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This traditional inn sits in the heart of Somerton, facing the historic Market Place. It has period features, a patio and a garden, while upstairs are eight rooms. The two most affordable don't have much natural light but the others are attractive. The restaurant serves sourdough pizza and well-crafted, locally-sourced food.

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The pub is one in a line of old buildings on the edge of Market Place in the town of Somerton. Within walking distance, visitors will find a 13th-century church, a buttercross, the town hall - which is now a gallery - and a handful of antique shops and craft boutiques. Glastonbury is 18 minutes by car. Somerton's most exciting address is 28 Market Place, a stylish but friendly restaurant offering delectable food, with an ice cream parlour, bakery and wine shop attached.

By car: around 1 hour 30 minutes from Bristol, 3 hours from London and 4 hours from Manchester. There is free parking available nearby.

By train: Castle Cary station is a 20-minute drive from the hotel, with services from London Paddington (1 hour 40 minutes), Exeter St. Davids (40 minutes) and Penzance (4 hours). Book trains to Castle Cary.

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The White Hart has been operating since the 16th century and had a facelift in the 18th century. Expect a bar with a huge brick fireplace and seating in little nooks, plus dining rooms decorated in a simple, quirky style. Outdoors is a gravelled patio with olive trees and a lawn with fire pits.


The service at check-in was efficient if a little cold, waiting staff were much more friendly and keen to help. The only parking is outside Market Place, where there are a few free evening spots. Aside from the bar, restaurant and garden, there are no other facilities on site.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Pet-friendly
  • Free parking
  • Free Wi-Fi


The eight upstairs rooms are cosy, with some interesting original features. Two have windows that face a wall and so are consequently a little dark and depressing, better to spend more on a room with a view. Bathrooms can be a squash but feature upmarket, traditional-style appliances and Bramley toiletries.

Room types: Small Double, Medium Double, Large Double, Super Double

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, king or superking bed, Egyptian cotton linen, smart TV, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi


Tom Blake used to work at River Cottage and now oversees the menus at this small chain of food-led inns. The dishes are well above-par for pub food, making good use of local produce with a few world influences thrown in. The White Hart has a wood-fired pizza oven too - try the Somerset sourdough pizza.

Restaurant: Relaxed atmosphere, refined gastropub food. Open daily 12-9pm (Mondays closed 3-5pm). Mains from £13.75.

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