Eating out near Tucking Mill

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Our family love our little hamlet of Tucking Mill and we’re spoilt for choice when it comes to the local pubs and delis. We are blessed with five excellent pubs and a fantastic deli, all within walking distance of our cottages. Some walks are a little further than others but all go through lovely countryside in our Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Michael and I visit them all regularly as there seems to be many times we cannot be bothered to cook!

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Here’s a list of our favourite places to eat locally:

Superb, delicious pub food: Hope & Anchor, Midford

About 15 minutes’ walk towards Midford from our cottages. Hope & Anchor is a family owned and run pub that’s independent and excellent value. There’s a good selection of local beers and consistently delicious food cooked by host Richard. The walk is just along the canal bed, or you can go along the Two Tunnels Greenway cycle track towards Midford. This pub is one of our short distance favourites and the fish soup is to die for!

Hope & Anchor, Midford Rd, Midford, Bath BA2 7DD. Telephone 01225 832296, or email Booking essential!

Fantastic pub garden: Wheelwright’s Arms, Monkton Combe

15 minutes’ walk in the other direction towards the little village of Monkton Combe and you’ll find another family owned pub, Wheelwrights’ Arms. Richard and Sandra have just bought the Wheelwrights and refurbished the pub to a high degree. There’s a lovely garden area for outside dining and frequent music events planned. Easy to get to, with a short walk along Tucking Mill Lane. You can wander through the graveyard and spot Harry Patch’s grave on the way through, who was the last surviving Tommy. The Wheelies is a firm favourite. Good for breakfast, too!

Wheelwright’s Arms, Church Lane, Monkton Combe, Bath BA2 7HB. Call 01225 722287 or visit – Booking advised.

Great breakfast and dining experiences: Castle Farm Cafe, Midford

This one’s a little further, but well worth it! A good hill walk, it will take you along the Horsecombe Brook and up over the fields to Castle Farm. This cafe/restaurant is in a barn on an organic farm just outside Midford with stunning views over the valley. They work with local produce and have some great wines, with an eclectic mix of food experiences and tasting menus in a truly unique setting. There are a selection of breakfast and lunch dishes and evening meals on Fridays and Saturdays. Do check before you visit and booking is essential.

Castle Farm Cafe, Midford Road, Bath BA2 7BU. to book.

Community owned pub: The Packhorse, South Stoke

This is the largest community venture in England, situated in the delightful village of South Stoke. Their values are described as such: “We succeed when we deliver moments of service that go above and beyond what is expected. We are guest driven.” Michael and I particularly enjoyed the ambience. The food is varied but always to a high standard. The cherry on the cake is that it’s a gorgeous walk to South Stoke that will be sure to whet your appetite for a good pub meal.

The Packhorse, Old School Hill, South Stoke, Bath BA2 7DU. Call 01225 830300. Booking recommended.

For the keen walker, visit Wheatsheaf in Combe Hay

It’s about an hour and 15 minutes’ walk to the Wheatsheaf, but you will certainly love it there. The walk is a great country stroll along the old canal and river. The country pub is owned by James and located in beautiful surroundings in the ancient village of Combe Hay. James prides himself on serving delicious food and some of the finest wines. We particularly like the Combe Hay wine and the local Midford Cider from Honey’s farm. There’s a lovely new outdoor dining space overlooking the valley. Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay, Bath BA2 7EG. Best to book 01225 833504.

Brunch, wraps and quick meals: The Darling Deli, Combe Down

This cafe in the suburbs of Combe Down is a hill walk away from the cottages and has won a coveted Great Taste Award for its meals. Serving up a delicious brunch, flavoursome wraps and hot ciabattas, it’s an immediate favourite. They also have some lovely frozen meals prepared by the kitchen that can make for a great cheat dinner during your stay at the cottages. They taste great! Do check the opening times on their website before you walk up to see them…

The Darling Deli, Isabella House, The Avenue, Bath BA2 5EH. View website.

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