Somerset has been synonymous with food for many years and staying in accommodation in Taunton will certainly set you up for a hearty and delicious break! Apples, cider and cheddar cheese are three of the county's most prestigious foods but there is so much more of its local produce awaiting you. Its love of food is celebrated throughout the towns, villages and visitor attractions, that are all accessible from hotels in Taunton. Whether it's dining in one of its many restaurants, visiting a farmers market or taking a trip to a local cider farm, you'll be full to the brim by the time you arrive home!
Sheppy's Cider Farm and Museum is within close proximity of hotels in Taunton and makes for an interesting afternoon out. The Sheppy family are proud to share with visitors, local and afar, their beautiful farm and orchards and show everyone how they make their tasty ciders. Book a guided tour, visit the museum or taste some of the farms cheese and ciders in the shop.
Other cider attractions in Somerset include the Avalon Vineyard which is a working organic vineyard and fruit farm offering self-guided walks and wine and cider tastings throughout the year and The Somerset Distillery which is the county's only apple distillery and traditional cider house. These attractions will give you a detailed insight into the countys passion for cider and food.
If you're a cheese lover, you absolutely must visit the village of Cheddar whilst staying in hotels in Taunton. Situated about a 45 minute drive away from Taunton, Cheddar is completely unique and a fantastic place to visit for a day out. Its distinct feature is that it boasts Britain's largest Gorge, which can be seen and explored in many ways. From the dramatic cliffs to the ancient stalactite caverns, this famous Nature Reserve appeals to all members of the family. There are some superb opportunities for caving and rock climbing too.
Cheddar has a rich history of farming and cheese making and authentic cave aged Cheddar is available today from the Cheddar Gorge Cheese Company shop. Be sure to save some money to take some home with you! The village and the Gorge is a wonderful experience so make sure you don't miss it when staying in hotels in Taunton.