Thursday, 19 January 2017

We’re taking part in the Exmoor Food Fest

We’re very excited once again this year to be part of the 2017 Exmoor Food Fest, which runs from February 1 until 28.

It’s an event to showcase the very best the region has to offer diners and it is a celebration of all local produce and the culinary expertise we have here on our doorstep.

We will be running special menus as part of Exmoor Food Fest on Tuesday to Friday lunchtimes and Tuesday to Thursday evenings, excluding Valentine’s Day, during February with two courses priced £10 and three courses £15.

Paul and Donna will also be cooking at a special launch dinner for the 2017 festival at the Luttrell Arms in Dunster on January 26. They will be two of the seven, award-winning chefs including Olivier Certain from the Taste of the West top award-winning restaurant, Clavelshay Barn, joining the Luttrell’s Head Chef, Barrie Tucker to cook seven courses.

It’s a privilege to have been asked again to cook at this special event and we’re delighted to be working alongside some of the areas most talented chefs like Olivier. It promises to be a fantastic evening out for everyone who comes along.
Information about the Exmoor Food Fest can be found at

To book your table with us in February, please call 01398 332248 or visit

Thursday, 1 December 2016

The heart of Devon – a romantic place to stay

Devon's heartland is the ideal area for a cosy winter break complete with wood burning stoves, windswept moorland, rural idylls and delicious dishes to warm the soul.

If you’re looking for a romantic weekend away then why not stay with us?

There are few locations in Britain where you can get a mixture of wild moorland with lush, deep, wooded valleys, pretty cottages, rivers and acres of farm and woodland.

Bampton itself is a very pretty, traditional town with a thriving main street, which dates back to 700AD at least. The town’s centre has been declared a conservation area and has many listed buildings, some as early as the 17th century.

The townsfolk have greenfingers and have won the Britain in Bloom national award numerous times and even scooped a world win in 1999.

If you stay with us you can cuddle up in front of our log burning stove in the bar, dine by candlelight, star gaze, our area has amazing dark skies, and take strolls hand in hand to blow away the cobwebs. It’s all here!

The stunning Exmoor National Park is just six miles from the town and the beautiful beaches of North and South Devon are only a 40-minute drive away.

Exmoor is where English author Richard Doddridge Blackmore’s novel ‘Lorna Doone: A Romance of Exmoor’ was first published in 1869.

But it’s not just legacy, literature and landscape, there’s plenty of foodie heaven here too as we offer seasonal dishes, made with love, using ingredients sourced at various wild and windswept locations nearby.

All of our rooms, which are non-smoking, are located on the top floor of this fabulous old building. With spacious, comfortable rooms you’ll find all the quirky character you’d expect from a town house. They’re perfect for a country break – renovated and decorated by our local craftsman – all three rooms include an en-suite, WiFi, TV, tea and coffee making facilities and complimentary toiletry products for a relaxing stay.

For breakfast, we offer a full English made with fresh, local produce or there is always a selection of cereals and lighter options available. Evening meals can also be arranged for staying guests.

Tuesday, 15 November 2016

We’re backing West’s farmers, producers & suppliers

If you dine with us you are helping to support Westcountry farmers, producers and suppliers with every mouthful you eat.

We have pledged to source only from the South West’s farming, smallholding and supplier community and are offering our customers details of the provenance of the dishes we serve.

We source as many of our ingredients as nearby as possible and around 90% of all our suppliers are based within a 40-mile radius of the business.

Our ethos has always been to provide good food, sourced locally wherever possible, while supporting other businesses in the community too. Among our list of suppliers is the butchers in Bampton, which is owned by nearby farmer John Westcott.

They provide the joints for our popular Sunday roasts and Oakridge Pork at Oakford near Bampton rears the traditional breeds that go to make the lovely sausages and bacon we use here too. You can’t get any fresher or tastier produce than stuff reared nearby.

We also have a very close relationship with our suppliers, it’s a partnership really and we rely on each other. We share good, old fashioned, traditional values when it comes to offering the very best to our customers.

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

Time to visit Devon’s heartland

If you’re looking for a new location to try some country pursuits while also indulging in some foodie ones too, then come to us!

We’re offering autumn and winter breaks to appeal to hunting, shooting and fly fishing devotees.

There are lots of outdoor pursuits to enjoy here. Our visitors participate in clay pigeon shooting, red deer safaris and deer stalking trips, as well as a whole host of other activities, even badger watching.

We’re a wonderful base for those looking for a weekend away exploring the Devon side of Exmoor. It’s an area rich with rivers, lakes and a glorious coastline. In the autumn and winter months, there’s the opportunity at the weekends to follow the local staghounds too.

But it’s not just about the great outdoors, we also provide quality accommodation and award-winning, seasonal dishes.

Our pub is set in the idyllic, historic, market town of Bampton, which still boasts a vibrant high street with a traditional butcher, baker and greengrocers.

The area is hugely popular with ramblers and cyclists alike too.

The stunning Exmoor National Park is just six miles from the pub and the beautiful beaches of North and South Devon are only a 40-minute drive away. There’s really no excuse not to book in soon!

Monday, 24 October 2016

The traditional butcher is making a comeback

We feel it’s really important to ‘back your local butcher’ in a bid to promote all that is best about produce from the area and we are supporting our town’s butcher shop.

The Butcher Shop in Bampton, which is owned by nearby farmer John Wescott, represents all that is great about locally reared and sourced meat.

There are hundreds of other butchers doing well all over the country like this one as they take seasonality and animal welfare seriously, and we’re supporting this vital resource in our home town.

Our ethos has always been to provide good food, sourced locally wherever possible, while backing other businesses in the community too.

The Butcher Shop in Bampton provides the joints for our popular Sunday roasts and a whole host of other products. You can’t get any fresher or tastier produce than stuff reared nearby.

What’s really important about local butchers is they can provide provenance for all the items they stock and they really are experts. The selection changes each week as they react to supplies that come in.

The beef, lamb and pork comes from selected local farms, including the Wescott’s own farm, and travels less than 30 miles to the local abattoir near Taunton ensuring the smallest possible carbon footprint.

Bampton Butchers has been in Brook Street for several decades and the Wescott family took over the existing business in 2010.

Thursday, 20 October 2016

Don’t bypass Bampton…it’s wild and tasty

This part of Devon, which is known as Mid-Devon, is vastly overlooked as a foodie destination with folk preferring to travel to South or North Devon or to go on to Cornwall instead, but it’s full of hidden culinary gems, and somewhere away from the hoards to explore. It’s still got some super wild, remote spots too.

We have a passion for food and embrace the use of produce from the area to create some real pub classics, such as sausages and mash, cod and chips, pies, grilled rump steak and sandwiches with a great choice of sweets to tempt.

Our menu is always created from fresh, seasonal ingredients, sourced from nearby, on a daily basis. We try to keep menus simple, yet bursting with flavours and imagination.

From the freshly baked bread at the start of the meal, to our very own sticky toffee pudding, the kitchen team produces everything at the pub.

We are dedicated to sourcing all the local or regional produce available to us, needless to say we are so lucky living here in the Westcountry, we have local farmers supplying their beef, pork and lamb and the fishing communities providing us with the freshest cod for our classic cod and chips.