A contemporary, relaxing, convivial bar and a stylish restaurant. There is a small patio area and dogs/children are welcome. The New Inn is a great venue for a few drinks, a wonderful dinner or a relaxing Sunday lunchtime drink with the children!
Crowcombe is another stunning conservation village, nestling at the bottom of the Quantocks. This thriving, large village pub has a lovely, child friendly garden with stunning views and a spacious skittle alley with a pool table. Both the bar and restaurant food is delicious.
The Rising Sun is another super pub, in the foothills of the Quantocks. It has a lovely menu, no garden but delightful benches at the front of the pub on the lane.
The Farmers Arms is in a great position, within sight of the West Somerset Steam Railway, perfect for trainspotters, young and old! It is a thatched pub, very family friendly, serving good pub food in a great spot.
This is a large pub in Minehead with a huge play area, it serves very reasonably priced food and shows sky sports. It does a good Sunday Carvery, and the kids never get bored of the play area.
There are also many take away options in Minehead. From traditional fish and chips, Chinese food, Indian food, Pizzas. Further information and contact details will be found in the farmhouse.
This lovely pub is the closest to the Cottage, good food and beer, always something going on!
The White Horse at Torre near Washford is an idyllic country pub serving excellent food- with a lovely garden and next ot a pretty river.
Raleghs Cross Inn is a traditional coaching inn set in a wonderful location on the edge of Exmoor. It serves a wonderful carvery as well as other great meals andhas a large garden with wooden play area and lots of parking. A great stop off if you are walking or exploring Exmoor.
The White Horse in Stogumber is close the Railway Cottage and The Railway Carriage- appox 2 miles and a lovely walk or easy drive. A traditional village pub serving good food.
This stylish wine bar style restaurant offers a great lunch and evening menu. The restaurant is in the heart of town, in a charming period building on a side street. The restaurant is both quirky and comfy, combining the best of both styles. The food is delicious, with scrummy puds!
This is our favourite restaurant! Situated in a simple barn Podshavers is a delightful, popular resturant but you need to book well in advance, I believe it is one of the area's best kept secrets! It serves exquisite food in contemporary surroundings.
This restaurant is in the stunning Quantock Hills. It is a great venue, either for a Sunday lunch or a dinner. Serving home grown meat and vegetables.
Run by Justin and Claire Reeves, Justin has over twenty years cooking experience from La Sorbonne in Oxford to being Head Chef at Painswick House Hotel. Justin and Claire provide a fine dining experience in Dunster, again a sample menu can be viewed by visiting their website, and like the Royal Oak booking is very much advised.
The White Horse Inn is in Washford very near to Cleeve Abbey, it has pleasant riverside gardens with a play area, and is well known for good no nonsense food.
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West Somerset Railway
Steam Trains to the seaside. England’s longest and best heritage railway. 10 stations linked by a 20 mile scenic journey through the Quantocks onto the seaside. www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk
Cheddar Gorge and Caves
Visit the world famous caves and gorge. A major tourist attraction with plenty to do below and above ground. www.cheddarcaves.co.uk
Haynes International Motor Museum
Sparkford in Somerset is the UK's largest exhibition of the greatest cars from around the world. For the kids there is a Themed adventure playground. Very close to the Fleet Air Arm Museum. www.haynesmotormuseum.com
An adventure and animal park for younger children. www.tropiquaria.co.uk
Wookey Hole Caves and Paper Mill
Wookey Hole, near Wells, offer a guided tour of spectacular caves, learn about the Witch of Wookey and step back in time in the penny arcade and hall of mirrors. www.wookey.co.uk
Brunel’s SS Great Britain at Bristol
Tickets also allow entry to the dry dock, museum, Maritime Heritage Centre. http://visitbristol.co.uk
A true 21st century science centre combining the best of hands-on activities. http://visitbristol.co.uk
Bristol Zoo Gardens
Visit the new Monkey Jungle! www.bristolzoo.org.uk
Noah's Ark Zoo Farm - near Bristol
See the big zoo animals such as giraffes, rhinos, camels, deer and llamas at Noah's Ark Zoo Farm. Feed, stroke and hold many of the friendly animals or learn interesting facts in their animal shows and keeper talks. www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk
Crealy Adventure Park
A favorite theme park for children of all ages. www.crealy.co.uk
If you like to cycle, then Broadwood Farm is the perfect base. There are of course the marked cycle routes passing your door (the Dunster Estate has routes to suit all abilities). But Exmoor and the Quantocks provide some of the most spectacular cycling in the country, from the most beautiful gentle rides, to well renowned and technically advanced Moutntain Bike acents and decents. http://www.dunsterestate.co.uk/cycle_paths.html
Broadwood Farm has plenty to satisfy walkers from short, gentle strolls to spectacular rambles, the farm is close to several long-distance routes, such as: South West Coast Path.the Coleridge Way and Two Moors Way (Exmoor). http://www.dunsterestate.co.uk/walking_trails.html
There is plenty of quality fishing to enjoyed in Somerset, whether it is coarse fishing in rivers, ponds and canals, fly fishing in lakes, rivers and reservoirs and a trip out to sea from Minehead. This link provides a listing of ponds, lakes and fisheries in Somerset. www.go-fish.co.uk/somerset.htm
Here are some links to companies providing adventure activities:
- Barle Valley Safaris on the Dunster Estate see the Esate's varied wildlife with an expert and access parts of the Estate open to no other vehicles http://www.exmoorwildlifesafaris.co.uk
- Exmoor Adventures - Dan French can take you on all sorts of outdoor advenutres http://www.exmooradventures.co.uk
- Active Exmoor - A guide to outdoor activities and events http://www.activeexmoor.com
- Xtreme MotorSport - choose from a huge range of motor and non-motor activities - www.xtremeoffroad.co.uk
There are some beautiful golf clubs nearby:
- Oake Manor Golf Club, Taunton - www.oakemanor.wd-uk.com
- Taunton and Pickeridge Golf Club - www.pickeridgegolf.co.uk
- Taunton Vale Golf Club - www.tauntonvalegolf.co.uk
- Vivary Park Golf Course - http://www.tauntontowncentre.co.uk/Entertainment_vivary_golf.htm Also at Vivary Park is a 18-hole mini golf course, putting green and tennis courts
Hot Air Ballooning
Drifting serenely over the countryside - www.devonandsomersetballoons.co.uk
Places To Visit
Visit Dunster and its ancient castle with fine interiors and subtropical gardens. Dramatic hilltop location with sweeping views over Exmoor and the Bristol Channel. Dunster has a most interesting range of shops and plenty of places to eat and drink.
Taunton, The county town of Somerset, host to first class cricket and Theatre, enjoy quality shopping and restaurants.
Visit Barrington Court with its beautiful Jekyll-inspired gardens, working kitchen garden and Tudor manor house let to Stuart Interiors
Montacute House is a magnificent Elizabethan stone-built house, incorporating National Portrait Gallery exhibition, garden and park
Experience the stunning national park and wildlife of Exmoor. Stunning landscapes, wilderness and tranquillity. www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk
The first site in England to be designated an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, inspiring the poetry of both Coleridge and Wordsworth. Also very popular for mountain bike riding and walking. www.quantockonline.co.uk
The legendary Isle of Avalon. Visit Glastonbury Tor, the Abbey the Chalice Well & Gardens. Glastonbury also has a number of interesting museums. www.glastonbury.co.uk
A unique collection of three gardens spanning three centuries of garden history and design. All have undergone acclaimed restoration works. www.hestercombegardens.com/gardens
There are many other lovely gardens to visit in Somerset listed here are just a few:
World Heritage Site. Bath is a unique city; its hot springs, Roman Baths, splendid Abbey and Georgian stone crescents have attracted visitors for centuries. www.visitbath.co.uk
Clarks Shopping Village
Clarks Shopping Village, Street. Visit the ninety outlet stores, restaurants and cafes. www.clarksvillage.co.uk
Visit this thriving cosmopolitan city. Bristol's range of attractions are second to none. If you're looking for ideas for days out there is plenty for all ages. http://visitbristol.co.uk/site/things-to-do/attractions