Successfully run by the same family for more than 25 years, this independent free house dates in parts from 1750, and the interior reflects this with beams, split-level bars, an old fireplace and a collection of bells and horse brasses. The pub is close to the Somerset Levels, the RSPB reserve at Ham Wall and the National Nature Reserve at Shapwick Heath. Local ales and ciders are a speciality, while all food is made on the premises. Expect good-value dishes and daily specials such as Somerset brie fritters with cranberry sauce; fresh fish of the day; or spinach and feta cheese parcels with onion relish. Treat yourself to a sundae like chocolate and mint cream, or Eton Mess.