The Somerset Arms is set in the village of Semington, Trowbridge, Wiltshire, it's located at the end of the High Steet, but don't be put off by the sign stating it's a dead end, it's there. The Somerset Arms is a period house with oak beams and wooden paneling, an open fire place in the bar (it was lit at the time of my stay) gives the place a warm welcoming feeling, it has been recently refurbished and modernised, but retains the old English pub feel and has a comprehensive selection of beers.
I arived early and was made welcome by Mick the Owner/Manager. On arrival I had a light lunch of Mushroom and Tyme soup, served with warm baguette and butter, the soup was very tasty so much so I had it again at dinner. I was shown to my room (3) by Lindsey, the room like the rest of the hotel has been recently and tastefully decorated, it was equipped with all the usual accoutrements i.e. tea making facilities etc. en suit toilet and shower room.
I had dinner in the hotel and as stated earlier in this missive had the soup again, the menu was varied and and there is something for every one, there is also a blackboard with the chef's specials again with a good selection of meat and fish dishes, I plumped for the salmon with garlic shrimp served on a bed of risotto with green peas, again I must complement the chef on cooking a great meal, the meal was more than sufficient and I was unable to eat it all.
Breakfast was served in the bar and there was a choice of a full english or any part thereof, I had scrambled egg with toast which the cook/waitress made to my specifications and was served with a warm friendy smile.
The Somerset Arms is a local hostelry, it's big on friendliness and every one is on a first name basis, including the guests, if you are looking for home from home hotel, The Somerset Arms is the place for you, if you want "Sir and Madam" and nice uniforms it is not.
I enjoyed my stay, I was made feel welcome by all the staff and the local patrons, and wish to thank everyone for making my stay a pleasant one, and if I'm in they area again I shall stay there again.
Pros: friendly staff, excellent food and nice surroundings.
Cons: the bed was a wee bit uncomfortable for my taste.
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- Village freehouse pub with comfortable clean accomodation.Lovely homemade menu and selection of real ales. ... more less
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