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“Simply Splendid” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Farthings Restaurant

Farthings Restaurant
Ranked #41 of 252 Restaurants in Taunton
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $24 - $40
Cuisines: European, British
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: We have extensive orchards producing figs, apples, cherries, medlars, grapes, quinces, pears, cobnuts, sweet chestnuts, walnuts, mulberries, raspberries, rhubarb, apricot and plums and of course, our herb beds. Our surplus fruits go into jam and Ice cream production, also jus, gravies and Coulis. For that extra “je ne sais quoi” We rear our own pigs and we are enjoying sausages from the shoulder meat, bacon and delightfully lean pork joints. In particular, we are very proud of the wet and dry curing of our pork which makes the tastiest of traditional ham and Prosciutto.This year, we are rearing a flock of free-range Norfolk Bronze turkeys & have established a breeding flock of guinea fowl which will (eventually) feature year round on our menu.Over the summer months, our Greenhouse supplied the kitchen with terrific quantities of really delicious green peppers, chillies, salad leaf, tomatoes and beans. We have recently planted a range of autumn & winter seeds and we are now growing our own mushrooms year round.Our home cured Gravadlax is excellent. We home smoke on a traditional wood fire our own salmon, chicken, Duck and Pork to add a further dimension of flavour.Our local family butcher carefully matures, cuts and delivers the very finest of produce from local farms, some just a mile from Farthings. Our fishmonger is based at West-Bay Bridport. Just 20-minutes away where they land and deliver fresh fish daily, the very finest of produce our seas have to offer. Our scallops are from Lyme Bay and mussels from the River Fowey in Cornwall.Each dish that we produce for you is carefully & individually prepared to order, so please do allow a little time for this to take place. Our philosophy is to use the very finest of fresh, local and seasonal produce, simply cooked and elegantly presented. I hope you enjoy.
Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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90 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Simply Splendid”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 11, 2012

I have now visited The Farthings on several occasions but never left a comment about the restaurant which is excellent, Shaun the Chef grows many of his herbs and vegetables as well as rearing Pigs, Turkeys, Chicken and Guinea Fowl in their own grounds so all the Pork, Turkey, Chickens, Eggs etc are from the back yard can't get much fresher!

After a wonderful afternoon relaxing in the lounge at The Farthings, I strayed into Taunton last night to have dinner at what is reputed to be the one of the best restaurants around... championing local produce etc, so all the reviews stated.... sorry but it failed to impress.

I can honestly say that The Farthings does a much better job but needs to let people know, hence my first ever comment on their restaurant rather than the Hotel. So I had lunch today in their restaurant over looking the front lawns with it's bay and fig trees... The traditional Roast Striploin of local Beef was excellent and the service from whole team was impeccable... my friends and i had coffee in the lounge afterwards and felt throughly satisfied and a little reluctant to start the drive home... but hey we have to go away, so we can look forward to returning.

In summary.... give it a go, evening dinners or a weekend luncheon never known it to dissappoint!

  • Visited November 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Exeter, United Kingdom
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110 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“a real gem”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 9, 2012

We have just returned from our third visit to this lovely restaurant. All our visits have been at lunch time and each time we have had a table in the gardens. The staff are welcoming, polite and attentive. The food is absolutely delicious and beautifully presented. All the produce used is local and much comes from the hotel gardens. More a case of food feet than food miles. The hotel is a family business and there is no faceless management here. The atmosphere is pleasant and relaxing and did I say that the food is delicious ? The menu is not extensive, but has a good variety of dishes and changes with the seasons. We will be going again.

  • Visited September 2012
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Exeter, England, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“9 quid for a pot of tea!”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 12, 2012

Never stayed but popped in for a cup of tea, bill came... £9.00. Cheeky [--]...

    • 1 of 5 bubbles
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Manchester
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10 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“A bit of countryside feeling!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2011

I stayed here for a long weekend and it was a charming hotel. With chickens and ducks wandering freely around the garden, you really feel as though you’re in the true countryside!! The staff were all lovely, ... Spacious rooms, clean and tidy bathrooms, and nice breakfast with lots of choices, but think we could have got a better dinner elsewhere!

  • Visited June 2011
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank ClementDauri
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england
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16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Another superb meal”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2010

We live locally - and go to the Farthings for a treat. As some of the other reviewers have commented, it is not cheap, we would not go there every week - but for a special occasion meal it is perfect. The food is always delicious and John and his staff make sure it is a really special evening - thank you Farthings, we`ll be back!

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