Handsome inn with local ales, interesting food and a nice mix of customers; comfortable bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This 450-year-old pub on the southern fringes of Exmoor National Park is popular with both drinkers and diners ' the atmosphere is easy-going and welcoming to all. The bar area has wheelback chairs and cushioned window seats around scrubbed kitchen tables on pale floorboards, sympathetic lighting and a woodburning stove in a stone fireplace. High black leather bar chairs line the copper-topped bar counter where they serve Otter Bitter, St Austell Tribute and a guest beer on handpump, 14 wines by the glass and local farm cider; TV, darts and board games. The elegant restaurant is up some steps with panelled walls painted pale grey, a large wicker stag's head and high-backed wooden chairs around chunky kitchen tables on more pale floorboards; there's also a snug with sofas and leather armchairs. In front of the building is a terrace with seating. Although parking by the inn is limited, there's more on the far side of the main road over the bridge. The eight bedrooms are tastefully furnished, warm and comfortable.
The good pub guide food review
First class food cooked by the landlord includes Somerset baked brie fondant, pan-fried wood pigeon breast with Ibérico chorizo, parsnip gnocchi with fresh spinach and baby leeks, veal sirloin grilled with wild mushrooms, hispi cabbage and truffle mash potatoes, cannon of lamb with creamed carrot, hispi cabbage and boulangère potatoes, Angus T-bone steak with red wine sauce and truffle chips, and puddings such as rhubarb crumble with Madagascan vanilla bean ice-cream, and sticky toffee pudding with clotted cream.
Rock, Waterrow, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 2AX
Weekdays: 6-11 Tues; 12-3, 6-11 Weds-Fri; closed Mon
Saturday: 12-3, 6-11