The Pilgrims Restaurant is owned by us, Sally and Jools Mitchison. Sally runs the place with a relaxed efficiency that ensures a warm welcome and superb service. Jools’ cooking is based simply on treating the finest local ingredients with the imagination they inspire and the respect they deserve.
We have five highly individual rooms. Beds range from old-fashioned bedsteads to a deep walnut French sleigh bed or a sumptuous contemporary leather bed, all with Egyptian cotton sheets and duvets, although blankets are available should you prefer. Pillows and duvets are anti-allergenic.
Each room is equipped with a flat screen television, DVD player, tea and coffee making facilities, hairdryer, clock radio, touch activated bedside lamps, and internet via a hard-wired double internet/email RJ45/cat5 link (we’ll even supply a cable - the walls are too thick for reliable wifi).
Bathrooms have shaver points, robes and complimentary slippers, shampoos, lotions etc and sun tunnels bring in natural daylight.
Rooms one, two, three and four have kingsize beds and luxuriously appointed bathrooms with roll-top baths and walk-in ‘wet-room’ style showers
Room five has two single beds and a luxury bathroom with a wet-room shower but no bath. This bathroom is equipped for guests with limited mobility.
If we say so ourselves Jools’ skill is in feeding a small number of people with simply wonderful food, in an unhurried manner, and that’s the way we try to make the restaurant run.
Our dining guests come here to dine finely - as opposed to being attracted by promises of Faine Daining.
With the produce we have available to us the most important quality in a chef is restraint. Let the intrinsic quality work its magic then leave it alone. Bring out the flavours but keep it simple. Our presentation may seem a little stark, not as primped as devotees of Masterchef may expect, but we don’t ‘gratuitously garnish’ even if it fashionable.
Geographically we are in a peaceful backwater a country mile from the old Roman Fosse Way (A37), between the pretty little country town of Castle Cary and the ancient settlement of Somerton. Shepton Mallet and Wells lie to the north, Street and Glastonbury to the west, Yeovil south west, Sherborne south, and Wincanton to the east, all a quarter of an hour away, give or take.
Bath is 40 minutes and Bristol just shy of an hour to the north, Shaftesbury 25 and Salisbury 45 minutes east, Dorchester similar to the south and Taunton about 35 minutes west. Bristol Airport is on our side of the city and only about 40 minutes away.
The Dorset coast, known as the Jurassic coast, around Lyme bay is a pretty 45 minute drive and the Somerset coast, the bottom end of the Bristol Channel around Breen and Berrow is about the same to the vaguely north west.
Rates: From £80 per room per night based on 2 people sharing.
Children over 16 are welcome.
No smoking. Sorry, no pets.
Off street parking.