Ilminster, Somerset

This little market town is a delight, with some very quirky one-off shops; the butchers has won several awards and there's often a queue coming out the door, but it's well worth the wait if you're after top quality local meat for your roast or barbecue. There's a lovely arts centre in a converted church, a few antiques/interiors shops, the most exquisite florists, a place that sells upcycled and locally made things, and for those essential bits and pieces there are two supermarkets.
Have a stroll round whilst you're here; go and see the glorious parish church and the little cottages and old grammar school behind it, take a picnic in the shade of a tree on the recreation ground, walk up through the sun dappled woods to the fields above the town; you can find fossils up there when it's been ploughed. If you're hungry, go to Todays Menu for seriously good bistro-restaurant style fare, or wander up the road to No.57 where you can enjoy very flavoursome nosh and browse the vintage wares. Have a look at the latest art exhibition and stop for a bite at The Meeting House, or for excellent vegetarian food, go to F.East on the outskirts of town. A few miles out of town on the old A303 is Pip's Railway Carriage Cafe where you can have a delicious lunch or just tea and cake in a converted bus or railway carriage.

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