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Our Story

The past present and future are all linked

About the Sheppey

The Sheppey Inn lies out on the beautiful wilds of the Somerset Levels, surrounded by peat moors, dairy farms and national wildlife reserves.  The pub pulls in people from miles around thanks to the brilliant, eclectic musicians it attracts, its fine selection of local ales and ciders (including all kinds of one-offs and speciality brews), and its fantastic food.  Spending the afternoon out here in the countryside, lounging by the river, looking out for voles and kingfishers, isn’t the worst idea in the world, is it?

History

There’s been a pub in Godney servicing the thirsty throats of Levels farmworkers for many centuries. The last owners ran it for 120 years, but on one day in 1976, they ran out of cider and lost the trust of the next two generations of locals.

the pub has been renovated, revamped and restored, and now has about six casks of grown-ups’ apple juice on the bar to make sure that the such a thing never happens again. Check out the photos on the right for proof.

The Owners

Ben & Tamsin Costigan moved to the area back in 2019 from Bristol, They are both passionate about building positive relationships in the local community. before moving to Meare their were involved as volunteers in a community project to reopen their local library, which was sadly closed due to Council funding cuts,  The Old Library was reborn as a community Hub with cafe, Events and a hire space for local groups.  They bought this place in 2020 to keep it going in much the same way

Our Kitchen Staff

Passionate about life, love and food

Meet the whole team

Our management team

Ales and cider is in their blood

Meet the whole team
  • star rating  Loved this quirky pub. - Loved it here! We were staying not far away and chose this wonderfully eclectic place for Sunday lunch ; so pleased we did. The staff were all exceptional and made... read more

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    20 August 2023

    star rating  COMFORTABLE AND ARTY LOCATION  - We stayed here for three nights. Having booked a superior room with balcony we were not disappointed. It was great to be able to sit outside with our drinks and... read more

    avatar thumb pandsw
    22 June 2023

    star rating  Fantastic visit! - Visited on a Saturday evening for dinner whilst staying in the local area. Surpassed my expectations. Fabulous service and amazing food! Great atmosphere too. Highly recommend

    avatar thumb thereadsEssex
    18 September 2023
  • star rating  Faultless - Visited yesterday evening for some food after a recommendation! Suffice to say we were not disappointed. All 3 courses were cooked to perfection & full of flavour! We will absolutely... read more

    avatar thumb emmaj900
    1 June 2023

    star rating  Beautiful! - Yes, it's true... the outside does not reflect what a gem of a place The Sheppey is inside! Upon opening the door, we were greeted with beautiful sparkling lights on... read more

    avatar thumb EmmaP3143
    4 May 2023

    star rating  Great place - Group of friends celebrating a birthday. From the start made to feel welcome. Nice mix of diners and drinkers and plenty of space for both. Extensive beer choices, Barman able... read more

    avatar thumb Tim T
    29 December 2022
  • star rating  Hidden gem - Quirky hidden gem in the middle of nowhere. We all had the roasts and were fantastic. The service was fantastic and the waiter was lovely. Can’t wait to comeback and... read more

    avatar thumb Wittaldo
    8 January 2023

    star rating  A lovely family meal - We were a table of 12 for lunch, the food was fantastic and catered for a wide range of dietary requirements. The FOH staff were friendly and accommodating, and they... read more

    avatar thumb 136reubenn
    12 December 2022

    star rating  Lovely pub with good food - Four of us came for lunch on our way to the local bird and wildlife reserve. We tried the beef burger (all very good - clean plates!) and the battered... read more

    avatar thumb Lucy W
    6 February 2023
  • star rating  Outstanding Food and Service - We have used the Sheppey Inn in summer time but this was our first winter visit. A bit of a nightmare to get there because of the floods it was... read more

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    21 January 2023

    star rating  Ducking hell that was good! - Great, well cooked and presented food.

    The Duck was 10/10.

    A quirky unique place, with great, friendly staff.

    Not the first time we have been... read more

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    11 September 2023

    star rating  Wonderful dinner - We had a delicious meal to celebrate our anniversary. The food was wonderful and so tasty. The short rib beef in particular was out if this world. It was on... read more

    avatar thumb Lynda C
    6 May 2023
  • star rating  Good as ever  - Went for a birthday meal a while back, excellent food and service as usual here, thoroughly enjoyable place to eat or drink

    avatar thumb Boneapart
    25 September 2023

    star rating  Perfect spot for evening meal!  - We were staying in the bed and breakfast next door and the lady recommended we try to get a table here and lucky we did. Such a fantastic place with... read more

    avatar thumb ashleighj473
    21 May 2023

    star rating  A hidden gem - fun, creative, interior environment, excellent service, great food! - We had a lovely family meal. Staff were very attentive. We loved the unassuming entrance, a hidden gem - it felt like walking into a Tardis, a feast for the... read more

    avatar thumb Abi N
    14 December 2022
  • star rating  Groovy - Quirky is definitely the word. Isolated , surprisingly large place on the levels packed with character and interesting stuff and artwork. Very welcoming and unlike many local pubs , you... read more

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    24 September 2023

    star rating  Friendly personal service and brilliant food - It's a bit of a trek to this tucked away gem in Lower Godney but worth the unusual journey across the Levels. The outside appearance belies the cavernous accommodation inside... read more

    avatar thumb MurrayM
    7 February 2023

    star rating  Birthday lunch - My son booked for my birthday on Saturday 14 January. My daughter and I drove from Dorset and my youngest son and fiance travelled from London. We left in plenty... read more

    avatar thumb 789lync
    16 January 2023
  • star rating  Hidden gem in Godney - Lovely service and excellent fresh food served with a smile. Fish and chips too big for me to finish and beef burger was homemade with great sides

    avatar thumb annpurdy2011
    19 September 2023

    star rating  One of the best pub/restaurants in the area! - What a gem of a place! The decor is really quirky and unusual, the atmosphere is relaxed, the staff are professional, the menu is really interesting (not the usual boring... read more

    avatar thumb Eileen99
    13 April 2023

    star rating  Great spot but check events before you book - Great place to stay and the restaurant food was excellent, especially the Sunday roast. We stayed over a long Coronation weekend but the supposed soundproof rooms are not. I am... read more

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    8 May 2023
  • star rating  Food to die for and excellent service! - A group of 9 of us had our Christmas meal at The Sheppey and the food was absolutely to die for! All beautifully cooked, not a frozen roast potato in... read more

    avatar thumb JRead24
    4 December 2022

    star rating  Still worth a visit - Under newish ownership and some months since we last visited but happy to report that was as welcoming as ever and the service and food were excellent in these very... read more

    avatar thumb sirmoorisomerset
    9 February 2023

    star rating  Good food, a genuinely warm welcome and a surprising ambiance given the location - Your first impression of the Sheppey will be negative as from the outside it looks terrible. It’s next door to a garish B&B farmhouse, opposite a farmyard and on a... read more

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    2 May 2023
  • star rating  Amazing!! - Absolutely amazing food! Lovely pub and spot, lots of tables, very lovely staff. You probably need to book at weekends. I stopped with the family on an overnight stay, will... read more

    avatar thumb cjpro64
    14 April 2023

    star rating  Amazing - The food and service was amazing. The staff were very inclusivenes and jake was amazing and very intensive. He was a amazing server and made us smile.

    The... read more

    avatar thumb Zoe M
    28 April 2023

    star rating  Amazingly delicious food! - Lovely cozy pub, great service and the best meal out I’ve had in ages. Everything was absolutely delicious, couldn’t fault it at all! Beef short rib was AMAZING

    avatar thumb Nina P
    23 April 2023
  • First visit and must say a great pub. Staff are friendly and helpful and selection of fantastic beers. The food is really good and a good menu to choose from. The interior of the pub is very quirky with lots of age related memorabilia. I recommend a visit if your in the area.

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    Dave Evenden Avatar Dave Evenden
    11 April 2024

    Absolutely stonking place did an acoustic set there and sang stayed in the hotel Management superb food great . Highly recommended. For anyone who likes space away from the hub bubonic life. Noteworthy details: Superb homely and beautifully decorated.

    Gary Reece Avatar Gary Reece
    4 April 2024

    A beautiful English country pub. With authentic local ciders, a lovely menu and friendly helpful happy staff. I look forward to returning to this stunning location and its stunning views across the Somerset levels.

    Emma May Logan Avatar Emma May Logan
    25 February 2024
  • The Sheppey is super quirky, set out in the levels with a pretty stream running behind the back balcony. They have a nice selection of food options, local music bands, and welcoming young staff. Great vibes for all ages, you have to go see to understand.

    Sonia Avatar Sonia
    25 February 2024

    We had the pleasure of visiting The Sheppey Inn whilst staying in Wells. We visited on a Wednesday evening and had such a lovely meal. The food was absolutely delicious - I had the tuna steak for starter, venison for main and sticky toffee for pudding - I recommend all three! We also had a wonderful waiter called Jake who was very attentive and provided fantastic service. If we are in the area again, we'd definitely return!

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    Daisy Sherwood-King Avatar Daisy Sherwood-King
    25 January 2024

    We went to this lovely pub between Christmas and New Year. The food was excellent and the service was so friendly. I would recommend. We did not stay in the rooms but I would love to try one day. Food & drinks: All excellent

    jayne Read Avatar jayne Read
    25 January 2024
  • We were served by Jake who was friendly and helpful. He checked frequently to make sure everything was ok. Our food was really tasty. It arrived in good time and was hot. The price of our meals was very competitive compared to similar establishments. It was our first visit and we will be going back. Thank you

    Deb Avatar Deb
    25 December 2023

    Brilliant pub, gorgeous meals, brilliant service haven't found any faults, will recommend to everyone, the band was great, good selection of songs. Definitely recommend to everyone.

    Graham Wright Avatar Graham Wright
    8 December 2023

    Second visit here yesterday but first experience of eating . Drinks range was superb and the food was to die for. Service was excellent led by the very knowledgeable Ben. Real quirky place. Will definitely be back,give it a try you will love it.

    David Andrews Avatar David Andrews
    24 November 2023
  • The staff are fantastic. Very welcoming and accommodating. Ben the owner was Wonderful. The food was 5 star highly recommend the Sunday roast BUT you will have to book. Rooms: Very beautiful have a very special vibe and spiritual feel, tranquil and relaxing Food & drinks: What can I say! Fabulous

    Willow Tree Health & Well-being Avatar Willow Tree Health & Well-being
    24 November 2023

    My husband and I have spent a wonderful 2 nights at the The Sheppey Inn. We were looking for a hotel near Glastonbury and Wells, so this was perfect. The Inn is situated out in the middle of the beautiful countryside and offers a welcome relief from living in the city. We had a warm welcome from Ben who kindly upgraded us to the room with balcony. The room is beautifully decorated, warm, cosy and has everything you need for a short break away. The bed was super comfy with extra blanket if needed. The shower room felt luxurious and appreciated the toiletries with tissues/cotton wool for make up removal. The breakfast was a lovely healthy option of fresh berries/yoghurt and granola. Nice mix of tea and coffee with lovely crockery. It was such a treat to have breakfast in our room, nice leisurely lie in without having to get ready to go to a dining area. We had had food at the restaurant on the 13th. Again, great atmosphere, excellent service and a warm friendly welcome. We enjoyed trying the local cider. Overall, it was a perfect weekend getaway, fantastic location with superb service. We found a hidden gem for sure. Would highly recommend if looking for some fresh air with peace and quiet. Thank you Ben and team

    Gillian Bishop Avatar Gillian Bishop
    15 November 2023

    Lovely staff and a delicious meal. A quirky and delightful setting. A couple of hiccups with our order- something we ordered didn’t arrive and they definitely need to let you know that one peppercorn sauce is enough for two people when ordering steak! Everything else was wonderful and the food was cooked beautifully. Pork belly starter was divine as was the steak. Thanks for a lovely evening.

    V B Avatar V B
    9 October 2023
  • After a morning walking up and down a gorge, we decided it was suitable to gorge ourselves on some roast stuff. The Sheppey was recommended by an ex-local, and so we braved the dykes and single track roads full of oxygen and excitement. Not to be let down at all! Welcomed by the smell of a roast even before you go in, our tummies rumbled. No chicken! Alas, we mostly went for beef, plus one lamb. Nice and efficient, no nonsense service, and all the condiments we asked for, the food was fab (I would like crisper potatoes, but that might have been because we were quite late) Major highlight, horseradish; clearly made in-house and all the better for it. Cute outdoor space to boot. Will come again!

    Rebecca Ros Avatar Rebecca Ros
    2 October 2023

    Had a fantastic meal here with family - all three courses, wasn’t planning to have dessert but was persuaded. I had vege dishes (corn ribs, biryani bonbon and buzz buttons) and each was delicious and a bit unusual. Wine was great too. Fun atmosphere. Would love to go back!

    Chantal Lyons Avatar Chantal Lyons
    2 October 2023

    The Restaurant is interesting. I would not have expected such a vibrant and nice place inside. To excess the restaurant one has to drive down a narrow unpaved road with huge puddles on the side and a low inconspicuous house. In terms of design it's quite diverse inside, the only less impressive part was the AI-prompt-inspired paintings on the wall. The food was high quality, not super creative but very conscientiously prepared. I would call the kitchen classically British with a touch of the farm vibe. The service was friendly, but a little bit unorganized...

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    Willhelm Schmerz Avatar Willhelm Schmerz
    25 September 2023
  • Myself and my wife had a wonderful experience at The Sheppey, it really is a Somerset gem. The staff were very friendly and we were greeted with a warm and inviting atmosphere. Our waiter Jake couldn't have been more helpful. We sat outside on a sunny day with a beautiful calming view of the river. If you're looking for a unique dining experience with fantastic food, cider and a welcoming ambiance, this is the spot to visit.

    Elliot Forbes Avatar Elliot Forbes
    16 September 2023

    We went here for lunch- 3 adults and a 3 year old. We loved it!! Service was excellent - attentive and straight forward. The fish stew was to die for! I’ll plan a visit soon just for A bowl of fish stew . Thank you Sheppy!

    Julie Weise Williams Avatar Julie Weise Williams
    16 September 2023

    Me and my other half stayed 2 night's here and the room was really lovely and nicely decorated. The only thing letting it down was the breakfast options, but we knew it only involved a small selection of continental choices. The restaurant was wonderful though, service was fantastic and nothing was too much bother. The truffle/cheesy chips were particularly banging and atmosphere was just right for us. We look forward to returning on our next trip here and thanks to everyone for being accommodating for us!

    Dan Howell Avatar Dan Howell
    16 July 2023
  • My wife and our baby join me in saying we had the best meal and experience. Everyone who works here seem to really love it! The barman greeted us with a cheerful smile and the waiting staff were attentive, chatty, and emanating joy. The food too was brilliant - seriously generous portions and glorious produce / recipes. A very unexpected place and a discovery we will be retuning to! Thank you. Bravo to the chefs.

    Ben Freedman Avatar Ben Freedman
    16 July 2023

    What a funky place! We had a fabulous lunch - got to try jackfruit for the first time! Absolutely loved the vibe, the colours and the artwork. Service was excellent - couldn't have had a better experience. Well done The Sheppey five stars from us.

    Amanda Robinson Avatar Amanda Robinson
    16 July 2023

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    16 June 2023
  • Steve Parkes Avatar Steve Parkes
    9 June 2023

    This place is a retro style pub, with tables to eat inside and out, with a small canal and great views. Children will love to see all the old toys dotted around, some of us adults will get nostalgic with the array of Thunderbird toys, even one of my hero Mr. T. The food is great, roasts, vegetarian and lovely desserts. Brilliant selection of beverages for all. Amazing staff. Once you have finished, a ten minute walk will take you to a national reserve park to lose some of those calories. You will need to get to the place by car and be careful on the roads, there are pot holes and bumps, also patience as a lot of cyclists and it is in some parts narrow. The cyclists will move to the side when the are able to. All in all a great day out for all the family. Nearby activities: Close to a wonderful national park, great for cycling or walking. No cars, but car park to leave your car. Walkability: Not a place within walking distance. Noteworthy details: The memorabilia is awesome. They have some great art, done by local artists that you can read about on their walls.

    Demetrios Demetriou Avatar Demetrios Demetriou
    9 June 2023

    Well what can I say about this place! It’s one of the best places we’ve stayed in! The staff are so friendly, the food was amazing and all locally sourced which is a huge bonus. I loved trying the local wines, they rotated them so I got to try different ones over our 2 night stay. We stayed in room 1 and it was extremely clean, stylish and comfortable. Huge huge shout out to Ben the owner who saved my birthday when we couldn’t get a taxi into Glastonbury and he dropped us!!! Such a kind thing to do - can’t thank you enough. Rooms: Clean, stylish & comfortable Food & drinks: Locally sourced and excellent quality Noteworthy details: Super super friendly staff and owners

    Liz Jeltsch Avatar Liz Jeltsch
    2 June 2023
  • Jake delivered the most wonderful service from beginning until the end and it made me very happy on my birthday! So thank you Jake. The Sheppey are lucky to have such a lovely chap. The food was excellent as was my cocktail that Jake also recommended and everyone looked after us very well! I love coming back to The Sheppey when I get the chance, it is such a hidden gem with the best views and setting of any pub in Somerset. I highly recommend to everyone !

    Charlotte Millard Avatar Charlotte Millard
    2 June 2023

    Melanie Phelps Avatar Melanie Phelps
    6 May 2023

    What a quirky little pub in a beautiful setting. The hotel recommended this place and we were so happy that we went. The creative menu is super delicious. We opted for the asparagus and fish stew starters and the butternut squash, sweet potato, rice, and bean vegetarian main. The staff was friendly and very accommodating. The array of 'stuff' displayed around the pub brought a smile to my face with everything from transformers to a yogi bear to sesame street characters to unusual artwork - it was worth taking a wander around and you probably have to see it to understand it. If we were ever in the area again we would revisit it. Hopefully, it would be a nice day and we could then experience sitting outside in the decking area. Highly recommended!

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    2 May 2023
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    Katli Ten Ten Avatar Katli Ten Ten
    6 September 2023

    Lovely food prompt service . Unique interior

    Philomena Kilgour Avatar Philomena Kilgour
    1 September 2023

    Called in for lunch Thursday and extremely glad we did. A very varied and interesting menu. The welcome was warm and friendly with everyone ensuring everything was perfect. The food was truly outstanding and presented perfectly. We will, without a doubt, return.

    Jerry Sadler Avatar Jerry Sadler
    22 July 2023
  • What a place. Was blown away upon opening the door. Amazing vibe, awesome roast and staff. Love it, will be back.

    Stuart Meale Avatar Stuart Meale
    18 June 2023

    Boss Sunday lunch with a twist. Unique location. Top friendly staff. Great value for money.

    Justin Parsons Avatar Justin Parsons
    18 September 2022

    Lovely pub, excellent roast beef dinner - lovely selection of alcoholic beverages

    Tina Marie Barnes Avatar Tina Marie Barnes
    11 September 2022
  • Weird and wonderful. Lovely staff and gorgeous food.

    Denys Rasmussen Avatar Denys Rasmussen
    31 August 2022

    Wonderful pub filled with incredibly welcoming staff and regulars, great food and service and I can't wait to come back already! 5⭐️

    Niamh Cox Avatar Niamh Cox
    31 August 2022

    love coming here but the prices are a bit steep, so it's not somewhere where you could come every night

    Iain Jones Avatar Iain Jones
    23 August 2022
  • Superb food and very friendly, helpful staff. 5 stars!

    Dave Fairweather Avatar Dave Fairweather
    17 July 2022

    Great food, great drinks, great location - just great.

    Robert Comley Avatar Robert Comley
    14 July 2022

    Our favourite Somerset pub!

    Sophie Glanville Avatar Sophie Glanville
    22 June 2022
  • Quirky place that has real atmosphere and superb food! It’s worth the drive!!

    Rob Jones Avatar Rob Jones
    16 June 2022

    amazing service from bar to food ordering. .best mashed peas ever loved the raspberry in the coke see you Thursday

    Mike Peters Avatar Mike Peters
    24 May 2022

    we have just had a wonderful 2 nights staying here. the staff are faultless, the room was very comfortable and spacious. the food superb (and I am not easily pleased!). would highly recommend a visit!

    Charlotte Barnes Avatar Charlotte Barnes
    8 May 2022
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    Renate Wehden Avatar Renate Wehden
    6 May 2022

    Quirky venue on the river, live music, great staff & gorgeous food!

    Julie Matthews Avatar Julie Matthews
    24 April 2022

    Very friendly staff. Delicious food. Great atmosphere!

    Tracy Bridges Avatar Tracy Bridges
    24 April 2022
  • The best night at The Sheppey Inn catching up with my old college pal of 33 years. Great atmosphere, friendly welcoming team and delicious food. We loved it. We’re already planning our next time. Wish we lived closer!

    Gemma Evans Avatar Gemma Evans
    15 April 2022

    Great pub, great beer and although we didn't eat the food looked great.

    Ian Forman Avatar Ian Forman
    14 April 2022

    Tip top Sunday Lunch as usual!

    James Bunce Avatar James Bunce
    16 January 2022
  • The decor is very quirky with lots unusual things put together, but it works. It’s a fun atmosphere. The staff are extremely warm and friendly. The service is excellent. I have to say the food is amazing. The mussels and Chorizo starter is to die for. I would thoroughly recommend this place.

    Julie Johnson Avatar Julie Johnson
    21 November 2021

    Accidentally drove through Godney today and stumbled upon the Sheppey. What an amazing pub with lovely, friendly staff, amazing atmosphere and scenery. We will definitely be visiting again.

    Rachel Amelia Evie Avatar Rachel Amelia Evie
    16 November 2021

    Love it, Super fun Local country vibey place. Great service

    Real Reviews Avatar Real Reviews
    5 November 2021
  • Lovely food, great atmosphere!

    Heather Wilson Avatar Heather Wilson
    31 October 2021

    I really don’t know if I’ve been here

    Carol Westwood Avatar Carol Westwood
    30 October 2021

    Excellent food and beer as described by many. Was not disappointed by that at all. Tried to recommend and tell friends but was informed there is no Wi-Fi here and no 3G or 4G signal. Small thing but mentioned for info. Still a top place.

    Tim Walsh Avatar Tim Walsh
    22 October 2021