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If you live in Somerset, the chances are you’ve heard of The Sheppey. It’s situated in the village of Godney, just across the levels from Glastonbury.

The Sheppey is unlike any other pub in the area. Ok, so there are other village hostelries in similarly idyllic and tranquil settings, but The Sheppey has a solid reputation for its quirky interior styling, great food, regular live music and events and a vast range of well chosen craft beers and local ciders, cocktails and spirits; being a freehold, it has creative license. I recall an occasion where a friend sampled the chilli vodka and then literally keeled over in shock from the heat. Well we did warn him….

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So it’s fair to say, it’s a pretty iconic venue. It’s down-to-earth and homely enough as a local’s pub for that pint on the way home from work. But it’s also where you’ll want to bed yourself in for a bloody good session and relish the chic yet bohemian interior and the upbeat ambience. At this time of year it’s cosy with an open fire and flickering candles. In the summer, the outside decking by the rhyne, overlooking a meadow, is a heavenly place to sit with a pint. On one occasion we were lucky enough to watch an otter winding its way past us as we sat quietly in the sunshine.

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Perfect for a Halloween séance?!

I went there last night, for a meal with Glastonbury Vegans. They meet every month, and find a different venue each time. They’d phoned well ahead to consult with the chef and various dishes had been adapted accordingly to provide three or four choices. I had a variation of the wild mushroom gnocchi, and have to say, it was possibly the best vegan meal I’ve eaten (and I’m not vegan myself but do appreciate good vegan food). The chef (who I believe is a fairly recent addition to the team) has created a fantastic menu, with great veggie options among the meat and fish dishes, and some fabulous sounding desserts, which alas I was too full to try.

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Have a look at the Sheppey website for more info on their events, food and drink.

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