David and Diana, known as Da, first started welcoming guests to West Somerton in 2008 putting both their talents to good use. David, the chef proprietor of Adlard’s Restaurant was the first chef in East Anglia to gain a Michelin star. The couple sold the restaurant and moved from Norwich looking for a quieter life in the country, but it was not to be. At first, the idea was to offer just bed and breakfast but, responding to requests for fine dining, David is pleased to be cooking again. Guests who want to dine and guests who need just bed and breakfast are all welcome and Da, no stranger to ‘front of house’, is very happy making sure all runs smoothly.
The house was built over 300 years ago and is charming. Some have likened it to a French farmhouse and one guest was heard to remark ‘there’s no need to go to France now’! As well as doing the cooking David has taken on the beautiful flint-walled garden which faces south and is the perfect place to enjoy a splendid cream tea when weather permits. There is a small herb garden and some of the vegetables served are grown on the premises. Other produce comes from ‘around and about’ but the couple took the considered decision not to limit their choice of ingredients by claiming everything is sourced from a specific radius.
So, ‘Adlards’ in the Country’ is not a boutique hotel or restaurant with rooms – it really is a ‘one off’ and the best way of finding out if the offer is for you is to try it.