Good Hotel Guide Review
In a historic town on the edge of the Somerset Levels, this 16th-century pub stands near a church on an attractive market square. It has been revamped with flair by the Stay Original Company, owners of The Swan, Wedmore (see Shortlist entry). Natalie Zvonek-Little is the manager. Exposed stone walls, wooden floors and patchwork tiling create a contemporary rustic look throughout. Refurbished bedrooms, with a wide bed and quirky features, are well stocked with freshly ground coffee and luxury toiletries. Three front rooms overlook the square and the 13th-century church of St Michael and All Angels; three rooms at the rear have views of the courtyard or garden. Chef Tom Blake (formerly of the River Cottage Canteen) supports West Country suppliers in his ‘fresh, simple’ dishes – ‘a model of what local and organic food should be’. Fish is smoked on site in a wood-fired oven; bread, jams, chutneys, cakes and ice creams are all home made. Bar (local brews, newspapers, open fires), conservatory restaurant (closed Sun eve; 3 dining areas); large garden and courtyard. Ramps. Free Wi-Fi. Background music. Children (special menu; cot; extra bed £20) and dogs (in some rooms, by arrangement) welcomed. 8 bedrooms. Per room B&B £85–£130, D,B&B from £165.