Food and drink
Cornish seafood, local meats and vegetables all make an appearance – although the menu veers into fancy territory at times, dishes are hearty and there’s a solid bar menu of favourites like burgers, mussels and sandwiches to fill you up. There’s a good range of Somerset ciders, real ales, beers, soft drinks and wines (especially French) to wash it all down.
Menus change daily, but the pork belly is always a gut-busting favourite and the decadent triple-cooked chips are the best way to ruin a diet.
Run by husband and wife team Charlie and Amanda, the atmosphere is buzzy, but relaxed. I find the decor reminds me of a slightly eccentric urban hunting-lodge – book a table upstairs for a more sophisticated and intimate experience.
Casual, but friendly – there’s a bar downstairs where you order yourself and a dining room upstairs with waiter service.
On the less-than-salubrious traffic-choked London Road, the King William is not in the prettiest location by a long shot. Take a 13 bus from the centre, or walk up through Walcot Street if you fancy a stroll.
Look out for the exceptionally good value Wed-Sat lunch offers when two courses are only £15.50 and three courses are £19.50.
Tables to book
Ask for a table upstairs if you want a restaurant experience and downstairs if you want to be in the bar.
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