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Overview

With bags of country-style and a contemporary rustic finish, The White Hart is a fabulous option in the centre of the charming town of Somerton. The chic interior is decorated with stylish sofas and a mishmash of wooden tables - the perfect place to enjoy a delectable dinner or peruse the papers over a pint of local ale. Exposed stone walls, wood-burning stoves and a parquet floor complete the country-chic feel, whilst the open kitchen in the rear restaurant is focused on the wood-fired oven which produces excellent pizzas.

Whilst the pub looks out over the town square, the grassy garden at the back has views over farmland and makes for a peaceful spot for drinks or bar snacks, and there are BBQs on Sundays and Bank Holidays through the summer.

Room from

Doubles and twins: £75


Good to know

  • Amex not accepted, Visa / Mastercard / Maestro all accepted
  • Disabled access
  • Parking available
  • Alfresco dining

Family favourite
Children are welcome in the bar and two of the bedrooms where cots and Z beds can be provided.

Town and city
The White Hart has held court on Somerton's Market Square for 500 years - it's the perfect place from which to enjoy this rural town.

A touch of culture
With Wells close by and plenty of National Trust properties to choose from, culture and history lovers are spoilt for choice in this part of the world.

Rooms

On the first floor above the pub, a number of the eight bedrooms have views over the market square and 13th-century church, whilst others the more pastoral view towards the rolling hills at the back of the pub. All are hugely individual with eclectic decor combining contemporary neutrality with thoughtful touches such as hand-painted wallpaper and generously sized beds. The pick of the bunch is room three with its roll-top bath, with a stunning mosaic vintage tile splash-back.

Restaurant & bar

Having started at River Cottage, The White Hart's head chef brings a passion for provenance and seasonal flavours to the table. Whilst the bar prioritises sharing plates, with options focusing on meat, fish or vegetables, the restaurant area continues the same easy-going vibe with the addition of table service. This is a kitchen that makes as much as possible in-house, including bread, cakes and even burger buns. The wood-fired oven brings a smoky flavour to a number of dishes, including Sunday lunch and breakfast options.

The pub's main beer supplier is the excellent Meantime Brewing Company based in South East London, but that's not to say there's any lack of a local stuff on offer - Bath Ales' Gem and Cheddar Ales' Potholer are regulars flying the flag for the South West. When it comes to cider, there's Orchard Pig's Reveller and a couple more straight from the producer served in boxes by the bar, including something from Harry's Cider Company down the road.

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.

A superb Elizabethan house built of the local golden Ham Hill Stone, head to beautiful Montacute House in Somerset for a culture fix. Its architecture is an exquisite pastiche of Gothic tradition and new Renaissance ideas that were arriving from the continent at the time of its completion in 1601. The house is filled with historic treasures and a fantastic collection of 17th century textile samples and artworks, so there's plenty to keep you busy.

Or, explore National Trust property Barrington Court near Ilminster, was rescued by Colonel Lyle of the famous Tate & Lyle family and transformed into an idyllic country estate in the 1920s. There's plenty to see and you'll probably recognise it as one of many National Trust locations featured in the BBC series, Wolf Hall.

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.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Yeovil Junction
Taxi from station: 27min
Drive: 35min from Bridgwater, 41min from Taunton

Address

Market Place, Somerton, Somerset TA11 7LX

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