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 GuideRate this Restaurant
Restaurant Opening Times
Dinner: 6.30 - 10.00pm Tue-Wed & Fri-Sat
Accepted credit cards
Visa, Master Card