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We had the pleasure of having a pals catch-up over dinner at Levant. The food is delicious, exciting the taste-buds with some fabulous eastern flavours. We loved the mezze style starters, delicious cured meats, fishcakes and koftas, and the pork belly main was a triumph.
It’s great to see a restaurant being honest about the food it serves, exceptional ingredients, insightful cooking and super service. We will be back!
We came here with another couple to celebrate a birthday. All four of us are accomplished home cooks and foodies who have travelled widely and we all agreed that this place was fantastic. It’s pleasantly quirky without being odd — partly because you approach it through a garden gate and winding brick paths leading to an enchanting lit patio before entering the dining room. It has the ambience of a French Auberge, homely, high quality produce and menus that the chef is passionate about cooking and sharing with you. The food is Lebanese/Middle Eastern so packed with herbs and spices without blowing your socks off with heat (except the chilli cheese). There were about 5 choices for each course, including vegetarian options and gave us all plenty to choose from.
Everything we had was lovely, freshly prepared and the portion sizes enough to fill you without leaving you feeling stuffed. The waitress was knowledgeable about the menu, friendly and attentive without being in-your-face. The chef came round each table during the evening to chat and to check you were happy with everything and it was evident that she loves sharing her food with you.
We had a lovely evening. Nothing pretentious, just a wonderful atmosphere, great hospitality and delicious honest food. We left feeling as though we had found a hidden gem and are slightly reticent about telling too many people as we selfishly don’t want it to become too busy!
Five of us visited Levant last night and it was lovely on all counts. The food was absolutely delicious, both for vegetarians and those eating meat. For starters, we had a little fatayer with halloumi, mint and other tasty bits, alongside a delicious pomegranate molasses.
Main was vegetable ragu and a tasty salad of toasted nuts, cheese and other things, and for pudding we had a little bit of everything, as we were too full and satisfied to eat anything substantial, but needed to try the beautiful-sounding desserts!
The atmosphere inside the restaurant is so nice, with a woodburner flickering away. Would recommend for any kind of occasion 🙂
We could not fault the friendly service and delicious food. The knickerbocker glory dessert was the best I have ever had! It was certainly worth the trip from Glastonbury.
Levant is a great place to have a supper with a few friends or as a couple — we loved the Middle Eastern twist and the good value delicious starter and main courses (piri piri chicken and slow cooked pork). The restaurant is in the front room of the house of the chef and owner and is cosy and tastefully decorated. We will be back.
Levant offers a unique experience to dine in a beautifully decorated arts and craft house. Tanya’s skill and passion for good food shines through and she makes special efforts to source the best ingredients from local growers and specialist grocers — she even grows food in her garden to use in the restaurant.
She injects a lot of time and passion to offer special dishes that can’t be found anywhere else. With Levant, it is a journey of discovery through food.
I have visited Levant quite a few times over the years and never cease to be delighted by the warmth of the welcome; literally in the winter with a log fire, or on the deck by the chuckling brook in summer. Tanya manages to combine traditional middle eastern flavours with the Mediterranean influences of France, Spain and Italy which reflect her Franco/Egyptian heritage. Whether it’s a paella, pomegranate infused duck, or Middle Eastern Mess it is served with charm and love. This is informal dining with young local staff so don’t expect sharp white tablecloths and matching tableware. Highly recommend if visiting Somerset’s many attractions or a pit stop before shopping in Bristol or Bath.
Host was welcoming and attentive. Went beyond what was expected so thank you. Food was amazing, with nuts and frozen Turkish delight hidden in the dessert. On a par with my top London restaurant visits but far more interesting.
Charming dining room — we had a table in the bay window with great service. The starter of mixed mezze with red pepper dip and walnuts was ridiculously moreish as in yummy but also with subtle Moroccan influences. The golden chicken had been lovingly prepared and was a treat. We both cleaned our plates. Special mention to Basmati rice, not my favourite side but here wonderfully prepared and of course, the hot chilli dipping sauce which was in another league. It’s a special place and I for one can’t wait to return.
We took advantage of one of Tanya’s Autumn offers and enjoyed her set 3 course with friends. Great food as always and we all had different mains — Pork Belly, middle eastern slant on Jerk Chicken and Butternut hotpot, all delicious. Always love the ambience. Thank you Levant!
This was a completely different experience to the usual pub grub you find in rural Somerset. Tanya, the owner of Levant, has a very popular catering company but she does delicious dinners in her lovely house on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. It’s advisable to book to be sure of a table. There is a menu but not much choice so it’s best to check what’s on before you go. We started with a really good mezze — roasted aubergine dip and flat bread with lots of pomegranate seeds and olives and little slivers of vegetable — all delicious. Then we went on to a Moroccan style chicken breast with little new potatoes and greens. Again it was very tasty. Our pudding was made by the young waiter and was a knickerbocker glory based on Lovington ice cream and lots of marshmallow and other gooey delights — gorgeous and not too rich. We finished with fresh mint tea and a reasonable bill for 2 of £52 which included £4 for corkage. Would love to go on a hot summer night when you could sit outside by the river in the garden. The dining room was lovely with lit candles and a good atmosphere. We would definitely go back again!
My partner and I had a ‘date night’ at Levant on Friday and had a really enjoyable evening. The setting is lovely, right from the outset, with the walk through the garden and delightful waterside decking. The real log burner was roaring when we entered giving the gorgeous dining room a welcoming, cosy feel.
Our starter included a very tasty roasted aubergine dip with flatbread, salad, olives, kohl rabi, and pomegranate seeds, and some amazing stuffed filo pastry pockets. For our mains I had the golden chicken with pomegranate molasses and harissa, which had just the right level of spice for me. My girlfriend enjoyed the braised pork with ginger and star anise, apparently a new addition to the menu and sure to be a classic.
For dessert we both went for the same, an indulgent caramel, dark chocolate, espresso, cream, and hazelnut gateau, with a pistachio brittle! Absolutely divine. The perfect finish to a great meal.
I found the service to be top class all night, friendly and attentive, and Tanya was a great host, adding a real, personal touch to the evening. Levant is a gem of a restaurant, so happy to have found it, we’ll be back soon no doubt. Thanks to the all the team there.
Went to Levant for our first visit last weekend. Unique restaurant. Cosy, front room feel, personal service from Tanya and attentive waiting staff member. Menu is limited so if you are limited on what you like you do need to check prior to visit that there is something that suits. Offerings were very tasty and well presented, good value — a very pleasant meal out.
My friends and I had a wonderful evening at Levant recently. We were very warmly welcomed by Tanya, and her food was delicious. The restaurant itself is cosy and warm with a wood burner for added atmosphere and comfort.
Hidden gem is an overused term. This is genuinely a HIDDEN GEM. Small cosy restaurant. Lovely service and gorgeous food. I’m reluctant to recommend it so highly as I may not get a table in the future.
Our first time last night at this Castle Cary hidden nugget. We decided on Mediterranean as an antidote to all the Christmas fayre we will consume this month.
What a find!! A wonderfully quirky old house, a warm greeting from the staff and sublime food, beautifully prepared — a combination of Mediterranean and Lebanese menu. The Golden Chicken marinated in harissa and pomegranate molasses was truly spectacular.
Every dish was a 5 out of 5 as was the service and surroundings. Definitely going back and taking a load of friends.
The food was amazing in a lovely setting in Castle Cary. Tanya and her team were amazing and really made the evening a special one. Thank you.
An intimate setting in Tanya’s home with delicious food full of the flavours from the eastern Mediterranean. Beautifully presented with personal service from Tanya and her small team. Well worth a visit.
Beautiful house and garden, incredible food from all locally sourced ingredients, and great atmosphere — in fact, it was all so wonderful that we’ve booked the team from Levant to do the food for our wedding this summer. Genuinely couldn’t recommend it enough.
Eating here feels like a private occasion. Tanya prepares a very limited menu for only about 6 tables (check you like the menu before booking). The small menu assures of best local ingredients and freshness of products… Tanya has a welcoming personality and it was delightful to chat to her about her restaurant and special style of cooking.
Levant is not a restaurant in the normal sense but is instead a wonderful dining experience in Tanya’s private house. There are about half a dozen tables and a very limited menu, two starters and two main courses but they are authentic Eastern Mediterranean dishes with distinct flavours and spices.
It’s different, it’s unusual and it is well worth a visit.
The whole experience of our first visit was perfect and very special. On opening the garden gate and seeing the lit path to the house we were immediately enchanted. The food was very interesting, original and creative in style. Excellent quality throughout. Brilliant service and wonderful ambience — we cant wait to go back for more!
Five of us had a stunningly good dinner at Levant last week. Apart from its delicious and original food it has a wonderful ambience, the logburning fire roaring and 30 candles lit. As before, a lovely welcome from Tanya and the tireless and knowledgeable Jason. The mezze to start are visually stunning, the taramasalata (a recipe from Tanya’s Godmother Claudia Rodin) evocative of my childhood… I had local lamb leg marinated in pomegranate molasses and harissa, slightly pink, which was delicious. The chard had been picked from Levant’s own vegetable garden that afternoon. My friends had, respectively, chicken, artichoke, olive tagine and lamb and beef Kofte in tomato and yoghurt . All of it very good indeed. We finished with local cheeses and a triumph of knickerbocker glory, baklava and a totally original ice cream of rhubarb and salted caramel. We will be back soon!
I had a wonderful dinner at Levant, great atmosphere and service. The harissa was particularly delicious and would definitely go again when next in the area.
Levant is a fantastic restaurant with high quality food and service — we were really lucky to stumble across it. Fresh and locally sourced ingredients on the menu which was clearly explained. The hosting was impeccable. We stayed in the rooms upstairs which were beautifully decorated. The gardens were fantastic. Highly recommended!
As good as ever! Delicious food, great music, a relaxed, friendly atmosphere and excellent value for money — what more can you ask! Castle Cary should count themselves very lucky to have Levant in their town. If you’ve never been to Levant …. give it a go! If you’ve been before you’ll want to go again! Thank you Tanya Levy for another memorable evening!
Visited here to celebrate our wedding anniversary. Flavours of the food are exceptional and the atmosphere relaxed and homely. Tanya is always ready to have a chat and talk about recipes. A very special evening.
Everything about the evening here with friends was fabulous. I loved coming in through the door in the garden wall, which opened onto a garden with a hammock stretched out between two trees, with a little stream at the bottom of the garden. We were warmly welcomed by the waitress inside the beautiful arts and crafts house.
The house itself is relaxed and elegant; there were french linen napkins on the bare wooden round table in the window, with a jar of wildflowers on it, and an eclectic collection of paintings and photographs on the walls of the dining room. So, a wonderful atmosphere and environment, and then the food was absolutely delicious! Tanya offers a small choice as she cooks only what is in season and fresh that day, and what a joy to eat this way! Each thing our party had was a feast to the senses. Tanya was friendly and we really appreciated her flair in the kitchen as well as kindness to us.
The whole evening was a delight and I’d love to come again. Thank you so much!
I am so glad we found Tanya’s home and restaurant! We were originally just using it as a one-night stop on our way down to Cornwall, but luckily it turned out that we could eat at the restaurant that night too, and I’m so glad we did as the food is truly sublime. The restaurant is located in Tanya’s beautiful old house, spilling out into the garden overlooking a stream. Service was absolutely top notch. The whole thing was a real experience! The apartment is bigger than I expected, and we loved making friends with Sid the spaniel, as did our smaller dog, to whom he was very accommodating too! Thanks so much Tanya!
This is a delightful interesting bohemian venue. Very friendly staff. Delicious food. The owner is knowledgeable and welcoming. It was raining when we visited but the gardens look lovely and I am sure it would be pleasant dining outside.