Locally; PLEASE BOOK IN ADVANCE FOR ANY WEEKEND MEAL
Here’s the Guardian’s take on local pubs/restaurants
For food we would recommend Ring of Bells Hinton Blewett, as does the Guardian. It's a 25 minute walk or 5 minutes by car
For atmosphere we would recommend The Litton. http://thelitton.co.uk Local village pub, 10 minute walk.Great pub, great interior after major refurbishment. Has a great garden and food is good.
or simply Fish and Chips by Chew Valley Lake at Salt and Malt. https://saltandmalt.co.uk/chew-valley/
or gazing and grazing at Chew Valley Lake is also https://www.woodfordlodge.co.uk/
For michelin star dining at a reasonable price try https://theponychewvalley.co.uk/
There are a host of great restaurants in Bath, Bristol, Wells, and Bruton. Here's a very small sample
- Pig, https://www.thepighotel.com/near-bath/?utm_source=google&utm_medium=local&utm_campaign=GMB-pig-near-bath
- The Gaff https://www.thegaffrestaurant.co.uk/bath
- The Beckford Bottle Shop https://www.beckfordbottleshop.com/
Ethicurean Restaurant in its beautiful walled garden
- Bianchis https://www.bianchisrestaurant.co.uk/
- The Littlefrench https://littlefrench.co.uk/
- South Harbourside -lots of independent cafes/restaurants in the old historic dock area
Wells has Roots and Rugantino.
The Roth Bar and Grill at Bruton
Days Out (so Many!!)
Wells, England's smallest city, wandering through medieval streets to the market place or museum on the Green. Drive south to rummage for antiques at the Wells or Glastonbury reclamation yards.
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 a coffee, sandwich, lunch in the antegarden outside the Swan hotel or at Bishops Eye
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. We particularly recommend the open top Bus Tour. See Bath link below.
and......if you're visiting BATH.....have a trade off with the kids and take them to the Childrens Playground in Victoria Park
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/
Stourhead, a fabulous National Trust property is a 40 minute drive; https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/stourhead\
The Newt, https://thenewtinsomerset.com/
Longleat is a 35 minute drive; https://www.longleat.co.uk/
Wookey Hole & Cheddar Gorge - 15 minutes away
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-caving.php
Avon Valley Park is a 25 minute drive; https://avonvalley.co.uk/
Local Walks from the Door
- RingoBells via Prospect Style
- HollowMarsh Lane Loop
- Lane walk to Waldegrave East Harptree
- Long hike to the Litton
- Lane walk to RingoBells
Obviously, Western Super Mare is very close. https://www.visit-westonsupermare.com/
Just south of that is Brean; very different to Weston. https://www.thebeachguide.co.uk/south-west-england/somerset/brean-beach.htm
Further South is Dunster Castle and beach. Can be steep walking. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/visit/somerset/dunster-castle-and-watermill
Big drive are North Devon beaches like Woolacombe. Walking and surfing (book ahead for wetsuits and boards) https://www.thebeachguide.co.uk/south-west-england/devon/woolacombe.htm
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, Morrisons and Lidl. There is also a large Tesco at Midsomer Norton.