Sometimes, the best places in life are those you stumble across by accident.

And I can attest that this mantra applies only too well to Thorner's Farm Shop, which is handily located on the A37 in Pylle, near Shepton Mallet.

As a regular traveller between Yeovil and Bristol, I had come across the sign for the shop and restaurant on countless occasions without managing to turn off and see what all the fuss was about.

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So, with a day off work and plenty to fill, I decided on the spur of the moment to pop in and treat my girlfriend and I to a spot of lunch.

The outcome was that I stumbled across the best steak baguette I have ever eaten.

That I even ended up ordering the steak was an accident in itself, as having decided that The Den - the moniker afforded to the Thorner's restaurant - was to be the subject of my latest review, I initially had my heart set on the bacon, Brie and cranberry panini, one of several on their menu that also included tomato, mozzarella and pesto as well as a goat's cheese and red onion chutney.

But once my other half had decided she too was eyeing up bacon and Brie, and wishing to avoid subjecting readers to a monotonous write-up in which two people both ate the same thing, I was drawn to the Thorner's steak baguette, served with a choice of steak cut or skinned chips, onion rings and homemade coleslaw and on a choice of white or granary bread, served with either cream cheese or horseradish sauce.

Those were just two mouthwatering options on a menu that boasted an all day English breakfast, award-winning quiches, jacket potatoes, signature burgers and a number of hearty British classics.

I chose to have my steak with horseradish and on white bread, and I was pleasantly surprised to see it arrive at the table within ten minutes, especially as the restaurant was surprisingly busy for a Monday lunchtime.

Thorner's says that its steaks are hand selected from local suppliers, and from the moment I took my first bite, it was clear that quality really is at the forefront of their selection.

Cooked to a wonderfully medium level which was perfect for a sandwich, as anything rarer would have risked leaving traces of blood on the bread, but it practically fell apart in the mouth. There were no unwelcome pieces of fat or gristle that take an age to chew, just the core part of the meat which was easy to work through.

The horseradish accompanied the steak in the ideal quantity and was spread evenly across the baguette to ensure that the heat gave a perfect kick without ever becoming overpowering. The coleslaw was fresh and creamy and I added some of it into the sandwich to enhance the flavour even more.

With the bread being fresh and fluffy, I am not ashamed to say that it survived for a matter of minutes on my plate before being totally devoured. The chips and onion rings made for tremendous sides and ensured my appetite had been well and truly quelled ahead of the afternoon walk we'd planned for the Mendips.

I wasn't the only one enjoying my lunch. On the other side of the table, my girlfriend had wasted no time getting stuck into her bacon, Brie and cranberry panini, with equally rave reviews. I was hit with claims of flavoursome bacon with minimal fat, good quantities of locally sourced cheese and just the right smattering of cranberry sauce. All this with a freshly rustled up salad of tomatoes, cucumbers and rocket and a handful of crisps, and she too was left thoroughly satisfied.

As we washed down our lunches with a bottle of Hullabaloo ginger beer, which is produced locally in the village of Loxton, we remarked that for just £25.15, our meal provided great value for money.

If you so fancy, you can follow up your meal with a walk around the farm shop, which is packed full of meat, fruit, vegetables, eggs and much more from local farmers. With the new series of Clarkson's Farm having raised awareness of the challenges faced by those in the farming sector who provide our food, it is well worth a look if you're after delicious produce made right on our doorstep.

I had not intended to go to Thorner's when I woke up that morning, but in so doing I ended up enjoying the best steak baguette I have ever tasted. A good decision indeed, and one I would recommend you also make.

Rating: 5/5


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