Hardens Guide to the Best Restaurants in Somerset
Hardens guides have spent 15 years compiling reviews of the best Somerset restaurants. On Hardens.com you'll find details and reviews of 147 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.
Featured Somerset Restaurants
. Little Barwick House
British, Modern restaurant in Barwick
“Our all-time favourite”, say devotees of Emma & Tim Ford’s “elegant” restaurant-with-rooms, which delivers “great ambience, charming service, fantastic, beautifully presented food” (“stellar cheese”) and a particularly “interesting and comprehensive wine list”.
. The Pig, Hunstrete House
British, Modern restaurant in Pensford
Hunstrete - BS39
Part of the growing national chain – this “very accommodating”, shabby-chic country-house hotel in a Grade II-listed Mendips mansion serves “delicious, locally-sourced food”. But it’s the setting which really elevates it above the average: “wonderful views across the fields (and sometimes even deer)”, “lovely gardens”, “a conservatory to dine in and terrific ambience”.
. The Pony & Trap
British, Traditional restaurant in Chew Magna
A short drive south of Bristol, Josh & Holly Eggleton’s (brother and sister) accoladed and “well-patronised” venue has “a lovely garden and amazing views” over the Chew Valley. “The ‘pub’ is now more of a restaurant and a fantastic one, but with many tables” (which can feel “overcrowded” in some areas) and “hardly any bar”. Foodwise, there were a couple of reports of “a let down” this year, but not enough to dent the ratings, given the huge volume of reports of cooking that’s “as good as it gets”: “so creative, with excellent flavour and texture combinations, prepared with real skill”. “Add reasonable pricing, knowledgeable service and given the stunning country setting, you have all the ingredients for a meal to relish”.
. Colonna & Smalls
Sandwiches, cakes, etc restaurant in Bath
6 Chapel Row - BA1
Thrice crowned UK Barista Champion (and up there at several World Finals) Maxwell Colonna-Dashwood runs this “very fashionable” Queen Square coffee shop. Unsurprisingly, it’s hailed as “the best place for coffee” in town and the “carrot cake is also pretty damn good!”
British, Traditional restaurant in Wrington
Barley Wood Walled Garden, Long Ln - BS40
A “really different” ethical venture whose veggie-friendly food is “inventive and delicious” (à la carte by day, set menu by night). Set among art studios and a cider barn in a Victorian walled garden minutes from the airport, it can feel “too greenhouse-y” for some, but sitting outside in summer it’s the “perfect location”.
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