Rose and Crown
Mon-Sat 11-2.30pm, 6.30-11pm; Sun 12-3, 7-10.30pm
Rose and Crown
A quiet pub set in flat countryside not far from junc 24 of the M5.
Inside it is comfortable and timeless mainly favoured by locals, however, like most Somerset pubs out in the sticks, it is a free house and serves Butcombe Bitter and Thomas Hardy Royal Oak, though despite it being cider country, there isn't a wide choice as you'd expect from local farms.
The décor is all exposed beams, antique furniture and a large stone fireplace. Seating by this is interesting and there is no piped music to disturb.
Food is served lunch and evenings, though book for the restaurant. Food is wholesome and good value for money.
There is a large car park to the side and a beer garden out back for summer months.
Accommodation here (though not seen on this occasion), handy for Taunton.
Recently refurbished and reopened, paid due respect to traditional feel of building but somehow lacking in atmosphere.
Went for Sunday lunch, pre booked the week before, and ended up waiting an hour for overcooked and tough roast meats. Very substandard meal, with the chef in meltdown because of "two large bookings" each of around 10 people, bringing the total covers to around 28! Strongly recommend that the chef find a new trade and that you don't bother to stop for food if there are more than half-a-dozen people in the bar!! (30/11/08 - Philip Sharratt)