Dine out at these top Somerset restaurants and pubs

Food and Drink

Posted by Ed Roberts on 16th March 2020

Choose Somerset for a gourmet's holiday. There are so many nice places to eat in Somerset that include Michelin-star restaurants, gastropubs and country pubs to enjoy the best Sunday roasts.

Picture Somerset in your head and you may well conjure up visions of Glastonbury Tor, the Quantock Hills, the Somerset Levels, and Cheddar Gorge, or the familiar seaside resorts of Weston-super-Mare and Minehead. You may also think of Glastonbury Festival, Dunster Castle, steam trains by the sea, or see it as the land of Arthurian legend and Romantic poets; it’s a wonderland of rural diversity. The county of Somerset is a gorgeous rural holiday heaven and is full of charm. As for its restaurants, Somerset offers some of the best and most interesting places to eat in the South West; we’ve compiled a guide to help you narrow down your choices. 

Whilst you are discovering Somerset’s best places to eat and drink, enjoy a stay at one of our self-catering holiday cottages. If you are a budding chef yourself, many of our properties have impressive kitchens, packed out with all the latest gadgetry and features like large ovens and lots of worktop space. Visit our collection of Somerset holiday cottages today.

Read through our list of places to eat in Somerse - booking ahead is advised at many of them because they can all get very busy during peak times and holiday periods.

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  1. 🍽 Top Michelin-starred restaurants in Somerset
  2. 🍔Top gastropubs in Somerset
  3. 🍕Top Italian restaurants in Somerset
  4. 🌶 Top Indian restaurants in Somerset
  5. 🐕Top dog-friendly places to eat and drink in Somerset
  6. 🌈Top places to eat and drink with views in Somerset

The top Michelin-starred restaurants in Somerset

Langford Fivehead, Taunton | £££

This Michelin-starred restaurant in Somerset is set in a 15th-century manor house on the Somerset Levels and within a short distance of Taunton. If a spot of fine dining is on the cards for you and your loved ones, then Langford Fivehead is a perfect choice. You are invited for pre-dinner or lunch drinks on the terrace or by the open fire. Views across the estate are stunning and the food is worthy of its famed accolade. A sample menu is viewable on its homepage. 

Stay at: Blagroves Farm Stables | Sleeps: 4 guests and 2 dogs 

Little Barwick House, Yeovil | ££

Another great dining option for gastronomes is Little Barwick House, a few miles south of Yeovil. Situated in an alluring Georgian dower house, sink into the deep sofas for a drink before heading into the elegant dining room for your meal. Dishes are traditionally English with a superb wine list to accompany them. Specialities include the venison, turbot and fillet of beef. Its unique feature, which will attract wine connoisseurs, is the presence of a Le Verre de Vin preservation system that allows diners to experience exceptional and rare wines by the glass. 

Stay at: Park Farm Cottage | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 2 dogs   

The top gastropubs in Somerset

The Forester’s Arms, Dunster | £    

Somerset certainly isn’t short of gastropubs; it’s a veritable jungle of tasty prospects. The Forester’s Arms close to Dunster Castle is the pub food vendor to head to if you are in the area. Dunster is a lovely village to wander around, and there’s nothing better than a hearty lunch or dinner in a gastropub. Serving a broad menu with surf-n-turf choices and vegetarian options, you could enhance your meal with a pint of ale or a nice glass of wine from the bar. The Sunday lunch here is also worth the trip; be sure to book in advance because it’s a popular choice.

Stay at: Evenin’ All | Sleeps: 4 guests 

The Riverside Inn, Cheddar | £

The Riverside Inn near Cheddar Gorge is worth seeking out if you like a sturdy lunch after drumming up an appetite after walking on the trail. It’s a delightful village pub that specialises in serving and cooking up delicious and unfussy food that keeps pace with the farming calendar. Using local producers, you know the pub is truly an important part of the local community. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, if you are in Cheddar Gorge for your holidays, this place could well become your local HQ. 

Stay at: The Garden Room | Sleeps: 2 guests plus 1 dog 

Top Italian restaurants in Somerset

Scoozie Ristorante, Clevedon | ££

Tucked away in the Victorian seaside town of Clevedon is this wonderful Italian restaurant. Specialising in delicious wood-fired oven-baked pizzas and a wide menu full of Italian classics along with some exciting, modern dishes, this restaurant combines stylish, contemporary, yet informal dining. At Scoozi, the chefs use only the freshest and finest ingredients to produce its authentic Italian cuisine, and the pizza dough is made fresh daily – so you know you’re in good hands. 

Stay at: Upper Southwick Cottage | Sleeps: 2 guests 

Il Michelangelo Restaurant, Weston-super-Mare | ££

Il Michelangelo Italian Restaurant of Weston-super-Mare is another sure bet for authentic Italian food and hospitality. Giving you the taste of Italy, it uses the freshest produce from high-quality local suppliers. It pride itself on providing a comfortable environment, with excellent service and attention to detail to complement the food and wine list. 

 Stay at: Alstone Cottages – Old Stables | Sleeps: 2 guests plus 2 dogs 

Top Indian restaurants in Somerset

Mem-Saab, Yeovil | ££

Mem-Saab in the heart of Yeovil is a great Indian restaurant and takeaway. It specialises in bringing you the exquisite tastes of Asia, perfected by its experienced chefs and made using the freshest authentic ingredients. Enjoy the most mouth-watering flavours with the finest ingredients and using sweet and hot spices, stimulating the palate to the very last bite. Mumbai flavours with a sprinkle of Somerset charm await. 

Stay at: Hyde Cottage | Sleeps: 2 guests 

The Curry Garden, Weston-super-Mare | ££

Weston-super-Mare is a great place for an evening meal of the exotic kind. Head to the Curry Garden to experience all the authentic flavours of India. It offers a unique outing by bringing a sense of style and sophistication to the restaurant scene of Weston-super-Mare. You can dine-in, enjoy takeaway options, as well as choose from lots of vegetarian and vegan dishes too.

 Stay at: Alstone Cottages Paddock View | Sleeps: 2 guests plus 2 dogs

Top dog-friendly places to eat in Somerset

The Windmill, Portishead | £ 

The Windmill is a dog-friendly pub inside a former windmill, located on the lovely waterfront at Portishead. Overlooking the Severn Estuary, this is a good spot for a dog-walk along the beach or promenade just metres away. Dogs can enjoy a refreshing bowl of water after charging about on the sand, whilst you order a nice pint or a glass of wine. There is a large picture window or glass wall where you can enjoy the waterside views from the comfort of the pub. The menu is full of British pub favourites. The dining area is a dog-free zone, however our four-legged friends are more than welcome in the bar area and the pub garden. 

Stay at: The Bull Pen | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog  

The Cottage, Taunton | £

The Cottage Inn is a very pleasant dog-friendly pub near Taunton with a cosy and welcoming feel to it. It serves Somerset ales and ciders alongside proper pub grub like sausage and mash, fish and chips, and burgers, as well as veggie choices too. Dogs are made to feel like special guests here and they’re allowed in all areas of the pub so you can drink and dine with your best friend by your side. Dog-treats are available at the bar! This place isn’t dog-friendly as an afterthought, it really is a genuinely excellent place to enjoy a pint with your pet unhindered.

 Stay at: Kibbear The Byre | Sleeps: 4 guests plus 1 dog

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Top Somerset pubs with the best views

The Old Ship Aground, Minehead | £

Relax with a pint and a spot of delicious lunch at this wonderful gastropub located on Minehead's harbour; the iconic Old Ship Aground is a vibrant spot bursting with character, so expect a warm welcome. Take a look at the interesting wine menu and its varied selection of ales and ciders. The River Cottage-inspired menu concocted from home-grown or locally sourced produce is worth visiting this pub for. Seafood aficionados, make your way down to the Old Ship Aground on a Tuesday for the pub's popular Fish Evening. As for the view, you can see the town’s lovely harbour and views across the Bristol Channel to Wales (on a clear day).

Stay at: Court Cottage | Sleeps: 2 guests 

The Bottom Ship Inn, Porlock Weir | £

Porlock Weir is an exceptionally beautiful village on the Somerset coast. The Bottom Ship Inn is a charming watering hole, a perfect place for thirsty patrons to enjoy a refreshing selection of real ales and local ciders as well as the freshly cooked hearty pub fare. The Sunday roast is also very good and one of the best in Somerset. Coincide a visit with WeirFest, which occurs every June, a blend of live music, BBQ and ale tasting.

Stay at: Porlock Sunnyside | Sleeps: 6 guests plus 1 dog 

Stay in Somerset

We hope our guide has inspired you to take a gourmet trip to Somerset. As you can see, there is a broad choice of places to eat and drink all across the county from fine dining options to cool dog-friendly pubs with excellent views. Stay at one of our self-catering cottages on your holiday to Somerset. Our collection is comprised of alluring holiday properties to suit any of your requirements from large family cottages to cosy countryside boltholes. Bring your hound too, as an increasing number of our holiday homes welcome dogs.

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  • Langford Fivehead = @ langfordfiveheadofficial
  • Little Barwick House @ somersetlivingmagazine
  • Foresters @ Wintersinpetra
  • The Riverside @ lindyloubigmac
  • Scoozie @ cowabungadoood4
  • Il Michelangelo Restaurant @ hannahk.m.g
  • Mem-Saab @ takingcurry
  • Curry Garden @ eatsleepinsomerset
  • Windmill @ cbvdata
  • The Cottage @ millybeels
  • Old Ship Aground @ oldshipaground
  • Bottom Ship @ porlockcrow_magnon

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