Langport Visitor’s Guide

Although Langport is a small town, you will be surprised at the number of things to do and the places of interest you can visit when you’re in town. From scenic walks to quaint little independent shops, there is something for everyone. Below you will find more details and links to all the wonderful things the town has to offer.

Vineyard and Cider Farm Tour

smith-and-evans-wineJust a short distance away from the centre of Langport is Higher Plot Farm, home to the award winning English wine, Smith & Evans. The first harvest was in 2010, although the terraced hill giving life to the vines is at least 300 years old. Once a sprawling cider farm, the vineyards now produce some of the finest Burgundian Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Meunier grapes which give rise to the best sparkling wines this side of the Channel.

Depending on theseason, tours and nibbles are available for small groups. Call ahead to speak to Guy or Laura on 01458 259075.

Visits to the vineyard are by prior arrangement so do call ahead or send an email to info@smithandevans.co.uk

Check out their website to learn more about the farm or to order a bottle or two of their wines here

Traditional Somerset Cider from Bere Farm

We are also extremely lucky to have Bere Cider Farm just up the road too.  Visit  ‘Jim’s Shack’ and sample their cider and  apple juice.  They sell  locally produced honey, jam, chutneys, cheese, free range eggs and seasonal veg.  Thats if you’re still standing after sampling the cider! 

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PLACES OF INTEREST:

Glastonbury Tor

Glastonbury Town

Glastonbury Abbey

Cheddar Gorge

Burrough Mump 

The Somerset Levels

Montacute House

Millfield School

Stourhead House –

Longleat Safari Park

Bath Spa

Stonehenge Salisbury Planes

Wells Cathedral

Somerton Viaduct

Somerton Town

Dundon Beacon

PUBS AND CAFE’S

– THE HALF WAY HOUSE –

Pitney – Nr Langport  (3 miles)

Half way between Langport and Somerton. Excellent  pub grub & excellent  beer.  Winner of the  Camera Pub of the Year 2012  and for the past hundred years before that!  Excellent ales, open fires.

www.thehalfwayhouse.co.uk

– THE KING ALFRED –

  Burrowbridge  (4 miles )

You can hike over the levels and eat and be entertained by musicians.  Its cosy with open fires and great ales.  Bring your wellies in the winter as it floods!  And your sunscreen for the roof terrace. Live music

www.king-alfred.co.uk

– Eli’s (Rose and Crown) — (3 miles)

A local haunt, famous for having no bar!  Offers a great selection of ales, very relaxed atmosphere and great with kids. Pool table, skittles, garden and a  field for the kids to romp in.  Home cooked food and friendly.

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– THE SHEPPY INN – (10 miles)

The Sheppey is a pub out in a world of its own, Funky and quirky they offer brilliant modern European food, a constantly changing roster of beers and ales, and a bar covered in casks of local ciders that’ll knock your socks off.

They’re  also the best place to catch live music & DJ’s.

– THE OLD POUND INN –  (Aller)

Good pub grub, friendly  and only 5 minutes walk which can be very handy! 

– ART TEA ZEN –

  Cheap side – Langport

Occasional live music, funky cafe, good coffee, cakes and light lunches.

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– PARRETT CAFE –

  Bow St –  Langport

Excellent fish dishes, fresh fish delivered daily.  Their Mocha Chocolates are great too!

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– KITCHEN AT BOW WHARF –

Fantastic cafe serving breakfast, brunch and lunch, tea’s and cakes. Superb food, great location just by the river.

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– FEAST –  Ilminster. (12 miles)

This place is haven for vegetarians or for anyone who loves excellent vegetarian food.  Booking advisable, lunches and brunches only but they do offer certain evenings in the month where they lay on a feast.

www.feastcafe.co.uk

ART & CULTURE

-SHAKSPEARE GLASS

Glass Blowing Gallery and Workshops

Bow St Langport

Fantastic glass blowing workshop and  factory shop. Gallery, free carparking, dogs (well behaved) are welcome, coffee and cake on the decking overlooking the River Parrett. 

www.shakspeareglass.co.uk

– FOR EVERY CLOUD –

  Bow St Langport

Art  and craft workshops, excellent print workshop faciity and art shop. Numerous art and craft workshops available for adults and children. Gallery and exhibition space too! 

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– HAUSER & WIRTH –

  Bruton

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multi-purpose arts centre, which acts as a destination for experiencing art, architecture and the remarkable Somerset landscape through new and innovative exhibitions of contemporary art.

www.hauserwirthsomerset.com

SHOPPING:

– KITCHEN –

Artisan Bakery-  Bow St –  Langport

Gorgeous breads, cakes and pattiserie and great coffee. Picnic’s to go, takeaway lunches and Fantastic Friday Night pizza’s.

– LANGPORT STORES –

  Cheapside – Langport

Great health food shop and dehli. Fab salad bags, olives, oils etc etc etc.

– LA FLEURE ANTIQUES –

  Cheapside –  Langport

Decorative Antiques, Lighting & Gifts

– FLORIN –

  Cheapside –  Langport

Lovely indian and indonesian things for all the family. A favorite with the little girls.

-GLASTONBURY-

We are only 10 miles or twenty mins drive from Glastonbury.  Its an amazing town full of quirky shops and people and the odd nutter! . Some amazing  vintage clothes shops, bookshops and cafe’s galore.  Well worth a visit to the Tor or the Abbey.

– BURROW HILL Cider Farm

Burrow Hill Kingsbury Episcopy

Owned by Julian Temperley’s ( father of Alice Templerley fahsion designer) Burrow Hilll upholds Somersets tradition of Cider making, and has award winning Cider Brandy. 

www.ciderbrandy.co.uk

– KILVER COURT –

 (Shepton Mallet – 40 mins)

There’s a host of tempting designer brands to be found at Kilver Court. A great mix of designers such as Jack Wills, Toast, Paul Smith, Orla Kiely and many more.  it’s a perfect spot to grab a bargain. It also has a ‘Secret Garden’ – Great day out!

www.kilvercourt.com

– CLARKS VILLAGE –

  (Street nr Glastonbury)

Slightly closer with over 90 stores offering huge savings on  brands such as Levi, Marks and Sparks and an  excellent Le Creuset shop!

www.clarksvillage.co.uk