Find this good, but unpretentious, restaurant, hidden away in the back streets of Taunton. The dining rooms, on two floors, are comfortable but simply attired with solid bare wooden tables, while old beams and a ground floor inglenook fireplace give a romantic atmosphere. While in clement weather, there's a pleasant outside terrace.Chef /proprietor Darren Sherlock has learnt his trade largely through his work for the Roux Brothers, and sets a very high standard here.
Although describing itself as Modern British, the flavours offered travel the world, so expect the likes of Marinated Tuna Tartare with Pickled Ginger and Wasabi Dressing; Mussels cooked with Cider in a Puff Pastry Pot Roast Pigeon with Bacon and Chestnut Mushrooms and Pithivier of Confit Oxtail with Caramelised Onion, Celeriac Purée and a Red Wine Jus among the starters.
Perhaps Crisp-skinned Belly Pork with Braised Red Cabbage and Boulangère Potatoes; Monkfish with Clam Chowder and Corn-Fed Chicken with Puy Lentils and Braised Root Vegetables among the mains.
Full use is made of seasonal game, plus the excellent Exmoor lamb during the early summer.
Finish with Pear and Rhubarb Crumble Tartlet with Crème Chiboust Ginger Ice Cream; Warm Orange Meringue Pie with a Pink Grapefruit and Whisky Sorbet or Coconut Crème Brulée.
Service, under the direction of co-partner Rita Rambellas, is both friendly and professional.
No mobile phones.
- Food Style: Modern British
- Dinner: Tues-Sat, 18.30-21.30; set D Tues & Weds £27.95, Thurs to Sat £32.95
- Seats: 35, plus 10 outside
- Wine: an interesting list has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes (ground floor only), but not lavatory
- Nearest station: Taunton Rail
- Directions: Town Centre, 2 minutes from the Bus Station. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Public car park nearby
- Closed: L all week; all Sun & Mon; Jan & Aug
- Outside eating