With ever-increasing holiday traffic to the furthest corners of the globe, it’s easy to forget the UK’s many treasures. But for your next holiday, why not consider somewhere a little closer to home? Travel to Somerset, the ancient Saxon ‘Land of the Summer People’, with its sandy beaches, dramatic Exmoor coastline, beautiful countryside and historic villages. This county has something for everyone, and a day of exploring is best finished in one of the excellent gastropubs dotted around the region. Take a look at our personal pick of the top three around.

The Montague Inn, Wincanton

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After you’ve explored Somerset’s villages and market towns, grab a bite to eat at the homely Montague Inn in Wincanton. This gastropub prides itself on its local ales and ingredients and boasts a friendly atmosphere that attracts both locals and visitors. Try the local game terrine with mulled pear & apple chutney, and finish your night with one of the delicious cheese boards to sample the finest regional produce.

Location: The Montague Inn, Shepton Montague, Wincanton BA9 8JW
Contact/Bookings: Call 01749 813213 or email info@themontagueinn.co.uk

Marlborough Tavern, Bath

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This historic city is deservedly a World Heritage Site, known for its appearances in literary classics such as The Canterbury Tales and Persuasion. After a morning spent marvelling at the city’s well-preserved Georgian architecture, stop for lunch at the Marlborough Tavern. Simple but well-cooked fare includes 28 day aged ‘Ruby Red’ steaks and duck liver parfait with red onion marmalade and crostinis.

Location: The Marlborough Tavern, 35 Marlborough Buildings, Bath BA1 2LY
Contact/Bookings: Call 01225423731, email reservations@marlborough-tavern.com or book online

The Pony and Trap, Chew Magna

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Regularly voted among the best gastropubs in the UK, no foodie’s visit to this part of the world is complete without a small detour to the Pony and Trap in the village of Chew Magna. This 200-year-old country pub was awarded a Michelin star in 2011 in recognition of its excellent menu, which uses fresh local ingredients and contains hearty options such as ‘local venison, ox tongue, veal sweetbreads salsify and turnip tops,’ all cooked to perfection. Accompany your meal with a glass of wine from the extensive list. 

Location: The Pony & Trap, Moorledge Road, Newtown, Chew Magna BS40 8TQ
Contact/Bookings: Call 01275332627, email info@theponyandtrap.co.uk or book online

We’re sure you’ve got lots of delicious food and drink on your mind right about now, but while you’re at it, why not take a look at some of the amazing cottages, manor houses and holiday villas in Somerset that will complete your ultimate staycation? If you need any help finding the right one, our concierge team are always on hand to help out.

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