The Jubilee Inn
The Jubilee Inn is set in stunning countryside on the edge of Exmoor and there is a lively yet elegant atmosphere within. This Art Deco pub-restaurant has recently undergone major refurbishment, resulting in a stylish venue in which to relax and enjoy top-quality food, wine and ale. The well-stocked bar leads into a comfortable lounge and informal dining area, while a separate dining room boasts a centrepiece table for 12. An 80-foot south-facing sun terrace is available for al fresco dining in the summer months and there are six exceptionally well-appointed en-suite guest bedrooms for an extended stay.
Executive head chef Sam Salway creates French-influenced dishes that are beautifully presented and cooked to perfection. I started with chicken liver parfait, Port jelly and dressed leaves, while my partner began with Wye Valley asparagus, poached egg and Béarnaise sauce. Both looked and tasted wonderful. For the main course, I chose rack and braised leg of lamb with an exciting array of root vegetables and rich jus, while my partner opted for the equally sensational hake with bok choy, chorizo, sweet pepper coulis and pan-fried scallops with saffron emulsion. Our knowledgeable waiter recommended we try the baked New York-style cheesecake with raspberry sorbet for dessert. It was sublime, as was the pistachio financier with chocolate ganache and passion fruit sorbet.
Owner Claire has a great eye for detail, and she and the team are sure to make this relatively new venture a roaring success.