A restaurant with rooms with a difference, The Ginger Peanut is a charming bolthole not far from the Barle valley. The focus is on the food – and it is brilliant. Chef Peter Mundy champions the field to fork approach in the award-winning restaurant, sourcing the best local ingredients to create elegant yet hearty dishes that shine in the relaxed, comfortable atmosphere. The wine list is also excellent and you should go with the knowledgeable staff’s recommendations. Why leave after dinner? The five beautifully appointed rooms are named after local wildlife: Duck, Rabbit, Hare, Quail and Grouse, each individually designed and the perfect base from which to explore the local pubs and shops of the town. Big, comfy beds, crisp cotton sheets and thoughtful interiors, plus open access to the pantry for tea, coffee and snacks, tick all the right boxes for a perfect Devon weekend.
Doubles from £75
+44 (0)1398 332244; gingerpeanut.co.uk
Situated close to the Somerset border and between the Exmoor and Dartmoor National Parks, The Ginger Peanut makes a fantastic base to explore the area. Tiverton Canal is just a 15 minute drive away and is the home of one of the last horse-drawn barges in Britain. You can take your own horse-drawn barge trip down the Grand Western Canal, with your own guide to provide interesting facts from the days when this form of transport was in full force. Visitors can also hop of their barge to see the impressive Isambard Kingdom Brunel’s aquaduct which supports the canal.
Head Chef Peter Mundy’s roast dinners are fast becoming recognised as one of the best in the South West. Choose from sumptuous roast beef or turkey, with all the trimmings (see images).
Bampton is full of traditional old fashioned shops. The local butcher, The Bampton Game shop – sells local game in unusual ways from duck burgers to pheasant and chilli scotch eggs.
CLAIM TO FAME
Once a coach house, The Ginger Peanut is a grade two listed building in the ancient town of Bampton. Bampton is mentioned in the doomsday book with saxon settlements surrounding the village. The annual Bampton Fair was established in 1258 and was where Exmoor ponies were traded until the second world war.
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