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      31.08.2001 20:20
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      Set in the Barle river valley, on the Somerset/Devon border there is a lovely town called Dulverton. It has a town hall, a small selection of shops, a post office, a school (primary and middle) and three pubs. The shops of Dulverton are reasonably basic. They have managed to keep hold of their local shops (butcher, greengrocer and fish and chips!) They have a nice newsagent in the Tantivy. You can get some lovely local ice cream and clotted cream here. They will even post clotted cream for you if you ask, but if you don’t try some while you are here because it is second to none. THE PUBS The Rock Inn A pub frequented by the locals. Though the people behind the bar are welcoming I wouldn’t recommend this pub for outsiders, as the local can seem a little aloof. The Lion The quality and quantity of food you get here is marvellous. The drinks and food in here are reasonably priced for the area. The Lion is also a stunning hotel, the rooms are clean and airy and beautifully set out. The Bridge Again the food is great here. It is slightly cheaper than the Lion but the portions aren’t quite as generous. The drinks are about the same price as in the Lion. I would recommend this pub for families. Dulverton has a great town spirit. This was particularly noticeable when I went there in November to attend my Grandmas funeral. The whole town came together and many of the shops and business’ shut for the half day so that the owners could attend the service. The town does appear to pull together when things go wrong. The shops of Dulverton are reasonably basic. They have managed to keep hold of their local shops (butcher, greengrocer and fish and chips). They have a nice newsagent in the Tantivy. You can get some lovely local ice cream and clotted cream here. They will even post clotted cream for you if you ask. The town leads you straight onto Exmoor National Park (if you go down Lady Street). Mind you, you ought to be careful going down there as the road (like so many others in this part of the world are windy and narrow). If you use Dulverton as a base you can explore the surrounding area at your leisure. There is Tarr Steps which is worth a visit, not only for the walk but to wonder at how they were put there in the first place. Minehead is a great seaside town to go to as it has all the stuff that you traditionally associate with the seaside. I love Dulverton. Maybe in a few years time I will be able to make it my home, but until then I will have to make do with visiting it as often as I can.

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