The Swan Pub with rooms in Wedmore, Somerset

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£75 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Village inn with cool, contemporary vibe
  • Period character with quirky design
  • Breakfasts, afternoon teas, cocktails
  • River Cottage chefs – exciting food
  • Wood-fired pizza oven in garden
  • Stylish, very individual bedrooms

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Overview

The Swan Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EQ

The personal touch

The Swan Wedmore has been serving the community for over 300 years since first opening its doors as an ale house, and beer is still very much up for grabs today, but you might also like the sound of an espresso martini or a classic Bellini. Part of a small regional group, which includes the White Hart in Somerton and Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford-on-Avon (see entries), the white-painted inn has a touch of boutique swagger about it these days, with a winning combination of period charm (flagged floors, wooden floorboards) and well-judged creative and quirky touches. The spacious bar is warmed by log-burning stoves and there’s an ample restaurant out back that extends onto the terrace in the warmer months.

Sticky fingers

Cots and Z beds can be provided on request.

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar, and in all of the bedrooms (£10 per stay) but not in the restaurant.

Alfresco

French doors open out from the dining area onto a terrace that gets the sun all evening (if you’re lucky), and there are bench tables dotted around the enclosed garden beyond. A few café-style tables out front give a glimpse of passing village life.

What’s on?

Once a month it’s time to test the grey matter at quiz night. There are live bands and comedy nights in the clubroom throughout the year, which also hosts regular village activities like creative writing classes, life drawing classes, or even a knitting and crochet class.

What’s the Damage?
7 double/twins £75-£135

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant
  • Parking
  • dinner allowance for the inclusive dinner rate is £27.50 per person, or £55 per couple

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide; Good Hotel Guide; Taste of the West Gold

Sleep

The Swan Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EQ

Do not disturb

The six first-floor bedrooms and the seventh newly created loft room are decorated with soothing contemporary neutrality, with some pop culture references in the smaller rooms and vintage furniture adding a bit of luxury to the larger spaces. Two of the bigger rooms have stand-alone claw-foot baths in the actual bedrooms, plus showers in the adjacent en suite bathrooms if the bathtub doesn’t float your boat, while some of the slightly smaller rooms at the rear have views to the distant Mendip Hill. Twin bedrooms can be created if required and children and babies can be sorted out with a Z bed or cot. Knock up your own freshly-ground coffee in the cafetière, or head on down to the bar if you fancy a bit of barista action.

Creature comforts

Egyptian cotton linen; handmade Bramley bathroom products; Clipper teas and cafetière coffee.

Gadgets

Flatscreen TV; free Wi-Fi; iPod docking stations.

What’s for Breakfast?

Cloudy pressed apple juice; Pimhill Farm porridge with Sedgemoor honey; home-cured bacon, free-range scrambled eggs, mushrooms & toast; The Swan sausage sandwich; smoked salmon & free-range scrambled eggs.

What’s the Damage?
7 double/twins £75-£135

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant
  • Parking
  • dinner allowance for the inclusive dinner rate is £27.50 per person, or £55 per couple

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide; Good Hotel Guide; Taste of the West Gold

Eat & Drink

The Swan Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EQ

Mastering the menu

There’s a difference between bar and restaurant menus at the Swan, but there’s good stuff to be had wherever you sit. Tom Blake is the man charged with leading the brigades in the group (now three pubs), and with his experience at River Cottage it is not surprising that he is passionate about seasonality and provenance. This is a kitchen that makes its own bread and cakes (made with Doves Farm and Shipton Mill organic flour), and the menu is tweaked every day. That homemade bread might be taken as a lunchtime bap filled with pulled pork and apple sauce and eaten next to a log-burning stove in the bar, while the restaurant menu raises the bar for little dumplings of spiced carrot, ewes’ cheese and chill, served with red onion salsa, followed by aromatic Somerset duck leg with honey-glazed pork belly, or a pork and venison burger with pear chutney and celeriac remoulade. There are sharing plates, too, and a children’s menu that is most definitely a cut above.

On the menu

Salt-baked beetroot, orange & watercress salad, ginger dressing
Pan-fried pheasant breast, spiced game faggot, potato & celeriac gratin, braised red cabbage
South coast seafood & saffron risotto, oyster fritters, parsley sauce
Apple & walnut pudding, toffee sauce, thick Somerset cream
South West cheeses, Swan’s tomato chutney, caraway seed crackers

Sunday Roasts

Rare roast Somerset beef, Yorkshire pudding, red wine gravy
Slow-roast Orchard Farm pork belly, sea salt crackling, cider gravy
Butter-crusted Cornish pollock fillet, lemon & dill

Foodies Extras

Summertime sees the arrival of BBQ season with the enclosed garden coming into its own, and there’s a wood-fired oven, too, that gets fired up and can be used for private functions taking place in the adjacent Club Room. Breakfast is served all week to non-residents from 9am, with local eggs, home-cured bacon and a proper coffee up for grabs. Depending on the season, themed dishes are added to the regular menu, perhaps ‘Winter Warmers’ in colder months, or a choice of different steak cuts matched to selected, discounted wines.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 7.30am – 11am (9am – 11am non-residents)
Lunch: 12 noon – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9.45pm

Local, local, local

Fish – Samways of Bridport (www.samwaysfish.com)
Beef and lamb – Blackmore Vale Butchery, Kington Magna (www.bmv-butchery.co.uk)
English cheeses – Murrays of Clevedon, Clevedon (www.murraysofclevedon.co.uk)
Coffee – Mozzo Coffee, Southampton (www.mozzocoffee.com)
Eggs – Westcroft Farm, Brean (www.westcroft-eggs.co.uk)
Real ale – Bath Ales (www.bathales.com)
Pork and game – Orchard Farm, Wedmore
Seasonal organic fruit and vegetables – Glebe Farm, Pitney (www.pitneyfarmshop.co.uk)

Behind the bar

There’s a little bit of metropolitan glamour to the drinks list in the form of cocktails with the Chase Distillery in Herefordshire providing some of the fire power, so expect a trendy Aperol spritz alongside the classic Bloody Mary. The Meantime Brewing Company sorts out the beers, with some local real ale such as Bath Ales’ Gem alongside, and there is a great range of bottled ciders showcasing the best the county has to offer. The wine list is sorted by style and has plenty of options by the glass. And if you’re after tea or coffee, expect a damn fine cup of Mozza coffee and a proper brew.

Bar snacks

Pork pie
Macaroni cheese, Keen’s Cheddar, truffle oil, herby breadcrumbs
Dry-cured gammon steak, fried hen’s egg, hand-cut chips, salad

Time at the bar

9am – 11pm (Sunday 10.30pm)

What’s the Damage?
7 double/twins £75-£135

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Disabled access to restaurant
  • Parking
  • dinner allowance for the inclusive dinner rate is £27.50 per person, or £55 per couple

Gongs
Waitrose Good Food Guide; Good Hotel Guide; Taste of the West Gold

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Swan

2

Godminster Cheese Shop, Bruton BA10 0EH

Godminster is home to Richard Hollingbery and his family. Primarily a dairy farm, Richard decided to go organic in 1996. Since then the farm has produced award winning waxed cheddars and bries, with 'Great Taste' Awards going to homemade chutneys and cheese biscuits. In the shop visit the whole selection, take part in daily cheese tasting or simply find out how the goodies are created.

4

Wells Market, WellsBA5 2RP

The market place of this historic cathedral city fills up every Wednesday and Saturday with stalls selling local goods. Wednesday is the turn of local farmers.

6

Jon Thorner's Farm Shop, Pylle BA4 6TA

Open since 1976, Jon Thorner's is a farm shop stocked with genuinely local produce, with 25 of the suppliers based within 10 miles of the premises. Keep fuelled up by visiting the on-site bistro-style cafe.

7

Pitney Farm Shop, The Wagon House, Pitney TA10 9AP

This organic farm sells straight to the public from its farm shop. Expect dry-cured bacon and ham, homemade sausages, burgers and cakes, plus a range of local stuff that they buy in including cider brandy, Somerset cheeses and sparkling wines.

8

Wilkins Cider, Land's End Farm, Mudgley BS28 4TU

When in Rome! Head on over to Roger Wilkins farm and get to the bottom of why cider is such a big deal in this part of the country. Don't go expecting a fancy farm shop, simply pop into the barn and get cider straight from the barrel. You can also stock up on fresh veg, eggs, pickles and such like.

9

Wraxall Vineyard, WraxallBA4 6RQ

Get a taste of English wine with tours and tastings of this vineyard on south-facing slopes between the Mendips and Quantock Hills.

10

Goodfellows, 5 Sadler Street, WellsBA5 2RR

A proper foodie hot spot with cafe and first-floor restaurant run by Adam Fellows. Expect contemporary seasonal cooking with West Country produce and some international flavours, with a focus on seafood from Devon and Cornwall.

14

John Leach's Muchelney Pottery TA10 0DW

Based at Muchelney, in the heart of the Somerset Levels, John Leach's successful pottery business has been running for half a century. The pots are all lovingly and expertly hand-thrown, using local clays, and the shop is open all year apart from Sunday.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Swan

Activities

2

Clay Pigeon Shooting, Wells BA5 3EH

Established in 1950, the award-winning Mendip Shooting Ground at Wells offers excellent facilities and some of the best clay target shooting in the West of England.

3

Wedmore Golf Club, Wedmore BS28 4QT

Wedmore Golf Club is only a short drive from the Swan and junction 22 of the M5. There are glorious views over much of Somerset and the course offers 18 challenging holes over 6,000+ yards with a par of 70.

Shopping

11

Kilver Court Designer Village, Shepton Mallet BA4 5NF

Housed in an old mill complex within stunning gardens, Kilver Court is the ideal shopping destination for fashion, chic home interiors or simply somewhere to relax. You'll find a whole host of tempting top designer outlets including Jack Wills, Toast, French Sole, Paul Smith and Orla Kiely and all with up to 60% off!

12

Wells Trading Post, West Street, Wells BA5 2HG

Located in a 12th-century mill in West Street, Wells Trading Post is full of all sorts of quirky finds and retro treasures. Expect vintage fashion, furniture, collectables and curiosities.

13

Clarks Village, Glastonbury BA16 0BB

Just a stone's throw from Glastonbury, a visit to Clarks Village is a true shopping experience. Here, you can shop in stylish surroundings comprising paved walkways and landscaped gardens. There are many designer and high street stores, a restaurant terrace for alfresco and indoor dining and a choice of all-important coffee shops.

14

The Mulberry Factory Shop, Shepton Mallet BA4 5NF

A wide selection of Mulberry accessories and limited edition samples can be found housed in a former school building in rural Somerset. Here you'll find perfect examples of clothes, fabrics and Mulberry's famous leather bags.

15

Bath BA1 1LY

A little further to travel perhaps but without doubt a true shopping experience. Bath can keep you occupied all day, spending, browsing or simply relaxing in the city's coffee shops. You'll find everything here.

16

John Leach's Muchelney Pottery, Muchelney TA10 0DW

Based at Muchelney, very close to Long Sutton, John Leach’s Muchelney Pottery has been trading for an incredible 50 years. The pots are all lovingly and expertly hand-thrown, using local clays, and the pottery shop is open all year except on Sunday.

Places to visit

4

East Somerset Railway, Cranmore BA4 4QP

Discover the great days of steam travel on a visit to the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet. The line runs for 2½ miles and the railway company hosts regular events throughout the year.

5

Wells BA5 2UE

The jewel in the city's crown is its historic cathedral - a masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship. Look out, too, for the moated, 13th-century Bishop's Palace and many other splendid buildings and fascinating landmarks around the city.

6

Cheddar Gorge BS27 3QF

For almost a mile Cheddar Gorge's limestone cliffs rise vertically above the road. This is a place famed throughout Britain for its unique natural beauty and very distinctive atmosphere.

7

Glastonbury Abbey BA6 9EL

There's a strong sense of history at Grade-I-listed Glastonbury Abbey. Set in 36 acres of parkland, the ruins include a museum featuring a model of the abbey as it might have looked in the past.

8

Ham Wall, Glastonbury BA6 9SX

Home to otters, water voles, bitterns and kingfishers, Ham Wall, near Glastonbury, is a newly created wetland providing a safe environment for many rare species. Events are held throughout the year.

9

Clevedon Pier BS21 7QU

Opened to the public in 1869, Clevedon Pier, near Weston-super-Mare, is considered one of Britain's finest Victorian piers - John Betjeman described it as 'the most beautiful pier in England.'

10

Wookey Hole Caves BA5 1BB

On the southern edge of the Mendips and high up on any list of must see destinations, Wookey Hole Caves won't disappoint, especially the Great Cave with its spectacular stalagmites and stalactites and the River Axe running through it.

Walking

www.mendiphillsaonb.org.uk
25 miles long by 5 miles wide and rising to just over 1,000ft above sea level, the Mendip Hills draws the real walking enthusiast. For something really rewarding, try the 50-mile Mendip Way, which runs through the heart of the Mendips between Weston-super-Mare and Frome.

Cycling

www.gps-routes.co.uk
www.cycle-route.com
There are many cycle routes to enjoy on Wedmore’s doorstep. One of the best-known is the 10-mile Strawberry Line, which runs from Yatton to Cheddar and offers connecting routes to an assortment of local villages. The route takes its name from the strawberry crops grown on the slopes of the Mendips and were carried along this former railway.

Events

www.visitsomerset.co.uk
Think of festivals in Somerset and Glastonbury immediately springs to mind. However, the region also plays host to
a wealth of events, shows, carnivals and fairs every year – from historical re-enactments to spectacular firework displays. In addition, there’s tractor racing, sand sculpting, wassailing and the Jane Austen Festival.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From M5 (J22), take A30 south, then B3139 signed to Wedmore. From A371 in Cheddar take B3151 south for 4 miles; pub in village centre

By Rail: Highbridge & Burnham station is 25 minutes away by taxi, with direct trains from Bristol taking around 40 minutes.

Address:

Cheddar Road,, Wedmore, Somerset, BS28 4EQ

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