The Ilminster Stage
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The Ilminster Stage  

The Ilminster Stage can be found just off the M5 on the Devon/Somerset border. Come off at junction 27 and take the A38 towards Wellington. After a couple of miles you will see the turning to Culmstock as you pass back over the motorway. Go through the village and at the far end take the left turn to Hemyock. The pub is opposite the Church. The Inn was built in the 17th century as a coaching stop or stage, stands at the head of the ancient and picturesque village of Culmstock. It retains many of the old features that give the building it's unique and friendly atmosphere. The bar area is divided into two distinct areas. The lively public bar with it's pub games and local characters and the quieter lounge. Both have real log fires. The real ales at time of visit were: Bass, Wadworths 6X, Exmoor Fox. The 30 seater restaurant is separate and ideal for cosy intimate dining. There is a bar snack menu and a full a-la-carte evening menu supplemented by a chalk board showing the specials of the day. Where possible, all food is prepared on the premises using local fresh ingredients by Peter or Jenny who are both qualified chefs with a wealth of skills and experience. Prices are good too: home-made soup of the day ?2.25, Greek salad ?3.95, Thai and Indian Curries from ?5.95, Steak and Kidney Pudding ?5.95, 16oz Rump Steak ?8.95, Chicken Royale ?7.25, home-made desserts from ?2.50. Weather permitting you might choose to drink or dine in the courtyard or beer garden. The old walled garden is a sheltered "sun trap". There are three guest rooms, all of which are en-suite and have magnificent views of the famous church with it's 200 year old yew tree growing out of the top of the tower. The rooms have been re-furbished this past year. Two doubles and a family room with a double bed and twin bunks. All rooms are en-suite with w.c. and either bath or shower. The Three rooms have magnificent views of the Church of All Saints and the glorious rolling Blackdown hills, including Culmstock Beacon (the largest remaining SSSI in the Blackdowns). Rooms cost ?17.50 per person for double occupancy, ?20.00 for single occupancy, ?50.00 for the family room with up to 2 children. All prices include a full English breakfast. A discount is also possible on block bookings. You can also book online at



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