The Devonshire Arms

Long Sutton, Somerset

Philip and Sheila Mepham’s gabled dining-pub-with-rooms 'by the village green' is a consistent hit with returning Guide readers who find it ‘as good as ever’. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Philip and Sheila Mepham’s gabled dining-pub-with-rooms ‘by the village green’ is a consistent hit with returning Guide readers who find it ‘as good as ever’. Nine bedrooms, two in a separate cottage, are decorated in country-chic style. Some rooms have a bath, some a shower, and some a combination of the two, though one visitor this year reports a ‘lack of attention to detail’ in the bathrooms. Bedrooms are ‘well furnished and comfortable’. ‘There is no passing traffic, so peace prevails.’ No guest lounge, but a pretty garden for alfresco eating. The ‘real attraction’ at this former hunting lodge is the ‘excellent’ food served in the restaurant, which shares the surprisingly contemporary open-plan space with the bar. Start perhaps with home-cured salmon, confit beetroot, wasabi crumb and dill crème fraîche, and follow with pan-roasted cod, pearl barley, chorizo, greens and tarragon sauce vierge; a lemon and blueberry torte. Breakfast is ‘rather perfunctory’, the buffet lacking ‘fruit, cold meats and cheeses’; but the ‘very good sausages’ and croissants more than 
pass muster. A rural gem in a ‘great location’ with staff who are ‘efficient and friendly’. (Robert Cooper, PA)

Hotel details

Address

Long Sutton
Langport
Somerset
TA10 9LP
England

Telephone

01458 241271

Bedrooms

9. 2, on ground floor, in annexe behind main building.

Open

all year except 24–26 Dec.

Facilities

open-plan bar and restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), courtyard, garden (croquet lawn, vegetable garden), public areas wheelchair accessible, no adapted toilet.

Background music

in bar.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in bar only.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £90–£160, D,B&B £130–£220. À la carte £30. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.