Summer 2020 – Please check in advance for all venues due to Covid19 reopening. We are fortunate to be a walk, drive or a nice bike ride from some great Somerset pubs, cafes and restaurants serving fantastic local food. Most of them are independently owned with friendly staff and great chefs. Many are dog friendly and all are child friendly. They are definitely worth the effort to venture out to. Please make sure and phone ahead to check opening time and especially food service times. Unlike the city food often stops around 9pm and a number of pubs do not serve on a Sunday evening.
Places in Glastonbury
Open Mon to Sat 9am to 4pm. Sun 10am to 2pm.
We often have food events at Middlewick Holiday Cottages. Pizza Nights in the holidays, Pop up Suppers and our Middlewick Breakfast Club. Check our monthly calendar or pop up event page for details of our next events.
The Who’d a Thought it is a nice a pub off of the market square. It does good pub food in a very relaxed atmosphere with outside seating. We like to walk here from Middlewick with the dogs and then stumble home in the dark up and around the Tor! Dog and child friendly.
01458 834460, 17 Northload Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9JJ.
Hundred Monkeys on Glastonbury High Street is a fantastic natural and organic bistro and bakery. They specialise in vegan, gluten-free and dairy free menus as well as ethically-reared meats and fresh fish. Ingredients are sourced from local, small-scale and organic producers. The food is great but service can be a bit slow at times so don’t go there in a hurry. There is a small courtyard in the back for outdoor dining and they do a takeaway service for cakes and coffees. Open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Dog and Child friendly. 01458 833 386, 52 High St, Glastonbury.
Rainbows End Café is a vegetarian restaurant tucked up an alleyway off the high street. This little gem has the been in Glastonbury for 25 years now and it continues to be ranked the number 1 café on Trip Advisor. It is only open at lunchtimes and there can sometimes be a large queue for the counter top service. They do serve up things pretty quickly so it is worth the wait. There is a secret garden at the rear to sit in so dogs are welcome in there. Child Friendly. 17B High St Glastonbury. 01458 833896.
The Old Tannery. (formerly Bocabar).Located in the Red Brick Building which is half way between Glastonbury and Street.
The Old Tannery is a relaxed, informal restaurant and bar housed within the Red Brick Building, Glastonbury on the old site of the early 1900’s tanning factory, Morlands. They pride themselves on supporting and championing as many local producers and suppliers as they can in delivering fresh and seasonal menus across breakfast, lunch and dinner.
The Lazy Gecko across from Glastonbury Abbey do an all day breakfast which is superb, just don’t go there if you are in a hurry. Child and dog friendly. 8 Magdalene St. 01458 835 624.
The King Arthur on Benedict Street has live music most nights. Worth dropping in to see who is playing as they do get some great up and coming bands. Food is available Wednesdays to Sundays with a roast lunch on a Sunday afternoon. For those who smoke this is the pub for you as they have a smokers alley that is buzzing on a Friday and Saturday night. Dog friendly and on a Sunday afternoon it is a good child friendly place to go. 31 Benedict St. 01458 830 338
Places In Wells
Twenty One is one of our favourites, coffee, cakes and bistro style food. Run by our friend Mel and her husband. Super friendly.
01749 675993, 21 Market Pl, Wells BA5 2RF
The Good Earth is a great Vegetarian café with a health food store attached. It is a self serve style so there is often a queue but the food is worth it. Open 9am-4pm every day except Sunday. 4 Priory Road 01749 678 600.
The Thai Elephant. Great, authentic, reasonably priced Thai food. On the High Street as you head out of Street towards Bridgwater. They do a great set menu lunch at £7.95. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. They also do a takeaway menu. 166 High Street. 01458 445 444.
The Bear Inn. Apologies, this pub is a chain but it is worth visiting to see another historic Clarks family building. Up until the 1970s this pub did not serve alcohol, it was built as an eatery and a hotel for visitors to Clarks Factory which is across the road from it. There is a lovely garden in the back and perfect to visit after a swim in the Clarks built outdoor swimming pool which is also next door. Pub food. Open 7 days a week. 01458 442 02.
Art Bank Cafe One of our former staff at Middlewick, Dimitris, now runs his own cafe and art project in Shepton Mallet. Coffee, cake, paninis, and if you are lucky one of his home made Greek Salads as well. Check opening in advance. Worth a visit if you are in Shepton. 13 High St, Shepton Mallet BA4 5AD
Country Pubs and Further a Field
The George Inn is an award-winning 17th century freehouse in the scenic village of Croscombe. Winner of the CAMRA Rural Pub of 2015. They always have 5 Real Ales and 5 local Craft Ciders on tap. Run by fellow Canadian Peter and his family. We love going here, especially in the winter when the fires are lit!
George Inn, Long Street, Croscombe, Wells BA5 3QH. 01749 342306.
The R and P (as it is affectionally known by the locals) prides itself on its well-kept and extensive selection of real ales, guest lagers and variety of ciders. The ingredients used in the food are sourced locally, wherever possible, and the menu is constantly changing. They can be very busy and so we recommend that you book in advance. Never disappoints.
Rose and Portcullis, Butleigh, Somerset BA6 8TQ. 01458 850287,
Sheppey Inn, Godney is well worth the 5 mile drive into what seems like the middle of nowhere. Great place for a drink and the food is excellent. Make sure and book first as it is very popular in the evening. There is a waterside terrace on the River Brue so makes a nice lunchtime spot on a sunny day.
The Sheppey Inn, Lower Godney, Glastonbury, Somerset BA5 1RZ. 01458 831 594.
The Swan is in the lovely village of Wedmore. Great restaurant food from the kitchen led by Tom Blake from River Cottage. Open all day for a quick drink, a snack or a delicious meal.
Cheddar Road, Wedmore, BS28 4EQ. 01934 710337.
The Manor House Inn is in the small village of Ditcheat The village is famous for being the home of race horse trainer Paul Nicholls’. The pub has seen its fair share of celebrations from past wins. Many of the stars, including the most famous one Kauto Star can be found in paintings and photos on the wall. Enjoy great food while listening in to lively horse racing chat.
The Manor House Inn, Wraxall Road, Ditcheat, Somerset, BA4 6RB. 01749 860276
The Red Lion Babcary is a beautiful thatched pub 12 miles from us. Just off the A303 so might be a good place to stop on route to Middlewick. Cosy bar area with fires always lit on one side and a sit down restaurant on the other side. Menu is always full of local produce. Food served 7 days a week.
The Red Lion Inn, North St, Babcary, Somerton, TA11 7ED. 01458 223230
Holy Cow A secret gem. Homely style café serving delicious homemade food and great coffee using local produce wherever possible. Menu changes regularly depending on what is inspiring us and what is seasonal. A great location set in the grounds of early 17th century Manor Farm the café garden overlooks St John’s church.
Holy Cow, Manor Farm, Church Lane, Chilcompton, BA3 4HP. 01761 410497.
Lovington Bakery. If you are travelling down the A303 to stay with us in Glastonbury then this might be a good place to stop for coffee and a quick snack. Run by the Lievito Bakery who make amazing bread and pastries this place is just what an independent bakery should be like.
1 Market Place, Wincanton.
The Queen Vic in Priddy is a local favourite. A good old fashioned pub serving great food and ales. This pub is famous for its amazing Christmas light displays. In 2017 it was transformed into a Ginger Bread House with over 2km of lights. Well worth the drive but do book first if you want to eat.
The Litton. Stylish pub, excellent food, good drinks and cocktail selection and great service. Wonderfully refurbished buildings with garden area and stream running by. Perfect place to stop if travelling to/ from Bristol or Bath for the day.
Alhampton Inn Cosy and friendly. Good menu. On our last visit they had a soft shell crab burger which was great. Could have eaten everything on the menu and will be going back soon. Inventive but not pretentious. West Lane BA4 6PY Alhampton. 01749 860747. Phone in advance as they are not open everyday (normally closed Monday and Tuesday).