SquareMeal Review of Augustus

Chef Richard Guest and manager Cedric Chirossel made their names at Taunton’s auspicious Castle Hotel before setting up this pint-sized neighbourhood eatery snuggled away in a nearby courtyard. Hard surfaces mean plenty of noise and happy chatter in the weeny, bistro-style dining room, service keeps the mood upbeat and the food is guaranteed to put smiles on faces. Expect a lively mix of British, European and Asian influences brought together in assertive, pitch-perfect dishes ranging from smoked eel and scrambled duck egg or whole lemon sole with runner beans and samphire to Thai-style avocado and peanut salad, pork saltimbocca or homemade boudin noir with caramelised apples. For afters, consider raspberry vacherin with praline or cherry Bakewell tart. Roald Dahl fans might like to know that the restaurant’s name references food-loving Augustus Gloop in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory.

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££££ - £30 - £49
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Location for Augustus

3 The Courtyard St James, Taunton, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 1JR

01823 324354


Opening Times

Tues-Sat 10am-3pm 6-9.30pm

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3 Reviews 


Similar to phoning
29 June 2021  

Having phoned for this 'in vogue' rests usually booked up restaurant only a month before Valentine's Day for several years and been rebuffed rudely, having finally been given one of their extra 2021 tables the owner was also rude to me in person, though made a point of chatting to my wife. 
The gravy was nice.

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Sam W

Excellent food and wine knowledge and understanding
22 August 2016  
Excellent alternatives offered for both vegetarians and lactose intolerance without making an issue of either. Wine suggestions offered for suitability for both food matching and personal tastes which were excellent selections for all present. Front of house is welcoming without being overbearing or pushy.
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Richard B

An excellent bisto
25 August 2013  
Excellent menu by owner/chef Richard Guest cooked to perfection. Just 25 covers inside (plus15 outside in the courtyard ) make for an intimate room which can get noisy mainly because of its hard surfaces but also because of the sound of happy customers! Very good friendly and attentive waiting staff. Prices are very attractive. The best restaurant of its type (European bisto) for miles around.
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