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Mon – Sat 11am to 11pm
Sunday 11am to 10.30pm
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Have a look around our historic village, see the 13th century Grade I listed church which includes work from the masons of Wells Cathedral and Village Cross a Grade II Listed Scheduled Monument.
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There are many footpaths leading from the village but one of our favourites takes in the famous Spreading Oak Tree, a picture of which can be found in the bar. The tree has supposedly the widest spread for an oak in England and dates from the 14th century. It is also known as the bouncing tree by some of the locals whose many generations have played on the bouncing boughs.
Walks from the village
Montacute House was completed in the 16th Century and is widely believed to be one of the most beautiful Elizabethan houses in England.
Montacute, Somerset and Bristol, TA15 6XP. Tel: 01935 823289
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Perry’s Cider Mill. Dowlish Wake Nr Ilminster
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Burrow Hill Cider. Pass Vale Farm, Burrow Hill, Kingsbury Episcopi, Martock, Somerset TA12 5BU
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A beautiful working estate. The house is open between April and October, gardens open all year round with free entry to children under 15.
Forde Abbey House, Chard, Somerset and Bristol, TA20 4LU Tel: 01460 220231
Just 35 minutes drive from the pub this is a highlight of any trip to South Somerset. With its rocks and fossils we can uncover detailed stories from Earth’s ancient past. There is also Lyme Regis, Seatown and for ‘Broadchurch’ connoisseurs Westbay amongst many other sites to visit along this fabulous piece of coastline.
30 minutes drive away is The Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), a tranquil and relatively isolated landscape, on the border of Devon and Somerset. The area is rich in wildlife and heritage. For many, it epitomises the English countryside, with hedgerows and copses, small farms with intricate field patterns, deep valleys and narrow, winding lanes.
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Non-profit deer rescue with 5 species of wild and semi-wild deer, a great many of these deer are tame enough for a child to touch
Dunsham Lane, Wayford, Crewkerne, Somerset and Bristol, TA18 8QN Tel: 01460 64174
Punky night is an ancient custom dating back 250 years that takes place on the last Thursday of October. It commemorates the time when the men of the village went to Chiselborough fair, a near by village and became so drunk that they did not return. The women of the village had to collect their husbands late at night and lit their way by lanterns made out of mangel wurzels, a beet like root vegetable. Since this day there is a parade through the village of children and adults all carrying carved lanterns originally made from mangel wurzels but more recently made from pumpkins. At the head of the parade the leader rings a bell to bring everyone out from their houses and the paraders sing the Punky Night song
It’s Punky night tonight
Give us a candle, give us a light
Adam and Eve wouldn’t believe
Crewkerne, five minutes drive from the pub, has a long and interesting history – its status as a Saxon royal Mint, its importance as a stopping place for travellers, and its prosperity based on the textile industry. Founded in 1988, the Museum illustrates these things, but equally shows how ordinary local people lived and worked at various periods.
The Heritage Centre, Market Square, Crewkerne, Somerset and Bristol, TA18 7JU Tel: 01460 77079