10 of the best places to sample Somerset’s finest food and drink
PUBLISHED: 13:47 07 April 2017 | UPDATED: 16:19 07 April 2017
Whether it is a cold crisp pint of cider to a mouth-watering slice of Cheddar cheese, dozens of products which have become staples in the diets of many originated from Somerset. But, where is the best place to sample food from local producers? Here are 10 ideas for you...
Eat: Weston will be in Weston on Saturday (April 8).
Weston is getting a brand new food festival this year, Eat: Weston. It will take over High Street on Saturday (April 8), from 9am-4pm.
The free event will showcase Somerset’s best, from tasty cakes to fresh fruit and vegetables and Somerset cheese to locally-brewed booze – there will be plenty of free samples, too.
The Food Den sells a range of delicious home-made food.
The Food Den
Tasty lunches, freshly-prepared meals, chutneys, cheeses, meat, oils, cakes and more are all available at The Food Den, in Weston.
The delicatessen specialises in restaurant-quality food for people to enjoy in their own homes and it uses locally-sourced, fresh ingredients.
Puxton Park Farm Shop offers a range of local meat.
Puxton Farm Shop and Meadows Restaurant
Based at Puxton Park, in Hewish, the shop sells the farm’s produce, including ice cream and cheese made from its dairy herd’s milk. It also sells goods from suppliers within a 20-mile radius and has a butcher’s. The on-site restaurant sells freshly-made meals all day.
Cheddar cheese is one of Somerset's most famous exports.
Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company
This is the only company to make Somerset’s Cheddar Cheese in the village now. For a small fee people can see the cheese at various stages while asking questions before sampling different types of Cheddar. A range of cheeses can be bought in the on-site shop.
Lavender & Co is based in Axbridge.
Lavender & Co
This company is based on old strawberry fields in the Mendip Hills, which are said to have their own microclimate perfect for growing seven types of English lavender for its oil.
The oil is sold in an on-site shop and in The Square, in Axbridge. It is used to make cosmetics, sugar, fudge, jam and marmalade.
Dan Price from the Somerset Deli serving customers at Burnham Food Festival.
Burnham Food Festival
Eat: Burnham will take over the town centre from 9am to 4pm on May 27 to fill an outdoor market and five indoor venues with fresh food and drink.
The festival is free and will include a range of demonstrations from top chefs, bakers and of course, the chance to sample lots of food.
Fortes makes a range of delicious ice cream.
Fortes Ice Cream Parlour
For anyone with a sweet tooth Fortes Ice Cream Parlour, based in The Cliffs in Cheddar and Pier Street in Burnham is worth a visit.
The company produces speciality ice creams using local honeycomb and strawberries.
Weston super Food Festival has become one of the town's best-loved events.
Weston super Food Festival
This event has become a staple in Weston’s calendar and offers people the chance to see what Somerset has to offer.
Events planned include indoor and outdoor food markets, food experience theatre, cider and real ale bars and an edible festival garden. It will take place on September 16-17 at the Tropicana.
Thatchers cider is sold around the world, but it is made in Sandford.
Thatchers has been making cider for more than 100 years and visitors can walk through some of its orchards at Myrtle Farm, in Sandford, and buy its range from its on-site shop. Thatchers has also recently refurbished The Railway Inn, where locally-sourced food has been paired with suggested ciders.
Jem Ham M.D. and Richard Norman from Cheddar Ales with one of their prize-winning beers.
Sticking with a boozy theme, ale-lovers can enjoy some Somerset-brewed delights thanks to Cheddar Ales. Its micro brewery is in the Somerset Mendips near Cheddar Gorge. The company produces six beers and there is an on-site shop.
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