A taste of Taunton’s best pubs

By Kingfisher Visitor Guides

The Somerset town of Taunton boasts an extensive range of quality pubs serving local produce and craft beers. Here are some fantastic options available for visitors wanting an authentic pub experience.

The Farmers Arms
Pint of beer on a table in a pub

Sup a pint by the fireplace

If it’s a traditional Somerset country pub with beautiful surroundings you desire, then look no further than The Farmers Arms.

Set amongst stunning traditional scenery, this pub is perfect for enjoying a cool glass of wine or a pint of local beer. Embrace the crackling of a warm open fire in the cold winter evenings or the delightful gardens when the sun is shining. If you’re looking for somewhere to relax and unwind, then The Farmers Arms is the one for you.

Coggins Lane, Combe Florey, Taunton TA4 3HZ

The Plough Inn
Pie and mash in a pub

Dig in to a hearty pie then wash it down with a local ale

The Plough Inn is an ideal choice for foodies who appreciate traditional, local pub food. They proudly serve their award-winning traditional pies accompanied by their famous secret-recipe gravy, mash, and minted mushy peas.

There are also plenty of vegan and vegetarian options, so there really is something for everyone at this pub. What’s more, The Plough Inn boasts an extensive collection of local farmhouse ciders and a wide range of local craft beers. If it’s entertainment you’re after, they host weekly quiz nights, ’70s disco nights and open mic performances. Or if you’re looking for a more relaxing experience, then pull up a chair in front of the warm fire.

75 Station Rd, Taunton TA1 1PB

The Cross Keys
The Cross Keys pub in Taunton, Somerset

The Cross Keys is housed in a beautiful 18th-century inn

At the edge of the village of Norton Fitzwarren on the old turnpike road from Taunton to Bishop’s Lydeard stands a handsome 18th-century inn of honey-gold Hamstone and red clay roof tiles, The Cross Keys.

Once a coaching inn, this Somerset village inn is bounded by the gentle rolling Quantock Hills to the north while just to the south lie the Blackdown Hills. The Cross Keys is a handsome country pub offering delicious pub lunches with seasonal specials, Sunday lunches, fine wines and cask ales.

Taunton Rd, Norton Fitzwarren, Taunton TA2 6NR

The Hankridge Arms
Mussels on table at pub

Tuck into some locally-sourced food whilst in Taunton

Housed in a magnificent building oozing with beauty is The Hankridge Arms. This pub has many stunning features such as inglenook fireplaces, oak partitions and stone mullion windows. If you want to enjoy a drink in an authentic setting, then look no further.

The Hankridge Arms prides itself on the memorable dining experience they provide for customers. The menu is crafted using locally-sourced produce of the finest quality, which is then prepared fresh to order. A seasonal menu is on offer and they also provide an excellent Sunday roast.

Hankridge Way, Taunton TA1 2LR

So if you’re looking for a great pub in Taunton, each of these will definitely quench your thirst and also provide a memorable and enjoyable experience.

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