch opening: all week 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: all week 6-9

Food and drink

  • Real ales: Exmoor Stag, Cotleigh Snowy, Sharp's Doom Bar, Otter Ale, Moor, Butcombe, Cheddar Gorge Best
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Gold, Dry and Heritage, Rich's

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Beer festival, Summer bank holiday


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available
  • Play area available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M5 junctions 22 or 23 on A38

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