The Holman Clavel Inn, Culmhead, Somerset
After a good walk on the Blackdown Hills go to the Holman Clavel and have something to eat, or sit outside ruminating with a pint of local cider. This is a good old country pub; thick stone walls, flagstone floors, rustic tables, and a wood-burner at both ends of the bar (one in a huge inglenook fireplace with an original bread oven right at the back). Like most of the pubs in these hills, there are no pretensions - it's honest and friendly and utterly bucolic. There's a snug that's great if you're a family with very young children, and there's a dining room where they'll happily cater for groups of up to 25 people. The food is delicious, home cooked from locally sourced produce, with temptations like Lamb Rack, Minted Mash & Rosemary Jus, Courgette & Aubergine Korma, and Pork Belly with Roast Potatoes, Green Veg, and Cider Sauce, but there are also British favourites like sausage and mash, cider battered fish and chips, and burgers with chips, coleslaw and salad. When it's dark and the twinkly lights are on out the front it looks so inviting; you must go in.
Dogs and muddy boots are welcome; it's a good idea to book and certainly essential for big groups.
Open: Mon, Weds - Thurs 11-3 and 5-11 Fri & Sat - 11-11 Sun 12-11 Closed Tues
All information correct at the time of writing.