Grove Village Trail
Take a wander down West Street and Wadham Street for some wonderful foodie delights.
Discover The Food Den www.thefoodden.com, one of Weston’s best kept secrets, where you find a whole array of gourmet delicatessen products lovingly prepared by The Food Den team. On the opposite side of the road you’ll find Loves www.lovesweston.co.uk where you can enjoy great coffee, delicious homemade cakes, meals and tapas – and live music on most Friday and Saturday evenings too. Turn the corner into Wadham Street and you’ll discover The Heritage, one of Weston’s favourite cafés where you’ll find more great home-cooked food on offer.
What could be better than combining a tour around Somerset’s beautiful countryside with a visit to some of the area’s best vineyards? Oatley Vineyard nr Cannington produce delicate English white wines www.oatleyvineyard.co.uk. Try dry white wine, rose and sparkling wine at Wraxhall Vineyard nr Shepton Mallet. www.wraxallvineyard.co.uk
Visit Aldwick Court Vineyard near Redhill www.aldwickcourtfarm.co.uk/the-vineyard and visit Smith and Evans at Aller nr Langport, who make quality English still and sparkling wines from Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier www.smithandevans.co.uk
And for a taste of many different wines and advice from an expert call in at the Independent Wine Tasting Co. in Winscombe www.thewinetastingco.com
Not all vineyards are open all the time so check their websites before venturing out.
The Ethicurean Trail
Take a trip out to Wrington and give yourself a gastronomic treat at one of the areas best multi-award-winning restaurants-The Ethicurean. Enjoy great imaginative food, organic and ethically sourced food that’s selected and cooked with care. Wander around their wonderful walled gardens and visit the craft studios to see inspiring ceramics and paintings. www.theethicurean.com
Seaside Cafe and Foraging Trail
Weston Woods is a great place to start foraging. Look out for wild strawberries, raspberries and blackberries and sloes. At Sand Bay you’ll find sea buckthorn, rosehips and more blackberries and sloes; and while you’re there, call in at the Sand Bay Tea Rooms for coffee, delicious homemade soup, cakes and lunch-time specials.
At the far end of Sand Bay you’ll find the National Trust Sand Point with an abundance of blackberries especially towards the old military testing site.
On seaside walks around Uphill you can discover large areas of wild samphire at low tide and further inland plenty of blackberries and sloes. Call in at the Wharfeside Tea Rooms for coffee, homemade cakes and lunchtime treats.
Farm Shop Trail
We’re lucky to have some fantastic farm shops located close to Weston super Mare selling a whole range of fresh, quality produce. Many of them also have their own cafes so it’s possible to combine shopping with a relaxing coffee break. Try Puxton Farm Shop who are passionate about supporting local suppliers and carefully select all their cheeses, produce, bread and groceries from quality firms within a 20 mile radius. You’ll find a restaurant too and lots of farm-themed activities for kids. www.puxton.co.uk/farm-shop
For organic pork, lamb and chicken visit The Story Group Farm Shop in Wrington www.thestorygroup.co.uk/farm-shop and for award winning cheese and a range of other local produce visit Lye Cross Farm Shop www.lyecrossfarm.co.uk.
In a small, rural hamlet of Nyland, near Cheddar, you’ll find Nyland Hill Farm Shop, where they sell a wide range of fruit and vegetables, cheeses, dairy products, local ice-cream, jams & sauces, homemade cakes and ready meals. www.nylandhillfarmshop.co.uk and near Axbridge you’ll find Moorland Farm Shop where you can shop for traditionally reared beef from their farm www.moorlandfarmshop.co.uk
The Ice Cream Trail
For delicious locally made ice cream you can’t do better than visit Salvatore’s Kitchen just off the seafront in Princess Royal Square. Created at Nearby Puxton Park there’s unusual flavours like candy floss and toffee apple on offer as well as more traditional flavours. Further along the seafront at the Cove Cafe at Anchor Head you can enjoy the award-winning Marshfield Ice Cream made in the West Country using organic milk.
Weston super Mare Coffee Shop Trail
Weston super Mare boasts some great independent coffee shops! Take a walk down Meadow Street and you’ll discover XOXO a stylish mix of vintage, designer and country furniture, gifts and clothing with a great little coffee shop. A good place to relax, browse and soak up the atmosphere and enjoy homemade cakes and light lunches www.xoxoweston.co.uk Try Cocos Deli www.cocosdeli.co.uk at Big Lamp Corner for great tasting, home cooked and locally sourced snacks, fair trade coffee and tea, and for great seafront locations try Dr Fox’s Tearooms and Stones on Knightstone Island and Cove Cafe at Anchor Head, all serving delicious snacks, cakes and drinks.
Step back in time to the 1940’s at the Blitz Tea Room and enjoy tea, coffee, cakes and light snacks all served from vintage china. You will be surrounded by 1940’s memorabilia, music and fashion to transport you back in time to one of Britain’s most important historical eras.
For atmosphere, great films, great live music and home-cooked food you can’t beat Loves in West Street and coffee connoisseurs will love The Coffee House in the High Street and Coles Shed on the railway station.
Also on the High Street you’ll find Fresh’n Tasty a modern, fresh food cafe offering a wide range of snacks and drinks including: vegetarian, vegan, gluten and dairy free options. Opposite Weston College you’ll find the quirky and relaxing Coles Kitchen offering great coffee, breakfasts, cakes,snacks and regular Comedy Nights.
Craft and Cafe Trails
On Locking Road in Worle you’ll find the @ Worle Centre where the charity Brandon Trust run a cafe serving homemade cakes, drinks and freshly made salads using home grown produce from their allotment, and a wonderful pottery where you can buy hand crafted kitchen tiles, coasters, pot stands and many other items.
Back in Weston super Mare, at the top of Queens Road you will find the tranquil Old Town Quarry with nature reserve, artist and craft studios, and the Rowan Tree Cafe open Tuesday to Sunday 10.30 to 4.30, serving homemade cakes, light lunches, snacks and drinks.
Kids Food Trail
Weston’s parks, spaces and places.
In these times when money is tight, there’s plenty for children to do in Weston-super-Mare with a number of parks with free children’s playgrounds all with cafés and toilet facilities nearby. (Public toilets cost 20p to use so make the most of café facilities while you’re there!) All the café listed offer sugar free children’s drinks and some have a children’s food menu or of course, you can simply take your own picnic, and just have an ice cream while you are out and about.
If you have brought the children in a car, then the best place for some free parking is beside Clarence Park which is just off the southerly end of the seafront (entrances are on Walliscote Road, Clarence Road North and Clarence Road South). There is a children’s playground here for younger children. And food and drinks are available at Oliver’s Café (open from breakfast time to around 5pm). This park is very community oriented and you will frequently find that the café has organised kids’ events (bouncy castle, face painting, vintage fairs etc) to name a few. Locally made ice cream is sold, Puro coffee and home-made cakes, as well as savoury food including sandwiches and breakfasts.
It’s a two minute walk from Clarence Park onto the Seafront Promenade and of course the beach which is an obvious free children’s play area. The promenade is well served by cafes and food kiosks. Depending on the time of year and weather there are bouncy castles, donkey rides and swings available at a small cost.
At the most southerly end of the Promenade is the Putting Shed serving tea, coffees, home made cakes and other snack food and ice creams.
Half way down the promenade is the Victorian Café (accessible by land train if you don’t feel like walking) – and grab a slice of homemade cake or maybe an ice-cream.
Further down you will pass the Weston Seaquarium (maybe for a rainy day?) and further on you will come to Tutto’s – great for homemade ice cream – and then to Weston’s Grand Pier. Just past the Pier on the Promenade is Cove West, a café that specialises in locally sourced fish and chips, though of course it has other hot food, teas and coffees and ice cream.
Although not free for children (£1.50 per child), the Weston Water Adventure Park on the other side of the road further down the Promenade is a great way for kids to expend their energy over a few hours dodging in and out of the water fountains, swinging on the ropes, clambering through the tunnels or over the wooden fort and zooming down the zip wire. There are toilet facilities and a snack bar within the park area and you can leave and return on the same day if you fancy a break.
Marine Lake at the northerly end of the Promenade has a small beach in quite a sheltered spot. Stones Café right next to it on Knightstone Island, offers sugar free drinks and sandwiches at kids prices as well as the usual adult fayre.
Walk across the causeway or around Madeira Cove and you’ll come to Anchor Head and the Cove Café serving a variety of home-made snacks, cakes and drinks.
If you want to stay away from the seafront, nearby is Grove Park situated at the northerly end of the High Street. This has a café, bandstand and small children’s play area. Each Sunday afternoon, from June to the end of September, there is a music concert held in the park. There is a toilet block at the bottom entrance to the Park and a small play area at the top of the Park. If you visit here why not visit “Jill’s Garden” which was created in 2001 by the BBC Ground Force Team as a memorial to Jill Dando.
Alternatively, Ashcombe Park is Weston-super-Mare’s largest enclosed Park and ideal for family outings. It is situated on a hill between Upper Bristol Road and Milton Road and there is on street free parking on both these roads. The Park has a children’s playground at both the top end and the bottom end, there are tennis courts and a zip wire. There are more facilities at the top with a seasonal café and public toilets.
There are many other open spaces in and around Weston super Mare and new play areas have been created in amongst the recent property developments of Locking Castle and Weston Village all accessible by cycle paths.