The Acorn Inn

Tess of the d’Urbervilles skirted this stone-built 16th-century inn, named the Sow and Acorn in Thomas Hardy’s novel, but locals and visitors today know better. More

Contact details

The Acorn Inn
28 Fore Street
Evershot
Dorset
DT2 0JW
England
01935 83228

Hotel information

Bedrooms

10

Open

all year.

Facilities

2 bars, restaurant, lounge, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), skittle alley, small beer garden, access to spa and gym at sister hotel opposite (£15 charge), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in bar and restaurant.

Children

all ages welcomed.

Dogs

allowed (£12 charge).

Credit cards

Amex, MasterCard, Visa.

Prices

[2017] per room B&B from £99, D,B&B from £159. À la carte £30. 2-night min. stay at weekends during peak season.

Good Hotel Guide Review

Tess of the d’Urbervilles skirted this stone-built 16th-century inn, named the Sow and Acorn in Thomas Hardy’s novel, but locals and visitors today know better. ‘It’s a lovely spot in a charming village,’ says a regular Guide correspondent in 2017. (The ‘warm welcome’ from ‘attentive staff’ extends to dogs, who are offered biscuits, a water bowl and towel.) Quiz nights, a skittle alley, a beech-shaded garden and a fine roster of local ales give the place a faithful village-pub feel. The restaurant strikes a smart note, with modern takes on country cooking. A typical dish: pan-seared duck breast, sweet potato fondant, confit duck leg, savoy cabbage. Colourful, elegant bedrooms are each given a name with Hardy resonance, and supplied with bottled water, home-made shortbread and top-end toiletries. Rooms vary in size and style; one of the best, lavish in toile de Jouy, has an antique carved-oak four-poster bed. ‘My room had a large bed and a sofa; a snug bathroom with tons of hot water.’ There’s ‘great choice’ at breakfast, plus bread fresh from the village bakery a minute’s walk down the street. ‘The full English was the best I’ve had in a long while.’ (Ian Dewey)

Map

The Acorn Inn
28 Fore Street
Evershot
Dorset
DT2 0JW

Guest comments

'We dined three times last week. If the accommodation is as good as everything about the front of house, bar and restaurant services, we would enjoy staying there as well. They somehow manage the impossible blend of a local pub with good beers and a skittle alley for faithful regulars. ' - Matthew & Miriam Caminer - April, 2013

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