Places to eat around Glastonbury and Somerset
We are fortunate to be a walk, drive or a nice bike ride from some great Somerset pubs, cafes and restaurants serving fantastic local food. Most of them are independently owned with friendly staff and great chefs. Many are dog friendly and all are child friendly. They are definitely worth the effort to venture out to. Please make sure and phone ahead to check opening time and especially food service times. Unlike the city food often stops around 9pm and a number of pubs do not serve on a Sunday evening.
Places In Glastonbury
Hundred Monkeys on Glastonbury High Street is a fantastic natural and organic bistro and bakery. They specialise in vegan, gluten-free and dairy free menus as well as ethically-reared meats and fresh fish. Ingredients are sourced from local, small-scale and organic producers. The food is great but service can be a bit slow at times so don’t go there in a hurry. There is a small courtyard in the back for outdoor dining and they do a takeaway service for cakes and coffees. Open for breakfast, lunch and early dinner. Dog and Child friendly. 01458 833 386, 52 High St, Glastonbury.
Rainbows End Café is a vegetarian restaurant tucked up an alleyway off the high street. This little gem has the been in Glastonbury for 25 years now and it continues to be ranked the number 1 café on Trip Advisor. It is only open at lunchtimes and there can sometimes be a large queue for the counter top service. They do serve up things pretty quickly so it is worth the wait. There is a secret garden at the rear to sit in so dogs are welcome in there. Child Friendly. 17B High St Glastonbury. 01458 833896.
Benedict Street Kitchen is a wonderful new addition to Glastonbury. With indoor and outdoor seating it is ideal for day time dining. All food is home made on the premises and they do the best granola for breakfast. Dog and Family Friendly.
The Rifes as it is called by the locals. Serves food most nights of the week- nachos, pizza and other light bites. Great outdoor and indoor space. Maybe not the place for the kids.
The Who’d a Thought it is a decent pub off of the market square. It does decent pub food in a very relaxed atmosphere with outside seating.
01458 834460, 17 Northload Street, Glastonbury, Somerset, BA6 9JJ.
The King Arthur on Benedict Street has live music most nights. Worth dropping in to see who is playing as they do get some great up and coming bands. Food is available Wednesdays to Sundays with a roast lunch on a Sunday afternoon. For those who smoke this is the pub for you as they have a smokers alley that is buzzing on a Friday and Saturday night. Dog friendly and on a Sunday afternoon it is a good child friendly place to go. 31 Benedict St. 01458 830 338
The Old Tannery. Located in the Red Brick Building which is half way between Glastonbury and Street. A lively restaurant open 7 days a week but not every evening. Food served until late on Friday and Saturday nights. There are usually music events here on the weekends. Morland Road, 01458 440 558.
Queen of Cups is the gem of Glastonbury. Chef Ayesha serves up amazing tapas style cuisine 6 days. Booking essential as this restaurant is very popular with locals and tourists. Dog and Family Friendly
Places In Wells
Twenty One is one of our favourites, coffee, cakes and bistro style food. Run by our friend Mel and her husband. Super friendly.
01749 675993, 21 Market Pl, Wells BA5 2RF
The Good Earth is a great Vegetarian café with a health food store attached. It is a self serve style so there is often a queue but the food is worth it. Open 9am-4pm every day except Sunday. 4 Priory Road 01749 678 600.
Loaf Bakehouse Friendly, relaxed and dog friendly in a lovely building. What more could you ask for. Good coffee, cakes and more options at Lunchtime (including Sundays). 38 Market St, Wells BA5 2DS. 01749 938398.
Fountain Inn Modern European menu in a gastropub with quirky interior filled with antiques and leather sofas. We have has some great meals here. Booking essential otherwise they tend to turn you away (It has happened to us)! No dogs.
Bishops Eye Wine Bar and Restaurant is set at the entrance to the Bishops Palace. Amazing selection of wine and good food.
Places in Street
When we say Maharani’s kitchen, we do mean kitchen as that is what it seems like you are in at this tiny cafe on the High Street in Street. But the food is delicious and she does amazing smoothies. Open until 5pm most days so a good late afternoon spot to grab some food and a drink.
The Thai Elephant. Great, authentic, reasonably priced Thai food. On the High Street as you head out of Street towards Bridgwater. They do a great set menu lunch at £7.95. Open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. They also do a takeaway menu. 166 High Street. 01458 445 444.
The Bear Inn. Apologies, this pub is a chain but it is worth visiting to see another historic Clarks family building. Up until the 1970s this pub did not serve alcohol, it was built as an eatery and a hotel for visitors to Clarks Factory which is across the road from it. There is a lovely garden in the back and perfect to visit after a swim in the Clarks built outdoor swimming pool which is also next door. Pub food. Open 7 days a week. 01458 442 02.
Place in Shepton Mallet
Art Bank Cafe
Art Bank Cafe One of our former staff at Middlewick, Dimitris, now runs his own cafe and art project in Shepton Mallet. Coffee, cake, paninis, and if you are lucky one of his home made Greek Salads as well. Check opening in advance. Worth a visit if you are in Shepton. 13 High St, Shepton Mallet BA4 5AD
Country Pubs and Further a Field
Crown Inn Pilton, 6 Miles
The Crown Inn at Pilton is not really a pub – It is a giant beer garden with covered spaces and outdoor smokery and kitchen. Absolutely amazing food. and local beers, ciders and cocktails. Pizzas, Burgers, Brisket, Chicken Wings. Food only served until 8pm so do check with them before you head there. There is plenty of parking behind the pub which you will find on a sharp corner on the way to Shepton Mallet. It is across from the Glastonbury Festival site in Pilton.
George at Croscombe, 7 miles
The George Inn is an award-winning 17th century freehouse in the scenic village of Croscombe. Winner of the CAMRA Rural Pub of 2015. They always have 5 Real Ales and 5 local Craft Ciders on tap. Run by fellow Canadian Peter and his family. We love going here, especially in the winter when the fires are lit!
George Inn, Long Street, Croscombe, Wells BA5 3QH. 01749 342306.
Rose & Portcullis, 7 miles
The R and P (as it is affectionally known by the locals) prides itself on its well-kept and extensive selection of real ales, guest lagers and variety of ciders. The ingredients used in the food are sourced locally, wherever possible, and the menu is constantly changing. They can be very busy and so we recommend that you book in advance. Never disappoints.
Rose and Portcullis, Butleigh, Somerset BA6 8TQ. 01458 850287,
Red Lion, 3 miles
The Red Lion West Pennard is our nearest pub in the next village of West Pennard. You can walk to the pub through the fields and paths which is an added bonus. The building is a beautiful 15th Century Inn. It serves traditional pub food at lunch and every evening. Make sure you book a table before heading there.
The Red Lion, West Pennard, Somerset, BA6 8NH. 01458 832 941
Sheppey Inn, 5 miles
Sheppey Inn, Godney is well worth the 5 mile drive into what seems like the middle of nowhere. Great place for a drink and the food is excellent. Make sure and book first as it is very popular in the evening. There is a waterside terrace on the River Brue so makes a nice lunchtime spot on a sunny day.
The Sheppey Inn, Lower Godney, Glastonbury, Somerset BA5 1RZ. 01458 831 594.
Swan at Wedmore, 10 miles
The Swan is in the lovely village of Wedmore. Great restaurant food from the kitchen led by Tom Blake from River Cottage. Open all day for a quick drink, a snack or a delicious meal.
Cheddar Road, Wedmore, BS28 4EQ. 01934 710337.
Red Lion Babcary, 12 miles
The Red Lion Babcary is a beautiful thatched pub 12 miles from us. Just off the A303 so might be a good place to stop on route to Middlewick. Cosy bar area with fires always lit on one side and a sit down restaurant on the other side. Menu is always full of local produce. Food served 7 days a week.
The Red Lion Inn, North St, Babcary, Somerton, TA11 7ED. 01458 223230
Lovington Bakery, Wincanton, 21 miles
Lovington Bakery. If you are travelling down the A303 to stay with us in Glastonbury then this might be a good place to stop for coffee and a quick snack. Run by the Lievito Bakery who make amazing bread and pastries this place is just what an independent bakery should be like.
1 Market Place, Wincanton.
Queen Victoria Pub, Priddy, 10 miles
The Queen Vic in Priddy is a local favourite. A good old fashioned pub serving great food and ales. This pub is famous for its amazing Christmas light displays. In 2017 it was transformed into a Ginger Bread House with over 2km of lights. Well worth the drive but do book first if you want to eat.
The Litton, 12 miles
The Litton. Stylish pub, excellent food, good drinks and cocktail selection and great service. Wonderfully refurbished buildings with garden area and stream running by. Perfect place to stop if travelling to/ from Bristol or Bath for the day.
The Litton, Litton, Near Wells Somerset, BA3 4PW. 01761 241 554
Alhampton Inn, 11 Miles
Alhampton Inn Cosy and friendly. Good menu. On our last visit they had a soft shell crab burger which was great. Could have eaten everything on the menu and will be going back soon. Inventive but not pretentious. West Lane BA4 6PY Alhampton. 01749 860747. Phone in advance as they are not open everyday (normally closed Monday and Tuesday).
Salt And Malt, Chew Lakes, 19 Miles
A lovely evening meal destination. Enjoy Fish and Chips sat on picnic benches on the lake or inside of their restaurant. Salt and Malt is owned by Michelin Starred chef Josh Eggleton. Great for dogs and kids. You will often see us up there in the evening enjoying a walk and a meal. Worth it also for the drive and the amazing views from up on the Mendips.