10. 2 in lodges nearby.
all year except 25 Dec.
sitting room, bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, function facilities, 1-acre garden.
light background jazz in public areas.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 1 bedroom, public areas.
 per room B&B from £95. À la carte £30–£35. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
There’s good reason why Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton’s ‘attractive’ pub-with-rooms is ‘very popular’, say regular Guide readers. ‘Sensitively refurbished to match modern expectations’, the ivy-covered inn has a ‘relaxing’ ambience with log fires and ‘comfy’ sitting rooms. In summer, the ‘charming’ terrace and garden come into their own, with a pétanque piste and hammocks. ‘Well-informed’ staff are ‘personable and unobtrusively attentive’. Take your pick of ‘country-chic’ bedrooms (some ‘unthrillingly small’) in the main building and two ‘luxurious’ lodges down the lane, each with a ‘comfortable’ bed, ‘lovely, fresh’ linen, ‘interesting’ natural toiletries, and ‘thoughtful touches’ including fresh milk and home-made biscuits. ‘Full marks for fresh coffee and a cafetière, instead of instant!’ Meals are ‘imaginatively prepared’ and ‘beautifully presented’: perhaps pan-fried sea trout, cockle and clam broth, samphire at dinner; ‘outstanding’ local yogurt and home-made breads at breakfast. ‘Ask for a map of the lovely walks, with magnificent views, around the estate.’ The Talbot Inn, Mells (see entry), is under the same ownership. (Robert Grimley, Sue and John Jenkinson)