The Acorn Inn

Evershot, Dorset

You can sink a pint of Durdle Door in the oak-panelled bar in the village inn that furnished Thomas Hardy with his ‘Sow and Acorn’ in Tess of the d’Urbervilles, then stay the night in one of the bedrooms named on a Hardy theme. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

You can sink a pint of Durdle Door in the oak-panelled bar in the village inn that furnished Thomas Hardy with his ‘Sow and Acorn’ in Tess of the d’Urbervilles, then stay the night in one of the bedrooms named on a Hardy theme. As well as a ‘great atmosphere’, acorn motifs are everywhere, from a carved four-poster to the fireplace in the bar. A reader found staff ‘extremely helpful’ in planning a family celebration. Tess room, with an antique four-poster, proved ‘smallish, but had a bay window and was entirely adequate’, although ‘the shower cabinet was slightly antiquated’. The loft suite was ‘ideal for two adults, two teenagers and dog’. In the restaurant, with its floral furnishings, ‘food was superb’, with ‘very tasty soups, memorable twice-baked Cornish crab and Yarg cheese soufflé’. Another reader, though, judged dinner only as ‘ok’, although agreed that ‘breakfast was good’. ‘Excellent fruit salad, delicious choice on the cooked menu.’ There’s a skittle alley in the pub, which is part of the Red Carnation group, and for £15 guests have use of the spa at sister hotel Summer Lodge (next entry). (Jane Thornton, and others)

Hotel details

Address

28 Fore Street
Evershot
Dorset
DT2 0JW
England

Telephone

01935 83228

Bedrooms

10.

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 bars, restaurant, lounge, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), skittle alley, beer garden, access to spa, gym at sister hotel opposite (£15 per day), parking, bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, toilet not adapted.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed, extra bed £20, childen's menu.

Dogs

allowed by prior arrangement in bedrooms (£12 a night with towels and treats), public areas, not restaurant.

Credit cards

Amex, MC, Visa.

Prices

B&B doubles from £115. À la carte £40. Min. 2-night stay at weekends during peak season.