The Windwhistle Inn, nr Chard, Somerset
Right on the A30, 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 sandwiches at lunchtime, or choose from the main menu - their own lasagne with garlic bread and salad, lentil & vegetable pie, roast chicken breast with bubble & squeak potato cake, green beans, & brie and bacon sauce. Yum yum.