A303, Junction Stoke-sub-Hamdon; 2 minutes
Weds-Sat 9am-2pm, Sun 10am-1pm
Open BH Mon
Free WiFi for visitors
To escape the traffic of Somerset's A303, pop into Priory Coffee for a mood-lifting cake and a cuppa to sharpen the senses.
This is a community-focused speciality coffee shop (with beans from Clifton Coffee) where staff and locals love a friendly natter. Angle your chair in the right direction and join in as you work through a packed wrap or crunch through a warming sourdough toastie. Saturday is for bacon butties and sausage rolls are saved for Sunday best. The Bruton Dairy organic milk comes in traditional churns to reduce plastic and keep nostalgia alive.
There's a courtyard garden plus a gift shop with a well-being section (café co-owner, Mandy, is a holistic health coach).
The village is known for its medieval carvings - such as the sheela na gig in its churchyard - and for Ham Hill Country Park, whose Iron Age hill fort has 360-degree views over the Levels and is a nice spot to let children or dogs loose. Ham Hill Road carpark nearby is free.
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