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A warm welcome, impressive food, amazing hand pumped ales and a collection of vintage wines await you..

In West Bagborough on the flanks of the Quantock Hills, The Rising Sun was constructed around 16th-century cob walls. The pub dates back to1573 and, was originally called The Shepherd’s Crook but known to the villagers simply as Crook

Today we still have the magnificent (if a little quirky) original front door, original beams and more than 80 tons of solid oak timbers which give the pub its special feel.

In 2000, the village nearly lost their local when the pub was gutted by fire. The Rising Sun has since been rebuilt and is now owned by Linda, who together with her daughter Amanda work tirelessly with their team to offer a warm and welcoming pub with an understated, contemporary edge.

There’s an informal bar, known by the locals as ‘the riser’, a piano room, snug and high in the rafters, a dining room with views that unfurl to Exmoor.

We believe we have a truly unique setting to enjoy our locally sourced food, beers and wines.

Our signature ‘steak-on-the-stone’ with gourmet salts and a peppercorn sauce never fails to ‘wow’ diners and is an amazing spectacle as well as a fantastic plate of food.

Welcome to The Rising Sun

A story from a bygone era

In 1913, the poet Edward Thomas undertook a cycling tour of North Somerset and wrote of his experience in his book – In Pursuit of Spring, describing the people and landscapes of Southern England in the last months before the First World War. After leaving Kilve, he bicycled out along the road from Williton to Taunton, passing a couple of pubs, before turning off for Bagborough:

“Rain threatened again, and I went into the inn to eat and see what would happen. Two old men sat in the small settle at the fireside talking of cold weather, for so they deemed it. Bent, grinning old men they were, using rustic, deliberate, grave speech, as they drank their beer and ate a few fancy biscuits.

Some things never change!