To help you make the most of your stay with us, this page lists some local pubs and restaurants near Dillington and a list of some of the things you can see and do nearby, but there are always new events happening locally and places to go, so feel free to ask if you want more recommendations
Just a ten minute drive away, the Lord Poulett Arms is an elegant and traditional (but still cosy) award-winning gastropub. Great for a nice dinner or Sunday lunch. It has a large garden out the back
A five minute drive, or 45-60 minute walk across the fields, the Barrington Boar is a relaxed pub to walk to on a fine day, serving food and drink from local suppliers
Hinton Saint George TA17 8SX
Tel 01460 52397
A ten minute drive away, although a free 16-seat shuttle bus is on offer, the Dinnington Docks is a rustic and charming little pub. It has an eclectic clientele, which usually includes a dog or two, and serves a good variety of traditional pub food
A fifteen minute drive away, the Crooked Swan is a great gastropub with a large dining room. The Swan has a great menu and the recently renovated interiors combine a collection of antiques with exposed steel beams, open fire and a pretty courtyard garden.
Great food with locally sourced produce, real ales and cosy atmosphere, the Cotley Inn is a great pub a 15-20 minute drive away.
Rose Mills, Ilminster, TA19 9PS
Tel 01460 53183
F.EAST is tucked away in unit 1 of the Rose Mills industrial Estate, but with its delicious food and relaxed industrial style, this vegetarian restaurant is well worth a visit for brunch, lunch or tea (Tues-Sat)
THE RAILWAY CARRIAGE CAFE
The Trading Post, Lopen, TA13 5JH
Tel 07729 685412
The Railway Carriage Café is next door to the Trading Post farm shop and the quirky interior, being in a railway carriage (and now a bus too) isn’t the only highlight; it serves delicious food and coffee from 9:30am to 4:00pm everyday except Sunday
A modern and expertly run restaurant, in a restored and grade II* listed old building in Somerton. The team at 28 Market Place have created a fantastic new restaurant with a delicious bakery and wine shop attached. It’s a 30 minute or so drive away, but well worth the visit.
The Firehouse is a traditional pub turned award-winning pizzeria. The pizzas are home-baked and delicious, whether served as eat-in or takeaway
A 15 minute drive West, the Candlelight Inn is a 17th century traditional country pub in the Blackdown Hills (which are a great place for walks and cycling). It’s a dog-friendly, rustic and cosy gastropub serving excellent local food
A 25 minute drive away, the White Hart is a rustic-chic gastropub, with a quirky, stripped-bare, but cosy interior, and delicious food from the ex head-chef of the River Cottage
The Castle Hotel is a 20 minute drive away, and this four-star hotel has a restaurant and brasserie, so if you don’t mind the drive, or are heading towards Taunton anyway, there is plenty to choose from
The Pig at Combe is a 35 min drive away and well worth a visit on a trip down to the Dorset / Devon coast. Part of the down-to-earth “derelict-chic” award-winning hotel group, it’s a great spot to enjoy fine food for lunch or dinner and sumptuous cocktails (or not…if you’re the designated driver!)
HIX Oyster & Fish house is another restaurant that should feature as part of a trip to the South Dorset coast. A 40 minute drive away it is a great stop on any visit to the historic fishing port of Lyme Regis
THE HIVE BEACH CAFE
Beach Rd, Burton Bradstock, Bridport DT6 4RF
Tel: 01308 897070
The Hive Beach Café is located right on the beach at Burton Bradstock on the Jurassic Coast. With views across Lyme Bay and Chesil Beach, it’s a great location to enjoy informal, fresh, local seafood. They don’t take bookings though, and it can be popular, so on busy days be prepared to queue!
THE CLUBHOUSE WEST BEXINGTON
Beach Rd, West Bexington, Dorchester DT2 9DF
Tel: 01308 898302
A nearby sister restaurant to the Hive Cafe where bookings are taken, where, according to them “the fish is always the hero of the dish”. The cooking is delicious and no frills. A great option after a long walk along the jurassic coast.
A highly-rated all day restaurant and bar located in a converted 17th century former chapel, this restaurant is well worth a visit, for dinner or for lunch, perhaps in combination with a trip to the Hauser and Wirth modern art gallery in Bruton
Barrington, Ilminster TA19 0NQ
Tel 01460 241938
A five minute drive away, Barrington Court is a National Trust Tudor Manor house. It was restored in the 1920s, and is surrounded by farm buildings, abundant flowers and orchards
Middle St, Montacute TA15 6XP
Tel 01935 823289
Another National Trust house, this one a 20 minute drive, it is of Elizabethan Renaissance architecture and design and features striking walls of stone-mullioned ham-stone windows
Shepton House, Ilminster TA19 0JT
Tel 01460 240622
A local pottery making interesting and innovative vases and tiles, run from the converted stables of a Victorian Gothic rectory…and with tea rooms attached!
The Temperley’s beautiful and ramshackle cider orchard and press and award winning cider brandy distillery, Also the home of the Cider Bus, famous for its appearances at Glastonbury and other festivals
Cider farm, mill, cellar and tasting shop, the home of Perry’s award-winning farmhouse and premium single variety ciders
A beautiful and remarkable spot for walks, or for the more adventurous to explore its caves or climb its cliffs, there is also an “escape room” experience to try, as well as a museum of prehistory
HAUSER & WIRTH ART GALLERY
Durslade Farm, Bruton, BA10 0NL
Tel 01749 814060
A pioneering world-class modern art gallery and multi-purpose arts centre set in some converted old (and new) stone farm buildings. There is also an on-site restaurant, the Roth Bar & Grill
GLASTONBURY TOR & ABBEY
The Tor is a prominent hill overlooking Glastonbury and Somerset, topped by the roofless St Michael’s Tower, and situated near the town of Glastonbury, with tea rooms and it’s ruined abbey
JURASSIC COASTAL WALKS
There are some beautiful walks along the Jurassic coast, including taking in the Golden Cap. We recommend the Anchor Inn at Seatown as a stop along the way, and/or fish and chips in West Bay
The highest point in Dorset with views between the trees over Devon, Somerset and out to sea
Crewkerne Aqua Centre boasts a 25 metre pool, warm teaching pool, aquarobics, swim school, gym and studio classes including spinning, pilates etc.
Drakes Farm Riding Centre offers riding lessons and hacking near to the Estate. They can offer lessons to riders of all ages and abilities and have indoor and outdoor facilities at the farm
JUNGLE JUNGLE INDOOR PLAY
4 Artillery Rd, Lufton, Yeovil BA22 8RP
Tel 01935 433833
An indoor soft play area in Yeovil (25 minute drive away)
A major naval aviation museum, great for kids of all ages, with a large collection of aircraft and interactive displays including a replica of the aircraft carrier HMS Ark Royal and a Concorde, both of which you can explore
An all weather attraction, with over 400 cars and bikes in the museum from the 1800s, through the nostalgic classics, to modern super cars like the Jaguar XJ220
Around an hour’s drive away, Wookey Hole is famous for it’s amazing caves, but also other indoor fun, from a hall of mirrors, to penny arcades, an indoor play castle and some outdoor crazy golf
AXE VALLEY WILDLIFE PARK
Summerleaze Farm, Kilmington, Axminster EX13 7RA
Tel 01297 34472
A half hour drive away, the Axe Valley Wildlife Centre is a small, friendly zoo that’s home to a variety of small animals from around the world, from antelopes to zebra. It’s a great to visit with kids and can also be combined with a trip to Lyme Regis beach and the Jurassic coast.