Good Hotel Guide Review
‘A wonderful, historic pub at the heart of a magnificent village in deepest countryside.’ The thatched Lord Poulett Arms is now under new ownership – a sister to The Beckford Arms, Tisbury, and The Talbot Inn, Mells (see entries). Our inspectors stepped inside to find it ‘heaving’. Public rooms are ‘splendidly atmospheric, with a spectacular central fireplace’, furniture of ‘character and age’. All bedrooms have a king- or super-king-size bed, comfy seating, Bramley toiletries. Two are small, with separate bathroom. A ‘spectacular’ room, reached by an external staircase, ‘could have hosted a party. The style was rustic chic, but the modern shower room had everything you might wish for’, not to speak of a retro in-room bath on ‘lion paws’. Beyond the window the clematis was in full cry. Dinner was served by ‘enchanting waitresses’. Philip Verden cooks a seasonally changing menu of local ingredients. ‘Twice-baked goat’s cheese soufflé was exquisite, the Mendip lamb tender and cooked as requested; tonka bean crème brûlée with pistachio ice cream delicious.’ Breakfast brings a ‘well-stocked buffet’, smoked salmon, the full Somerset. ‘If you like staying in a pub, this is as good as it gets.’
Hinton St George
6. 4 with en suite, 2 with private bathroom, 1 for family.
all year except 25 Dec.
bar, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), free Wi-Fi, 1-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed.
in 1 bedroom and all public areas.
B&B per room single £75–£95, double £85–£120, D,B&B £145–£170. À la carte £35.