10. 2 in lodges on Fonthill Estate.
all year except 25 Dec.
sitting room (sometimes Sunday classic-movie nights), bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, 1-acre garden.
in public areas all day.
all ages welcomed.
allowed in 1 bedroom, public areas.
 per room B&B £95–£130. À la carte £30–£35. 1-night bookings sometimes refused.
Good Hotel Guide Review
Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton’s ‘attractive old stone-built pub’ on the edge of the Fonthill Estate has an ‘airy, modern vibe’ amid traditional elements. A log fire burns in the ‘cosy, beamed bar’; there are ‘comfy sofas’ in the ‘pretty, wood-floored sitting room’. French doors in the restaurant open to a ‘charming terrace’ and the pub garden – this is where locals come for the inspired-by-the-seasons menu of ‘interesting, beautifully presented’ food. Typical dishes: goat’s curd gnocchi, smoked beetroot purée, pickled walnuts; pork Tomahawk steak, celeriac, Puy lentils, crispy kale. (On Fridays and Saturdays, come for the wood-fired pizzas, and meats off the charcoal barbecue.) Above the pub, and in two lodges 15 minutes’ stroll away, ‘elegantly decorated bedrooms’ are supplied with a ‘large, comfortable bed’ made up with ‘lovely, fresh linens’, and ‘superior toiletries’ in the bathroom. ‘Full marks for the fresh coffee and cafetière!’ Some rooms are small, others ‘spacious and light’ – choose wisely. Stonehenge and stately homes are within easy reach; an estate walk leads to a ridge with ‘magnificent views’. The owners’ Talbot Inn is in Mells (see entry). (RG, S and JJ)
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