The Ollerod

Beaminster, Dorset

In Hardy’s ‘Emminster’, ten minutes from Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, a historic priest’s house is now a restaurant-led hotel. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

In Hardy’s ‘Emminster’, ten minutes from Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, a historic priest’s house is now a restaurant-led hotel. In 2018, industry professionals Silvana Bandini and Chris Staines took on what was then the Bridge House Hotel, relaunched it, and have been upgrading it ever since. Bedrooms blend original features with traditional touches and contemporary comforts: Frette linen, organic toiletries, a coffee machine. A dog-friendly ground-floor room has a large walk-in shower; a two-bedroom family suite has both bath and shower. Coach-house rooms have been reconfigured as two self-catering apartments. Locals drop in for a pint by the log-burner in the cosy bar, with small plates served throughout the afternoon. Lunch and dinner are taken in the dining room or on a new Moroccan-style dining terrace. Chris held a Michelin star in London and cooks a changing menu of dishes such as cod, seaweed gnocchi, mussel chowder; free-range pork, gooseberry compote, home-grown vegetables. ‘The cooking is of a very high standard,’ a reader writes. ‘Breakfast was the best we’ve had in a hotel for some time.’ (John Hunt)

Hotel details

Address

3 Prout Bridge
Beaminster
Dorset
DT8 3AY
England

Telephone

01308 862200

Bedrooms

9. 2 self-catering apartments in coach house.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge, bar, sun room, conservatory, restaurant (vegan menu), in-room TV (Freeview), treatment room, civil wedding licence, walled garden, covered terrace, parking.

Background music

in public rooms.

Children

all ages welcomed, cots £10 per night, extra bed for ages 2–16 £20, children’s menu.

Dogs

allowed in 1 bedroom in house, 1 coach-house apartment (£15 per night), bar and terrace, not in restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £165. À la carte £45, vegan £33.