Stag­ing the awards

With its land­scape back­drop and mod­ern con­fer­ence fa­cil­i­ties, Som­er­set’s fa­mous county cricket ground makes a per­fect venue for the awards cer­e­mony


We are de­lighted to be host­ing the Som­er­set Life Food & Drink Awards yet again for such a fan­tas­tic evening cel­e­brat­ing the best in Som­er­set.

The Cooper As­so­ci­ates County Ground is si­t­u­ated with a back­drop of the Quan­tock and Black­down hills and each of its rooms has su­perb views over­look­ing the cricket pitch and Taun­ton’s churches.

The town’s new­est £1.5 mil­lion con­fer­ence cen­tre also of­fers out­stand­ing fa­cil­i­ties that can be tai­lored to suit any oc­ca­sion.

Var­ied and flex­i­ble fa­cil­i­ties for con­fer­ences, meet­ings and train­ing events can also be pro­vided.

There are a va­ri­ety of bright and spa­cious func­tion rooms and party venues, so small and large groups can be ac­com­mo­dated. Be­cause the fa­cil­i­ties are so flex­i­ble, rooms can be used to cater for large pri­vate din­ners and dances or smaller fam­ily gath­er­ings.

The venue has a large amount of on-site park­ing and is also within easy reach of the M5. The main­line train sta­tion is also just a 10 minute walk away.

The Som­er­set Pavil­ion, opened in 2015, of­fers lux­u­ri­ous suites and the 1875 Club room, as well as the Strag­glers Cof­fee House which has a var­ied menu and is open ev­ery day in­clud­ing non-match days.

Al­ter­na­tively, vis­i­tors can en­joy near 360-de­gree breath-tak­ing views across the Taun­ton sky­line and the beau­ti­ful Quan­tock Hills from the Thatch­ers Ter­race on the top of the Som­er­set Pavil­ion.

The Colin Atkin­son Pavil­ion of­fers bright and spa­cious func­tion rooms on two floors in the Long Room and County Room, of­fer­ing per­fect party venues ac­com­mo­dat­ing from 40 to 400 guests.

There’s a va­ri­ety of ca­ter­ing op­tions at the venue and the friendly staff team will be happy to dis­cuss any re­quire­ments, prior to in­di­vid­ual events. Op­tions in­clude two to three-course din­ner menus, or fin­ger or hot fork buf­fets with veg­e­tar­ian op­tions, and menus can al­ways be adapted to suit those with spe­cial di­etary re­quire­ments.

With the fes­tive sea­son ap­proach­ing, the venue is of­fer­ing party nights which are a per­fect way to en­joy a com­pany get­to­gether be­fore the Christ­mas break with fan­tas­tic food, great mu­sic and de­li­cious cock­tails.

The home of Som­er­set County Cricket Club is also avail­able for both wed­ding cer­e­monies and re­cep­tions, a unique venue for a spe­cial day.

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