SOMERSET'S best restaurants have been revealed in a new guide.

The Restaurant Guide 2020, the food lover’s guide to the best cuisine in Britain and compiled by AA Hospitality and Hotel Services, this year includes a whopping 41 county restaurants.

The guide itself contains more than 2,000 restaurants currently awarded Rosettes for culinary excellence by the AA’s professional inspectors.

Among the Somerset restaurants featured are a restaurant in a Georgian ballroom (Macdonald Bath Spa, Bath), a former cider house (The Kingsdon Inn, Kingsdon) and a Palladian mansion (Ston Easton Park Hotel, Ston Easton).

Three Taunton restaurants make the list: Castle Bow, The Mount Somerset Hotel and Augustus.

Bridgwater's Walnut Tree Hotel is also included, as is the Lordleaze Hotel, in Chard.

Simon Numphud, managing director at AA Media, said: “We are pleased to see the hospitality industry going from strength to strength, with over 140 new dining destinations being added to The Restaurant Guide 2020.

"The establishments in this year’s Guide demonstrate the high quality of culinary experiences across the country, offering delicious food and impeccable service.”

In addition to restaurant listings, The Restaurant Guide 2020 includes interviews with top chefs including Tom Brown and Steven Edwards, as well as details of the winners of the AA Hospitality Awards, including Restaurants of the Year, AA Wine Awards and Chefs’ Chef of the Year.

Bridgwater Mercury:

LISTED: Augustus, Taunton

The list of Somerset restaurants in the Guide this year is as below:

The Oak House AXBRIDGE

Woods Restaurant BATH

Macdonald Bath Spa BATH

The Olive Tree at the Queensberry Hotel BATH

The Dower House Restaurant BATH

The Bath Priory Hotel, Restaurant & Spa BATH

Bailbrook House Hotel BATH

The Marlborough Tavern BATH

The Circus Restaurant BATH

The Chequers BATH

The Hare & Hounds BATH

Menu Gordon Jones BATH

Dan Moon at the Gainsborough Restaurant BATH

The Scallop Shell BATH

Walnut Tree Hotel BRIDGWATER

Lordleaze Hotel CHARD

The Bath Arms CHEDDAR

The Pony and Trap CHEW MAGNA


Woods Bar & Restaurant DULVERTON

The Luttrell Arms Hotel DUNSTER

Langford Fivehead FIVEHEAD

The Holcombe Inn HOLCOMBE


The Kingsdon Inn KINGSDON

The Litton LITTON

Best Western Plus Centurion Hotel MIDSOMER NORTON


The Notley Arms Inn MONKSILVER


The Oakhill Inn OAKHILL

Charlton House Hotel & Spa SHEPTON MALLET

The Devonshire Arms SOMERTON

Ston Easton Park Hotel STON EASTON

The Mount Somerset Hotel & Spa TAUNTON

Augustus TAUNTON

Castle Bow Restaurant TAUNTON

Crown & Victoria TINTINHULL

Goodfellows WELLS

Best Western Plus Swan Hotel WELLS

Little Barwick House YEOVIL

Bridgwater Mercury: