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    At the Chapel

    At The Chapel is a trendy restaurant with rooms in a Grade II listed former chapel. Delicious pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven are popular in the all-day restaurant. Interesting veggie/vegan option and locally sourced produce. If you can’t get a table, pop in...

    A303
    3 hours from Three Mile Beach

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    Bird & Carter Farm Shop & Deli

    Once a stables, this long slate-roofed farm building is now a welcoming deli & cafe with cream painted walls and bunches of garlic hanging from the rafters. The deli counters offer smoked fish, Wiltshire ham, fresh pasta, antipasti and some of the best scotch eggs...

    A303
    3 hours 25 from Three Mile Beach

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    Blaise Castle Estate

    Blaise Castle House Museum & Countryside Estate is close to Bristol and easily accessed from the M5. Here you'll find an impressive 19th century mansion and a romantic folly castle set in 650 acres of parkland with picnic areas and a large playground for children....

    M5
    3 hours 10 from Three Mile Beach

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    Clevedon Seafront & Pier

    The seaside town of Clevedon is only a quick hop from the M5 and makes a good spot for a short break. There is parking at Salthouse Fields. In the summer here there is a boating lake, miniature train rides, bouncy castle and other attractions. Seaside...

    M5
    2 hours 50 from Three Mile Beach

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    Cornwall Services

    The largest services west of Exeter, Cornwall services has a large exercise area for your dog to have a run round east of the main car park. This is a large, fairly new services with a good mix of local fare and high street favourites...

    A30
    0 hours 50 from Three Mile Beach

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    Darts Farm

    Take a short detour to Darts Farm, one of Devon’s most popular foodie destinations. The award-winning Darts Farm has it all – huge farm shop, restaurant, fish shed (serving fish and chips fresh from the boat), specialist cider shop and an excellent selection of...

    M5
    2 hours from Three Mile Beach

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    Fast Fashions

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    Gloucester Services

    Gloucester Services serves local, seasonal and home-cooked produce. You can stock up here on self-catering supplies from their Farm Shop which showcases quality products from over 130 local suppliers. There's also a butcher’s counter, deli & patisserie. A visit is a must for home-cooked food...

    M5
    3 hours 40 from Three Mile Beach

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    Hog & Hedge

    Hog & Hedge is a cut above your average service station. Serving speciality coffee and fresh homemade food in a welcoming and homely environment. Dog friendly, kid friendly. Good for a breakfast stop off on your way out and to refuel the car. The light...

    A30
    1 hour 30 from Three Mile Beach

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    Jack in the Green, Rockbeare

    We’d grab any excuse to eat at the Jack in the Green which is just a couple of minutes off the A30 at Rockbeare near Exeter. Expect seriously good food and sit out in the courtyard in summer. Five minutes from Junction 29 of the...

    M5
    1 hour 55 from Three Mile Beach

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    Jordans Courtyard

    Jordans Courtyard – an inviting collection of converted hamstone and clapboard barns. Full cooked breakfasts, brunches, toasted sarnies, sourdough pizzas, salads, wraps, fresh pasta and indulgent puds with veggie and vegan options at the Kitchen at Jordans Courtyard, with seating inside a converted barn and outside...

    A303
    2 hours 25 from Three Mile Beach

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    Knightshayes, National Trust

    A grand gothic revival house by Victorian architect William Burges set in four acres of gardens & 19th century parkland. A country gentleman's dream say the NT with a lavishly designed house full of quirks and curiosities. Knightshayes is a great M5 motorway stop-off. With hot...

    M5
    2 hours 15 from Three Mile Beach

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    Lanhydrock

    Lanhydrock is a National Trust Jacobean country house set in beautiful gardens and woodlands. Only 5 mins of the A30 near Bodmin, it's a useful stop off for refuel at the cafe, picnics and a walk around the lovely gardens & countryside. Even if you've...

    A30
    0 hour 50 from Three Mile Beach

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    Milletts

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    Monks Yard

    Monks Yard has settled into its swanky new premises very well. Converted cow shed has been swapped for high-ceilinged industrial chic; courtyard for generous gardens – which you’re welcome to explore – and ample parking. One thing that hasn’t changed is the unswervingly friendly service,...

    A303
    2 hours 25 from Three Mile Beach

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    On the Brook

    from sawdays - The enthusiasm for good food at On The Brook is obvious, from the carefully tended kitchen garden supplying much of the food for the restaurant, to the ‘five ways’ showcase, which takes one seasonal ingredient and demonstrates five different ways of cooking...

    A303
    3 hours from Three Mile Beach

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    Phoenix Mall

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    Puxton Park

    This one is all about the families! (However, no dogs allowed). Puxton Park is an Adventure Park located just a few minutes off the M5 a the Weston SM junction. Offering up-close animal encounters and plenty of age specific adventure playgrounds, go karts, mini train,...

    M5
    2 hours 45 from Three Mile Beach

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    Pynes of Somerset Farm Shop and Cafe

    Minutes from the motorway, Pyne’s is a cracking farm shop and café serving exceptional food – fast. The steady stream of van drivers is testament to the melt-in-your-mouth breakfast rolls, proper pastries and unique roast-dinner-in-a-box. It’s all available to take away, along with good coffee,...

    M5
    2 hours 25 from Three Mile Beach

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    Roadford Lake

    Roadford Lake is a reservoir nestled on the edge of Dartmoor National Park; it's fed by the River Wolf and is the largest area of fresh water in the SW of England. Plenty of open spaces for running, walking, exploring woodlands or setting up a...

    A30
    1 hour 15 from Three Mile Beach

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    Roth Bar & Grill

    Hauser and Wirth really put Bruton onto the trendy/arty map with it's art gallery - and this spot attracts the London crowd. A working beef farm, Hauser and Wirth in Bruton is also a world class art gallery with landscaped gardens. The restaurant is...

    A303
    3 hours from Three Mile Beach

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    Shree Mithai

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    The Bakehouse Cafe & Bistro

    Once Cullompton’s family grocer, the Bakehouse is now a thriving cafe and bistro. Painted a bright shade of teal with bottle green tiles and a mosaic entrance, it’s an eye-catching addition to the High Street at Cullompton. Inside, it’s a homely collection of antique furniture...

    M5
    2 hours from Three Mile Beach

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    The Candelight Inn

    Stop off for lunch or dinner at the attractive 17th century pub The Candlelight Inn in the village of Bishopswood, deep down in one of the valleys of the Blackdown Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, not far from the Devon/Somerset border and just a...

    A30
    2 hours 20 from Three Mile Beach

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    The Double Locks Pub at Riverside Valley Park

    Located just off the southern-most end of the M5 motorway, Riverside Valley Park extends several miles along the River Exe and Exeter Canal waterways. There a pushchair friendly trails to follow of varying lengths and it's a useful opportunity for kids and/or dogs to stretch...

    M5
    1 hour 50 from Three Mile Beach

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    The Ethicurean

    This one involves a bit of a detour, its about 15 minutes from the M5, but it's worth it if you're looking for something special and unique. The Ethicurean restaurant at Barley Wood Walled Garden & Orchard in Wrington serves delicious slow food, ...

    M5
    3 hours from Three Mile Beach

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    The Hatch Inn

    It is rare to find such a delightful family-owned pub so close to the motorway. You walk in to an immediate sense of welcome. On a cold day the open fire will warm your cockles; on a warm one you can sit outside and admire...

    M5
    2 hours 20 from Three Mile Beach

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    The Kitchen at Kimbers and Kimbers’ Farm Shop

    Off the A303, near Wincanton. Super local, Modern British breakfasts, lunches, coffee and cakes at The Kitchen at Kimbers, a South Somerset cafe with South American colour at the family-run Kimbers’ Farm Shop near Wincanton. Pick up organic and locally produced supplies from the farm shop....

    A303
    3 hours from Three Mile Beach

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    The Pig at Combe

    The chain of Pig Hotels are well known for laid back luxury in beautiful surroundings - classy without being stuffy and very family friendly too. The Pig at Combe (pronounced coom) is a Grade 1 listed Elizabethan Manor, set in three and a half...

    A30
    2 hours 05 from Three Mile Beach

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    The Plume of Feathers at Mitchell

    This gastropub is literally moments off the A30 (fun fact, it’s so close the A30 used to run straight through the village). Hearty but elegant dining away from the bustle, with a friendly local vibe. Escape the holiday traffic at this belting pit stop, within a...

    A30
    0 hours 30 mins from Three Mile Beach

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    The Prince of Wales

    Ham Hill Country Park, off the A303, near Yeovil ( TA14 6RW) Let the kids run around this 390-acre country park on the site on an Iron Age hill fort and former hamstone quarry (the Houses of Parliament are fronted with hamstone). Lots of walks, scrambling...

    A303
    2 hours 35 from Three Mile Beach

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    The Pythouse Kitchen

    An utterly idyllic spot in Wiltshire where you can malinger from dawn to sundown. The café and restaurant are centred around a sublime, 18th century walled garden where all manner of surprising produce grows, including kiwis, apricots and artichokes. Inside you’ll find a light-flooded conservatory...

    A303
    3 hours 15 from Three Mile Beach

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    The Railway Inn

    The garden courtyard is strewn with places to sit and chat, and cosy log burners under impressive timber beams corral guests in on frosty evenings - truly, a pub for all seasons. The Thatchers Brewery is right next door (you can even see the cider...

    M5
    2 hours 50 from Three Mile Beach

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    The Springer Spaniel

    A bit of a honeypot for Cornwall’s foodies, the Springer Spaniel is a charming village pub with a cracking kitchen in the hamlet of Treburley. This is a traditional 18th century Cornish Country pub with attractive rustic interiors with low beams and wooden floors. All...

    A30
    1 hour 10 from Three Mile Beach

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    The Swan at Wedmore

    The Swan at Wedmore is an attractive and tastefully restored old village pub with rooms. The Foodie Travel Guide says "The kitchen is led by Tom Blake from River Cottage who produces colourful and perfectly dressed seasonal salads and possibly the best chips cooked in...

    M5
    2 hours 50 from Three Mile Beach

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    The Udder Farm Shop

    Breakfasts, lunches, afternoon teas, Sunday roasts or just coffee and delicious cakes at The Udder Farm Shop, one of the biggest and best farm shops in Dorset, about 15 mins from the A303, down the A3081. The licensed cafe/restaurant has views across the Blackmore Vale...

    A303
    3 hours 10 from Three Mile Beach

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    The White Hart Inn

    A 16th-century country pub at the edge of Somerton’s octagonal market square, The White Hart is breezy yet cosy with whitewashed walls, stripped floorboards and patchwork tiles, log burners and antler chandeliers. A courtyard garden bursting with olive trees and lavender bushes stands beyond the...

    A303
    2 hours 50 from Three Mile Beach

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    The White Post

    Off the A303, off the Sparkford roundabout, near Yeovil (BA22 8AR) Dating back to the mid 1800’s The White Post was an old post house where the 2 borders of Dorset & Somerset meet, there is still an old horse trough wedged into the pub on...

    A303
    2 hours 50 from Three Mile Beach

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    Tre, Pol & Pen

    Modern farm shop and kitchen with a deli and butchers on site too – stock up on your essentials as well as grabbing top quality local food to eat in or takeaway from the restaurant. Whether feasting in the café, browsing for gifts in the excellent...

    A30
    1 hour 10 from Three Mile Beach

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    Visit Hillbrush

    Not the most obvious of stops but this brush factory – yes, brush factory – is a fantastic place to pull in if you’re travelling on the A303. Hillbrush has been making brushes in Mere since 1922 but it only recently opened a visitor centre...

    A303
    3 hours from Three Mile Beach

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Blaise Castle House Museum & Countryside Estate is close to Bristol and easily accessed from the M5. Here you'll find an impressive 19th century mansion and a romantic folly castle set in 650 acres of parkland with picnic areas and a large playground for children. As well as a handy opportunity for a picnic and playground stop, there are also lots of walks in the grounds, ideal for dog walks - for example the Castle Walk a 1.25 mile woodland walk taking about 40 mins with views over the gorge. Children will love the large playground area.