CANNARDS WELL

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Our Story
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The Cannards Well Bar and Grill is a country guest house, deep in the heart of the Mendip hills, on the outskirts of Shepton Mallet. Famous as the birthplace of Babycham champagne, the former prison ( now sadly closed ) that housed the Kray twins and during the second world war, the original Doomsday Book was placed inside the prison for safe keeping, should the country be invaded by German forces. 

The Cannards well itself is steeped in history. Built in the late stages of the 17th century, the hotelkeeper at that time, Giles Cannard, was suspected of robbing hotel guests and if legend is to be believed, took part in a little bit of highway robbery to subsidise the hostelry. The true cause of his demise is not 100% certain, but our illustrious Innkeeper was convicted of his crimes, and was publicly hung from a gibbet outside the Inn he owned. He was the last person to be hung in public for his crimes. His legendary status now gives name to the area around the hotel. The rather ghoulish name of Cannards Grave.

The inn itself was called the Cannards Grave Inn, but with such a garish name, it was decided to change the name of the hotel to the "CANNARDS WELL" due to the well that sits proudly in the floor of the Inn. Dropping 53 feet beneath the pub floor. Again history plays a part in this interesting feature. During the reformation of the church by Henry VIIIth, Catholic Monks were banished to their Monastries, and forbidden from venturing out to the local parishes. To get themselves out amongst their flock, the monks dug a network of tunnels through which they would sneak and meet their persecuted clergy. Legend has it, that the well inside the Cannards, is one of the exit points. Of course this is pure local folklore. With Glastonbury Abbey some 9 miles away, it would certainly have been a monumental task to dig a tunnel that far, but its a romantic tale, and one that we love to relay to our customers.
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With the city of Wells a mere 5 miles away, and tourist attractions such as the ancient city of Bath, Cheddar Gorge, Wookey Hole Caves, Bristol, Longleat Safari Park, The Haynes Motor Museum, The Fleet Air museum and the world famous town of Glastonbury, with its Tor proudly standing over it, the area is a plethora of tourist attractions and interesting places to visit. Many of our guests struggle to work out where to go first. Our staff are happy to help, and can offer advice on where best to go, and what makes the best days out. 
With so much to see and do in the area, the Cannards offers a welcoming retreat in the country. With beautiful countryside views from most rooms, and a large bar, restaurant and garden to relax in, you can really relax and wind down in the informal atmosphere we encourage our visitors to create.

Known for our hospitality and friendliness we want you to feel at home and relaxed. For guests staying we encourage you to have a lie in in the morning. Unlike many hotels, we don't mind if you come down late for breakfast. We don't have a set time by which you need to come down for breakfast. You're here as our guests, you are not customers. We want you to feel like your staying at a close friends house.
That is the informal and relaxed atmosphere we like to create. 
From the moment you arrive, to the time you leave, our aim is to make you feel welcome and relaxed.