You may have guessed already by the unique yellow colour of the building, that Cross Lane House is owned by The National Trust and is one of the oldest properties standing on the Holnicote Estate. The National Trust as a charity play an integral part in preserving and maintaining many estates and natural habitats throughout the United Kingdom and we are delighted to be doing our part to keep this work going. 


At Cross Lane House we are always looking for more ways to reduce our carbon footprint, care for and protect the environment and the beautiful surroundings that we are situated in, and to give back to the communities that we are apart of. To work like this is fundamental to how we operate as a business and in turn, we hope to show to others that you can succeed in a natural and environmentally correct way. 


Here are some of the ways that we are working towards being a greener and more socially responsible business. 


The Garden & Kitchen ​​

  • Our long term goal for the restaurant is to develop a 30-Mile menu, where all produce are sourced within that radius (or grown on site!). We are currently developing our Kitchen Garden, where we hope to grow a variety of fruit & veg to contribute to some items on our menu! At the moment you will find growing, some Strawberries, Raspberries, Rhubarb, Tomatoes, a variety of Salad Leaves, Courgettes, Purple Sprouting Broccoli, Cavolo Nero, Kale, Dwarf French Beans, Cucumbers & a variety of Squashes! We will look forward to expanding our veg & fruit plot over the coming months & years!

  • Miles Tea & Coffee are our chosen supplier and for obvious reasons - their factory is based only 5 minutes down the road! 

  • We compost all garden waste & coffee granules & recycle our cooking oils 

  • We aim to support the English alcohol industry in championing local distillers and brewers

  • Our gardens have become a hive of activity with the Exmoor Bees (which makes for a great local honey!) & we have a variety of wonderful cut flowers which we use in guest rooms & other public areas, all year-round. All grown - not flown!

The Bedrooms

  • We are proud to use Bramley products in our Bathrooms. Produced in England, Bramley have a huge commitment to maintaining & preserving our beautiful & natural environments. We opted for glass recyclable bottles instead of plastic, and they are there for each guest to use whilst they are with us - so please don't take them home!

  • Our Nespresso Coffee Pods are now made of recycled materials & we will recycle used pods to prevent them going to landfill.

  • All light bulbs have been updated to LED or energy efficient bulbs, reducing our overall electricity consumption.

  • We like to use as many antique and up cycled furniture where possible, giving each item a new lease of life!

Our Community

  • We are helping to 'flush away poverty' and have twinned the toilets in all three of our guest bedrooms. This helps fund projects in a community that is less fortunate. The funds will enable families to build a basic toilet, have access to a clean water supply & to learn about hygiene - a vital combination that in turn will save lives!

  • We have partnered with Foxes academy, an independent specialist college for students with learning disabilities to offer students work experience placements alongside our chef. The opportunity allows students to transfer skills learnt at foxes academy and to prepare them for the challenges ahead. We aim to help build students self esteem and confidence whilst offering them a real life working environment alongside our head chef.

  • During COVID-19 Lockdown, we hosted two 'Giveaways' to show our support and appreciation to those who have been working tirelessly through the pandemic on the NHS Frontline, and then more locally, those who have gone above and beyond in our community to help the vulnerable. (You can read more about these on our Cross Lane House Blog!). 



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Cross Lane House 

Allerford, Exmoor National Park


TA24 8HW


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