DID YOU KNOW Our new store once housed a little bit of American history – remember Abraham Lincoln? Ok well it’s not him, but instead it’s his architect, Alfred Bult Mullet. Alfred served from 1866 to 1874 designing federal government buildings for the 16th president of the United States; prior to that he grew up in 4 Fore Street, before moving to America when he was eight-years-old.
WHAT TO DO There’s two key places to visit, the first being Taunton’s Norman castle – now host to the Museum of Somerset. Retaining its profound walls, this stronghold has been part of brutal battles and yet still stands as a fortress full of incredible West Country history to surround yourself in on idle days. Secondly, soak in the gothic atmosphere at the church of St Mary Magdalene; structured from 163ft of red sandstone, its carved angels boast beautiful local craftsmanship that everyone can appreciate.
BEST VANTAGE POINT There’s a reason this town is seducing more city dwellers than ever – seek the Quantock Hills and the views will not disappoint. Slightly off the beaten track, the Quantock Hills are a rural delight and only 12 miles north of Taunton. Carpeted with scenic woodland valleys, wild life and clear streams, you’d be silly not to spend a morning hiking around this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
DIARY DATE Perhaps one of the most anticipated dates is the Taunton Flower show, which happens over two days every August and has been going since 1851. Yes, we’ve just missed it, but it’s held at Vivary Park – a delightful location to visit any time of year. Its Victorian urban design is complete with ornate fountains and a traditional bandstand.
WHERE TO EAT After a leisurely bike ride, you have to do brunch at Silvers Pantry. Tucked away off the main road, this place serves delicious, local food and makes the best cakes to help you refuel. What to order? Let’s just say, if we could recommend the whole menu then we totally would…
WHAT TO DRINK In this town, there’s still plenty of room to live in the spirit of Oktoberfest – cue, The Bierkeller. It translates to ‘beer cellar’ and as the name suggests, it holds 80 world bottle beers in a themed bar with authentic benches and vintage German beer posters decorating the walls. Every Friday and Saturday they have a thigh-slapping live Oompah band who bowl out the German tunes until 2am. Prost (or cheers) to that.
WHAT TO WEAR British weather is unpredictable at the best of times, so we’d suggest preparing for the outdoors with a sweater, jeans and a down-filled jacket.
If you’re in the area please be sure to pop in to our store and say hello to our fabulous team. You can find us at 4 Fore Street, Taunton, TA1 1HX, and our store locator is here.