Time to take a foodie foray into Somerset.
Somerset is not often described as foodie heaven but it is somewhere away from the hungry hoards that's ripe for exploring.
Holidaymakers flock to Devon and Cornwall and express their delight at the fresh fish, the dairy products and the rare breed meats they can find there, but here in the heart of Somerset there are lots of growers, farmers and producers doing wonderful things too and we're very keen to support them.
One of the places we encourage guests to visit on our county's taste bud trail is the Brown & Forrest Smokery at Hambridge, which is near us here at the hotel. Brown and Forrest is a small, family-run smokery that has a tradition for smoking eels, which are caught on the River Parrett.
The smokery uses traditional methods to produce smoked eel as well as a whole range of other delicious items including salmon, chicken, duck, lamb and trout."
Somerset is also home to fresh oyster beds in the coastal village of Porlock, which is the only site in England and Wales to have the highest A classification for Pacific Oysters.
A community project was started in Porlock in 2013 to revive the historic industry of growing and selling shellfish. A Community Interest Company was set up called Porlock Futures and following a number of fundraising projects they officially launched the production of Porlock Bay Oysters in May last year.
We're also blessed in the area with other wonderful ingredients grown on Somerset soil such as asparagus, which is normally in season in May. Visitors are surprised and delighted when they discover that here in Somerset we have more than 8,500 farmers and food producers, which is more than any other county in the UK.
Somerset is often passed by as a foodie holiday destination but it's a great place with culinary charm and somewhere off the beaten track to explore.
But if the glorious food wasn't enough, when you stay with us you can also enjoy easy access to The Quantocks, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, and Exmoor with its glorious seascapes, rolling hills and deep, wooded coombes.
We're a good base for those who enjoy strolling, ambling or full on rambling with both moorland and the South West Coast Path close by.
We offer luxury accommodation for those wishing to escape the hurly burly of everyday life and to explore a truly tranquil part of the world with stunning scenery all year round. We also have a log burning stove in the lounge for warming your toes in the autumn and winter months.
If you want to bring your dog for a break too, then you can. Just get in touch and let us know what your requirements are. To find our more click here and get in touch.