8 independent food and drink places you need to visit in Langport
PUBLISHED: 17:24 11 July 2017
The quaint market town of Langport may be small, but its independent foodie scene is anything but, discovers Rachael Sharpe
A small town and civil parish, 13 miles south-west of Glastonbury, 15 miles east of Taunton and 14 miles north-west of Yeovil, Langport is a little gem. With a population of just over 1,000 the pace of life here is leisurely and people take time to stop and chat.
The Roman town, which was a finalist in last year’s Great British High Street Awards, lies on the east bank of the beautiful River Parrett, at the point where that river is joined by the River Yeo. Visit Langport and you’ll be spoilt for independent places to buy and eat good, local food. Here are our favourites...
Want to be assured your meat is local? Head to Evans the Butchers when you pay Langport a visit – it prides itself on sourcing everything in the shop locally. Beef comes from SJ Hall in Taunton – usually Ruby Red cows, lamb comes from Manor Farm in Hambridge and the organic pork is from Tremlett Farm in Wellington. When it sources other meats such as goat, it’s from as close to the shop as possible – goat is actually from Pibsbury, Huish Episcopi. The free range organic chicken, geese and ducks are from Cracknells Farm near Langport.
The staff are friendly and knowledgeable and will answer any questions you may have. Evans the Butchers is also the perfect place to pick up an excellent selection accompaniments, which are all locally sourced, from cheese, biscuits for cheese, olives, terrines, salamis, cooked meats, free range eggs, pickles, chutneys, cider and apple juice. If you’re hungry when you visit why not try one of the hot, homemade pies?
Find it: 6 Parret Close, Langport, Somerset, TA10 9PG.
Langport is home to craft cidermakers Bere Cider Company, which makes Gold Rush Cider, 5 Acres – a new bottled slightly sparkling cider and apple juice at a working farm. The farm is home to The Cider Shed, where you can sample and buy the produce.
As well as the cider range, it also sells cider vinegar, locally produced honey, jams, chutneys and pickles, cheese, free range eggs, traditional cider pottery, seasonal vegetables and logs. Stunning views too!
Find it: Woodpecker Lodge, Bere, Aller, Langport, Somerset, TA10 0QX.
The Angel Cafe
The Angel public house, built in 1760, closed its doors a few years ago and was left unoccupied and deteriorating until it was brought by the Langport Church Community Trust, with the intention of turning it into a community centre. The first stage of this development has been the Angel Cafe – a bustling community hub where everyone receives the warmest of welcomes from the volunteers that run it. Pop in to enjoy a ploughman’s lunch with cheddar produced near Wincanton, homemade soup of the day or one of the other simple but homely lunch offerings.
Whatever you do, don’t leave without having indulged in a slab of ‘heavenly’ homemade cake – we recommend the Victoria sponge – nice and light but oozing with cream and jam!
Find it: Bow Street, Langport, TA10 9PQ.
A cross between a health food shop and a deli, The Langport Stores works with a lot of local suppliers to support the local economy. The beautiful vintage interior, which dates back to 1892, is full of everything from herbs and spices to pickled quail eggs.
The deli counter never fails to disappoint if you’re on the look out for a lunchtime treat. Customer service is second to none here and if they don’t stock what you’re after, the team will rise to the challenge of sourcing it.
Find it: Cheapside, Langport, Somerset TA10 9PW.
This café manages to be both relaxing and invigorating thanks to its wonderful, welcoming atmosphere, quirky styling, delicious home-cooked food and quality drinks. Admire the eclectic local artwork while you decide what to order.
Will it be steak with mushrooms and onion in a ciabatta or falafel and hummus with pitta and salad? The fresh colourful menu changes often, as does the art, so one visit just won’t do.
Find it: 105 Cheapside, Langport, TA10 9PW.
For good pub grub in Langport, not to mention great West Country beers and truly local ciders, pay a visit to the Kelways Inn, just a little way from the town centre.
When the sun is shining make the most of the huge beer garden and enjoy the new spring menu, which focuses on local, sustainable, free range and delicious food. We were torn between bubble ‘n’ squeak with bacon, poached egg and hollandaise and home baked honey and mustard ham, eggs and chips.
Find it: Somerton Rd, Langport TA10 9SJ.
Got a bit of time on your hands? Relax on the riverside terrace or in the light-filled surroundings of the historic Kitchen at The Wharf building while you enjoy some freshly-made food. Simple, tasty dishes like organic spinach cheddar quiche and Upton Bridge Farm ground beef slow-cooked with onions, peppers tomatoes and herbs are bound to tempt you, while you enjoy the fantastic informal atmosphere with tables, sofas and a chill out area.
The menu is seasonal and is refreshed regularly to use the best quality local ingredients available. If you have a dog, child or bike then you’re in good company – all are welcome and Kitchen at The Wharf has a toy box, doggy treats and a bicycle repair kit.
Find it: Great Bow Wharf Langport TA10 9PN.
Pendra’s Fish & Chips
With Pendra’s Fish & Chips being just a minute’s walk away from the pretty River Parrett, you can enjoy chips with a view. This family run business, the only chippy in Langport, is always popular with its freshly cooked menu.
Expect moreish flavoursome chips and the perfect crispy batter on your fish. Just don’t forget your picnic blanket.
Find it: Unit 1, Parrett Close, Langport, TA10 9PG.