Places to visit
Locally; PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE FOR ANY WEEKEND MEAL
http://thelitton.co.ukLocal village pub, 5 min walk.Great pub, great interior after major refurbishment
http://www.theponyandtrap.co.uk This is a highly recommended gourmet pub with a michelin star six miles from Shortwood Barn. You will need to book in advance of visiting the barn.
Honest pub grub; Ring O Bells Hinton Blewett (5 minute drive - 25 minute walk)
Salt and Malt - Take away or eat-in fish and chips...run by the michelin-starred Pony and Trap. Anyone fancying just a short stroll, the Salt and Malt fish restaurant is located on Chew Valley Lake...so you can have a meal (may require a booking) and a gentle stroll around that side of the lake. Map and reservations through..https://saltmalt.com/chew-valley/
Wells - worth a visit as beautiful cathedral and Bishops Palace.
Somerset Levels - between Wells and Glastonbury is the Sheppey Inn at Godney
Very individualistic interior...and good food, own gin infusions…really interesting decor. Clue...doesn't look like a pub from the outside
There are several main areas to eat in. The Harbourside is very hipster and has many bars and restaurants, some chains, some independents. Cabots Circus is a new shopping centre with everything from Nandos to a Brasserie Blanc.
Most restaurants in Bath are small scale as they are constrained by the existing architecture, You will find a number of standard brasseries (Cote, Blanc,etc) to the Michelin list http://www.bathchronicle.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink/baths-best-28-restaurants-according-21793
Places to visit
The Cathedral has many wondrous sights… take in the Chapter House, and Vicars Close (which is the street that houses the choir). Entrance to the cathedral is free, though there is a voluntary donation box. If the opportunity arises, try an Evensong which is usually 5.00 pm in the Quire section. It is a religious service but features the world famous Wells Cathedral Choir…usually lasts about an hour and the Quire is a fabulous medieval part of the cathedral, http://www.wellscathedral.org.uk/
Bishops Palace has been home to the Bishops of Bath and Wells for over 800 years and this stunning medieval palace is open for all to enjoy. Tickets are required. https://bishopspalace.org.uk/
If anyone is a fan of Hot Fuzz then they will recognise the market place et al as the whole film was shot in Wells. http://www.wellswalkingtours.co.uk/
It's also pleasant to have an alfresco coffee, sandwich, lunch sither outside the back of Rugantino http://www.ancientgatehouse.com/home/or in the antegarden outside the Swan hotel. They both have great views over the green to the cathedral, but would advise to book for the outside table
Wookey Hole & Cheddar Gorge
Now offers a lot of different activities . http://www.wookey.co.uk
http://www.cheddargorge.co.uk For walks, rock climbing and World famous cheese
Caving in Cheddar (even does Hen Parties!?) http://www.adventurecaving.co.uk/about-cheddar-cav...
Chew Valley is a very popular area for Hot Air Ballooning, companies operating out of Bath, Bristol and Chew Valley from March-October.
Bath, 12 miles away , as a Roman city has much to offer with bus and walking tours. It also has a Theatre, numerous cinemas, restaurants, bars and shops. Visit both the old Spa and the New Thermal Spa in which you can bathe with a rooftop view of Bath. See link below.
Bristol 12 miles away, a vibrant city with a rich history of innovation and the slave trade. It has a number of festivals running from June to August which includes the famous Balloon Fiesta. See below for details
Glastonbury 10 miles away is an area steeped in myth and legend in addition to hosting the World Famous Festival in June.
Street, just beyond Glastonbury has a marvellous lido and Shopping Village hosting numerous factory outlets. https://www.clarksvillage.co.uk/
Longleat is a 35 minute drive; https://www.longleat.co.uk/
Stourhead, a fabulous National Trust property is also a 35 minute drive; https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead\
Locally there are 2 very good farm shops, both have cafes attached
http://www.newmanorfarmshop.co.uk/ This supplies meat from its own farm next door and therefore has a great butchers
https://www.farringtons.co.uk/ This also offers a Playbarn for younger kids
There is a Spar in West Harptree
Wells has a Farmers market on Wednesday and Saturday 9-3pm
Supermarkets: Wells has a Tesco, Waitrose and Lidl. There is also a large Tesco at Midsomer Norton.
Please contact us with any queries and help yourselves to the salad, herbs, vegetables and fruits! Best wishes Sarah & Justin