Ship Inn, Porlock
A pub with a past, this one. It's been at the centre of local life for centuries, and along the way has played host to numerous visitors to this part of Somerset: Coleridge and Southey have waxed lyrical on its virtues and sections of Lorna Doone were set here (no doubt in recognition of its links to smuggling). The pub wears its heritage lightly however, and doesn't need to fall back too heavily on its history to pull in the punters. The locals' bar at the front was packed on our weekend visit and the back dining room was equally busy. Luckily, we found a space in the split-level beer garden, which was as good a spot as any to soak up the local beers and home cooked food. An excellent pub all told, and probably the one in Somerset to have a German army uniform on display (it's a souvenir from an old regular who was an extra in The Great Escape).
High Street, Porlock, Porlock, TA24 8QD
01643 862 507
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