Clouds of Sheep Wool to Help Ewe Hear Better


From now onwards when you come and dine with us you will be able to eat and hear the conversation of the other members of your party thanks to the latest in wool technology.

So if, like one couple I spoke to recently, you haven’t been back to have your dinner with us for five years because the ambient noise had put you off, please book in again and enjoy our new acoustics!

We’ve installed fluffy wool clouds on our ceiling to help absorb the sounds in the restaurant so you can chat without too much background noise.

Some people thought we were baaarmy but we are delighted with our acoustic baffles. We knew we had to do something as we’d had a lot of customer comments about the noise on our feedback forms.

These days I don’t notice the acoustics, whereas before I was very aware that some customers found it too noisy, now they no longer have to raise their voices in order to be heard by members of their own party or the waiting staff.

Initially we trialled them for the makers, the Woolly Shepherd from Milverton near Taunton, and in fact we were the very first restaurant in the country to have their acoustic clouds – so we’re trailblazers! They have been so good for the ambience of the restaurant that we have decided to install them permanently.

Woolly Shepherd purchases lower grade fleeces and coloured wools, mostly from smallholders, and converts them into a range of felts designed to maximise the acoustic properties of the wool.

The company’s Managing Director, Tim Simmons, who runs the business with his wife and fellow director, Marty, says: “Our fluffy clouds are hung from the ceilings of restaurants like Clavelshay and they allow diners to hear each other clearly, even if they are sat next to a very jolly group or one that might just be super chatty.”

The wool boards in the shape of clouds absorb the sound twice, once from below and then again as it bounces off the ceiling.

Tim adds: “Natural wool has better sound acoustic properties than man-made foam, which is usually used for these types of baffles, particularly at the frequencies of the human voice. The sustainability of this product is a big plus too especially for restaurants like Clavelshay, which is very keen on sustainability.”

Come and try the clouds out yourself if you haven’t been for a while and also find out why we won our Taste of the West Gold Award this year for our delicious food and top-notch service.

Don’t forget we’re open in the evenings from Wednesday to Saturday with dinner served from 7pm – and remember Wednesday is fast becoming the new Thursday as a perfect night for a meal out. We also serve Sunday lunches from 12noon until 2pm.

You can book the restaurant for private parties, intimate country weddings and charity and corporate events too.