Bridgwater has a long and colourful history, dating to at least 800AD. The town straddles the River Parret at its lowest fordable point and operated for centuries as a port, becoming an important trading and manufacturing town, known for its brick and tile making. Surrounded by the Somerset Levels, Mendip and Quantock Hills, it attracts thousands of visitors keen to explore the beautiful countryside. The county is famous for its cider and cheddar cheese and there are lots of restaurants in Bridgwater where you can sample these and other local ingredients. We've selected the best Bridgwater restaurants and made reservations simple, so book a table now for a fabulous meal in this bustling market town.
Take a short drive out of town and soon you'll be in another world. The low-lying marshes of the Somerset Levels are where Alfred the Great hid and regrouped after defeat at the hands of the Vikings and the whole area is steeped in the history of famous battles. It's blessed with some pretty good inns, too, and you can be sure that, unlike Alfred, the chefs in these Bridgwater restaurants won't be burning any cakes.
As an ancient port town, Bridgwater has always been open to influences from abroad and you can see this today in the locals' love of a good curry. Spice Gallery is on hand to satisfy those cravings, combining well-loved Indian favourites with some carefully-chosen regional dishes. Look out for Chittagong chilli, with Bay of Bengal king prawns cooked in a well-balanced onion, pepper and fennel infused masala, and sprinkled with fenugreek leaves. Nihari lamb, meanwhile, showcases shank of Welsh lamb, which is slow cooked and served in a red wine jus with a Bengal mash studded with freshly roasted mustard seeds.
Bridgwater is one of the liveliest towns in Somerset and has an excellent nightlife for a town of its size. Restaurants in Bridgwater are a popular meeting point, as friends get together for a big night out. There are plenty of lively cafe bars where you can fill up with some excellent eats before heading out for a night on those famous Bridgwater tiles, or you can simply relax and enjoy a laid-back evening with good food, fine wine and wonderful company.