“A neighbourhood restaurant of the very best ilk”
The Which? Good Food Guide 2013

“One of the top ten romantic places to eat in the UK”
The Which? Good Food Guide 2010

“Look for the tall gabled building off Tower Street if you want to locate this little gem ofa restaurant. Chef Darren Sherlock spent a decade in various Roux brothers’kitchens and it shows. His menus are sharply focused and imaginative withoutrunning riot, and style never seems to get in the way of substance.”
The Which? Good Food Guide 2009

“This is a fantastic restaurant in Taunton. The intimate and relaxed dining area is beautifully laid out within a Grade 11 listed building and the members of staff are knowledgeable and friendly, but the star of the show is the food. All the food is locally sourced and as soon as the starters arrived I knew my husband and I were in for a treat. My fricassee of mussels was amongst the best starters I have ever tasted and his cheese soufflé was equally impressive. ……Please try this little gem out, you won’t regret it.”
Customer review,– October 2008

“The evening was superb and I would highly recommend the Willow Tree restaurant. The menu is well balanced, with the service being attentive, polite and efficient. Set within a picturesque building, the ambience is relaxed and comfortable.”
Customer review,, March 2007

“Though it only opened in September 2002…. The Willow Tree has quickly earned a dedicated following. Pastry skills are especially lauded, as are the “really beautiful” raw materials.”
Good Food Guide 2006

“Difficult to find but worth seeking out”
AA Restaurant Guide 2006, 2 Rosettes

‘Best use of Seafood’ ‘Best use of Local Produce’
Rémy Martin Restaurant Awards WINNER 2004

Andrew Turvil, Editor “The Willow Tree has hit the ground running and made a real impact”.What brings dishes to life is the combination of first-rate raw materials and exquisite timing… sharp technical skills…fabulous combinations… Painstaking effort goes into each dish”.

“a total surprise…I didn’t know you could get this quality of cooking outside the big cities.This small and intimate newcomer is universally praised by reporters for it’s consistently excellent standards.”
Harden’s UK Restaurants 2004

“Dishes are exquisite”
The Observer Magazine November 16th 2003