9 Somerset places which would never get a Michelin Star

We all have our guilty pleasures, especially when it comes to food and where we enjoy it. From greasy spoons to fast food outlets, local cakes and sandwiches to just a good old cup of tea or coffee, we all have a go-to when it comes to tasty grub. Although we know they’ll never get the accolades you’d find in those fancy top-nosh (geddit) establishments with tiny, yet artistic portions, we love them unconditionally.

After all, they’re there for us on our good days and the bad, through heartbreak and hangover. We can’t thank them enough, so we’ve compiled a list of some of your favourites. Try them out next time you’re in need of a bit of a food hug…

1. Archway Cafe, Bath

This firm favourite among locals and visitors alike is situated along the A36 in Twerton, on the outskirts of Bath.

The cafe itself is built into the railway arches and you will often hear trains passing overhead, adding to its rather nostalgic charm. It is full of friendly staff, big breakfasts and quirky decor, making it a definite pitstop for workers and tradesmen, in particular. One review on TripAdvisor said: “It’s just fab!

I love this place, the owner is a big flamboyant character who’s friendly personality puts a smile on your face every time! They serve some of the best sausage I’ve ever had.”

2. The Mad Hatters Cafe, Shepton Mallet

Described as having “mad prices”, The Mad Hatters Cafe on Shepton Mallet’s Town Street is full of cartoon-style pictures hanging from the walls and a huge selection of hats hanging from the ceilings. The menu includes a full English breakfast, sausages and chips and even a classic bubble and squeak – rare to find on a menu these days.

The prices are extremely low, with a few dishes under GBP4.00, but portion sizes are plentiful and diners love it. One TripAdvisor reviewer called it a “proper English cafe with down to Earth meals” while another said it was “one of the cheapest cafes” they have ever visited and asked “why bother cooking when the food and value for money is this good?”

3. Lynx Cafe, Yeovil

Situated in a unit on a trading estate, Lynx Cafe is renowned for serving masses of food on one plate. The ideal truck stop, workers and those passing through make the cafe part of they journey, with many praising its friendly staff, cleanliness and ability to fill up even those that could eat for England!

One reviewer on the cafe’s Facebook page even dubbed The Lynx as being “the best cafe in Yeovil” with another on TripAdvisor claiming it served “the best breakfast in Somerset”. Families, friends and colleagues from the area and beyond, go back time and time again. With door-stop bread, massive portions and a range of alternative brunch and lunchtime dishes, it’s no wonder The Lynx is a firm favourite.

4. Treats Cafe, Weston-Super-Mare

Treats Cafe is a family run cafe in Meadow Street in Weston-super-Mare.

It’s a popular destination for our locals and their location makes for an ideal stop for holiday makers, too. The cafe serves freshly made breakfasts, sandwiches, baguettes, omelettes, kid’s meals, roast dinners, lunches, salads, vegetarian specials and jacket potatoes, all of which can be washed down with a hot or cold drink and followed by a slice of homemade cake. There is also a takeaway service.

Reviewers on TripAdvisor call it a “little gem” and love the cafes friendly staff, delicious food and clean cafe.

5. The Cheeky Bean, Shepton Mallet

Born from a love of festivals and coffee, and owned and run by a couple and the resident pooch, The Cheeky Bean in Shepton Mallet is a picturesque and welcoming place decorated on the outside with a stunning blue paint job and a plethora of flowers and plants. They use coffee beans from an independent roaster in Wiltshire and offer brunch options, like frittatas, soups, jacket potatoes and salads, all day every day. They even freshly bake their own homemade cakes.

Their shop is full to the brim of work from local artists and they even have their own TukTuk, called Mandeep, which travels to markets and festivals as part of their own mobile coffee business. Reviewers love it, calling it a hidden gem.

9 Somerset places which would never get a Michelin StarSteven Piper and Amanda Harvey from the Cheeky Bean in Shepton Mallet

6. Silvers Pantry, Taunton

With a Kiwi head chef who boasts more than 25 years of catering experience around the globe, Silvers Pantry is number one on TripAdvisor for the area and offers a variety of breakfast, brunch and lunch meals. From egg dishes to beans on toast, pancakes and french toast to pies and a wide range of veggie options, it caters to most tastes.

Located just outside of Taunton, on a farm on Blundells Lane, it attracts people from across the country and beyond, with diners especially loving the amount of choice available on the menu, the friendly staff and great service.

7. The Winking Turtle, Glastonbury

This dog-friendly cafe, formerly known as the Wish You Were Here cafe, is situated across from Glastonbury Abbey in a space much larger than you first imagine. The Winking Turtle serves a variety of meals and uses as much local produce as possible to make most of their meals from scratch. They offer scones, cakes, curries, waffles, jams, chutneys and soups, as well as both Vegan and gluten free options.

Fair trade, organic coffee and an array of teas and juices help to complete the menu. The Winking Turtle’s seated area is situated right at the back of the cafe and is decorated with graffiti art work by some of Glastonbury’s finest young artists. Reviewers say that they feel a real sense of warmth from the staff when they visit.

8. The Wooden Spoon, Weston-Super-Mare

This local cafe is situated next to the rugby club in Weston-Super-Mare and offers a variety of different menu items, including the “best breakfast in Weston” according to one TripAdvisor reviewer.

The Wooden Spoon is usually quite busy, full of families, holidaymakers and rugby fans who stop in for a quick bite before the game. The price of food ranges from around GBP4 – GBP7 making it good value for money and there’s plenty of parking for this little Weston hotspot.

9. Rainbows End Cafe, Glastonbury

The first vegetarian establishment in Glastonbury, Rainbows End Cafe was opened with a clear message: “to disprove the general view of vegetarian food being boring, bland, ‘rabbit food'”. The cafe now works to consciously reduce the impact they have on the environment, too.

With a menu of soup, mezze platters, falafels and jacket potatoes, to name a few, Rainbows End has a pretty substantial fanbase. Reviewers praise its varied, extensive choice of menu options and one said: “Hidden behind a single door on the high Street is this hidden haven of tranquility, serving VERY yummy food, the Secret Garden out the back with its hypnotic water fall and eclectic plants & furniture is a peaceful oasis.” Got a favourite food place?

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