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What We Love

  • A mega-historic pub that doubles as an inn, including a full English breakfast daily Cosying up in traditional room in this West Country bolthole
  • Indulging in award-winning dishes from the lauded British menu
  • Getting back to nature and exploring the picturesque Somerset surroundings

What To Know

  • This cosy stay only has eight rooms to choose from
  • There's live music on Sundays at the bar
  • Bristol is a 90-minute drive away
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Traditional family-run gastropub with only eight guestrooms, real ales on tap and award-winning food – includes full English breakfast

The Lowdown

An unpretentious and thoroughly warm West Country welcome awaits you at family-run The Rock Inn. Its Tudor-style exterior is hard to miss in the little Somerset hamlet of Waterrow. The gourmet, seasonal restaurant menu draws equal attention, with consistent top reviews, a star for Outstanding Food from the notable Good Pub Guide 2017, and a mention in the Good Food Guide 2017. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence never goes amiss either and was an easy win for The Rock Inn.
You’ll stay in one of only eight cosy, uniquely decorated guestrooms, in large beds amongst chic country-living furnishings. Catch live music on Sunday’s and lead by the example of the local’s propping up the bar by sampling guest and local ales. After a day’s walking or windsurfing in the surrounding rolling hills and on the nearby lake, tuck into seasonal dishes such as Devon crab and free range duck that support local farmers and producers with the inn’s ‘Field to Fork’ ethos.

How to Get There

The Rock Inn
Taunton, United Kingdom


4.5 Very Good 309 Reviews
Reviewed 7 days ago

Went in for a drink with a view of booking a table for the following night, until we were made to feel like second class citizens and was it because we came from the local caravan park or was it because we had a well behaved dog?

Quirky house but great food
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Stayed one night here on route to Cornwall, overall this was a good choice. The Rock inn is outside of Taunton but is in an area for walking. The building we were told was 450 years old, and when in the bedroom you did feel it with the floors at a tilt, it felt like you had a good drink the night before, but that just added to the charm of the place. We had booked an evening meal, which we had to arrive before our time, to see the menu and get drinks sorted. The Barman and waiter was excellent and very helpful, trying to get the wife a gin from the multitude on offer, I plummeted for the wine, which was the best choice. We had some excellent scallops and tasty pork belly bites, this was just the warm up for the main event, We had the 30 oz, Yes 30 oz T bone steak between us, this was like butter, cooked to perfection and with the chips fried in fat, the whole meal was a great success. I would recommend this for a couples night out, or a celebration, well worth the drive and visit.

Ice cream to die for
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

THIs was a re visit to The Rock after a great impression made the year before. The whole place reeks of class and style, yet not presumptuous. What took our taste buds was the homemade ice cream selections coming at the end of brilliant meals. Also a word to member of staff Andrej who seems to be the cohesive element of the staff. His attention to detail and service was exemplary.
In the two nights we were there, we were able to use the Rock as a base for some fab walks (Wimbleball Lake is a must)

What a Find
Reviewed 1 month ago

Out & about looking for a pitstop when we found The Rock Inn.
Looks huge outside but small but cosy inside.
Food was First Class, with great service.
The bar had a good mix of visitors & friendly locals.
We noticed a campsite just up the road, so think us & the tin snail might be back soon.

Perfect Sunday at The Rock Inn
Reviewed 2 months ago

Glorious Easter weather matched with a fab walk across fields to The Rock Inn at Waterrow. What a fantastic gem of a place! Warm welcome from Andre, refreshing drinks before lunch in a comfortable setting.
Lunch....what a delight. My husband had the wood pigeon to start following by the monkfish tail both of which were superb. I had oysters followed by the roast beef - again wonderful.
Darren and his wife made us feel very welcome and we staggered out of there much later than we had expected. Big shout out to Andre who very kindly gave us a lift back to Wivey.
If you are in the area then please go.... you won't be disappointed.