The Acorn Inn
Thomas Hardy fans will be in their element at this local watering hole in Dorset, which was the model for 'The Sow and Acorn’ in Tess of the d’Urbervilles. More
Good Hotel Guide Review
Thomas Hardy fans will be in their element at this local watering hole in Dorset, which was the model for ‘The Sow and Acorn’ in Tess of the d’Urbervilles. While Tess chose not to breakfast here, today’s literary pilgrim should stop in for a pint of Proper Job and a ploughman’s in one of two bars or the beer garden. Log fires burn cheerily in public spaces. A reader, dining in the restaurant, was disappointed with soggy battered fish, but ‘the posher menu was much better. Duck leg in cherry sauce, ravioli, roast pork and katsu curry were all excellent.’ Bedrooms vary in shape and size, though the ‘characterful old building’ can present challenges. The loft suite, under the eaves, despite sloping ceilings, has ample space for a family, with a double and single bedroom, lounge and large bathroom. A bay-windowed four-poster room was, however, cramped, more so the bathroom. ‘Nevertheless, we would certainly visit again.’ Staff are ‘very friendly and efficient’ and everything runs like a ‘well-oiled machine’. For £15 guests can use the spa at sister hotel Summer Lodge (next entry). (Peter Anderson, JT, and others)
28 Fore Street
all year. Closed lunchtime Mon and Tues.
2 bars, restaurant, lounge, in-room TV (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.
in bar and restaurant.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £20, childen's menu.
allowed by prior arrangement in bedrooms (£12 a night, towels and treats), public areas, not restaurant.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £130. À la carte £45. Min. 2-night stay at weekends in peak season.
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