The Ergohacks Verdict
The Strode Dining and Tea Room is situated inside Barrington Court with gorgeous views over the lawn and countryside. The seasonal menu with daily specials serves produce fresh from the kitchen garden with vegetarian and gluten free options. In the summer, a few tables outside the restaurant adjacent to the lawn is our favourite spot to enjoy a light lunch. On colder days, the hot meals served at lunch are very welcoming. It’s one of my favourite places to eat. Each meal is always thoughtfully prepared from fresh, local ingredients and whether we have sausages or soup, pastries or dessert, I haven’t had a meal at Strode House where we didn’t clear all our plates.
The menu is reasonably priced for fresh, sustainably sourced food. Main meals are around £7-10 and desserts £2 – 5. Complimentary tap water and squash is freely available and easily accessed.
“We’re a charity founded in 1895 by three people who saw the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wanted to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. More than 120 years later, these values are still at the heart of everything we do. We look after special places throughout England, Wales and Northern Ireland for ever, for everyone.
As a charity we rely for income on membership fees, donations and legacies, and revenue raised from our commercial operations. We have over 4.5 million members and 62,000 volunteers. More than 20 million people visit our pay for entry properties, while an estimated 100 million visit our open air properties.
We protect and open to the public over 350 historic houses, gardens and ancient monuments. But it doesn’t stop there. We also look after forests, woods, fens, beaches, farmland, downs, moorland, islands, archaeological remains, castles, nature reserves, villages – for ever, for everyone.”*
All proceeds from the restaurant is used by the National Trust to help look after special places like Barrington Court.
The Strode Dining and tea room consists of two rooms – a dining room with views over the lily pond and flower gardens as well as a tea room with tables, sofas and views over the lawn. There are a few outdoor tables, but they are very popular in the summer months. Menu’s are on the tables and they are numbered. Choose what you like, order and pay at the till and food is brought to the table.
Season: Open year round (only weekends in the winter months)
Location: Barrington, near Ilminster, Somerset, TA19 0NQ
On-line table reservation: No table reservations
Opening: 10:30 am
Closing: 5 pm (Summer) with last cakes served at 4:45 pm
Timed restrictions: Lunch served from noon to 3 pm.
Parking: Free Parking
Public transport: Limited access via public transport
Vegetarian and gluten-free options are always available.
We based our Ergohacks Verdict on a few visits for lunch or afternoon tea, with out latest lunch in July 2017. This article was first published on 17 August 2017.