Highlights 2013

What a year! So many great moments filled with lots of laughter, incredible weather,  and of course good local food - here’s a small selection of memories that made us smile in 2013


We are delighted to have received the following awards in 2013:

Taste of the West - Silver Award for the 5th year running in recognition of our commitment to local food.

Sustainable Restaurant  Association- awarded 3 stars as a Sustainability Champion for the 2nd year running.

Shortlisted for the Somerset Life Food and Drink Awards 2013 – Restaurant of the Year.

The Theo Paphitis Small Business Sunday Award


What a fantastic year for weddings – with perfect weather for our lovely couples. So many wonderful weddings it's difficult to choose a few as they all were so much fun.

From Kendall & Stephen's fun filled wedding that ended up with Stephen's best man, a 6ft 2 ins Marine, asleep under a table in the marquee on Sunday morning. To... Cara & Grant‘s triumphant wedding – a traditional pole marquee which looked amazing. Grant had everyone in tears as he said it was his dream to get married here – he had played in our fields as a child when visiting his grandparents nearby. And, so many more fabulous weddings, you can read all about them here »

The wedding that stands out the most for us in 2013 is Stephanie & Tom's beautiful 'Country Tea Party' themed wedding which was featured on Rock My Wedding and photographed by the lovely Rachel Hudson.

st_003 From the moment Sue meet the lovely couple, she knew that their wedding was going to be fantastic - and my goodness was she right! Here's Sue's description of the wonderful, wonderful wedding...

The sun almost started to come out from the behind the clouds just as the guests arrived and the wind died down. The jazz band played as Tom waited nervously for the arrival of his bride. Stephanie looked absolutely stunning in her beautiful dress and as she walked across the lawn on the arm of her brother Courtney to Tom, the clouds parted and the sun shone brilliantly. There was not a dry eye in the place! As Stephanie reached Tom, the only sounds to be heard were birds singing and a woodpecker drumming – an unforgettable moment.


And, another 'not a dry eye in the place' unforgettable moment....


After the meal, it was eventually time for the first dance – an important moment on any wedding day but especially so on this day. Stephanie’s father, George Williams who sadly died 8 years ago was lead singer with a motown/soul group called The Tymes. So Tom & Stef’s poignant choice of song for their first dance was one of his songs – famous in the 60’s and called “Wonderful, Wonderful ”.


Then time for live music with local band “Snappa” (snappa.co.uk) who were brilliant and had everyone dancing all night – especially Stef’s Grandad, who at 89 was keen to dance with all the pretty girls! There was even a fantastic dance off between the woman and men in the wedding party, Steph’s brother Courtney showed them how it was all done when he busted out a few Michael Jackson moves. No-one wanted the party to end including us!




So many great workshops this year! From Italian Bread Making to Cheese Making, Smoking & Curing, Food Photography, Printmaking, Christmas Wreath Making. We were amazed at how much we learnt, and how much fun we had.

We are looking forward to all our 2014 Workshops which will be recommencing in January. You can find all the details for our workshops here »



2013 saw the start of our very popular Pop-Up Restaurants. From the Italian Night, to the outdoor Pizza Night, and the splendid Somerset Supper which celebrated our love for fresh, locally produced, delicious Somerset food.

We have some exciting Pop-Up Restaurant nights planned for 2014. So make sure you pop by our blog in early 2014 to find out the details.


Another extremely popular event we had in 2013 was our fun live Music Nights. We were thrilled to host a number of talented local bands including Bare Bones Trio from Bridgwater - the band responsible for causing a re-enactment of a scene from the film Big Night . The one where all the customers in the restaurant get up and dance. A night to remember!

We have many more fun Music Nights planned for 2014, stay tuned for details.


Lots of them and all a pleasure. From laughter-filled Corporate Christmas/Workshop parties (photos coming soon!), to sweet engagement parties, family celebrations and the lovely Sarah's 21st Birthday Party. We had a wonderful time at each and every one of them. Thank you so much for choosing Clavelshay Barn and for letting us share your very special days with you – it was an absolute pleasure.

Which brings me to the New Year –  with lots to look forward to. Thank you all for your support in 2013 – we look forward to seeing you in 2014.

We wish you all a Happy & healthy New Year

Sue x

Sarah Featured In The Great British Food Magazine

Our lovely Cheese Making Workshop teacher, Sarah from The Shebbear Cheese Co, has been featured in this month's Great British Food Magazine. A huge congratulations Sarah! Very well deserved!

IMG_6399 Sarah along with a number of great British small producers and farmers, share about how they cope with Christmas, and the time, effort and energy involved in creating all the delicious food they produce for us to enjoy with our loved ones around the Christmas table.


We only have 2 more spots left on Sarah & Chris's 1st  Cheese Making Workshop for 2014 on Saturday  15th February. And spots are filling up quickly on their 2nd Cheese Making Workshop on Saturday 26th April. So if you love cheese, and want to learn how to make it, do come along!

You can find out more about the workshop here »

You can read all about our last Cheese Making Workshops with Sarah hereherehere.

If you stuck for Christmas Gift Ideas, why not give the gift of Good Food with your nearest and dearest by treating them to a gift voucher for one of the Cheese Making Workshops? We offer gift vouchers which will allow the recipient to choose a workshop that best suits their schedule.

To find out more and book your spot on one of the Cheese Making Workshops, call Sue on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk


Christmas Gift Vouchers

Struggling for Christmas Gift Ideas?

Why not give the gift of Good Food or Creativity to your nearest and dearest by treating them to a Gift Voucher from Clavelshay Barn? From Workshops and Dining to Art, there is something for everyone. We offer gift vouchers which will allow the recipient to choose whatever best suits their schedule.

 To find out more call Sue on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk to find out more.

Cheese Making Workshop

If you love cheese, then come and learn how to make it!

We have a couple of spots left on our Cheese Making Workshop next week. Make sure you don't miss out on learning the art of making your own semi-soft and feta type handmade cheese using traditional methods.

This hands-on workshop is hosted by Sarah & Chris Styles-Power from The Shebbear Cheese Co in Devon. Sarah will be guiding you through the cheesemaking process, you will learn the use of cultures, rennets, draining, molding, salting and aging your cheese using everyday kitchen equipment.


Date: Tuesday 17th September Time: 10.30am – 4pm Price per person: £85 Booking essential: call Sue on 01278 662629 or email query@clavelshaybarn.co.uk

To find out more click here »