The Pilgrims at Lovington
This cosy and stylish stone-built four-star restaurant with rooms can be found amongst the trees and fields of the undulating Somerset countryside. Its laid-back atmosphere and efficient service communicate a well-deserved confidence. It’s unsurprising that The Pilgrims has many awards under its belt, as well as two coveted AA rosettes.
Local is the key word when it comes to the menu at The Pilgrims restaurant, with the best of the area showcased in dishes such as Pilgrims on Horseback – seared Lyme Bay scallops with Home Farm black pudding and sweet potato purée – and Langport duck breast roasted pink with Cognac sauce and bubble and squeak. Desserts are certainly not to be overlooked, with indulgent delights such as the sticky toffee pudding with walnut toffee sauce and Hurdlebrook unpasteurised cream at diners’ fingertips. The Pilgrims champions artisan produce and puts it to superb use in its unfussy and honest yet expert cooking. The bill of fare all depends on the seasonal ingredients on offer, so guests can expect something different from visit to visit. The level of commitment is evident everywhere – everything in the restaurant is homemade from scratch (you must try Jools’ fresh-baked bread) and only the best can be found in the five unique guest rooms, set in a converted cider barn. Think Egyptian cotton, old-fashioned bedsteads and deep walnut French sleigh beds. The Pilgrims has earned itself an enviable reputation, which has also led to it being featured in numerous publications, including the Michelin Guide and Charming Small Hotels.