The Ollerod

Beaminster, Dorset

Since Chris Staines and Silvana Bandini bought The Ollerod 18 months ago, its transformation into a ‘restaurant-led’ establishment has continued apace. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Since Chris Staines and Silvana Bandini bought The Ollerod 18 months ago, its transformation into a ‘restaurant-led’ establishment has continued apace. Refurbishment of the main areas is now complete, and a new treatment room added for facials and massage. But Rome wasn’t built in a day – or in 18 months – and the much-needed bedroom revamp is still ongoing. In the meantime, all have been kitted out with Frette linen, a Nespresso machine and organic toiletries and, inspectors note, they are ‘well insulated’ from traffic noise on the road outside. Chris, a former Michelin-starred chef, cooks seasonal dishes from local ingredients (his 15-leaf salad comes entirely from the hotel kitchen garden). Dinner, in the informal conservatory restaurant, can be from the à la carte menu – perhaps roast loin of Jurassic Coast lamb, confit aubergine, wild garlic, sweetbread and monk’s beard – or from a selection of small plates including Middle Eastern spiced lamb shoulder, hummus, yogurt and pomegranate. Breakfast is a highlight: a ‘small buffet’ of pastries, local yogurt, home-made granola, an ‘excellent kipper’. Inspectors’ verdict: ‘Food was a plus point, and everyone was very friendly.’

Hotel details

Address

3 Prout Bridge
Beaminster
Dorset
DT8 3AY
England

Telephone

01308 862200

Bedrooms

13. 4 in coach house, 4 on ground floor.

Open

all year.

Facilities

lounge, bar, sun room, conservatory, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), civil wedding licence, ¹⁄³-acre walled garden, covered terrace.

Background music

in public rooms.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed in 2 bedrooms, bar and terrace, not in restaurant (£15 per dog/per night).

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

per room B&B £125–£285. À la carte £40.