Ilminster is only a small market town, but what a delight! You can't help noticing how laid back the ambience is, and how there's a sense of community with people greeting each other in the street; the shops are mostly independent and have been run by the same family for years, like the award-winning butchers where there's often a queue by the door. There are a few antiques/interiors shops, the most exquisite florists, a lovely arts centre in a converted church, 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 and the views across the Somerset countryside are staggering. 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 - tea and chat amongst the tat as they say!
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. Another good one is Pip's Railway Carriage Cafe a few miles out of town on the old A303, where you can have a delicious lunch or just tea and cake in a converted bus or railway carriage.
All information correct at the time of writing