The Walnut Tree

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!

Walnut Tree Hotel, sunny halllway to my room

Walnut Tree Hotel, sunny hallway to my room

Resident's Lounge, Walnut Tree Hotel

Resident's Lounge, Walnut Tree Hotel

Walnut Tree Hotel - cheerful reception staff, always with a smile of welcome

Walnut Tree Hotel - cheerful reception staff, always with a smile of welcome

Lemon Tree Dining Room, Walnut Tree Hotel

Lemon Tree Dining Room, Walnut Tree Hotel

Lemon Tree Resturant at the Walnut Tree Hotel, North Petherton, Somerset

Lemon Tree restaurant at the Walnut Tree Hotel, North Petherton, Somerset

Green hotel honors for the Walnut Tree Hotel

Green hotel honors for the Walnut Tree Hotel, Restaurant & Bar in North Petherton, Somerset

Walnut Tree Hotel owner Stephen x, staff x, and x

Walnut Tree Hotel owner Stephen Williams, reception staff Sue and Lynn

Deb and Chef  Luke at the Walnut Tree Hotel resturant kitchen. Incredible meals!

Deb and Chef Luke at the Walnut Tree Hotel restaurant kitchen. Incredible meals!

Walnut Tree Hotel and Bar staff -x, x, x

Walnut Tree Hotel and Bar. Friendly staff members Simon, Trevor and Andy.

Walnut Tree bar staff

Walnut Tree bar - Trevor and Andy

The bar, complete with fireplace and single malt

The bar, complete with fireplace and single malt whiskey

The lovely Bistro dining room at the Walnut Tree Hotel

The lovely Bistro dining room at the Walnut Tree Hotel

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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.