Welcome to The Willow Tree

The award winning Willow Tree Restaurant was established in 2002 by ex Roux Brothers head chef Darren Sherlock and wife Rita Rambellas.

Set in a 17th Century Grade II listed building in the County town of Taunton, it is now well established as one of Somerset’s best restaurants, using only the finest ingredients the region has to offer.

The restaurant not only benefits from its Town centre location with its major transport links, it is also in close proximity to the beautiful surrounding Quantock, Blackdown and Brendon Hills as well as Exmoor National Park and many other West Country attractions.

At The Willow Tree we make as much use of West Country produce as possible and we continually strive to maintain the high standards that have won us many accolades over the years. In 2003, The Willow Tree entered the Which? Good Food Guide with a very respectable score of 6 which has been maintained to this day. The same year we were awarded our second AA Rosette which again, we still retain. In 2004, Remy Martin, in association with The Harden’s Guide, awarded The Willow Tree a prestigious ‘Remy’ – an award given to only ten restaurants in the UK each year. And in 2010, the Good Food Guide named The Willow Tree as one of its ‘Top Ten Romantic Places to eat in the UK’. Our accolades are not simply for our food and we are very proud to have been awarded the maximum 5 Stars by Taunton Deane Borough Council in the ‘Scores on the Doors’ Food Hygiene Rating Scheme.

Despite its central location, The Willow Tree’s charming waterside terrace is a hidden gem and a green oasis from the bustling Town centre. A great place for pre-dinner drinks and even al-fresco dining on warmer evenings. This intimate restaurant, set over two floors lends itself to both fine dining special occasions and spur of the moment, informal evenings out. Great food, attentive but unintrusive service in relaxed surroundings all make for an excellent dining experience. We look forward to welcoming you soon.

8 hours ago

The Willow Tree Restaurant

Well folks, it's adios from Darren and I.
It has been a wonderful sixteen years since we opened The Willow Tree Restaurant and it's now time to hang up our whites!
A huge thank you to all of our lovely customers who have, over the years become fond friends.
Thank you also to our fabulous staff over many, many years. Without the team, we couldn't have lived the dream!

We will miss it.

Darren Sherlock & Rita Rambellas
Signing off.
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Continuing on the vegetarian theme...
No, these are not super-slip-proof plimsoles 😂, they are scored halves of aubergine, laced with rock salt, black pepper and olive oil, awaiting a slow smoking on the Kamado Joe.
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