Good Pub Guide Recommended
Thatched pub with comfortable rambling rooms, interesting food and local beers and seats outside; bedrooms
Once they've discovered this well run thatched inn, customers tend to come back on a regular basis. Several distinct areas work their way around the bar counter. To the left is a longish room with dark red walls, a squashy leather sofa and two winged armchairs around a low table by a woodburning stove - plus a few well spaced tables and captain's chairs. There are elegant rustic wall lights, clay pipes in a display cabinet, daily papers and magazines and board games. A more dimly lit public bar with lovely dark flagstones has a high-backed old settle and other more straightforward chairs; table skittles, board games and background music. In the good-sized dining room a large stone lion's head sits on a plinth above a large open fire, and tables and chairs are set on polished boards. Exmoor Gold, Otter Amber and Teignworthy Reel Ale on handpump, 18 wines by the glass, farm cider and cocktails. The Den, set in a pretty courtyard, has light modern furnishings and doubles as a party, wedding and conference venue. The long informal garden has a play area and plenty of seats. Bedrooms are comfortable and well equipped and the pub is handy for the Fleet Air Museum at Yeovilton, the Haynes Motor Museum in Sparkford and for shopping at Clarks Village in Street. Wheelchair access.
Bar food times: 12-2.30 (3 weekends), 6.30-9.30
Well thought-of food includes sandwiches, venison tortellini with blue cheese cream, smoked eel with celeriac rémoulade, apple purée and crispy bacon, pumpkin, chickpea and cashew nut curry, coq au vin, a pie of the day, gurnard with saffron potatoes, braised fennel salad and crab bisque, braised pig cheeks with buttered mash and liquor, 28-day dry-aged sirloin steak with a choice of sauces, and puddings such as caramelised pineapple with passion-fruit sorbet, toasted coconut and pineapple and chilli salsa and sticky toffee pudding with stem ginger ice-cream.
What the licensee says
The Red Lion at Babcary - a traditional thatched inn set in the heart of this unspoilt Somerset village, with a reputation for great local ales, la carte, Sunday roasts, burgers and wood-fired pizzas.
Our award winning pub/restaurant is open every day of the year, oozing charm with its traditional flagstoned floors, open fires and pretty garden.
We have several options for larger parties - Chefs table for up to 10 seated; The Den - a private room with modern vintage decor seats up to 20 and The Marquee - an ideal venue for wedding receptions and large parties up to 120 people.
Six beautifully designed, boutique bedrooms offer luxurious accommodation in twin, double or family rooms. These can be booked directly, here on the right.
Our team is handpicked for their personality, professionalism and ability to provide first class customer service. Wherever possible, we use fresh, locally sourced produce to enhance our food experience.
We are conveniently situated five minutes off the A303 and A37 - a perfect stop for lunch or dinner.
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Accepts Credit Cards
Meals & Snacks
Dogs at the bar
Dedicated children area
Children at the bar
Children in the restaurant
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