10 Somerset pubs to enjoy a drink with a view
PUBLISHED: 17:26 11 July 2017
Boasting a diverse landscape of beautiful coastline, iconic landmarks and rolling countryside, there are plenty of gorgeous views to soak up while in Somerset. We pick 10 charming pubs where you can gaze out upon the county’s beauty
Old Ship Aground, Minehead
In a perfect position alongside Minehead’s harbour, the iconic Old Ship Aground is a vibrant spot bursting with character. Expect a friendly, warm atmosphere and a carefully picked wine menu and a varied selection of ales and ciders. The ‘River Cottage’ style menu draws on the owners’ farming experience, and traditional pub dishes have received an inventive twist and use produce that’s home-grown or sourced locally. Seafood aficionados make your way down to the Old Ship Aground on a Tuesday – the pub’s popular ‘Fish Evening’ serves up a feast of seafood treats!
Enjoy the view: Find a seat at a table just across from the pub to enjoy views of the pretty harbour and out towards the sea. The outside area is delightful; as well as the views, the spot has been beautifully decorated with floral displays and hanging baskets.
The Bottom Ship Inn, Porlock Weir
Buried in the picture-perfect port of Porlock Weir, The Bottom Ship Inn is a charming watering-hole offering thirsty patrons a wide selection of real ales and local ciders as well as freshly cooked hearty pub fare. They even put on their own Weirfest at the end of June. Visitors can choose from 50 real ales and ciders alongside enjoying live entertainment and a BBQ served all day.
Enjoy the view: Admire the unspoilt, beautiful harbour of Porlock Weir and watch the world go by.
New Inn, Blagdon
Tasty, homemade pub classics, local real ale and unrivalled views of Blagdon Lake are what you can expect at this cosy, countryside spot. Whether visiting in summer or winter (the New Inn has a glorious open fire), this pub is a wonderful spot to enjoy a bite to eat over lunchtime or a few drinks as the sun begins to set.
Enjoy the view: If your visit is blessed with sunshine, a seat in the New Inn’s pretty pub garden is a must! Views over Blagdon Lake and the surrounding countryside are breathtaking.
Hare & Hounds, near Bath
Only a short drive from Bath, the Hare & Hounds boasts modern interiors, a pretty terrace and a huge, well-manicured beer garden for you to tuck into something tasty from their gastro-pub style menu. From breakfast served at 8am right through to delicious dinner in the evening, choose from a variety of homemade British dishes making the most of local produce.
Enjoy the view: Dinner al fresco upon the terrace provides mesmerising views over the city and Bath’s beautiful countryside. We particularly love dining in the evening when the city’s lights illuminate the sky.
White Hart, Cheddar
After a wander through the busy streets of Cheddar, relax and refuel in the White Hart, just off the main road through the village. With a friendly welcome, a vast selection of real ales, ciders and carefully picked wines and plenty of sumptuous foodie treats it’s little wonder why this pub is so popular with locals and visitors alike. If you’re in the area on a Sunday, be sure to head down to the White Hart for their home cooked carvery served from midday.
Enjoy the view: Perfectly positioned at the bottom of Cheddar Gorge, a seat in the pub’s large beer garden provides glorious views up the staggering limestone cliffs.
Sheppey Inn, Lower Godney
Buried in glorious Somerset countryside, many describe the Sheppey Inn as a ‘Somerset institution’ and we couldn’t agree more. Fun, retro decorations adorn the walls, service is second-to-none and there’s a menu brimming with a variety of mouthwatering European dishes to try. There are plenty of beers and ciders to sample – it has been quenching the thirst of its patrons for over 100 years!
Enjoy the view: Pay The Sheppey Inn a visit in the summer where you can sample some delicious food, with a cider in hand in the pub’s garden, adjacent to the river and with mesmerising views over the Somerset Levels.
The Windmill Inn, West Quantoxhead
The Windmill Inn can be found in the charming village of West Quantoxhead, between Minehead and Bridgwater. After a leisurely ramble over the Quantock Hills, tuck into a dish from a menu full of tasty British classics from light bites to the popular carvery (served every Sunday). The friendly, relaxed service will help you unwind in no time – there’s even bed & breakfast accommodation for weary travellers!
Enjoy the view: Wonderful vistas of St Audries Church and Bay can be admired from a seat at The Windmill Inn.
The George at Nunney, Nunney
After spending a day soaking up the sights of the historic village of Nunney, and its striking 14th century castle, sample delicious fare and a few drinks at The George at Nunney. We recommend enjoying an evening al fresco in the pub’s beautiful night-lit walled garden. Ideal for a romantic dinner for two!
Enjoy the view: Views of the formidable moated Nunney Castle can be marvelled from the waterside terrace of The George at Nunney.
The Queen Arms, Corton Denham
With a viewpoint of the gentle rolling landscape of the Somerset/Dorset hills, The Queen Arms is the perfect place to enjoy dinner and drinks if a countryside setting is what you seek. The Georgian Inn is bursting with character; and a warm, friendly welcome awaits guests each time they visit. Take advantage of sunnier weather with a seat on the pub’s terrace overlooking gorgeous greenery for miles.
Enjoy the view: We particularly love spending a lazy Sunday afternoon admiring the views and tucking into a sharing board of roasted meats and vegetables
Prince of Wales, Stoke Sub Hamdon
Views don’t get much more phenomenal than from the beer garden at the Prince of Wales sat upon Ham hill in Stoke Sub Hamdon. It truly is a glorious setting to sample food and drink al fresco; we simply love sharing a few smaller plates from the deli menu with family and friends. Vegetarians and vegans have plenty of choice when it comes to delectable meat-free dishes at the pub too!
Enjoy the view: Positioned on top of Ham Hill, gaze upon stunning views of the surrounding landscape from height. Particularly spectacular on a clear day, there’s plenty of outdoor seating to admire the scenery and soak up some sunshine!
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