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Best Gastro Pub of the Year winner at the Somerset Life Food and Drink awards 2015

PUBLISHED: 09:00 24 October 2015 | UPDATED: 17:31 08 December 2015

Best Gastro Pub of the Year Ben Porter and Matthew Dean from The Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood, with sponsor Paul Bird from Climate Roofs

Best Gastro Pub of the Year Ben Porter and Matthew Dean from The Candlelight Inn, Bishopswood, with sponsor Paul Bird from Climate Roofs

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The winner of this category needed to stock a wide range of real ales, preferably supporting local breweries. It also needed to have a menu which champions local food and provide a warm welcome and a friendly goodbye - and everything that happens in between.

Somerset Life Food and Drink awards 2015Somerset Life Food and Drink awards 2015

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Winner: The Candlelight at Bishopswood

Judges said: Excellent, knowledgeable service was matched only by the high quality of food and wine served in most convivial surroundings. The Candlelight is an excellent example of Somerset’s gastro pubs as it manages to seamlessly blend a high quality eating experience with a typical pub atmosphere without prejudicing the authenticity of either.

Highly commended: The Devonshire Arms

With family owners who have committed to high quality cuisine, a varied wine cellar and excellent service for nearly a decade, the Devonshire Arms epitomises the true definition of a gastro pub by providing the space and ambience of a local pub environment coupled with a high class dining experience that won’t break the bank.

Highly commended: The Pony and Trap

The Pony & Trap near Chew Magna was shortlisted because from its entry form, website and social media presence, it was obvious that the Michelin Starred cuisine would turn the heads of the visiting judges – and it certainly did! Situated just south of Bristol near Chew Valley Lake, The Pony & Trap has built up a strong following in a comparatively short space of time not least because of the profile of the Chef Patron.

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