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Top Pubs in Langport

Pubs in Langport may appear an oxymoron if you’re from around here. All the locals will tell you there are only two pubs in the town, The Black Swan and The Langport hotels bar. Well, that wouldn’t be very interesting and this post would be very short indeed. However, for those coming from a bit further afield, you will be relieved to know there other ‘secret’ places where you can enjoy a nice cold beer or real ale and some filling homemade food. I hope you enjoy this write up of the places to eat and drink in Langport.

The Black Swan

pubs in langport
The Black Swan Pub Langport

The Black Swan, Langport is a family run traditional pub. Its location on North Street offers ample parking for a number of cars. There is also a pedestrian walkway that takes you into Tesco’s car park if the pub car park is full.

A lot of history is written on its walls as it dates back to the 16th Century when it served as a coaching inn, serving ale to thirsty travellers on their journey to Devon and Cornwall.

The food menu features homemade pub classics, all cooked to perfection using the best local ingredients wherever possible. Seasonal dishes, as well as the unique speciality burger menu, adds a twist of contemporary dining to this warm traditional pub.

On tap, you will find a range of lagers, local ciders and fine-tuned ales or bitter from a local micro-brewery. An outside sitting area allows you to enjoy the amazing summer weather. In addition, a little play area for the kids keeps them busy. Serving one of the best Sunday roasts for miles, be sure to book your table as they get very busy most Sundays.

A function room suitable for birthday parties or other celebrations is available on the first floor of the pub. For more information about the pub or to reserve a table call 01458 252854  or visit https://www.blackswanlangport.co.uk/.

Rose and Crown Pub near Langport

Image Credit: Eli’s Pub

A fine line divides Langport and the Parish of Huish Episcopi. Because of this, the Rose and Crown pub, known to locals as Eli’s, falls into the category of pubs near Langport.

Eli’s reputation is the stuff of legend. Having been written about in nearly every local publication you can think of. Its notoriety reaches all corners of the country, perhaps even the globe. Its homely feel makes it the community pub it is.

Known the world over as the only pub without a bar (I still stand to be corrected), Eli’s is a family pub offering hospitality to all since the early 17th Century.

In an age where local rarely means local, when someone heads off to Eli and they say they’re going to their local, they really mean it.

The annual Steam Fair at Low Ham and other activities use Eli’s Pub as a staging point. Elderflowers Food Co-op also meets at Eli’s every Friday evening from 5-7 pm.

Halfway House

When you walk into the Halfway House at Pitney, with its rustic slate floor, you feel a sense of timelessness. Many drinkers have walked the same walk and shared so many happy memories right where you’re standing today.

Image Credit: Halfway House

There is a selection of freshly cooked homemade meals and a selection of local and national beers, ciders and ales. The pub is a regular winner of CAMRA awards and it has appeared in national newspapers as one of the top pubs in the country.

A great place for a hearty meal or a thirst-quenching drink whether you live locally or you’re looking to make a stopover on a long journey. With a fun and friendly atmosphere all around, it’s the perfect place for a Sunday family meal. Dogs are welcome, too.

The Lime Kiln Inn

Image Credit: The Lime Kiln

The Lime Kiln is part of the Butcombe pub chain but still retains its traditional and homely pub look and feel. It is located on the A372 between Langport and Podimore, a mile or so from Ilchester and Long Sutton.

Easily accessible with ample parking and a large outside seating area makes the Lime Kiln a perfect stopover if travelling on the A303. A cosy bar is ideal for a quiet drink with friends while the newly decorated restaurant space is perfect for delicious meals with friends and family.

Celebrate important events with family, friends or work colleagues in the private hire room and enjoy the huge beer garden in the summer months, too.

The Firehouse

Modern meets traditional when you step into the Firehouse Pub & Restaurant in Curry Rivel a few miles from Langport. The pub has a real village and homely feel topped off with some of the best homemade food and pizza around.

Image Source: The Firehouse Somerset

The restaurant menu boasts some of the best dishes all made from locally sourced ingredients. The pub works with local suppliers to reduce the food miles of each dish they serve. In addition, the house bar features some exciting local ales and ciders on tap. Plus, a wide selection of spirits, wines and world beers for you to choose from.

Enjoy your favourite scotch or brandy and sink into the comfort of a plush armchair next to one of the wood burners.

The Drayton Crown

The Drayton Crown, Langport, Exterior
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The Drayton Crown is located in the village of Drayton on the Somerset Levels. A Grade 2 Listed building, the Crown has been lovingly restored to create an atmospheric modern pub and restaurant.

The relaxed and welcoming feel of the pub makes it a favourite for locals and visitors alike. Plus, the accommodation on offer makes it a nice getaway for couples and lets you enjoy the scenic surroundings.

The bar offers a wide selection of local draught beers, guest ales, lagers, ciders, fine wines and spirits. A function room is available for up to 70 guests as well as a corporate meeting room for up to 100 attendees.

Whether you’re planning to walk in, cycle or drive there is plenty of parking space available with a beautiful garden to while away the bright evenings in the summer.

Lamb & Lion Hambridge

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The Lamb & Lion is your typical Old English pub located in the hamlet of Hambridge a couple of miles from Langport.

Meet for food and drinks with friends or make it a stopover on an afternoon cycle, the choice is yours. Open log fires, exposed beams and traditional flagstone flooring create the perfect pub atmosphere in this pub in Langport. In addition, the spacious modern dining space and bar area, plus skittle alley bring more to your visit than just a place to eat and drink.

The Old Pound Inn Aller

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This pub in Langport located in the village of Aller, the Old Pound Inn is a 16th Century pub, formerly known as the White Lion Public House. It features a restaurant, lounge with pool table, dartboard and little alley with a reputation for serving amazing homemade food.

We are a traditional, friendly village Inn, in Aller Langport, with a good reputation for fine food, real ales and genuine hospitality. The Pound Inn is within walking distance of Langport, making it an ideal stop on a long walk on a Sunday afternoon. Dogs and muddy wellies welcome, plus you can warm up on the Dutch oven on those wintry days, too.

The Devonshire Arms Bar & Restaurant

Image Credit: The Devonshire Arms

Luxury bar, restaurant and hotel nestled in the quiet village of Long Sutton. The interior is impressive with a modern and friendly finish with a bar boasting a collection of local, national and international beers, wines and ciders.

Drink and dine al fresco in the shelter of the outside courtyard overlooking the village green. Whether you’re staying or just visiting the local area, the friendly staff will make you feel welcome and ensure you enjoy your stay. Find out more to book a room or Sunday roast table for you and your family.

More pubs in Langport and nearby villages…

If you’re from Langport then you know there are dozens of more pubs within driving distance of Langport. Below you’ll find a list of more pubs and restaurants close by:

The Royal Oak

The White Hart Somerton

Kingsdon Inn

If you own or run a pub in and around Langport or anywhere in Somerset and would like to feature on this website, then please feel free to get in touch.

We hope you’ll find this round up of the pubs in Langport helpful and if you do please feel free to share with friends on your socials.

Network Rail Improvement Work Nearing Completion

Work is progressing well on the railway improvements projects being carried out by Network Rail on a section of the Great Western Rail route between Langport and Castle Cary. The work consists of two phases:

  • Work to strengthen the embankment at two locations
  • Maintenance work on the Bridge over Somerton Road

The work is planned to last until the end of March, with some disruption to traffic flow through the town.

Progress so far

The work is going on well and Langport residents appreciate it is important for the maintenance work to go ahead. Although there have been disruptions to traffic through the town, Network Rail staff make every effort to reduce the impact on residents and visitors.

Drivers experienced delays and gridlocked traffic during the early stages of the project which involved bringing cranes and construction material onto the site. Traffic management has improved with the occasional aggregate lorry coming in and leaving the site through the day.

The work involves high noise levels, especially when driving the piles into the ground. However, it is worth noting the work does not go ahead late into the night, which is a relief to the community.

School Outreach

It is worth noting the effort Network Rail have made to keep community relations sweet by visiting the local primary school to talk to kids about the construction site safety. They also brought along some branded plastic water bottles which were handed out to the kids. This was a timely gesture during a time when the Coronavirus outbreak meant the use of the communal water fountains was being discouraged. I will leave a discussion of single-use plastic to another time.

Share your thoughts

How has the railway construction work affected you? Do you have any comments about the work and the disruption this has caused to the town? Please feel free to share any thoughts or comments below. You can find out more about the projects by visiting the Network Rail website.

langport surgery

Langport Surgery & Pharmacy

The health and welfare of a community rely on the hard work of different professionals. Langport Surgery is a general practice clinic in a quiet location just off North Street. Therefore, making it easily accessible.

Seven doctors, with the support of several other healthcare professionals, including registered general nurses (working as nurse practitioners), provide care to the Langport community.

The surgery has a large catchment area, including Aller, Low Ham, High Ham, Kingsbury Episcopi, Curry Rivel and other small villages around. Click here for a detailed map of the Langport surgery practice boundary and catchment area.

Surgery Telephone Number 01458 250464

You can contact the surgery during the hours below Monday to Friday. Like many other GP surgeries around the country, appointments are only available to book on the day. Reception opening times are also in the table below.

Opening times may change to accommodate special clinics, including weekend opening for Flu clinics, for example.

Remember, for non-urgent health matters you can book an appointment online using the NHS Patient Access portal. This could be an option for a routine check-up or you have other matters you would like to discuss with your doctor.

Langport surgery opening hours

The surgery is open 5 days of the week. Wednesday is a late surgery day and the clinic is open for an extra hour.

Langport clinic specialists hold a Saturday clinic seasonally for flu vaccinations or depending on other clinical requirements.

Reception DeskReception Telephone Line
Monday- Friday8:30am – 6:30pm8:00am – 6:30pm
Wednesday8:30am – 7:30pm8:00am – 6:30pm
Saturday* & SundayClosedClosed
 Dispensary DeskDispensary Repeat Telephone
Line
Monday- Friday8:30am – 6:15pm9:30-11am & 3-4:30pm
Wednesday8:30am – 7:00pm9:30-11am & 3-4:30pm

Who are the doctors at Langport surgery?

There are seven doctors at Langport surgery who work a variety of hours to ensure the surgery is adequately staffed. Dr. Myriam Groessens is currently the only female doctor on staff. Other female medical staff includes Nurse Practitioners, Lois Parsons, Sharon Smith, and Deborah Rarity. Find out more about the nursing team at Langport surgery by clicking on the button below to go to the relevant page on the practice website.

Surgery Nurses

Dr Richard Balai

Qualified: Kings College Hospital London 1983
MB BS MRCP MRCGP DRCOG

Dr Adrian J Stewart

Qualified: St Thomas Hospital London 1986MB BS FPC DRCOG

Dr Myriam Groessens

Qualified: Katholieke University BelgiumMD DFFP MRCGP DRCOG

Dr Richard Speke

Qualified: St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, London 1998MB BS DRCOG

Dr Christoph Kollmeier

Qualified: University of Cologne, Germany 2003MRCGP, PhD, DFFP, DGM

Dr Anthony Webb

Qualified: Birmingham University Medical School 1985MB ChB, MRCGP, DOH

Dr David Gauld

Qualified: University of London 1987
​​​​MB BS 

Registration for new patients

If you have recently moved to Langport and would like to register with the practice, you can do so.

You will need to complete an application form, together with providing some documents to prove your identity. Patient fraud within the NHS is a big thing so you will need to provide a few documents together with your registration form.

Find out more about the documents you need, and to download a copy of the forms on the surgery links below.

Click Here To Register

Can I get a repeat prescription from Langport Surgery dispensary?

The onsite dispensary at the surgery ensures you can take away any medicines the doctors prescribe soon after your appointment.

If any medicines are not in stock, you can fill your prescription on the local High Street Boots branch on Bow Street. The staff at Boots are friendly and it’s only a short walk away from the surgery.

The beautiful thing about living in Langport is that everything is within reach and you could literally walk everywhere if you wish.

Other facilities available at Langport surgery

You can use a self-service blood pressure testing machine in the lobby of the surgery. The machine is easy to use and you can obtain a printout which you can give to the nurse at reception.

The results can be added to your file at the surgery and just for your personal interest, you can pop in anytime to check your blood pressure.

airbnb stays around langport

Airbnb Stays Around Langport

Airbnb stays provides an alternative solution to your accommodation problem when you’re visiting Langport and the Somerset levels. There’s a quirky AirBnB stay around Langport for you, whether you’re looking for a short stay while visiting family or somewhere peaceful and quiet for some deserved rest days. Here we showcase top handpicked locations chosen for their charm and out-of-the-ordinary appeal. We admit they may not be to everyone’s liking but they each have something unique to offer.

Bow Street from the Hill and North Street

Deluxe Chalet With Hot Tub in Stunning Countryside Location

Tucked away on over 2.5 acres of prime Somerset countryside is this stunning self-contained chalet. It features two light and spacious bedrooms finished to a high standard. The chalet can sleep up to 7 people and has an open plan living arrangement bringing the kitchen and sitting room into one cosy open and welcoming space.

If you have ever dreamt of living the off-grid lifestyle or just getting a taste of what it could be like, then this is the ideal getaway for you. The chalet is 100% green-powered via an array of solar panels. There is a hot tub on the verandah offering stunning views of the countryside. You can watch the sun go down while enjoying a glass of fizzy in the hot tub.

Water for the hot tub comes from an onsite borehole, ensuring a mineral-rich and 100% chemical-free hot soak experience like no other.

Looking for a romantic getaway, perhaps a small family staycation, or just to experience the off-grid lifestyle. Book your stay today for a minimum of two nights and enjoy the Somerset countryside like never before.

Stripping Life Bare with a Stay in the Magical Shepherd’s Hut

Remember when life was less hectic, smartphones were still a thing from science-fiction and time so much slower? You can stop and listen to the birds sing in the trees and smell the flowers, it’s all possible at the Shepherd’s Hut.

Well, with a stay in the Sheperd’s hut for just a weekend, you can slow down time and create that space to enjoy these simple joys and more.

First, imagine a cosy, bright and colourful, yet comfortable and functional little getaway in the middle of a field. Now add a tranquil pond, a wood-burning stove and you have the makings of a perfect getaway.

Why not treat yourself to a life stripped bare. Forget the 400 thread count bedding of the Ritz, the waterfall shower of the Sheraton, or the hot relaxing spa and opt for something more, basic.

Enjoy an idyllic summer’s evening lounging on the outdoor swing seat, perhaps in the arms of the one you love, listening to the croaking frogs in the pond. Ok, perhaps I’m trying to sell this a little too much but you catch my drift. Pop over to Airbnb and read the rest about your host Penny and see some pictures of this little treasure. You’ll thank me later.

The Cottage Life in Idyllic Countryside Location

Orchard Cottage is on the grounds of a family home in the little hamlet of Thorney. previous guests describe it as lovely, clean and peaceful. The cottage is a self-contained home for a couple looking for a self-catering getaway for the weekend.

Pet-friendly and right on the doorway to some of the stunning countryside Somerset has to offer, Orchard Cottage is just a short walk away from the River Parrett. If you are looking for a short getaway with opportunities to enjoy beautiful countryside walks, this is the perfect location.

The ground floor features an all-in-one kitchen and lounge area. Beautiful finishes in white with softwood countertops and a grey slate floor adorn the kitchen with all appliances.

Upstairs is a brightly lit bedroom with a roof window and a small ensuite bathroom. Plus, exposed oak beams are visible throughout this stunning little cottage, bringing back its traditional character.

A wrought iron table and chairs with colourful and comfy cushions sits in the small outside garden, the perfect afternoon tea setting.

Head over to Airbnb to find out more about this lovely property and get booking quickly for your next Somerset getaway.

Escape to the Secret Quaint Eco Cabin on a Working Organic Farm

Modern, Stylish and Thoughtful Cottage in the Heart of Langport

Bow Street Cottage is a homely traditional stone restoration cottage. In other words, you’re sure to fall in love with as soon as you walk in the door.

Tucked away behind the main residence, you will have private access to the cottage. There is a car parking space and secure bike storage if you’re on a cycling holiday.

The wall construction is of local blue lias stone with a traditional and funky modern interior, giving the cottage a contemporary look. The most memorable and eye-catching feature of this cosy little cottage is the exposed copper pipework throughout the property.

The central heating pipes and the waterfall shower in the bathroom are all copper. The pink hue of fresh copper brings an industrial feel to the house. Even the electric towel rack comes in copper which is a stunning contrast against the white tile bathroom walls.

Check out more pics below or head over to Airbnb and book your stay today.

Top Airbnb Stays Around Langport: Hidden House of Ilminster

Tiny homes don’t get quirkier than a converted motorhome which now stands in this lovely permaculture garden, its travelling days well behind her.

Aptly named the Hidden House, the tiny home is in the midst of fields and occupies the same space as the host’s eco-home. Therefore, you will have the privacy the seclusion offers. So, whether you’re here to celebrate something special or just need some time to unwind and relax, you will have only birds and wildlife for company.

The conversion is thoughtful and peels away the majesty of the motorhome’s cosy feel to create an open homely space. An extra window floods the house with a wash of bright daylight, affording you a glimpse of the beautiful surroundings.

A log burner keeps the chill at bay in winter. As a result, creating an amazing moody atmosphere for those long dark evenings. Therefore, makes it perfect for sharing a glass or two of a well-formed red while staring into the flickering flames.

If you stay anywhere in Somerset in the coming months, take a well-deserved getaway to the hidden house. As a result, you may want to stay longer than you plan once you spend a night here.

Clover Cottage at Redlake, Somerset’s Worst Kept Lover’s Retreat

Acres of rolling green fields, a bountiful apple orchard make for the perfect lover’s nest.

The timber A-frame cabin has a set of double doors which open out onto the timber decking veranda, where you can relax after a long day exploring the countryside.

The pristine white minimalist interior and contrasting faux hardwood floor present a modern and luxurious appearance. An open-plan kitchen and dining area makes the living space light and airy.

Book Clover Cottage today and get ready to enjoy one of the most romantic getaways you’ll remember for years to come.

Our Top Pick of Airbnb homes around Langport

Picking one out of the many Airbnb stays around Langport to crown the winner in this little ‘contest’ has been a challenge. All the properties on in this feature possess unique attributes you won’t find anywhere else. The basis of my choice is purely personal, I have gone with the heart and not the head. My crowned winner is “Off-Grid Deluxe Chalet” simply because I admire the lifestyle and the hot tub, of course.

I really hope this article gives you something to consider for your next weekend away. Why not stay local and experience your surroundings in a totally different way.

Your Town Needs You

You can’t help but notice the number of closed shops on Bow Street. As lovely a town Langport is, it is slowly dying. Without the support of its residents, it will soon look like many other small towns across the South West.

What can you do to help? Support your local shops as much as you can. We all want to spend less money on everyday essentials. However, keeping our money in the local economy not only helps the business owners but us too in the long run. Tesco offers some value when it comes to food basics but nothing beats buying free-range chicken from Cracknell’s Farm which is just down the road. Or perhaps a wholesome loaf of bread from the local bakers’?

Totally Locally

However you choose to support the local economy, remember keeping the high street alive means the town can attract more visitors.
The Totally Locally Langport initiative aims to encourage local residents to spend at least a fiver in local independent shops. The maths appears to add up to millions of pounds going into the local economy. Find out more about the Totally Locally idea here.

What more can businesses offer?

However, in my opinion, local businesses also need to offer more value to entice more patronage. Yes, we’d all like to support local business owners who are friends and family, but competing in price alone often doesn’t work. Indeed who can stand up to the economies of scale retailing giants like Tesco command?

Loyalty Card or Langport Currency?

Perhaps a local discount card scheme could help. The more you spend in local independent shops the bigger a discount you earn in future purchases. This creates a win-win situation for the retailer and customer. 
Maybe it’s time we introduced our own local currency in homage to Walter Bagehot. Just a thought. 

What next…

So next time you’re walking or driving through town, take a break and stop for coffee and cake at the Kitchen. Or why not pop into the River Parrett cafe for a full English or Artteazen for a slice of devilishly delicious gluten-free chocolate cake.

P.S I will be spending a bit more time in developing the website. I know there are other local websites promoting local businesses and we all have different ideas. I'd love to hear what website visitors think, what you come here looking for (if you don't find it tell me, perhaps it's something I will consider creating a page about).