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The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Quality cooking in a luxurious hotel

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At a glance

Open all year
Vegetarian menu
Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

A handsome Regency pile in four acres of hilltop grounds, Somerset House lords it in the bosom of the Blackdown and Quantock Hills. Within, it’s the very template for classic country-house style, jazzed up with a modern note here and there, its period features – high ceilings, ornate plasterwork, polished wooden floors, open fireplaces, and a sweeping centrepiece staircase for when you feel the need to make a grand entrance – all remain pristine and play their part in building an air of luxury and refinement. New head chef Mark Potts has upped the kitchen’s game, steering a creative, contemporary country house line, and packing its menus with top-grade produce – the runny A-grade Arlington White egg yolk, for example, that runs from perfectly-timed ravioli served with wild mushrooms, artichoke purée and punchy Lancashire Bomb cheese. West Country ingredients play a leading role in an intricately constructed dish of pan-fried Cornish brill and braised chicken wing with hazelnut gnocchi, salsify and crosnes, all pointed up with a rich parmesan-topped chestnut purée. Equally deft are desserts, as seen in a superlative well-risen prune and Armagnac soufflé – a marriage made in heaven with its accompanying pear sorbet, Earl Grey tea mousse and date purée.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30

Chef

  • Chef: Mark Potts

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian menu
  • Wines under £30: 30
  • Wines over £30: 56
  • Wines by the glass: 10

Price guide

  • Starter from 11.50
  • Main course from18
  • Dessert from8.50
  • 2-course lunch from26.50
  • 3-course lunch from35
  • 2-course dinner from26.50
  • 3-course dinner from35
  • Tasting menu from75
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 50

Getting here

M5 junction 25, A358 towards Chard and Ilminster, right in Henlade (Stoke St Mary), left at T-junction. Hotel 400 yards on right

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Taunton
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