M5, Junction 22; 15 minutes
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
15-minutes’ drive from the motorway, the Ethicurean is one of our longest detours but trust us when we say it’s worth it. The relaxed restaurant and café is set in the former kitchen garden and shabby chic glasshouse of grand Victorian residence Barley Wood – now separated by the road – with sweeping views towards the fern-mottled Mendip Hills.
Much of the food on offer is freshly plucked from the surrounding gardens – with a corresponding focus on vegetables – and transformed into an imaginative array of dishes. Drop in for coffee and cake and you’ll be treated to delights such as parsnip, white chocolate and coconut cake from the daily changing menu. Linger for longer and you can lunch on super-food salads, soups and Welsh rarebit, or dine on more substantial feasts and renowned Sunday lunches (be sure to book in advance). Informal and friendly, there’s parking on site and kids are safe to trundle around within the walled gardens. A touch pricey, but well worth it.