Good Hotel Guide Review
Guide regulars were drawn to this former 16th-century coaching inn ‘partly for its excellent location; partly because of the Thomas Hardy connection’. Perhaps its mention in Tess of the d‘Urbervilles also attracted Scarlett Johansson and Darcey Bussell. Whatever the reason, the historic pub-with-rooms, managed by Richard and Natalie Legg for Red Carnation Hotels (see Summer Lodge, Evershot, next entry), clearly has its devotees. Chef Robert Ndungu’s seasonal fare, served in a dining room whose fireplace is carved with acorns, is described as ‘hearty’; our reader said ‘straightforward’, enjoying ‘an enormous helping of whitebait’, a ‘good Thai green curry’. A lounge has leather chairs, shelves of books, period prints; the atmospheric bar a roaring fire, exposed stones, old photographs. Upstairs, bedrooms can be snug. ‘Our room was fine with a super-king-size bed and sofa; a slightly cramped bathroom, but tons of hot water.’ Other rooms might have an antique four-poster, a warm colour scheme; a spacious loft suite, in uplifting yellows and blues, has a double and single room, lounge, both bath and shower. Staff are ‘helpful, friendly’; breakfast is ‘excellent’. z(JB, and others)
28 Fore Street
2 bars, restaurant, lounge, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), skittle alley, beer garden, access to spa, gym at sister hotel opposite (£15 per day), bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, toilet not adapted.
in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed.
allowed (£12 charge per dog per night, water bowls, towels, treats).
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £105–£230, D,B&B £185–£300. À la carte £35. Min. 2-night stay at weekends during peak season.
10% discount voucher
This hotel accepts discount vouchers which entitle readers to a 10% discount off their normal B&B rate for a single night’s stay. To take advantage of this offer, you must present the voucher at the time of booking.
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