Review on The Mount Somerset Hotel
Designed by an Italian architect in 1805, this fine-looking Regency mansion stands high up on the Blackdown Hills overlooking the Somerset countryside. It is a beautifully maintained hotel of manageable proportions (just 11 bedrooms), with an elegantly appointed restaurant at the heart of things.
Huge mirrors, a spectacular central chandelier and high levels of luxurious comfort set the tone, and the kitchen matches the mood with refined, elaborate cooking that gives due prominence to locally sourced ingredients.
Complex ideas abound, whether you are considering the 'collection of crustacean' (lobster boudin, pan-fried scallop and crab soup) or want to round things off with an 'omnibus of the orchard' (quince ice cream, pear fritters, apple and brandy cake). In between, there might be loin of venison with sweet potato fondant, parsnip purée, red cabbage and star anise jus or wild sea bass with a cassoulet or shellfish, langoustine ravioli and caramelised chicory. Cheeses are local and the wine list offers decent drinking from reliable sources.
The Mount Somerset Hotel is also featured in: Michelin Guide, AA GuideRate this Restaurant
Modern British / French
Restaurant Opening Times
Lunch: 12.00 - 2.00pm
Dinner: 7.00 - 9.30pm
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card, American Express