Wrapped up against the cold wind, I have been out walking on the Somerset Levels and visiting one of my favourite village pubs - The George Inn at Middlezoy. Not only do they always have superb food but by unexpected good fortune this weekend just happens to be their beer festival!
This is a great local and a real community pub that welcomes visitors into the fold and one that we have returned to regularly. As well as all the usual pub favourites, they also often have springbok and kangaroo for those looking for something a little more unusual! Their twice-cooked chips are some of the best and the cheesy leeks are every bit as good as they sound.
All mouthwatering stuff but twice as good after a bracing walk! Following Langmead Drove from Westonzoyland to Middlezoy, I belatedly realised that my walking boots would have been a wiser choice than the trainers I was wearing as the route soon became deeply rutted from regular use by tractors. Many of the trenches were filled with water while the ridges subsided slowly under my weight as I picked my way forward.
To find other great pubs with walks from their doors, click on favourite pub walks.