Good Hotel Guide Review
In a lovely conservation village, long under the feudal sway of the Poulett family, this thatched 17th-century inn is now a stylish dining pub-with-rooms, part of the fiefdom of the trio behind The Talbot Inn, Mells, and The Beckford Arms, Tisbury (see entries). The formula is a winner: find a beautiful old boozer and strip it back to essentials; expose brick, beams, boards, mix and match bar furniture. Bedrooms are chic and uncluttered, with Welsh blankets and comfy seating. A family room has bunk beds for children. A large double with its own entrance has an in-room slipper bath and separate shower room. Since last year, Abbie Windust has taken over as landlady, while chef Philip Verden continues to devise menus of meat and game from local farms, fish landed daily on the south coast, leaves from the kitchen garden. There is a new marquee for alfresco dining, and a new garden menu of pub classics, with all-day Sunday roasts. Trusted readers had a great breakfast, which included ‘the fattest, sweetest, freshest strawberries, fromage blanc and home-made granola’. Eggs are from coddled, well-fed, free-range hens.
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), 1-acre grounds, unsuitable for disabled.
all ages welcomed, travel cot £10, bunk beds £25 per child, Room 6.
in some bedrooms (small charge for extra housekeeping), all public areas.
B&B doubles from £95, family £160. À la carte £35.