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Overview

A charismatic thatched pub in the heart of unspoilt Somerset, The Red Lion Inn Babcary has been restored to a place where locals and visitors mingle happily together. It's still very much a drinkers' pub with regional ales and local ciders at the pumps. The place has been stripped back to reveal the very best of its original character - flagstone floors, real fires and lots of nooks and crannies. There's a leather sofa in front of the wood-burner in the main bar for those chilly winter evenings, while in the cosy village bar under low beams, a piano and table skittles await.

The garden has plenty of space for eating and drinking outdoors, and the revamped Den - a chic little converted barn - has a smart paved terrace and a wood-fired oven. The recently opened Farm Shop at the pub is stocked with goodies from artisan suppliers within a 20-mile radius of Babcary; you'll find vegetables and fruit, cheeses and chutneys and bacon and charcuterie, amongst other foodie items to take home.

Room from

Doubles: £110


Good to know

  • All major credit cards accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Alfresco and private dining

Family favourite
With a slide, boules pit and giant Jenga, the garden is perfectly geared up for children, providing plenty of outdoor distraction in warmer months.

Outdoor adventures
The inn is surrounded by beautiful local walks and a few famous trails, including the Macmillan Way, Leland Trail and Monarchs way.

Events and celebrations
Attaching to The Den, you'll find a pretty marquee with a capacity for 100 seated wedding or party guests.

Quiet romance
The cosy bar, thatched exterior and real fires make this the perfect rural location for a quiet weekend getaway for two.

Rooms

The six bedrooms are set across the converted Grade II stable block in the pub's garden. The classic and contemporary rooms have shaker-style shutters at the windows and artworks by local artists - all are stylishly kitted out with muted natural colours, low lighting, huge comfy beds with crushed velvet headboards and fake fur throws.

For those fancying a little pampering, guests can be treated in their room by a local massage therapist. Treatments include therapeutic massage, reflexology and oriental face massage.

Restaurant & bar

Backstage caterers for WOMAD and Glastonbury festival, you can expect delectable dining with plenty of pub classics and global flavours to suit all kinds of palates. ‚ÄčThe kitchen likes to make use of the fine ingredients available in this part of the country, with plenty grown on their own vegetable patch. Fresh seafood is shipped up from Brixham in Devon and the cheese hails from the South West. Their lunchtime sandwiches prove popular, as do the wood-fired pizza in the summer months. The Den is also used for slow-cooking lamb and for hog roasts over summer weekends.

The real ales come from the Otter Brewery just across the border in Devon and there's also Lawrence's traditional flat and cloudy cider from Corton Denham and Thatcher's from Shepton Mallet. Black Cow's pure milk vodka is a high quality tipple made in Dorset, and, when it comes to cocktails, you'll find the likes of Apple & Ginger Fizz, Babcary Bramble Espresso Martini and Bloody Marys up for grabs.

Private dining

The Den can be used for private dinners for up to 24. During the summer months, a marquee is added to the terrace outside providing space for up to 100 seated guests - perfect for weddings, party celebrations or festival-style gatherings.

Things to do

Head to beautiful Wells for a lovely day out, with plenty of things to see and do. The jewel in the city's crown is its historic cathedral, noted for its superb gothic interior. The famous West Front, with its intricate sculptures, is a real work of art. Look out for the moated 13th-century Bishop's Palace and a host of historic landmarks nearby.

It's cider country in these parts, so head to Wilkins Cider Farm and get to the bottom of why cider is such a big deal. Don't go expecting a fancy farm shop, simply pop into the barn and get cider straight from the barrel. You can also stock up on fresh vegetables, eggs and pickles as well.

You're twenty minutes from Clarks Village - a fabulous shopping experience. Here, you can shop in stylish surroundings comprising paved walkways and landscaped gardens. There are many designer and high street stores, a restaurant terrace for alfresco and indoor dining and a choice of all-important coffee shops.

Even closer is the Fleet Air Arm Museum, which represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy. Home to Europe's largest collection of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, aerial enthusiasts will be blown away!

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Castle Carey
Taxi from station: 15min
Drive: 25min from Yeovil, 28min from Glastonbury, 45min from Taunton

Address

Babcary, Somerset TA11 7ED

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