Little Barwick House

César award in 2002

‘In a lovely Alice in Wonderland setting’ close to the Somerset/Dorset border, Tim and Emma Ford’s restaurant-with-rooms is liked for the ‘guaranteed comfort, relaxation and good food’. The ‘rolling programme of renovation’ of the ‘beautiful’ listed Georgian dower house continues. The ‘clean and cosy’ country-style bedrooms, which overlook the garden, ‘have benefited by Emma Ford’s tasteful redecoration. The living rooms were comfortable and inviting, and filled with books and guides to local and regional sites.’ Another comment this year: ‘Emma was delightfully cheery and accommodating, as her husband quietly laboured away in the kitchen concocting his wonderful meals.’ Seasonality, creativity and variation are the focus of Tim Ford’s ‘extraordinary’ menu of modern English dishes ‘with much local produce’, perhaps dived West Bay scallops, butternut squash purée, pancetta; roasted saddle of wild roe deer, braised red cabbage, beetroot purée and rösti potato. The extensive wine list has many selections by the glass. (Tony Lombard, Bryan and Mary Blaxall, and others)
  • This was a return visit for us, after about fourteen years, and it was an unalloyed pleasure. Restaurants with rooms always run the risk of being OK, even good, at both elements of their class, but truly excellent at neither: in the case of Little Barwick, they manage excellence in every way. Our room was beautifully presented: everything we wanted. The restaurant shows the same command of detail and a very sure sense of style. Tim Ford’s kitchen clearly works smoothly. Front of house staff are charming, friendly and expert and Emma Ford herself does charm the way the rest of the human race does breathing – natural and delightful. The really impressive thing is that there is clearly a commitment to improve, and we would guess this has been consistent from year to year throughout Little Barwick’s life under the Fords.

    Tony & Ginny Ayers, 14/05/2016

  • The welcome is warm, the complimentary afternoon tea on arrival sumptuous. At dinner there were enough choices to be able to vary what we ordered. The food is quite traditional classic British, but excellently executed with some delicious sauces. However, the main strength of the restaurant is the wine list. There is an unusually wide selection of half bottles. The location is lovely, next to Barwick House itself, with footpaths through the estate and four amusing follies to be seen in its grounds. Overall this is a great place to stay.

    Michael Gwinnell, 29/03/2016

  • One of Somerset’s hidden treasures, a first-class restaurant-with-rooms. The restaurant was magnificent, comfortable and tastefully decorated. We enjoyed one of the finest meals we have ever eaten. The menu was very well balanced and while I did not intend to have a sweet decided to finish with a simple slice of Apple Pie. Simple it was not, quite the most wonderful experience.The service was excellent thanks to Emma while every course was spot on and left a lasting memory thanks to husband Tim’s culinary skills. Not the cheapest place to eat but truly great value, a superb wine list.

    Ron Grerenman, 04/03/2016

  • Although we only stayed one night this was our third visit this year .The afternoon tea on arrival is most welcome with a delicious array of goodies. The rooms are comfortable, and it's nice to be given the choice of duvet or sheets and blankets. They have everything you could need. The "milk fairy" visits during dinner and places fresh milk in the room for morning tea. Dinner is always an occasion with first class ingredients imagiately cooked and served by helpful,unobtrusive staff including Emma, who puts 100 per cent effort into making people welcome.

    Suzanne Lyons, 27/01/2016

  • We have made an annual visit for a number of years and are never disappointed. Tim's cooking is of a consistently high standard. Emma, as front of house, sets the tone, smiling, efficient, and ready with advice on the extensive wine list, and local attractions. We much appreciate the comfortable lounge where we can prepare for dinner, reading the menu, accompanied by delicious hors d'oeuvres...

    Bryan and Mary Blaxall, 21/10/2015

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Local attractions

Montacute House
A 16th-century mansion, with a variety of Tudor portraits.
Forde Abbey
A former medieval monastry, with 30 acres of award-winning gardens.
Hardy's Cottage
Thomas Hardy was born in this small cob and thatch cottage.

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Little Barwick House

BARWICK Somerset England BA22 9TD


01935 423902

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Further Information




all year except 26 Dec--mid-Jan, lunch only 25 Dec, restaurant closed Sun evenings, Mon and Tues lunch.


ramp, 2 lounges, restaurant, conservatory, free Wi-Fi, 3½-acre garden (terrace, paddock), unsuitable for disabled.

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not under 5.


allowed in bedrooms, only assistance dogs in restaurant.

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[2015] per person B&B £60, D,B&B £110. Set dinner £42--£48. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.

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