Good Hotel Guide Review
The ‘outstanding’ food made from fresh local ingredients at this ‘wonderful restaurant-with-rooms’ on the edge of Shaftesbury’s historic town centre has presumably come a long way since that served when the building operated as a girls’ boarding house. Now owned by chefs Marc Preston and David Griffin-Shepherd, together with David’s wife Mary, the restaurant received ‘full marks’ from a regular reviewer this year. Dinner, served in the traditionally styled dining room with soft lighting, might include a tart of local scallops and prawns on smoked salmon, followed by pan-fried saddle of Dorset lamb or seared loin of venison. The eight ‘comfortable’ bedrooms, one with a four-poster, are well equipped with fresh coffee, a selection of teas, fresh milk and home-made biscuits. Bathrooms have either a bath or shower. The only gripe from one reviewer was that it was impossible to turn off the radiator in the bedroom or open the window. Guests invariably mention both the ‘helpful’ hosts and ‘excellent’ staff who help to make this lily of the Blackmore Vale ‘worthy of its entry’ in the Guide yet again. (Kenneth Moore, GB)
8. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed Sun, lunchtime Mon and Tues.
lounge, bar, dining room, conference room, in-room TV (Freeview), courtyard garden, bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
none, but some live music events.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £90–£115, double £110–£195. À la carte £42, 5-course tasting menu (for whole table only) £45. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends in summer.