Somerset’s ‘best kept’ secret cider pub visited by Mick Jagger and other celebrities
It is one of Somerset’s best kept secrets.
It’s a cider pub located at a crossroads in the middle of nowhere in Somerset and it’s famous for not being famous.
Tucker’s Grave Inn in a small village called Faulkland, a few miles from Frome, is legendary in Somerset among those who know it.
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Tucked away by a secluded country road, it doesn’t even look like a pub from the outside.
It doesn’t even have a bar – one of nine pubs in the country without a bar.
But it is a cider institution, and was voted best cider house by Camra last year, a title it has won many times.
A trip to Tucker’s Grave is like a pilgrimage among cider lovers in Somerset and beyond.
As there is no bar, your glass of real Somerset Cider is filled straight from the barrel.
Here you will find a cheerful bunch of red-faced locals, all smiling happily and enjoying the chats and jokes in the pub with its brilliant atmosphere.
British punk band The Stranglers were a regular and Mick Jagger visited at least once.
No one recognized him, including the owner, no one cares about the fame at Tucker’s Grave, there is none of that.
Nowadays the pub serves food in the evenings and the owners have created a lovely campsite so you can spend the night and really enjoy the local ciders, especially in the summer.
It’s so great to see this 200 year old pub still booming, a few years ago there was a danger of the developers moving into it.
But locals and regulars have come together to form a petition as the building is an important historic site and is grade 1 listed.
They won and the pub is still one of the best cider houses in the country, thanks to the support of the locals.
The pub’s name has an unfortunate history, it is named after a farm worker Edward Tucker, who committed suicide in 1747 in a barn a few miles away.
At that time, the bodies of those who had committed suicide were buried in anonymous graves, often at a crossroads, as they were not allowed to be buried in church cemeteries.
The designation of a crossroads was supposed to confuse the soul of the deceased and cause them to get lost in their search for paradise.
But all that gets forgotten if you visit the legendary Tucker’s Grave Inn, well worth a visit, it’s like stepping back in time, unspoiled, quirky, all the things we love about Somerset.
You might even run into one of the Rolling Stones, pretend you don’t recognize them.
The Tuckers Grave Inn is located in Faulkland, Somerset.
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