My father’s father was a walnut grower and harvester in his homestead land of Wisconsin, and then again an orchardman at his turn of the century farm in Hood River, Oregon, where my father was born. Because of this connection, walnuts have always been a favorite of mine. That may have been a factor when I chose a place to stay in Somerset during a recent two-week research trip.
The Walnut Tree Hotel in North Petherton, Somerset is a restored and modernized 18th century coaching Inn right on the major road between Taunton and Bridgwater in the smaller village of North Petherton. The Hotel boasts not one, but three areas to choose to settle in for your meals – The bar, ably hosted by Trevor; the Bistro, cosy and comfortable in white wicker and the elegant Lemon Tree restaurant, gracefully appointed in deep blue and yellow. Indeed, the color scheme of blue and yellow can be found throughout the hotel, in the wonderfully appointed guest rooms, in the guest lounge, and in the restaurant areas. This blend of colors is restful, sophisticated and friendly all at the same time, and makes one feel immediately at home.
The fine staff at the Walnut Tree Hotel also go to great lengths to make one feel comfortable, rested, welcomed and a part of a friendly and ebullient family. I stayed so long I joked with the frequently present owner, Steven Williams, that I was becoming part owner!
So, if you have the wonderful opportunity to visit Somerset, England, I highly recommend the Walnut Tree Hotel, Restaurant and Bar as THE place to stay.