Podshaver's Barn Restaurant, Bishops Lydeard, Somerset

What a gem! Tucked away down a narrow lane in the Somerset countryside, in a past life it was a milking shed but now it’s been transformed to a popular restaurant with a lovely beamed ceiling and cosy subdued lighting; outside there’s a delightful little courtyard. Food is top notch; nibble on garlic bread and olives whilst you choose from the menu, with temptations such as Smoked Eel & Apple Salad with Walnuts & Lemon Dressing to start, followed by Breast of Duck with 5 Spice, Honey & Sesame Greens, and then Hot Oozing Chocolate Pudding… there’s an extensive wine list, service is efficient and charming; they certainly know how to make you feel welcome. Booking is essential but this is one epicurean delight that shouldn't be missed so do it.

Open Weds-Sat evenings and for Sunday lunch; closed for Christmas & New Year, opening times vary in Jan and Feb. Deposits required for larger parties  T: 01823 433556

All information correct at the time of writing.

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