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LOVE LOCAL


Rainy Day Guide What to do in the West Country come rain or shine…


to do when the anoraks and umbrellas come out.


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SYMONDSBURY ESTATE Located in the beautiful Dorset countryside, Symondsbury Estate has lots on off er even when the sun isn't shining. Visit the Symondsbury Kitchen any


time of the day where you can enjoy breakfast, lunch and aſt ernoon tea. Using produce from the Symondsbury kitchen garden, the restaurant has a varied menu using seasonal, local ingredients. If you fancy treating yourself, why


not do a spot of retail therapy at the Symondsbury artisan and retail units or really relax at the health and beauty boutique. Before you leave, visit the Symondsbury


Store which off ers a wide range of homemade chutneys and jams, as well as home grown produce. T ere is also a varied daily selection of local produce including fresh meat, vegetables, cheese and their very own Colmers Ale. www.symondsburyestate.co.uk


52 | THE WEST COUNTRY FOODLOVER


t wouldn’t be blighty if we didn’t expect a little wet weather whilst on holiday in the West Country. So we have the ideal Rainy Day Guide to the perfect activities


WEST SOMERSET RAILWAY Let the train take the strain and take a trip on the West Somerset Railway through the Somerset countryside and coastline whilst enjoying a traditional West Country cream tea. Hop on the steam locomotive and have the


choice of stopping at ten unique stations linked by 20 miles of scenic railway. Running from Bishops Lydeard in the Quantock Hills to the coastal town of Minehead, highlight stops include Dunster, Watchet and Blue Anchor.


STOP AT: Watchet - avoid the showers by visiting the Boat Museum but if the clouds part, explore the ancient harbour town and its network of small streets. T ere are plenty of shops to explore as well as an array of pubs and cafes to fi nd a spot of lunch. Blue Anchor - a quiet seaside village, Blue


Anchor is great when the sun eventually comes out. Not only does it have a long sandy beach perfect for families, it has great coastal views looking to Minehead and Exmoor. Dunster - why not visit Dunster Castle


as well as the Dunster Museum. Dodge the showers as you wander around medieval Yarn Market where you can browse the shops and take a break in one of the many tea rooms. www.west-somerset-railway.co.uk


LEFT: Symondsbury Estate, Located in the beautiful Dorset countryside. ABOVE: Enjoy traditional West Country cream tea on the The West Somerset Railway.


THATCHERS CIDER SHOP & PUB If the weather forecast isn't looking too bright for your week away, book onto a cider mill tour and see how cider is made, visit the oak vats and enjoy a tasting in the cider shop. Starting and fi nishing at T e Railway Inn


you can also grab a pint and a spot of lunch or dinner. Aſt er you have had chance to taste a large range of cider, visit the T atchers Cider Shop and pick up some cider to take home with you. www.thatcherscider.co.uk


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