The Rose & Crown, Bower Hinton, near Martock, Somerset

There's something very, very satisying about finding a seat in a friendly village pub and settling down with a pint of local ale and a plate of home cooked food. The Rose & Crown has plenty of country inn ambience; a lovely Hamstone building, traditional pub furniture and settles; there's a big TV for sports, regular live music and guest beers. Food is honest and tasty home cooked fare; sausage and mash, steak and kidney pudding, ham, egg and chips. At lunch time there's also a good choice of light bites, hot or cold filled baguettes, and jacket potatoes. It gets good reviews with people coming back because it's relaxing and welcoming and because it's unpretentious. Nearby is Tintinhull House, Montacute House (both NT), and Burrow Hill Cider & Brandy Farm.

Dog friendly. Open Tues-Thurs 12.230pm and 5-11pm, Fri-Sun 12 - close. 01935 822393

All information correct at time of writing

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