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How Bruge de Walter became Bridgwater.

When you start exploring Bridgwater, you discover there's a lot more to it than the willow man landmark beside the M5 and the town's annual carnival, which is the largest illuminated procession in the world.

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Granola Recipe.

Candida's homemade granola, which we serve at breakfast, is extremely popular and Candida often gets asked for her recipe, so we've popped it together below for you to try out at home. Enjoy!

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Our chefs' handy kitchen herb guide

Here's our chefs' handy kitchen herb guide to help you select the ones you need when cooking. Or if you're growing your own plants this year, the below should assist you with ideas for how to use them in your dishes. Enjoy!

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Terms and conditions for our photo summer competition

Simply come in for a meal, drink or just come and stand outside in our garden and take a photo of yourself with our signs in the background, or take a picture of your meal or drink when you dine with us and comment, share it on Facebook with all your friends, ask them to share it too and tag us to be in with a chance of winning a 25 voucher.

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Take a break from the tech.

If you've noticed a drop in your attention span, you're unable to sleep well and you're struggling to get jobs done at home and work, then you might be experiencing a digital overload.

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Time for the ultimate soak...

Baths mean different things to different people, but for most of us they are a means of grabbing some 'me time' as well as washing off the dust of the day.

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Recipe time

Fancy trying one of the dishes our Head Chef, Tom Jones loves to prepare?

Tom has popped together the recipe for his braised lamb shank wrapped in Savoy on a bed of tomato and aubergine concasse with a spiced red wine reduction (serves 4) for you to have a go at preparing below.

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Valentine's Weekend special offer.

If you book two consecutive nights stay during the pre or post Valentine's weekend (February 11 and 12 and 18 and 19, 2017) you will be given a free room upgrade where possible from a cosy room to a luxury one and a luxury one to a supreme.

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Tom Jones joins us!

We've appointed Thomas Jones as our Head Chef and we'd like to officially welcome him to the team.

The 33-year-old previously worked as Head Chef for Cricket St Thomas Warner Hotels and has been employed as Chef de Partie at The Grange in Sherborne, Dorset.

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Christmas wishes for charity

In the run-up to Christmas we're inviting children to write their wishes on a cardboard star in return for a charitable donation to Dogs 4 Adoption and The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT).

We will place our Christmas wishing tree in our bar area as we thought it would be a great way to raise money for our two charities of the year, Dogs 4 Adoption in Taunton and The National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) in Langport.

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A time traveller's guide to Somerset

Somerset and its historical significance is often overlooked in favour of the more glamorous counties that surround us, such as Dorset and Devon but we've got lots to shout about. With lots of firsts.

For example, not many people know that we have one of the oldest engineered tracks in the world at Avalon Marshes. Our pre-historic ancestors made their way around the moors on these wooden tracks that they devised and built, and 21st century travellers can step back in time when they walk the Ancient Sweet Track, which is not far from us.

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Walking with Wordsworth - Walk Number Two

We start this romantic ramble (which is eight and a half miles in length) on the beach road from Kilve, which is a pleasant drive from us along the A39. Use the OS 1:25,000 Explorer 22 Map 'Quantock Hills and Bridgwater'.

Dorothy Wordsworth lived in the area in the late 1790s with her brother and poet William and the pair spent most of their time walking with fellow poet Coleridge, who also lived nearby.

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Dorothy Wordsworth - Walk Number One

Dorothy lived with her brother William, the famous Romantic poet, on the Quantocks at Alfoxton House, which was then owned by the St Albyn family, near the village of Holford in the July 1790s, which isn't far from us here on the edge of Bridgwater.

The pair spent a great deal of time with fellow poet Coleridge, who was then living with his wife Sarah in Nether Stowey.

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Wordsworth wanderings in Dorothy's diary days

There is very little written about Dorothy Wordsworth but we're doing our best to celebrate the sister of the celebrated Romantic Movement poet.

From next month (December, 2016) onwards we're offering guests details of Dorothy's walks in the Quantocks when she lived in the area in the 1790s with her brother.

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We've won a Highly Commended tourism award

THIS month (October, 2016) we've been declared Highly Commended by the Bristol Bath and Somerset Tourism Awards.

Our award-winning boutique hotel, restaurant and pub was entered in the Small hotel, boutique accommodation of the year category for the new award scheme run by Services for Tourism.

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New Year's Eve party night details launched...

We've recently launched details of our 2016 New Year's Eve party that will help raise funds for two animal charities in the area.

Tickets can be booked now and collected from December 5 for our annual event on December 31, which this year is supporting Dogs 4 Adoption at Wrantage and the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) near Langport.

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We've launched our Christmas party menus...

Calling all party organisers! Are you tasked with finding a venue for a works Christmas party this year (2016)?

Our Christmas Party Menu is focused on Westcountry-sourced ingredients wherever possible and we make every dish on-site. To add to this, we've added some vegetarian and gluten-free dishes too.

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TBI blog Oct 2016 The Quantock..a wild but tasty place

Following more than 70 years' experience collectively in the catering and hospitality industry, our owners, husband and wife team Candida Leaver and Peter Starling, purchased The Bower Inn in 2010.

The pair set about revitalising the business and have created an award-winning vibrant pub, restaurant and boutique hotel.

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We're open for Christmas Day lunch

Those wishing to hang up their oven gloves this Christmas Day (2016) can dine with us and enjoy a three-course menu.

We've unveiled our menu for December 25 and are now able to take bookings for the day.

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Fossils, smugglers, poets and spies...

The Quantocks has a chequered history making it the perfect place for an intriguing weekend break this autumn and winter (2016).

Here you can find fossils, hear about smugglers, poets and spies and visit the places where they frequented while making your own happy and interesting memories to take home.

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