Good Hotel Guide Review
Personal attention from the owners won high praise from readers this year, after a stay at this restaurant-with-rooms overlooking Blackmore Vale. ‘David looked after us well in every way,’ wrote Guide regulars celebrating their ruby wedding anniversary. ‘It is thoroughly worthy of its entry.’ Since its 1991 launch in a market town familiar from the old ‘boy and bike’ Hovis ad, it has remained a welcoming, traditional place, defined by its ‘friendly and helpful hosts’, Mary and David Griffin-Shepherd and Marc Preston. Bedrooms, each named after a grape variety, are not in any way boutique, and snug Sauvignon, though ‘clean and comfortable’, was judged by another guest to be ‘a one-night only room’. Longer stays might merit a four-poster bedroom. All contain such considerate touches as fresh coffee, milk in a fridge, home-made biscuits. At dinner, David and Marc’s cooking is ‘well worth a (long) detour’, with modern dishes like grilled fillets of South Coast sole, langoustines, asparagus, lemon-infused butter; seared sika venison, parsnip, apple, swede and tomato ratatouille, dark rosemary sauce. Breakfast brings fresh juice, a good cooked choice. (Geoffrey Bignell, and others)
8. 1, on ground floor, suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed Sun, lunchtime Mon and Tues.
lounge, bar, dining room, conference room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), courtyard garden; bar and restaurant wheelchair accessible.
none, but some live music events.
all ages welcomed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single £90–£115, double £110–£160. Set dinner £31–£40, 5-course tasting menu (for whole table only) £48. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends in summer.
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