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About Us




There is evidence to suggest that there was an inn on the site from the early 1800's and over the years the Rising Sun has had a fine reputation for its offerings at the time.

The pub is now owned by Barry & Sarnia McGoun and has quickly achieved a reputation for good food and a warm welcome.

We strive to use the best local and seasonal produce where possible encouraging our guests to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, good beer and pretty decent food.

We are thrilled to be holders of a coveted GOLD award from the team at Taste of the West.

One of the considerations in being awarded is businesses use of local and seasonal produce.

Olly & Matt work tirelessly to produce fresh, interesting and flavourful dishes using the best of British suppliers - local where possible. Most of the meat comes via Bonners of Ilminster, much of which is reared in the fields around the pub. 

Fish is direct from St Mawes in Cornwall and the mornings land can often be seen arriving in Knapp just before dinner service. 

Goosemoor Foodservice (Dart Farm) provide fresh veg, dairy and speciality items.

The same philosophies apply in the bar and restaurant - with beers from Exmoor and the Blackdown Hills; gins and vodka from the Westcountry and wines supplied by local merchants. Sam combines these great local products with seasonal fruits to create interesting and innovative cocktails and mocktails.

Local Somerset historian Angela Dix, was kind enough to provide some history of the structure  The Rising Sun which can be read here.

Meet The Core Team



Head Chef

Olly went to catering college in Northampton when he was 16 and qualified in all areas of professional cookery.

He has worked in 2-AA rosette restaurants for most of his career and has featured in The Good Food Guide as a Head Chef for 12 years.



Sous Chef

Matt came to catering later in life, his roots are in using the best local produce and having worked at River Cottage, provenance is key. Matt supported Olly at The Langford and is now responsible for our beautiful and innovative desserts and super bread. 



Front of House

Becs fell into hospitality and really found her feet when she worked for the original Hotel Inspector, Ruth Watson. Working under Ruth's guidance Becs developed her unique style of service, a passion for the industry and an understanding that the customer is key.



Bar Supervisor

Sam is developing his role in hospitality and is keen to broaden his knowledge in the Beverage side of F&B. He has recently completed his WSET L2 with excellent results, so is the go-to person for wine recommendations and bespoke cocktails.


A team is not a team without the support staff...

Rose who preps for Olly during the day   /   Ed & Owen who KP at night

Maria who looks after the day shift during the week - and Cath who covers Saturday lunch

Gilly who runs food   /   Mel who covers Bec's nights off and Sunday lunch

Plus Alex and Emma who pop in when they're not at Uni!

What's being said ...


Taste of The West Judge

"A little gem on the edge of Taunton and there should be more of these dining pubs around that shine quality.  I know it is good as I haven’t stopped telling people and recommending it to others"


The Good Food Guide Weekly

“Reports praise the good value, 'the best Sunday lunch imaginable' and great service”


Trip Advisor Review

"Fast becoming our favourite venue, the Rising Sun manages to combine great service with even greater food.The small range of dishes on the menu is evidence of the quality of the food and the care with which it's prepared.

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