Places to Eat in Somerset
From Exmoor National park to the banks of the Avon, Somerset is a large county encompassing many picturesque and historic towns such as Bath, Wells, Yeovil, Taunton, and the seaside towns of Weston-Super-Mare, and Minehead. Cheddar Gorge gives its name to the most famous of all cheeses, and while the name is used loosely elsewhere you can still see real Cheddar being made by hand here. Somerset is also justifiably famous for its cider, or scrumpy. From big names like Thatcher’s and Brothers to less well known but equally worthy producers like Burrow Hill and Roger Wilkins. Don’t forget to check when the farmer’s markets take place when you visit. Whether it be in Bath, Frome, Glastonbury, Taunton, or… there are plenty to choose from, selling top quality produce from local producers. As you can no doubt imagine there are plenty of places to eat in Somerset, in every price bracket and offering every type of cuisine.
With its abbey, and the Roman baths from which it takes its name, the city of Bath is a must-see tourist destination, and you will not be surprised to know it is blessed with many great eating places. For a town with a rich history, the ‘Olive Tree’ is one of the longest established restaurants. Boasting a Michelin Star, the broadly British style menu includes vegetarian and vegan options in a fine dining ambience.
With its unique combinations of quirky eccentricity and fashionable chic, Glastonbury, and nearby Street, is a jewel in Somerset’s crown. You can certainly enjoy fine dining here too, but it is also a fantastic place to savour superb vegetarian and vegan food on a budget. Even non-vegetarians should sample the mezze or falafels at ‘Rainbow’s End Café’ in the High Street. You won’t even miss the meat.
Oh, pop into the Mocha Berry and check out the ‘Executive Breakfast’ just for a laugh. Black coffee, a cigarette, and two aspirin, for an eye-watering price. Just have the regular coffee; it’s great.
When it comes to coffee shops, while there’s nothing inherently wrong with a chain, we all love a really fabulous independent, don’t we? ‘Strangers with Coffee’ in Wells is just such a place serving exquisite coffee, mouth-watering cakes, and luxurious sandwiches. They’re even licensed, so if your coffee needs an extra kick…
Places to eat in Somerset by the Seaside
From Minehead to Portishead, there are some forty miles of coastline and it’s not just fish-and-chips, although there is that. The Curry Garden in Weston-Super-Mare has been building a reputation for serving excellent Indian food since 1982, or for a more British/European menu try Reeves in Dunster.
As previously indicated, there is no possible way to cover all the great places to eat in Somerset in a single article, indeed, it would be impossible to do justice even to a single large town without leaving some outstanding places out. Of course, a great deal depends on where you are based and what your preference is. The one thing that is certain however, is no matter where you stay in Somerset, you are sure to find a restaurant, café, or brasserie, to suit your budget, and tastes. Bon appétit!