This, wisteria-clad, hotel began life as a Norman fortress, and the public rooms still have hanging tapestry, although what was for years the smart restaurant is now only used my residents.
The informal Brazz, with its own entrance, has taken its place. Food is locally-sourced whenever possible (and providence is given throughout the menu). Starters might include the likes of 'Wild Rabbit Terrine with Radish & Celery Salad, Hazelnuts, Red Wine Prunes & Granary Toast'; 'Brixham Crab & Prawn Salad with Cocktail Salad' or 'Brown & Forrest Oak Smoked Salmon with Candied Lemon, Pickled Red Onions & Capers'.
Maybe 'Bonners Pork & Apple Burger with Cheddar Cheese, Chips, Red Onion Jam & Tomato Relish' or 'Ruby Red Devon Sirloin Steak with Celeriac Gratin, Kale & Mushrooms & Peppercorn Cream' and 'Pumpkin Risotto with Wild Mushrooms, Chestnuts, Kale, Parmesan & Black Truffle' amongst the mains. Local fish is a strong point - with perhaps 'Steamed Line-Caught Sea Bass with Glazed Young Carrots, Braised Lettuce and Fine Herbs' among the offerings.
Desserts are delicious - possibly 'Sticky Toffee Pudding with Toffee Sauce & Vanilla Ice Cream' and 'Burnt Somerset Cream with Shortbread' on offer; or their excellent selection of local cheeses is enough to tempt anyone lacking a sweet tooth.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Lunch: all week, 12.30-14.00; Set L from £18.95 (2 courses) to £23.95; mains £11 to £19
- Dinner: Mon-Sat, 19.00-21.30; Set D £18.95 (2 courses) to £23.95; mains £11 to £19
- Seats: 70, plus 20 outside
- Wine: An excellent list, is compiled by enthusiasts, kicking off at about £20, and over 10 by the glass; plus an interesting selection of Sherry.
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including also lavatory
- Nearest station: Taunton
- Directions: Leave the M5 at junction 25, follow signs for the town centre. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating
- Rooms available