Given that the buildings so often reflect, and help make, the character of a stretch of country it is little surprise to find that The Rusty Axe - near Martock and roughly halfway between Taunton and Yeovil, not too far from the M5 either - is what many would regard as the quintessential English pub, with over 400 years of history tucked under its well-thatched roof, even though its food is more Modern British rather than ancient Briton. The menu well worth a detour - it's an absolute delight, full of genuine surprises'. A choice from six starters is worthy of careful thought. Shall it be butternut squash soup or garlic and herb tiger prawns? Among main courses there is sausage shed pork and cider sausages with all the trimmings, or 12 hour belly pork with salted squid, pak choi and ginger.