Owner and head chef Tanya Levy brings the flavours, fragrances and glittering colours of the Mediterranean and the Middle East – and the tradition of sharing food with friends – into the Somerset countryside.
Levant is a small but perfectly formed restaurant in the L-shaped dining room of an elegant Arts & Crafts house in the picture-card market town of Castle Cary.
The menu is inspired by Tanya’s Sephardic Jewish heritage – a melting pot of Spanish, North African, European culture and traditions. It’s a modern take on the food of “childhood memories and the food that I love: filos, fatayers, muhamarra, spicy fishcakes and koftes.” So you might find Moorish-style meatballs, Spanish tortillas, Persian stews and roasted aubergine dips on the menu here: spiced, sometimes delicately perfumed and always beautifully presented.
More like an intimate supper club than a regular restaurant, you can sit inside by the wood burner in the dining room or, on warmer evenings, eat outside on the decked terrace overlooking the little millstream tumbling down at the end of the garden. It’s really rather special, even if we say so ourselves.
Levant’s menu changes weekly but there’s always mezze to share as well as vegetarian dishes, salads, scrumptious desserts and a cheese board featuring local Somerset varieties. Only the freshest seasonal ingredients are used and, wherever possible, sourced from suppliers within just 20 miles of Castle Cary.
Come and join us for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays from 7.15pm. We’re not licensed so please bring your own wine; we only charge £3 corkage per bottle.
You can also book Levant for a private party or dinner – there’s seating for 28 with room for more to stand. Find out more on our catering page.
Utterly lovely – gorgeous place – delicious food! Tanya has created a little haven nestled inside a walled garden with rushing millstream as backdrop. Ambience may tempt you but the real draw is the food.
Everything is done with flare and innovation. Simple things like French beans cooked to perfection in a delicious light dressing. We shared a mezze platter, which was fabulous…
Delicious, unusual… Think Ottolenghi in style with dips, starter platters…