Little Barwick House

César award in 2002

'Top quality.' In large, wooded grounds close to the Somerset/Dorset border, Tim and Emma Ford's restaurant-with-rooms is liked for the 'simple warm welcome, comfort and good, imaginative cooking'. The listed Georgian dower house has smart, country-style bedrooms, 'tastefully decorated' by Emma Ford; most overlook the garden. Well equipped, they have a flat-screen TV, iPod dock (new in 2014); home-made shortbread, cafetière coffee, fresh milk. The 'rolling programme of renovation' is appreciated by returning guests. The garden furniture has been replaced and the restaurant has been recarpeted. Canapés are served before dinner. Tim Ford's modern English dishes - 'well presented but not over-elaborate' - use much West Country produce, perhaps Cornish lemon sole, Kynance crab, pak choi, chive butter; fillet of local beef, shallot purée, wild mushrooms. 'Tim's menus have some variation every day, which is much appreciated for a stay of a number of nights.' There are walks from the door; the Dorset coast is 40 mins' drive away. 'It is not extravagantly posh, but everything that matters is right.' (Bryan and Mary Blaxall, Michael and Margaret Cross, and others)
  • A beautiful old dowager's house, in a lovely Alice in Wonderland setting, with a charming, sloping grass lawn and garden, and the intermittent sounds of wood pigeons. A very relaxed and peaceful setting. From the first high tea we received on arrival, to the lean and cozy rooms, to the extraordinary gourmet meals, Little Barwick was an enchanting respite for us in our busy travels. Emma Ford, our hostess, was delightfully cheerful and accommodating to our every query and need, as her elusive husband Tim quietly labored away in the kitchen, concocting his wonderful meals. The living rooms were comfortable and inviting, and filled with books and guides to local and regional sites. We hope to return some day, but will not soon forget this lovely spot and it's felicitous and engaging Yhostess.

    Tom Lombardo, 14/09/2014

  • Another enjoyable stay. Tim Ford’s cooking continues to be of a high standard, with much local produce and some menu changes each night. Front-of-house is the efficient, ever-smiling Emma.

    Bryan and Mary Blaxall, 04/09/2014

  • Came tired & stressed left rested and de -stressed.Food was wonderful and the service was impeccable.

    J.L., 07/04/2014

  • Warm welcome, comfort and good, imaginative cooking.

    Bryan and Mary Blaxall, 24/10/2013

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Contact Details

Little Barwick House

Barwick, nr Yeovil BARWICK Somerset England BA22 9TD

Telephone

01935 423902

Further Information

Bedrooms

6.

Open

all year except Christmas, 2 weeks Jan, restaurant closed Sun evenings, Mon.

Facilities

ramp, 2 lounges, restaurant, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, 31/2-acre garden (terrace, paddock), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

none.

Children

not under 5.

Dogs

allowed in public rooms subject to other guests' approval.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2014] per person B&B £70-£95, D,B&B £105-£145. Set dinner £47.95. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.