Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Somerset
Hardens guides have spent 30 years compiling reviews of the best Somerset restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 158 restaurants in Somerset and our unique survey based approach to rating and reviewing Somerset restaurants gives you the best insight into the top restaurants in every area and of every type of cuisine.
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1. The Bath Priory British, Modern restaurant in Bath Weston Rd - BA1
“Wonderful food is amply delivered” at this posh country house hotel, riding high after the arrival of Michael Nizzero in January 2017, and where “a tour of the (“fab”) grounds by the head gardener following a meal makes for a perfect celebration and reason to return”; casual sister restaurant The Pantry is also worth a look.
2. The Castle Bow Restaurant British, Modern restaurant in Taunton Castle Bow - TA1
“A great local restaurant in every way” – this highly regarded dining room (“decorated in Art Deco style”) is situated under an old archway in the centre of the town, and scores very creditable grades all round, including for Liam Finnegan’s fine cooking from a “lovely menu with lots of local ingredients”, and also for its “very professional service”.
3. The Olive Tree, Queensberry Hotel British, Modern restaurant in Bath Russell St - BA1
Chris Cleghorn’s “very classy and well-composed” cuisine maintains this well-known basement dining room as the town’s most accoladed foodie hotspot (it’s the only restaurant in town with a Michelin star) and he offers a variety of menus (with vegan and vegetarian options) focused in the evenings on tasting menu formats, although – unusually – they allow you to pick out individual dishes from them if you don’t want ‘the full monty’ and to pay per plate. The dining room itself is well-appointed and pleasant, but the constraints of this basement space are griped about even in the most favourable of reports (“tables close together…”, “room is a bit spartan for food of this quality…”).
4. Scallop Shell Fish & seafood restaurant in Bath 22 Monmouth Place - BA1
“Beautiful fresh fish cooked to perfection every time” hits the seafood sweet spot at this modern update of the traditional fish-and-chip restaurant, set across two floors in the town centre. The visual pun of a fresh fish display in an old Victorian bath dominates the dining room.
5. Little Barwick House British, Modern restaurant in Barwick
With its “classical cooking in a traditional and comfortable country-house setting”, Emma & Tim Ford’s “welcoming and elegant” restaurant-with-rooms near Yeovil is “difficult to beat” – and it “always seems even better than last time”. “Emma keeps a very good wine list, full of interesting things at reasonable prices – and there’s always a nice selection of pinot noir from the New World”.
6. The Langford British, Modern restaurant in Lower Swell Langford Fivehead - TA3
Olly & Rebecca Jackson’s “beautiful old mansion”, in a “secluded location”, and with “log fires in winter and aperitifs in the garden come summer”; the kitchen delivers “excellent simple cooking of a high standard” and the whole experience “makes you feel like a house guest in a medieval manor” (which you effectively are).
7. Menu Gordon Jones British, Modern restaurant in Bath 2 Wellsway - BA2
“Gordon Jones is expert in the flavours he can coax out of sometimes-modest ingredients” and his ‘surprise’, no-choice tasting menu of “well-coordinated and beautifully presented” dishes makes his “small but sweet” venue (in a somewhat “ordinary location”, just outside the town centre) into “a foodie’s temple of joy!”. “Quirky but worth a detour”.
8. The Talbot Inn British, Traditional restaurant in Mells Selwood St - BA11
2018 Review: “Go for a walk across the fields or through the local woods then pop in for a meal here” – an upscale country inn with rooms, where you can either “sit by the fire” in the pub or opt to “eat in the grill”; all reviews laud the “enjoyable” cooking.
9. Acorn Vegetarian Kitchen Vegetarian restaurant in Bath 2 North Parade Passage - BA1
“Now fully vegan, but you wouldn’t know – everything is so brilliantly created”: this upmarket venture, super-cutely located in the city-centre, remains one of the UK’s top non-meat destinations and is “worth a special trip” for its “exquisite” and “innovative” cooking (not least the “sublime” five-course tasting menu).
10. The Mint Room Indian restaurant in Bath Longmead Gospel Hall, Lower Bristol Rd - BA2
2019 Review: In a slightly utilitarian setting next to a Sainsbury’s petrol station and en route to Brizzle, this swish Indian serves some “beautiful food”.
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