Good Hotel Guide Review
A hubbub of happy drinkers and diners, house ale on tap and laid-back casual-chic style greet visitors at this Georgian dining pub-with-rooms on the edge of the Fonthill Estate. It was a first venture for Dan Brod and Charlie Luxton, using a successful formula blending traditional and contemporary style that has since been applied to The Talbot Inn, Mells; The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George; and The Bath Arms, Horningsham (see entries). Bedrooms have a mix of retro and contemporary furniture and Bramley toiletries. Fresh milk with a treat of chocolate cake delighted readers, whose large double had a ‘writing table/desk that opened to reveal a mirror’, ‘a comfortable armchair’, but no wardrobe. Two adults-only lodges are a stroll away. Richie Peacock uses local produce to create classy pub fare – burger, cider-battered haddock, game from the estate, maybe ‘excellent lemon polenta, baked celeriac, asparagus’. ‘The dishes were all excellent, and choice is plentiful.’ In the summer they light the barbecue and pizza oven. Breakfast on home-smoked salmon and eggs from happy hens, then drive to nearby Salisbury, Longleat or Stourhead, or explore the Fonthill Estate.
10. 2 in lodges on the Fonthill Estate.
all year except 25 Dec.
sitting room (sometimes Sunday classic-movie nights), bar, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), function facilities, 1-acre garden, parking.
in public areas all day.
all ages welcomed, travel cot £10, family room, no children in lodges.
allowed in 1 bedroom (£10 fee) and public areas.
B&B doubles from £105, family room from £135 (lodges £195). À la carte £40. 1-night bookings usually refused weekends (but check).