“Fine Luncheon in Taunton”
I was quite surprised to find fine dining at the Hankridge Arms in Taunton. My husband and I had lunch here over the Christmas holidays. Tired of the heavy roasted meat and two veg meals everywhere, we were longing for a finer and more imaginative menu, the Hankridge Arms certainly delivered. He ordered the Duck Pate and I ordered the Salmon Sandwich both were exquisite, perfectly portioned, flavorful and expertly plated. As we sat and ate our lunch we both thought how this restaurant we be ideal in California. We look forward to returning. Well done, definitely a 5 star!
“Possibly the best alternative at J25 on M5”
Needed to find somewhere just off the m5 to meet family traveling north from Exeter early evening. Various options were considered and the Hankridge chosen on basis of previous expirience where quality of menu and setting more important than alternative fast food options 2 for 1 etc.
Greeted by staff and shown to table in the restaurant, although could have opted to sit in the bar.
Menus arrived and drinks ordered. Good choice of interesting dishes, drinks arrived and order placed. If in a hurry this place might not be your best choice, but as we were in no rush had time to chat before meals arrived, all of which were delicious, on well warmed plates. Rounded off with puddings, actually just one others having ice cream. Coffee also very good.
Will definitely be returning when suitable excuse offers itself.
“Superb – Highly Recommend!!”
Having been recommended to come to the Hankridge Arms by friends, my partner and I did so with another couple and honestly could not recommend the place any more.
From the arrival, parking is easy and the staff who greet you are very friendly. The food and beverage options are very good and even the chef came out to speak to us before our meal, which made us feel extremely valued despite being very busy.
When the food came, it was deliciously cooked as we asked and there was plenty of side dishes for us all to share too, where the waitress and kitchen staff could not have done any more to make our visit nothing short than excellent.
The atmosphere was very nice, not too loud and not quiet, which made it feel very welcoming and warming.
Have not had a better meal or experience like this anywhere in Taunton before and therefore, the staff and restaurant deserves the time to be recommended to others.
I’ve been here several times now and the food is always really good. Even on a cold wet Wednesday evening in January there is a nice atmosphere and the staff are pleasant and efficient if a little overstretched at times. I’ve no complaints though. The food is great quality and comes in generous portions and gives excellent value for money. I’m certain I will be back.
“Excellent lunch stop”
I found them on my phone in the nearby motorway services car park – no postcode on the website but they’re easy to find, just off M5 J25. It’s odd, a 500 year old farmhouse, now a pub, surrounded by a shopping centre and just off the motorway. It was busy on a Tuesday lunchtime but they found me a good table. I had a pint of fairly low alc bitter and their 11 pound 2 course lunch – haddock fish cake with chilli sauce, a good little starter then an excellent plaice fillet with potatoes and onion & beetroot salad. Friendly staff, reasonably prompt service, food much better than expected for a pub in a shopping centre right by the motorway junction. I think I’ll be back on future trips between London and Devon.