Locanda on the Weir

Porlock Weir, Somerset

In a tiny coastal village, with the sea in front and Exmoor behind, this eclectic restaurant-with-rooms oozes personality, style and Italian foodie flair. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In a tiny coastal village, with the sea in front and Exmoor behind, this eclectic restaurant-with-rooms oozes personality, style and Italian foodie flair. ‘A little gem that takes you on a cultural voyage,’ say readers. Co-owner and chef Pio Catemario di Quadri conjures memorable and ‘outstanding’ meals from foraging, the kitchen garden and local produce: perhaps burrata with aged tomatoes followed by smoked lamb cutlets with fennel, and lemon tart with a pine-nut crust. Breakfast is ‘equally delicious’. The dining room, as elsewhere, is crammed with art, the style throughout – courtesy of co-owner Cindy Siu – a ‘classy’ mix of Italian and English antiques and contemporary finds. Books, a fire in the sitting room, plants and fresh flowers keep things homely with ‘something to look at everywhere and nothing that feels out of place’. Bedrooms, up a tapestry-hung staircase, have sea views, and are more calmly furnished in country house or breezy seaside style. All but one is shower-only, sometimes quite small. The owners ‘are always on hand’, ‘still happily chatting to guests in the dining room after dinner’. (Mr and Mrs Sachak-Patwa)

Hotel details

Address

Exmoor National Park
Somerset
TA24 8PB
England

Telephone

01643 863300

Bedrooms

4 (5 if whole house booking), not suitable for disabled.

Open

all year except Jan.

Facilities

bar/lounge, restaurant, in-room TV (Freeview), gift boutique, civil wedding licence, garden, public rooms wheelchair accessible.

Background music

low music in public areas.

Children

not under 12, unless whole house booking.

Dogs

allowed in 3 bedrooms (£10 per night), in lounge, restaurant if well behaved.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £225, singles from £215. Set menu £55. Min. 2-night stay, but 1-night stays sometimes available by phone booking.