Ate here after a lovely visit to Dunster Castle from Watchet via the steam railway. Dunster appears well equipped with places to eat, and we were somewhat spolit for choice...after an enjoyable amble along the main street we landed up outside the Castle Hotel, and decided to try it out. Staff are very welcoming, and we were told that there are several eating areas...from the entrance door if you turn left there are comfy sofas and coffee tables, ahead an olde worlde beamed area (already packed with happy eaters including families with small children), and to the right was a more formal area (think 1980's/indian restaurant in styling plenty of burgundy and gold). We were told we could eat from the same menu in all of these areas, and plumped for the sofas. The menu was varied, and evidently catering for all tastes and appetite sizes...our order was a basic cheese and pickle sandwich and a salmon and cream cheese bagel. Sitting in this spot meant that you could watch the chefs cooking as it has an open-plan style, and it was wonderful to watch them take the same time and consideration over our basic meal as some of the other orders...they were doing a fantastic job - the burgers were a masterpiece of engineering with skewers to hold the stack in place, and their own mini chip fryer nets! Needless to say our food was fantastic...beautifully presented on slate platters. Having worked in 'hospitality' myself in the past what struck me was the good relationships amongst the staff...you could tell they were happy working here; and I always think that positivity reflects on the atmosphere created for the customer. Well done to all of the staff...oh and finally the bill was a real surprise...VERY reasonable prices : )
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