The Queens Arms

Som­er­set

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An 18th-cen­tury vil­lage pub with rooms in the rolling hills of Som­er­set, The Queens Arms at Cor­ton Den­ham has been run by Jeanette and Gor­don Reid for the past decade, dur­ing which time they have won count­less awards. From the moun­tain of home­made pork pies on the bar to hand pumps serv­ing pints of Le­g­less Liz – an ale made ex­clu­sively for the pub to mark the Queen’s 90th birth­day – this pub caters for lo­cals, tourists and the many walk­ers and cy­clists pass­ing the door. The Reids pro­vide maps for lo­cal routes, in­clud­ing a cir­cu­lar walk from the pub via quiet coun­try lanes through vil­lages with quaint names such as Chilton Can­telo and Queen Camel. Some of these places also ap­pear on the menu as many of the farms and lo­cal shoots sup­ply­ing the kitchen are within a 10-mile ra­dius. The own­ers also have their own small­hold­ing two miles away. An au­tumn meal at the pub might fea­ture pi­geon, swede con­sommé, pick­led beet­root, black­ber­ries and radish, per­haps fol­lowed by broccoli risotto with Dorset Blue Vin­ney and al­monds. the­queen­sarms.com

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