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Tuesday, 14 July 2015
Our love for rustic fine dining at gorgeous rural locations, far away from the hustle and bustle, shows no signs of waning, and our latest discovery is a hidden Somerset gem that’s bursting with culinary delights and a wonderfully warm atmosphere…
The ancient Rock Inn sits quietly within the pretty hamlet of Waterrow, surrounded by rolling hills, sheep peacefully grazing and the beauty of Exmoor National Park, ready to welcome hungry foodies from far and wide. So, if you’re planning a relaxing trip to the South West, let us tell you, as countryside pubs go, this is a real treat. Expect amazing seasonal dishes, with locally sourced ingredients and presentation to rival the very best.
Forget stuffy, sterile restaurants and enjoy brilliant service from Daren and Ruth Barclay, who have thoughtfully crafted the perfect array of options, including every menu classic we all love to find, alongside more contemporary ‘wow’ inducing choices.
We enjoyed a divine three-course meal of Devon white crab layered with avocado and delicious Somerset baked brie fondant for starter, followed by beetroot flavoured gnocchi with toasted pine kernels and a rump of lamb, complete with juicy Mediterranean vegetables and chilli olives. Of course, we couldn’t leave without sampling the desserts from the mouth-watering chalkboard options, and indulged in a summer pudding with lemon curd and toffee apple crumble, topped off with the creamiest, homemade ice cream we’ve ever had the pleasure to taste.
The décor offers everything a cosy pub should with a roaring fireplace. However, the dining room is fresh and airy with bleached tables and plenty of dove grey Farrow & Ball touches. After your heavenly meal, you may find it tricky to depart. Luckily, there are eight charming, ensuite rooms upstairs with white shutters, subway tiles and idyllic views of the quaint hamlet. A must visit when you quickly need to escape the city buzz and retreat into a slower, more calming way of life.
Room rates start from £65 per night for a double room for two people on a B&B basis
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