Below the Blackdown Hills, just over the Dorset border in Somerset, stands this late 18th-century, stone-built, one-time cider house. Beneath the beams in the bar and separate dining room are grand open fireplaces, leather chairs and sofas, and old scrubbed tables set with tasteful china. The bar offers the pub’s own ale, Legless Liz, alongside Otter and Exmoor beers, local farm ciders, apple juices and a remarkable range of bottled beers, gins, malts, world spirits and liqueurs; even the 60-bin wine list includes six champagnes. Owners Gordon and Jeanette Reid champion high-quality local produce, measuring the distance their food travels more in metres than miles; the back of the menu illustrates just how close some suppliers are, like their own farm in Sutton Montis. Typically imaginative puddings include, for example, pineapple lasagne, with mango sorbet and salsa; and pear and almond tart with pistachio and slotted cream. The sheltered terrace and sunny garden are perfect for outdoor eating and drinking. Muddy boots and dogs are no problem here. In July there’s a beer festival. Breakast is available to non residents from 7.30am-9.30am.
Real ales available: Exmoor Ales, Gyle 59 Legless Liz, Otter Ale, Bath Ales Gem, Wild Beer, guest ales
Real ciders: Thatchers Gold, Hecks, Wilkins Farmhouse, Burrow Hill, Orchard Pig
Credit cards accepted
Beer festival, July
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
A303 follow signs for Sutton Montis, South Cadbury and Corton Denham. Through South Cadbury, 0.25 mile, left, up hill signed Corton Denham. Left at hill top to village, approximately 1 mile. Pub on right