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“Lovely gem”
Review of The Holywell Inn

The Holywell Inn
Ranked #2 of 35 Restaurants in Wellington
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$29
Cuisines: British
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: Nestling in the Somerset countryside close to the Devon border, The Holywell Inn is a family owned and operated traditional village pub. The owners, Vic and Paulette Bigg, have lived in the area all their lives and fell in love with the charms and location of this pub many years ago. In June 2011 they managed to fulfill their dream of ownership and completely yet sympathetically restored the whole building whilst restructuring and relaunching the whole business. All of the offerings in their traditional British menu are now freshly prepared by Paulette using local ingredients whenever possible, her Sunday lunches should NOT be missed! You will always find Vic behind the bar, meeting, greeting and serving his customers with a wonderful selection of local and not so local ales, fine wines and spirits not to mention a superb selection of coffees freshly ground and brewed to order PLEASE NOTE - opening hours are - Weds-Sat lunches 12pm-3pm Weds-Sat evenings 6pm-11pm Sun-Tue closed all day.
United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Lovely gem”
Reviewed 21 June 2014

Had our first visit last night. We sat in the covered outdoor area, which was perfect to get out of the heat of a warm day. I didn't go inside but my husband did and said it was lovely.
We both had med veg risotto, yes it was expensive, but it was hot, very nicely presented and a good sized portion, also very tasty.
Staff were very attentive but not intrusive, the landlord popped out to collect our empties, he was very nice and welcoming.
Other info: nice size car park, nicely landscaped with a few outdoor tables under cover and open air.
Will certainly be visiting again.

  • Visited June 2014
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b1ggv, Owner at The Holywell Inn, responded to this review, 22 June 2014
Hi kezi75, Many thanks for using your valuable time to leave a kind and informative review of your recent experience at the Holywell Inn. We are looking forward to your next visit.
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English first
Wellington UK
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3 reviews
“Evening meal with German Friends”
Reviewed 16 June 2014

Booked evening meal with German friends who were staying with us for a week
Arrived a little late but no problem shown to our table by very friendley staff
We did not have a starter main meal were well cooked and niceley presented and when we informed the staff that one member had an alergy to Mushrooms they immediatley said this was not a problem and offered an alternative.
Three members of our party had a sweet which again was well presented.
A very enjoyable evening meal

  • Visited June 2014
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b1ggv, Owner at The Holywell Inn, responded to this review, 17 June 2014
Hi happyofsomerset12, Many thanks for using your valuable time to leave this lovely review of your recent experience at The Holywell Inn. We are all really pleased you had such a good time and look forward to welcoming you back sometime soon.
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Wellington, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
42 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“Fully justifies the reviews.”
Reviewed 15 June 2014

Looking for a local restaurant I read all of the reviews in the area. The reviews for The Holywell Inn appeared to fall in the "too good to be true" bracket. Well, they're not. This is a first class pub/restaurant which I highly recommend. My only slight complaint is that we've passed the Holywell Inn several times before and it's been closed, so check the opening hours first!

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank BarryAdams_1965
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b1ggv, Owner at The Holywell Inn, responded to this review, 16 June 2014
Hi JlnMrrll_1965, We are all really pleased you enjoyed your recent visit to The Holywell Inn, many thanks for leaving such a kind review and pointing out our unusual opening hours - (Weds - Sat from 6pm and Sun from Midday) we do try to advertise these opening times as much as we can and encourage reservations to avoid disappointment. As a matter of interest, we use our non opening times to keep the pub well maintained and immaculately presented, whilst constantly making improvements and additions to the property, for example, in the last year we have added new beer gardens and a covered outside seating area for dog walkers, smokers and drinkers to shelter from inclement weather or shade from the sun, and in the not too distant future we are also planning to add self catering holiday accommodation and a brand new skittle alley / function room. Plenty to keep us busy on our "days off" !!!
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Horndean, United Kingdom
2 reviews
“How all pubs should be”
Reviewed 30 May 2014 via mobile

Had our tea here last night, really warm welcome when we first arrived, food was very good and staff polite and friendly.

Visited May 2014
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Thank Peter C
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b1ggv, Owner at The Holywell Inn, responded to this review, 13 June 2014
Hi Peter C, Many thanks for leaving your lovely review of The Holywell Inn, we look forward to your next visit.
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Tiverton, United Kingdom
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“What a Transformation!”
Reviewed 19 May 2014

Can't praise this inn highly enough. Beautiful, welcoming interior, friendly and efficient staff and truly superb food. The new owners have got it just right.

  • Visited May 2014
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Thank Adele N
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b1ggv, Owner at The Holywell Inn, responded to this review, 24 May 2014
Hi Adele N, Wow!!! What a fantastic review - a big thankyou from myself and all the team here at The Holywell for using your precious time to leave such a glowing description of your recent visit. We all look forward to welcoming you back soon.
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