Review: Levant Restaurant in Castle Cary

PUBLISHED: 10:51 05 June 2015 | UPDATED: 10:51 05 June 2015

A mixture of delicious starters

A mixture of delicious starters


Tucked away in a residential home in Castle Cary is a real gem of a find.

Words of Charlotte Skidmore

Levant is a modern Middle Eastern restaurant, run by Tanya Levy and inspired by her Egyptian ancestory.

Sit by a roaring fire or the gorgeous babbling stream in this subtle location and you will be equally delighted.

Tanya has literally opened her home up to the public in order to show off

her expertise and word must be spreading fast as the tables were practically full on the Saturday that

I visited.

The restaurant, that opens for dinner on Thursdays and Fridays and by appointment other times, specialises in the dining from the Mediterranean, from Spain to The Lebanon.

On my visit I enjoyed a selection from the day’s menu with a good variety of dips, stuffed tomatoes and spicy lamb kofte to start with and some breads, including sourdough made for Tanya to her own recipe.

Amongst the dips was a red pepper-based delight, which mixed sweet and savoury flavours just perfectly and a homemade version of more popularly known offerings such as hummus and guacamole.

On next to a mixed plate of chicken thighs in pomegranate molasses

and harissa, Lebanese spiced aubergine and basmati rice and lentils.

The combination was straight

forward food, with great flavours and which felt really refreshing and ‘clean’ on the palate.

The day that we visited it was a little chilly to sit outside, but others did

brave it and I can’t say I blame them

as the bench overlooking the stream is a delightful spot to take in the yummy food and maybe a bottle of something (Levant operates a bring your own alcohol policy).

Word will spread even further

about this hidden gem and I’m a little reluctant to share it with anyone, but I suppose I should.

Book before it’s impossible to get a table.

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