From the exquisite architecture and Roman buildings of Bath, to the wilds of Exmoor, rolling Mendip Hills and wetlands of the Somerset Levels, restaurants in Somerset occupy a county of distinctive contrasts and breathtaking beauty. It's also a county that loves its food and is famous for some excellent local produce, such as brie, cheddar, cider and pork. With historic sites dating back to Roman times and beyond, and, of course, the world famous Glastonbury Festival, it's difficult to find time for all the things to do and places to see. Just as well, then, that we've made it so quick and easy to book the best Somerset restaurants here on Quandoo.
Casual dining is a central feature of the dining scene in Somerset. Restaurants in the many inns and pubs of villages and hamlets across the county offer top quality food in relaxed surroundings – ideal for a weekend lunch with the family or fun dinner with friends. You'll also find a sprinkling of country house hotels offering sophisticated and innovative menus. When you add some stylish urban eateries in cities like Bath, you really can find restaurants in Somerset to match any mood.
With so much going on in the towns and countryside, it's easy to forget the excellent seafood restaurants in Somerset. The county has a long coastline along the Bristol Channel and the rich fishing waters of the English Channel are just to the south. Seafood and fish restaurants in Somerset therefore have some top quality fresh local produce to work with and you'll find plenty of skilled chefs in Somerset restaurants creating some excellent dishes focused on these fine ingredients.
Regional cooking is certainly a strength of Somerset restaurants but you'll also find plenty of international cuisines from across the globe. There are lots of good Chinese, Indian and Thai options and plenty of Italian and French places, too. Another interesting feature of the local dining scene is the number of fusion restaurants in Somerset. These take excellent local produce and mix it with the cooking traditions and tastes of international cuisines to come up with some delicious and inspired dishes. Check out our listings for some great dining ideas.