Review on The Willow Tree

Thread your way through the pedestrian back streets of Taunton to find this 'little gem' of a restaurant down an alley off Tower Street. The tall, gabled 300-year-old building makes an immediate impression, and inside it is equally appealing with its vibrant artwork, natural colours and exposed beams: 'the surroundings just add to the romance,' observed on Mobile Food Guide reporter.

Visitors reckon that 'this place is something special': it helps that chef Darren Sherlock spent a decade in various Roux Brothers' kitchens before setting up in Somerset. His razor-sharp technique and imagination is applied to a range of dishes with clear flavours, but not too much fussing about.

On the list of first courses you might find a Pithivier of confit oxtail and caramelised onion with celeriac purée and red wine jus or sautéed belly pork with homemade rabbit sausage. Centrepieces could range from curry-crusted fillet of turbot with ginger and butternut squash risotto or crisp-skinned pork belly with braised red cabbage and boulangère potatoes, while desserts offer ample temptation in the shape of warm orange meringue pie with a pink grapefruit and whisky sherbet or stem ginger crème brûlée.

Darren' s partner, Rita Rambellas, provides 'impeccable' service out front, and the wine list is typically honest, good value and unpretentious - just like the place itself.

The Willow Tree is also featured in: Michelin Guide, Good Food Guide, Hardens, AA Guide

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Modern British


Darren Sherlock

Restaurant Opening Times

Dinner: 6.30 - 10.00pm Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat

Accepted credit cards

Visa, Master Card

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Facilities at The Willow Tree

  • Alfresco dining
  • Partial disabled access
  • Private parties
  • 36 covers


The Willow Tree
3 Tower Lane

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