A Somerset hostel has been nominated for ‘best destination pub’ by fashionable lifestyle guide Muddy Stilettos.
The well-known lifestyle brand, which is essentially an “urban guide to the countryside”, offers the best restaurants, walks, shops, day trips, hotels, interiors and events around.
Tarr Farm Inn, located near the small town of Dulverton in West Somerset, is the pub in question. As for the “destination” in the prize name, it is none other than the beautiful Exmoor National Park.
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Staff are delighted with the appointment. “It’s great to be nominated,” says Natalie Smith, one of the bar’s longest-serving employees, “it’s nice to know that what we do and what we offer is enjoyed by so many people. “
Owners and managers, Hilary Lester and Stacey Atkins agree. They said: “After the past two years, this looks like a huge boost for our staff.
“We are extremely grateful to our loyal customers, and our location, in our opinion, is absolutely second to none.”
It is widely accepted among historians that there has been a bridge in the area since 1000 BC. The current bridge is thought to date back to at least the Middle Ages. (Photo: Bertie Adam)
The Tarr Farm Inn is well worth the trip for one overriding reason; it sits right next to the medieval Tarr Steps Bridge, the cornerstone of its recent appointment.
There is no clear date of origin, but many historians agree that there has been a bridge in the area since 1000 BC. The current bridge is believed to date back to the Middle Ages.
Legend has it that the devil built the bridge from large flat stones – the ones we see today – so that he could sunbathe on the River Barle. The river is well known for its population of salmon which, after spawning, make their way to Greenland, only returning to Somerset to spawn.
The Tarr Farm Inn clearly deserves recognition, but it’s not the first time it’s been nominated for something. In fact, they’ve won the ‘Good Shoot Hotel Awards’ in previous years, so the 17th-century inn already boasts an impressive array of accolades.
It has won several awards for its food and the establishment has been named one of the 50 best gastropubs in the UK. They say it’s because they “use the abundance of produce around the area, including Exmoor lamb, Devon Red Ruby beef, fresh Cornish seafood and local venison and game. “.
One of the many nooks and crannies found in the Tarr Farm Inn on Exmoor. Perfect for squirming yourself against the elements (Image: Bertie Adam)
At lunchtime, you’re more likely to see hikers and dog walkers crowding the place, either using the fantastic beer garden in the sun or curling up in one of their nooks and crannies. It’s in the evening that things get a bit more ‘primal and proper’, with fine dining and a long list of chic dishes on offer.
You can vote for the Somerset pub by clicking on the list and nominating it here.
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This notice was published: 2022-05-18 23:00:00