Walking, Cycling and Lunch. What Sunday in Somerset is All About.

3 May

I think Sunday lunches are best enjoyed after a very long walk or cycle.  The food always seems to taste so much better.  Fortunately there are some great places to walk, and cycle close to us here in Glastonbury.  Here are seven of my favourites.(correction – 8- couldn’t stick to just 7)

  1. Sharpham Tea Garden is based at the edge of the Avalon Marshes.  You can park in the Ham Wall Nature Reserve Car park and then walk the 3km along the Glastonbury Canal.  Or if you are cycling it is on the National Cycle Path Number 3.  You will need to book in for their Sunday roast dinner which they serve until 5pm.  Roasts start at just £8.   Sharpham Tea Rooms
  2. The Red Lion in West Pennard makes a great lunch destination for a walk out of Glastonbury or from us here at Middlewick.  From Glastonbury the walk is up and over the Glastonbury Tor to Stonedown Lane.  From us here it is a short walk through our back fields to join the Lane.  At the bottom of Stonedown Lane you will find Norwood Park House and a public footpath beside their kitchen gardens.  From there the way is marked with Red Lion signs that will take you across farmers fields for 3 miles to the pub.  On a Sunday there is a great Carvery which runs from 12pm- 2.30pm.  It is a good idea to book first as it is popular with the locals.  The Red Lion
  3. Eco Friendly Bites at the Somerset Craft Centre and Avalon Marshes Centre.  For a lighter lunch this great little café is a perfect Sunday lunch destination.  It is also perfectly based for walks across the Shapwick Nature Reserve. Avalon Marshes Centre Somerset Craft Centre
  4. Nunney Acoustic Café.  This is my secret favourite Sunday lunch destination.  You will find it in the tucked away Nunney village hall.  Not only is the food fantastic(it is run by our resident Middlewick chef- Keren Hayden), you also get to enjoy 4 hours of great music.  It only happens once a month, on every second Sunday and is on from 2pm – 6pm.  The café has been going for many years now and it has a reputation for showcasing some great new musical talents.  Nunney Castle and the surrounding footpaths are perfect for a great walk before or after food.  Follow them on Facebook to keep up to date. Nunney Acoustic Café
  5. Rose and Portcullis is a great pub ideally located for some great cycling or walks through the extensive paths of Combe  Hill Woods and the Polden Way.  Based in the village of Butleigh, it is extremely popular with locals so do make sure you book in first. Rose and Portcullis  Combe Hill Wood
  6.  Sheppey Inn is one of the top 10 restaurants  in Somerset and so worth a visit.  It has a lovely deck that backs onto the River Sheppey so perfect sunny Sunday destination.  Located in the village of Godney, the cycling and walks are fantastic around the quiet lanes on the Somerset Levels.  The more adventurous could hire a kayak to travel through the waterways of the Somerset Levels. Kayak Hire
  7. The Kitchen Langport is another waterside Café located on the River Parrett, in Bow Wharf.  The River has a 50 mile pathway that starts in Dorset and then heads through the Somerset Levels, into Langport and then ends in Bridgwater.  The food at the Kitchen is always delicious, they also have an Artisan bakery in the town itself but it isn’t open on Sunday . The Café is open from 8.30- 4pm everyday.
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