The Rising Sun, West Bagborough: Open for bookings!

This beautiful 16th Century Inn  offers a warm welcome, creative menus, quality ales and a collection of fine vintage wines. With its flagstone floors and oak beams it offers a relaxing characterful base from which to explore the Quantock hills.
Using fresh ingredients  the Inn provides both an a la carte menu and a more causal menu at lunchtimes.
Matured Exmoor Grazed Steaks, Fresh whole fish, Cornish Mussels & Porlock Bay oysters are regularly on the menu.
Freshly grown vegetables and fruit are provided both from the Inn’s own garden and a local organic farm and orchard.
Exmoor Food Fest offer:
2 course lunch for the price of £12.50 on the following dates:-
5th  – 9th of Feb and the 19th – 23rd of Feb  both Monday to Friday Only
On 23rd of Feb we will be offering a 7 course Exmoor tasting menu in the evening at £35.00 per head.
01823 432575
Booking is advisable but no vouchers are required.

Clavelshay Barn: Open for bookings!



Clavelshay Barn Restaurant promises “a taste of the countryside” and the reality does not disappoint – offering top quality local produce in unspoilt idyllic surroundings . The restaurant is set in a converted barn on a working dairy farm, nestled in its own secluded valley, yet is within easy reach of Taunton, Bridgwater and the M5.

The barn itself has been sympathetically converted by owners Bill & Sue Milverton, retaining original elm beams and using oak and cedar from the farm for the floor and staircase. A changing display of work by local artists and natural wood furniture complete the contemporary country  feel – a wonderfully relaxed atmosphere in which to dine.

Experienced Head Chef, Olivier Certain, uses only the finest ingredients from local suppliers and his experience and flair to produce food with great flavour.

Marseille-born Olivier moved to Somerset in 1998 following his Michelin star training in La Bonne Etape ,  Chateau Arnoux, and Les Roches in Le Lavandou.   Olivier had  a successful few years with Andrew Dixon at Andrews on the  Weir, Porlock Weir, where he helped Andrew maintain his 3 AA Rosettes. In 2006 he joined Woods in Dulverton as Head Chef where he achieved 2 rosettes and the accolade of Somerset Dining Pub of the Year 2008, 2010 and 2011.

With Olivier at the helm in the kitchen, Clavelshay Barn had a very successful 2016, winning 7 awards for its food and service.

All dishes are made on site, with the exception of the tempting ice cream, which comes from a local dairy farm. Bread is made daily and even the water on the table is from the farm’s own spring.  Free-range eggs are from the farm’s Maran & Light Sussex hens and herbs, vegetables, salads and flowers from the walled garden.  The menu is deliberately small but changes frequently to make the best use of seasonal produce.

To complement the delicious food, a fully licensed bar stocks  Exmoor, Cotleigh & Quantock beers, Sheppy’s Cider, local apple juice ,Luscombe Organic soft drinks and an interesting and expanding wine list, including award winning  Oatley wine from Cannington.

Clavelshay Barn offers superb service, wheelchair access and efficient and friendly staff.

And if you’re looking for an unforgettable setting for your special day, Clavelshay Barn is the answer. Intimate parties of up to 50 guests are catered for elegantly in the 18thC    barn restaurant, while a marquee can be sited for larger celebrations of up to 100 guests.

Whether it’s a wedding, family party, a business event or a conference, you’ll be treated to excellent personal service, delicious locally sourced food from tailor-made menus, a relaxed atmosphere and a stunning rural backdrop.

Awards 2017

Somerset Life Food & Drink Awards – Chef of the Year 2017 – Olivier Certain

Taste of the West Gold Award  2017

Finalist – Taste of the West – Best South West Restaurant 2017

Sedgemoor Business awards – Best Micro-Business 2017

Sedgemoor Business awards – Customer Service Excellence Awards

Somerset, Bath & Bristol Tourism Awards – Silver Award – Best Restaurant 2017

TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence  – 5 stars – based on customer reviews

Trencherman’s Awards 2017 – Finalist for Creativity and Innovation

Awards 2016–

Taste of the West Gold Award 2016

Taste of the West – Best South West Restaurant 2016   Overall winner

Taste of the West – No 1 Place to Go 2016                        Overall winner

Trip Advisor – Certificate of Excellence 2016

Winner of Best Somerset Sunday Roast 2016 – Somerset Life Food & Drink awards 2016

Somerset , Bath & Bristol Tourism Awards  2016 –Gold award –  Unsung Hero for Customer Service – Sue Milverton

Sedgemoor Business Awards – Best Micro Business 2016

For full details visit the website –

Contact Sue Milverton    Tel.  01278 662629


Exmoor Food Fest Offer:
Wednesday and Thursdays in February
Cost £17.50 for 2 courses. £20 for 3 courses.
Dinner only.

Please mention the Exmoor Food Fest when booking.

Lower Clavelshay Farm
North Petherton
Somset TA6 6PJ
Phone:  01278 662629

Cookery School at Clavelshay Barn: 15 March 2016

Clavelshay Barn are proud to announce a new venture – the Clavelshay Barn Cookery School run by award winning professional chefs Olivier Certain and Andrew Dixon.

This full day course will immerse you into what it takes to expertly select and prepare fish and seafood at home. Knowing the essential cooking methods and flavour profiles for fresh and fish, as well as shellfish, will help you produce appetisers, soups, and entrees.

Start Date : Tuesday 15 March 2016
Course : Fish & Shellfish
Cost : £125 per person (includes lunch and wine)

Olivier first met Andrew when they worked together in a hotel in Ashford, Kent. Andrew moved to Somerset to start Andrews on the Weir and Olivier joined him at Porlock Weir as his sous chef, where they achieved great success together for 5 years. They are delighted to be working together again to run the cookery school.

Olivier Certain

Olivier Certain

Marseille-born Olivier moved to England in 1998 following his Michelin star training in La Bonne Etape, Chateau Arnoux and Hotel Les Roches in Le Lavandou, France. In 2001 he joined Andrew Dixon at Andrews on the Weir, Porlock Weir and together they achieved 3 AA rosettes with outstanding food.

Olivier was Head Chef at Woods in Dulverton for 6 years where he achieved 2 rosettes and the accolade of Somerset Dining Pub of the Year 2008, 2010 and 2011. In 2009 in reached the finals of the South West Chef of the Year competition.

Olivier is now creating stunning dishes with French flair at Clavelshay Barn in North Petherton. His style of cooking is typical classic French but after living in England for over 18 years, he has learnt English dishes to an extremely high standard.

Andrew DixonAfter training in some of the UK’s best restaurants and country house hotels, Andrew and his wife Sarah fulfilled a dream of running their own restaurant, and bought a beautiful old Manor House bed and breakfast at Porlock Weir, which opened as Andrews on the Weir.

After only 10 months of opening and at a very early stage of renovating the building, Andrews On The Weir was catapulted into the top ten percent of restaurants in the British Isles by gaining the 3 AA rosettes for food and gaining 4 out of 5 stars for accommodation. Andrew held the prestigious 3 AA rosettes rating for a further 9 years, five of those years he worked closely with Clavelshay Barn’s very own Olivier Certain.

In 2011 Andrew and Sarah changed direction of the restaurant and rebranded to The Cafe Porlock Weir to offer a less informal style of dining but offering the same quality food, and using the same quality of ingredients by sourcing the very best Exmoor and the West Country has to offer.

Andrew’s ethos about food has not waned at all and he still strives to offer some of the best food the region has to offer in the beautiful setting of the tiny waterside village of Porlock Weir.

In November of 2015 Andrew was recognised for his dedication to his craft and was awarded Best Somerset Restaurant Dining Experience at the Somerset Life Food awards.

Clavelshay Barn has joined the Exmoor Food Fest


Clavelshay Barn is an award winning sustainable restaurant located in a traditional stone barn on a family run dairy farm on the edge of the Quantock Hills. Although in a beautiful rural setting, the restaurant is within easy reach of Taunton, Bridgwater and the M5 motorway.

The traditional stone barn, built around 1700, has been simply and sympathetically converted using natural materials, keeping a country feel to the restaurant. The oak flooring in the restaurant, cedar staircase and window sills are made from wood from the farm. The spectacular elm roof beams are original and still have wooden pegs in the joints.

Farmers William & Sue Milverton are tenants of the Crown Estate – William and sons James & Rob run the farm, Sue runs the restaurant with Head Chef Olivier Certain and a team of smiling students.

We are delighted to announce we are now a member of The Sustainable Restaurant Association and have been awarded the highest rating of 3 Stars. You can view our profile here. We feel particularly honoured to win this award as we were one of only restaurant within the whole of Somerset to be awarded!

We are also delighted to have received TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence two years in a row, a Gold Taste of the West Award this year and five Silver Taste of the West Awards in the previous years. We are proud to be recognised for our commitment to using the best local produce.

Exmoor Food Fest Deal of 2 courses for £10.00/ 3 courses for £15.00:
Wednesdays:  Dinner
Thursdays:       Dinner

Please mention the Exmoor Food Fest when booking.

Lower Clavelshay Farm
North Petherton
Somset TA6 6PJ
Phone:  01278 662629