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Ok, picture the scene…we drive from South Wales for a while down the North Somerset coast to find somewhere nice to eat near the sea. But Clevedon, then Burnham were bathed in a dull grey mist. Couldn’t even see the sea, Then the wife says..”Give it up as a bad job and let’s find somewhere nice for Sunday lunch”. So she fires up Trip Adviser and sets the SATNAG to the Clavelshay Barn. SATNAG takes us to a field. We ignore it and find a farm. The cows nod sagely and we rock up at the farm where there is a fully functioning restaurant. I am cynical. I give the wife the sort of look that I reserve for some of her more…left-field ideas.

Ok, so we are warmly welcomed. Ok, so the place is buzzing. Ok, we should have booked but we are squeezed in and presented with a thoroughly good menu.

I am warming to the wife’s flight of lunacy.

Three courses later and I am practically ready to leave my credit card behind the bar. Starters were smoked pheasant (delicious) and black pudding served with a bantam egg and a fresh salad with a delicate dressing. Main courses were roast pork (reared on the farm) and roast beef which was cooked to perfection. Roasted beetroot and other clean, fresh, perfectly cooked veg.

The owner is charm itself, engaging and keen to tell us about produce that is so local she even flavours vodka with flowers from her garden. The main courses are first rate and I look lovingly at the wife who has discovered this little belter. I think we’ll give it a few more years.

Then she orders dessert. For her, a sticky toffee pudding and for me a delightfully fresh medley of roasted pineapple, lemon sorbet and a delicate creme brulee. The welsh word is “bendigedig”.

And a glass of the owners homemade Christmas pudding vodka is given free. And the coffee is great. And the owner talks to you about food and ideas for dishes and recipes and I am buying her homemade Seville Orange Marmalade. And we are swapping Twitter accounts and…

Sorry, I may be raving a bit.

It’s just a delight to find a place where the owners have a passion for fresh, great local produce cooked well. No mucking about. Great ingredients, cooked beautifully, well presented on the plate and an atmosphere that is as warm and hearty as the roast beef Sunday roast.

So well done the wife and well done the chef and well done the Clavelshay Barn.

Next time no risks. We’ll book a table. I am not driving 70 miles from Wales with the risk of not being able to eat here.

Total bill for two was around £50 including drinks, three courses and coffee. Excellent value for money in my book. It’s now 11.30pm at night and we are still talking about it. It’s that good!

MIKE


Having wanted to visit for ages, we finally made it last night. The location is hidden away and set in absolutely beautiful scenery. The cocktails and food were absolutely spot on and could not be faulted in anyway. We all enjoyed every course; the taste and presentation was fantastic. We will be back as soon as we can, for another evening meal and to also try the Sunday lunch. A real treat and perfect in every way.

MIKE & MOLLY


Went here for a meal on the night before my 21st birthday and had an amazing night. Not only were all the staff really friendly and helpful, the food was incredible and presented beautifully! All the meats we ate were cook perfectly. And I can't wait to go back again! Highly recommend to anyone thinking of going here!

CHLOE


A sunny Sunday lunch, with Champagne, at beautiful Clavelshay Barns what more could you ask for! The setting is remote, peaceful & amazing views. The staff were friendly with a warm welcome smile. The food was out of this world & such value for money. The chef, wowed every course. Food was outstanding :). Not only great presentation but cooked to perfection. We had 2 small children in our group & the chef catered for their needs...a mini roast. Perfect!! We finished our lunch with drinks/coffee on the terrace watching the children play & sun shining. No pressure to leave which was lovely, a very chilled afternoon! Thank you Clavelshay Barns for a wonderful afternoon.

LYNDSEY


I visited with my family for a birthday lunch and ended up staying all afternoon. The food was fabulous. The roast beef cooked to perfection, and soooo tasty! The others had the poppy seed lemon curd pudding and raved about it, and I can certainly vouch for the clotted cream rice pudding. Delicious. We chose from an excellent wine list and even had our minds changed about organic wine which is a first.

The restaurant is set on a farm in a quiet and very attractive area. It uses a lot of produce sourced from the area including local cheeses which are divine and figs from the garden. The view from the garden is beautiful and was the setting for a wedding the previous evening.

Sue the owner was so attentive throughout our visit and took the time to chat to my partner about his gastro pub in London. She even let us try some of the home made vodkas she had made at the farm.

Superb food, excellent service, wonderful atmosphere, great value for money and a highly successful birthday celebration. I can highly recommend a visit.

POSY


 

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