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food & drink

local pubs

You may prefer to let someone else take the strain when it comes to cooking & eating so here are some recommendations for you to try.

The Barrington Boar, Barrington

Only a 20min walk up and over the hill from here is our award winning local with Michelin starred chef Alistair Clifford. Lovely and cosy with log burner, comfy sofas and a great selection of ciders and beers. Quote "SHEPHERD" when booking for extra special service!


The Duke of York, Shepton Beauchamp

Another walkable pub with a more traditional range of meal options.

The Lamb & Lion, Hambridge

Recently renovated & extended pub with cidery.


Dinnington Docks, Dinnington

Recently refurbed with excellent local food and drink options.


The Bell Inn at Broadway

Excellent woodfired pizzas, burgers etc not at crazy prices!

The Devonshire Arms, Long Sutton

Delicious and excellent quality food in a very smart dining room or outside in their pretty garden.

Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St. George

Award winning gastropub.


The Firehouse, Curry Rivel

Good pizzas and more with interesting interiors.

The Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood

Recently refurbished with an excellent reputation and listed in The Guardian 10 best Somerset pubs.

Five Dials, Horton

Fish-speciality pub.


The Lopen Raj, South Petherton

Excellent indian and thai restaurant or takeaway with free delivery to the Hut.

River Cottage Canteen, Axminster

Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall's restaurant in Axminster - tasty food, including many veggy options

We are very lucky to have an excellent range of specialist local food suppliers and producers in our local market town.


Bonners the Butchers and Deli - BBQ and breakfast packs available


Silver Street Dairy

Bakery Roy-Al

PB Fruits of Ilminster Greengrocers

Market Bakery

specialist food shops in ilminster

cafes and light lunch

The Greenhouse, Dillington, Ilminster

A very plesant 20 min walk from here on to the Dillngton Estate for great coffee, lunches and tasty foodie treats.

Shepton Stores, Kitchen and Deli, Shepton Beuchamp

25 min walk from here over the hill for amazing lunch and coffee options as well as all of your essentials!

No. 57, Ilminster

Excellent coffee & cakes, veggie and healthy options with vintage antiques on sale.

The Somerset

Coffee Barista by day, Cocktail Wine Bar by night.

Farm and Field Cafe, South Petherton

Great lunch, cake and coffee options with beautiful landscaped grounds to picnic in.

The Bridge Bakery and Canteen, Langport

Delicious bakery with very tasty sandwichs, soups, salads, cakes etc in a beautiful setting down by the River Parrett.

Perry’s Cider Mill, Dowlish Wake

Recently refurbed café with farm shop, cider tasting, cider museum and orchards you can walk around. 


The Meeting House, Ilminster Arts Centre

Good coffee, soups and world renowned cheese scones with local art displays.

The Pantry at No. 11, Ilminster

Coffee, cakes and simple menu combined with bakery, veg & farm shop, 

Pip's Railway Carriage Cafe, The Trading Post, Lopenhead

Veggie and vegan cafe in an old railway carriage and bus. 


Town Mill Bakery, Lyme Regis

Excellent cakes, coffee etc. 


Tea Garden, Curry Mallet

Cycleable, summer only.

local food and farm shops

Burrow Hill Cider

Award winning cider and cider brandy endorsed by Joanna Lumley! Trails around orchards, tastings, shop and cider bus. 

Perry’s Cider Mill, Dowlish Wake

Award winning cider with cafe, museum and shop. Woodfired pizza and cider bar on Saturdays in summer months.

Harry's Cider

Award winning cider offering tours around the orchards, tastings and a shop - endorsed by Heston Blumenthal!

Barleymows, Chard
Farmshop and cafe with excellent butchery.


The Trading Post, Lopenhead

Quality local organic produce.

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