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Ian Bates claims it took him six years to find the right restaurant, but this bright, unfussy eaterie, all bare wood tables & floorboards, is easy to be in & the food as intrepid &
unpretentious as its surroundings. Recent Sunday lunch offerings – deep-fried pork belly with lambs lettuce, apple sauce & fennel, or roast leg of lamb with creamy gratin dauphinoise, aubergine
& pesto, followed by rice pudding with poached quince – were well executed. It’s all exceptional value, at £15 for three courses, while dinner (£20/£25 for two/three courses) offers similarly
clean flavours. Mussel & saffron risotto, & roast partridge, pommes anna, beetroot & wild mushrooms are among the choices, delivered with efficiency, & a wine list provides the
right bottle for a reasonable price. Put it all together & you have a place that’s very easy to like.
Given the endless beauty of the surrounding landscape and architecture, parts of the West Country appear remarkably devoid of good eateries. Research on the historic towns in the region returns numerous ancient forts, monuments or settlements that are well worth a visit, but if you want some good quality sustenance, you will struggle.Luckily The Old Spot in the delightful city of Wells (those with a thirst for pub trivia will know that Wells is the second smallest city in England and the only one in Somerset) is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Located right next to the cathedral on a picturesque cobbled street, The Old Spot is extremely welcoming, and small enough to be intimate and private. If you are lucky you can get a table with views of the cathedral...
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