The Windwhistle Inn, nr Chard, Somerset
Right on the A30 between Chard and Crewkerne, this 17th century inn was once a haunt of smugglers and highwaymen; legend has it that the ghost of a headless horseman is sometimes seen along the road outside. But forget that – inside it’s charming, fires lit on cold days, lots of beams, and friendly staff. There’s a big restaurant with a very popular carvery and the far reaching views from the beer garden at the back are incredible; plenty of parking too, and they don’t mind dogs in the bar. The food is modern pub classics and it’s consistently good – baguettes and Ploughman's at lunchtime, or choose from tasty home cooked mains - Pork Belly with a cider sauce, buttered mash and fresh vegetables, Sweet and sour chicken served on a sizzler skillet with long grain rice, The Windwhistle Inn honey and mustard glazed ham, free range egg and chips, and a choice of burgers. There's also a very tempting grill selection and a menu especially for the young 'uns.
They can easily accommodate big groups at The Windwhistle Inn and the chances are you'll have a room to yourselves, but of course, you must book ahead.
Open: Mon-Sat 12.00-3.00pm and 6.00pm-11.00pm Sun All day from midday
T: 01460 30229 All information correct at the time of writing