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  1. Distance: 31.86mi
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  4. Distance: 38.87mi
  1. Distance: 31.86mi
  2. Distance: 31.86mi
  3. Distance: 35.40mi
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About Candlelight Inn

In the pretty village of Bishopswood, set in the heart of the Blackdown Hills, this is dairy country with lots of good local produce.

Mike, Simon and the team run this happy, vibrant country pub.

Flint walls, wooden floors and open fires
Gravity pulled beer, local ciders and good food served daily
Locals at the bar and a warm and friendly atmosphere
A blooming garden for barbecues and sunshine
Big dining room for private functions and larger parties

Bishopswood
Chard, Somerset TA20 3RS
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub

Hours of Operation:
We are now open Mondays!
Lunch Monday - Friday: 12:00 - 14:00
Lunch Saturday: 12:00 - 14:30
Lunch Sunday: 12:00 - 16:00

Dinner Monday - Thursday: 19:00 - 21:00
Dinner Friday: 19:00 - 21:30
Dinner Saturday: 19:00 - 21:30
Dinner Sunday: 19:00 - 21:00

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
£25 and under

Payment Options:
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
01460 234476

Website:
http://www.candlelight-inn.co.uk/

Additional:
Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Fireplace, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wine

Candlelight Inn Ratings and Reviews

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4.5

Overall rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.5

service

4.5

ambience

4.5

value

4.3

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

Special Occasions (49)
Cosy (45)
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Fit for Foodies (40)
Local Ingredients (31)
Good for Birthdays (29)
Casual (28)
Good for a Date (28)
Sunday Lunch (28)
Good for Anniversaries (27)
Great Beer (27)
Creative Cuisine (26)
Lunch (23)
Romance (21)
Quiet Conversation (21)
Neighbourhood Gem (20)
Authentic (19)
Comfort Food (16)
Group Bookings (14)
Notable Wine List (13)
Seasonal (13)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Bar Seating (9)
Outdoor Eating (9)
Business Meals (7)
Fun (6)
Child Friendly (6)
Disabled Access (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (4)
Healthy (4)
Live Music (3)
People Watching (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Vibrant Bar Scene (3)
Brunch (2)
Late-night Find (2)
Tasting Menu (2)
Afternoon Coffee (1)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Organic (1)
Paleo Friendly (1)
Scenic View (1)
Vegan (1)
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food5
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value5

 
·Dined 7 days ago

Lovely pub restaurant with great food and good service. Well worth the drive.

Tags: Comfort Food, Sunday Lunch, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries, Gluten Free Options, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays
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·Dined on 11 November 2017

Top notch service and food as always. Another very enjoyable evening in a hidden gem.

Tags: Cozy, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Casual
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value4

 
·Dined on 4 November 2017

Good quality food, beer and decor. Pleasant staff and surroundings in an area where all these things are hard to find.

Tags: Authentic, Great for Lunch, Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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food4
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 (London)·Dined on 27 October 2017

Wow!! What a find. Such friendly warm and welcoming atmosphere the minute you walk in. Mike had brought a touch of sophistication but without spoiling the relaxed nature of the restaurant. Even if you don’t like gin, you have to try a gin and tonic from the extensive range. Food is terrific with everything to suit all tastes, portion sizes and budgets. This will be a must stop on route to the west county every time we go..... which will hopefully be very soon. Thanks to all the staff for making a wonderful beginning to our weekend.

Tags: Authentic, Handcrafted Cocktails, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Fit for Foodies, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups
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food5
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service4
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·Dined on 27 October 2017

Our second meal here and we weren't disappointed! This time we brought some friends who were visiting from London. I wanted to make sure we went somewhere that combines rustic charm with delicious food and the Candelight completely fits the bill. I had mussels followed by duck, both of which were top notch, and everyone else said their food was excellent too. The wine was great (and very well recommended by our friendly waitress). I'm gluten free and there was loads of choice on the menu. It's not cheap but it's totally worth what you pay.

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Casual, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Good for Birthdays, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Good Vegetarian Options, Great Beer, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch, Notable Wine List, Creative Cuisine, Seasonal, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date
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food5
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on 22 October 2017

Great Sunday lunch. Friendly staff, good food and a cosy log burner in the bar.

Tags: Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Casual, Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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service5
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·Dined on 21 October 2017

Food and atmosphere are brilliant, classic traditional bar with fires done in a modern way. Highly recommended. The owners are very welcoming. Have been a couple of times and can't wait to go again.

Tags: Casual, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Fun, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Romantic, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Vibrant Bar Scene, Worth the Drive, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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·Dined on 17 October 2017

We were shown to our table straightaway and our drinks, together with dipping bread in oil and balsamic vinegar accompanied our drinks. Their was a full a la cartel menu, together with a.lunchtime special one. The food was delicious and service was good. It is obviously popular as it was a midweek lunchtime booking, and filled up rapidly.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Disabled Access, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine, Handcrafted Cocktails
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food5
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service5
value4

 
·Dined on 13 October 2017

This was our second visit to the candlelight and we were thoroughly pleased again. Menu was similar to our last visit and was seasonal and imaginative. Service was prompt and considerate, food was excellent and interesting - halloumi chips are a revelation! And the mussels are to die for! Everyone clearly fattened up before harvesting. It is a little pricey but worth it for a special occasion.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Great for Lunch, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine
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food5
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·Dined on 8 October 2017

Lived up to expectations
Varied and original menu
Lovely food,
Starters, scallops & mussels
Main. Sea bream and venison
Too full for pudding
House red was lovely
Ambience was just right, as was the pace of service.

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Worth the Drive
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value4

 
 (London)·Dined on 2 October 2017

I visited The Candlelight Inn for dinner recently, part of a small family gathering. We were all very impressed and well satisfied with our evening and thought it represented very good value.
We received a warm welcome on arrival and were soon seated at our table. The dining room is an extension of the bar area but nevertheless cosy.
We went straight to the main courses ordering the burger (“probably the best burger I have ever tasted”), the fish and chips, the baked sea bass and the breast of duck. All dishes were attractively presented, well cooked and in ample portions. I had the duck and it was juicy, tender and nicely seasoned. Not often you get duck as good as this. To complete our meal the desserts were everything you would expect them to be. Throughout, the service was excellent.
Based on our experience I would not hesitate to recommend this establishment and will be looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Cozy, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Good for a Date, Special Occasion
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food4
ambience5
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value4

 
·Dined on 1 October 2017

We are on holiday this pub/restaurant was recommended to us on the first day of our holiday. If you like cosy atmosphere and good food then I would recommend this place. But it's quite expensive so you need to bear this in mind.

Tags: Cozy
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food5
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·Dined on 1 October 2017

Thoroughly enjoyed our time at Candlelight Inn, will have no problem recommending it, we will certainly go again

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date
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food5
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·Dined on 1 October 2017

Fantastic food, fantastic staff. What more do you won't.

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Bar Seating, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Comfort Food
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 (Raum Düsseldorf)·Dined on 22 September 2017

Tolles Restaurant mit hervorragender Küche und sehr netten Mitarbeitern. Sehr hundefreundlich.

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·Dined on 19 September 2017

Amazing food and amazing service. We had the special venison Wellington and it was tasty. If we lived near we would 100% go back

Tags: Authentic, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Casual, Seasonal, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Local Ingredients, Comfort Food, Romantic, Notable Wine List, Worth the Drive, Bar Seating
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 (West Sussex)·Dined on 19 September 2017

We were staying in the area and The Candlelight Inn was recommended and it did not disappoint. Its a lovely old pub with a very good restaurant. The menu is not huge but that goes to show that everything is cooked to order and fresh, which it was. The front of house manager took time to talk us through our chosen dishes which were scallops to start, followed by Brill with Risotto Noir and Calamari with my sister ordering Seafood Risotto which she said was delicious. Beautifully cooked, piping hot and as fresh as anything. The wine was reasonably priced and good quality. Booking is essential especially at the weekend.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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food5
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·Dined on 9 September 2017

Booked online. It was a recommendation fromm the the b and b we were staying at. Arrived a bit early but table was already laid. Had time for a drink in the garden before our meal Received a warm friendly welcome on arrival followed by excellent food. Would definitely recommend.

Tags: Bar Seating, Good for Groups, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Cozy, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Afternoon Tea, Quick Bite, Live Music, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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food5
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 (Yorkshire)·Dined on 8 September 2017

This restaurant was a great find, the food was excellent, staff very attentive and was reasonably priced.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Notable Wine List, Vibrant Bar Scene
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food5
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·Dined on 1 September 2017

Very welcoming,good food and good service,nothing was too much trouble.A very pleasant
Lunch time.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Lunch, Casual, Great Beer
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·Dined on 23 August 2017

Great gastro food. Fantastic Gin selection and bar staff very knowledgeable. Very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Highly recommended.

Tags: Casual, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Outdoor Dining, Great for Lunch, Good for a Date, Local Ingredients, Great Beer, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 20 August 2017

We have dined at the Candlelight Inn before and it is always a pleasure and gives us much satisfaction.
I should like to say a 'big' thank you to the chef and the rest of the staff for my delicious surprise birthday sweet. It was very much appreciated.
We will be back.

Tags: Disabled Access, Good Vegetarian Options, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Outdoor Dining, Cozy
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food5
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service4
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·Dined on 17 August 2017

On holiday and found the Inn on the internet - would highly recommend but make sure you book!!

Tags: Cozy, Special Occasion, Casual
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·Dined on 16 August 2017

This was the second time of eating at the candlelight. Both times we have had excellent food and excellent service. Especially when one of the dishes had an accompany ingredient that I didn't like and they swapped it for an alternative no problem so I could still have the dish I fancied.
Although the guide menu on the website gives you a good idea of what to expect it doesn't give you the current variation/content of some of the dishes.

Tags: Authentic, Special Occasion
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food4
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 (New York Area)·Dined on 14 August 2017

Good food and the friendliest service we've had in the UK

Tags: Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch
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 (Dorset)·Dined on 13 August 2017

A-MAZING!! Went for Sunday lunch and this pub is beautiful. Set in an idyllic village in Somerset, the decor is lovely and the gardens stunning. The food and service were first class, so if you are ever passing by, be sure to drop in as you won't be disappointed.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Sunday Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Cozy, Good for a Date, Kid-friendly, Comfort Food, Romantic
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food5
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·Dined on 12 August 2017

Fantastic meal and great ambience, great for meal (staying in nearby shepherds hut)

Tags: Good for a Date, Great for Outdoor Dining, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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·Dined on 9 August 2017

Yet another great visit to the Candlelight Inn. Beer always in good condition wine and food well priced and whilst not cheap, always good value for money
We'll be back

Tags: Bar Seating, Casual, Authentic, Local Ingredients, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on 5 August 2017

Had a meal here with 2 chaps with learning disabilities, both very very happy with their meal. Both tried food which they wouldn't have had usually. Staff friendly and attentive. Food served in a reasonable time. Lovely old building.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Comfort Food, Healthy, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine
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·Dined on 29 July 2017

First visit in years. Lovely place, very good food & great service. Can't wait to go back!

Tags: Vegan, Worth the Drive, Creative Cuisine, Local Ingredients, Special Occasion, Cozy
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·Dined on 28 July 2017

We arrived at the pub and were welcomed with open arms the staff were great and we had a fantastic meal

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Notable Wine List, Quiet Conversation, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries
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 (London)·Dined on 22 July 2017

Candlelight Inn was a great find! We stopped of on the way back to London from Cornwall for lunch. The food was delicious and there was a great selection - everyone in our party had food envy but enjoyed what they had too. Cosy pub that is perfect for any occassion

Tags: Good for Groups, Great Beer, Seasonal, Local Ingredients, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 21 July 2017

It was a fabulous evening and the food was truly delicious. We have rated 5 stars for everything, so what more can we say.

Tags: Special Occasion, Local Ingredients, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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·Dined on 21 July 2017

Great food and attentive service with a warm welcome.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Local Ingredients, Disabled Access, Notable Wine List, Live Music, Sunday Lunch, Great for Outdoor Dining, Worth the Drive, Paleo Friendly, Casual, Great Beer, Cozy, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on 10 July 2017

Absolutely fabulous food and warm, friendly service. Definitely would highly recommend.

Tags: Local Ingredients
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 (Bath)·Dined on 7 July 2017

Having been to the Candlelight Inn before we were eager to go for another visit. We had heard that it had changed hands, so we were a bit apprehensive. On arrival we were met with a warm welcome and shown to a table, the menu was great and the quality of the food was excellent. The pub has lost none of it's previous charm and the new owners have done an excellent job on keeping up the high standards. We will definitely be returning.

Tags: Great Beer, Worth the Drive, Casual, Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Local Ingredients, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Authentic
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 (London)·Dined on 5 July 2017

Absolutely fantastic food; best meal out we have had by far in quite a while.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (Bath)·Dined on 1 July 2017

Excellent food, relaxed friendly atmosphere. We will be visiting again soon.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Tasting Menu, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups
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 (Bath)·Dined on 10 June 2017

A wonderful evening with excellent service throughout.
The food was delicious, cooked to perfection. We ate rump steak, wild mushroom tortellini and trout with roasted fennel and new potatoes. Follows by amazing desserts: Roasted peaches with frangipane and raspberry sorbet, pistachio, chocolate tart and chocolate brownie with ice-cream. We were looked after very well.

Tags: Bar Seating, Seasonal, Great for Outdoor Dining, Local Ingredients, Authentic, Casual, Cozy, Special Occasion, Great Beer, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (Bath)·Dined on 3 June 2017

Best lunch I've ever had at the Candlelight and the wine was devine!

Thank you

Tags: Notable Wine List, Cozy, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Great Beer, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options
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