Free Barrel of Local Ale(35 pints) is included in your package(3 NIGHTS OR MORE 6 ADULTS)
Cider and Lagers are available on a PRE order basis charged at WHOLESALE PRICES
Please ensure you calculate your consumption to ensure you do not run out
The FITZHEAD INN is 17th Century Traditional OLDE WORLDE PUB in the picturesque village of Fitzhead in Rural Somerset between Wiverliscombe
Guests will have the use of the whole of the pub and accommodation. The pub is for you and your guests pleasure and enjoyment.
The Pub is fully operational with beer pumps, spirit measures, glasses, refrigeration and everything else you need.
Stand behind the bar and pull your relatives or friends a pint !!!
No wine, spirits or soft drinks are included. These can be arranged for you or you can bring your own.
The Fitzhead also has a fully equipped professional kitchen with all the necessary accessories.
Try on our chefs aprons and experience the excitement of cooking in a professional kitchen!!!!!!
All cooking essentials are available, eg spices, oils, sauces etc these are included in your rental.
Meat, Fish, Vegetables, Bread and other food items can be purchased at the Co Op Wiverliscombe (10 minute drive) or a wider range from the Supermarkets in Taunton 8 miles away or we can shop for you. We have an arrangement with a local farm to supply superb quality meat, sausages,burgers, free range eggs, cheese.
Part of your first mornings breakfast ( eggs, local farmed bacon , bread ,butter and milk) are included in your rental
Full training will be given on your arrival about the use of the kitchen and bar equipment. Anyone wanting to cook in the professional kitchen must undergo an induction ( typically 10 mins)
The Pub is fully equipped with a range of Pub games including Darts,Dominoes ,Cards etc
The ACCOMMODATION in the Fitzhead Inn is arranged in a separate annex block around the totally private courtyard . Perfect if some of you want some peace and quite and others want to party !!
There is a fully functional barbecue in the courtyard for outdoor cooking.
The ACCOMMODATION consists of 5 award winning rooms centrally heated 4 double bedrooms and 1 twin bedded room which are steeped in character and history but have a modern feel. The rooms are tastefully decorated with quality furnishings , bed and bedding. All the rooms have en-suite bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities,free wi-fi & television.
Travel cot is available on request
YES UNLIKE SIMILAR PROPERTIES ALL BEDROOMS EN SUITE
I WILL ALWAYS BE ON SITE AS LICENCE HOLDER IN A SELF CONTAINED FLAT WITH PRIVATE ENTRANCE ABOVE THE PUB) IF ANY HELP IS REQUIRED
The Pub inside is split into two connecting areas. One is the bar, with Dart Board and tables to sit at.
The second area is the living/dining space which consists of 2 sofas and Armchair arranged around the traditional log fire and TV. For eating there are 2 tables seating 6 and 4 which can be configured together if required.
The pub and rooms all have good internet connection. However the mobile phone signal in the village is very weak . A landline is available on the premises for urgent calls.
All in all it is the PERFECT VENUE for a family celebration, a fun get together with friends, or just a relaxing holiday for the larger Family.
SPECIAL DAYS OUT CAN BE ARRANGED such as Shooting, Fishing, Sightseeing, Jeep Safari on Exmoor, Golf, Horse Racing, Cricket, Cider Tasting. We can even supply a professional London trained chef to give you cookery classes on site in our kitchen.
Or try us out with some ideas of things you have always wanted to do from you bucket list. We will do our utmost to arrange them.
A warm welcome will await guests to this historic 17th Century Inn nestled in the small village of Fitzhead near Taunton and surrounded by areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty. A perfect location to explore Exmoor, The Quantocks, West Somerset Railway, Minehead, Blue Anchor beach, Watchet, Dunster, and the towns of Taunton and Wellington.
The origins of Fitzhead appear to go back to the Saxon period, the place name deriving from the Old English term Fifhida or Fisshyde meaning ‘five hides’, the multiple of land hundreds were divided into to form manors, estates or villages. The settlement is not, however, mentioned in the Domesday Book. Throughout the Medieval period, the lands at Fitzhead formed an estate belonging to the Bishop of Bath and Wells and they remained in their hands until sold in the early 19thcentury.
There is no physical evidence of these early settlement phases but locally the estate was managed from the manorial court. The balance of evidence points to this on, or close to, the site of the present Fitzhead Court, which appears to date to the 17th century. Until the 19th century, the court and the church, which is 15th century and again is likely to have had a precursor, would have formed the village administrative powerbase.
As sleepy as Fitzhead may seem now, it wasn’t always so, at one stage the village boasted the pub a school, at least two shops, a post office, a blacksmith and a garage, all the more remarkable when you consider that the population was only 250.
The Fitzhead Inn like many village pub’s in the area was first licenced in the late 1600’s and probably traded well before that informally, its location close Fitzhead Court gives a clue to how life was lived at that time. Being pre motor transport many of the areas roads seen today didn’t exist, in fact Somerset was a different shape being bisected by ‘The Levels’ for large parts of the year. So traveling was for most, a rarity and transport was horse drawn at best, the routes most used, were between the major estates. The pub’s either are linked to an estate serving their community, like we were with the Court or at a crossroads like the Lethbridge Arms in Bishops Lydeard.
We have the classification of Inn, which would indicate that a traveller could get drink and food and a bed for the night, and stabling for their horse/horses, not being on a main route the pub was not used as a ‘coaching inn’ but a ‘way station’ where a change of horse could be negotiated or onward connections could be arranged.
The Inn today has seen many changes since those days it has been extended at least twice whilst operated by the Hancock Company, brewers of Wiveliscombe and has been remodelled subsequently in line with changing requirements and tastes. The accommodation building was initially the stables which with the advent of the car, this was converted to a skittle alley and remained in active use until converted again to letting rooms in the late 1990’s. The present format offers a compact unit with a separate bar and dining area and unusually accommodation in a separate building which can reassure even the lightest of sleepers.
An interesting side note is that with licencing there came a ranking, so an Inn offered accommodation Beer, wines, spirits and food; a pub (pubic house) could only serve beer, a tavern could offer wines only, and particularly in this region ‘the cider house’ offered scrumpy.