Mill House, Haselbury Plucknett, Crewkerne, TA18 7NY
Somerset is a county known for its glorious scenery and its fantastic produce - both of which can be enjoyed at charming Haselbury Mill. Unsurprisingly, given its bucolic location in 14 acres of glorious countryside, Haselbury Mill is a popular venue for weddings and events. Indeed, thanks to its three restaurants, two bars, beautiful Georgian mill house hotel and spectacular Great Tithe Barn used for functions, there's plenty of space for everything from a romantic meal to a big family gathering. Friendly and attentive staff provide a wonderful welcome, giving you time to relax with a refreshing pre-meal drink in the Lakeside Bar, or in the pretty garden should the weather allow. We dined in the Lakeside Restaurant, which offers an extensive à la carte featuring seasonal vegetables, locally supplied meat, fish and game and artisan cheeses. The selection changes seasonally, ensuring only the best fresh Somerset produce makes it to your plate. To begin, I sampled a wonderfully light and creamy roasted plum tomato and basil soup, followed by pan-fried duckling breast served with fondant potato, squash purée and Port jus, accompanied by baby carrots, mange tout and green beans. For dessert I devoured a heavenly banana and praline parfait, served with yummy caramelised pineapple. A cafetière of coffee to conclude allowed us time to reflect on the first-class dining experience at this elegant venue. Haselbury Mill provides the very best in Somerset scenery, produce and hospitality.