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“Found by chance - a great lunch” 4 of 5 stars
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10 West Street, Dunster, Exmoor National Park TA24 6SN, England   |  
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Ranked #5 of 12 Dunster B&B and Inns
Bristol, England
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“Found by chance - a great lunch”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We were a group of friends looking for lunch after a visit to Dunster Castle. This pub is in sight of the end of the road down from the Castle entrance which heads towards the watermill, rather than town centre. We went there by chance and were delighted - a comfortable bar area, very warm welcome, tables moved around to accommodate 9 of us and a good menu offering tempting food.
Serevice was very good and we were not kept waiting for our food despite turning up without a reservation - credit to the staff. Everyone was happy with their choice and we would return without question if in that area again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with friends
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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  • Location
    5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    5 of 5 stars
  • Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    5 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    5 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

My wife and I have just returned from a short break after our wedding last week. We plan on going to India over xmas and new year but as we had just got married we really wanted to get away for a short romantic break following the wedding. We trawled the internet trying to find somewhere that was reasonable in price and situated in Exmoor so we could go for long walks during the day and sit down by the fire place in an old pub in the evening.

The Stags Head looked a nice place to stay so we booked up a couple of nights. When we arrived on the Tuesday following our wedding we were met with warm smiles by Mike and Bernice and their staff who showed us to our rooms and were only to happy to help with advice on the local area and for anything we might need during our stay. Our room (1) was really lovely and cosy. It was as clean as any I have ever seen with all the amenities one would need. We had a bottle of champagne with us already as it was a gift for our wedding we were provided with Champagne flutes and an ice bucket to take to our room.

The breakfasts were EXCELLENT! We were offered fresh fruit salad, yogurts and cereals to start with and then a full english. More than enough to set you up for a days walking in the forests and hills around Dunster. My wife is a vegetarian and on the first day we were there she could only have eggs on toast, The next morning she was offered veggie sausages, breakfast potatoes, eggs and grilled tomatoes. Mike & Bernice had obviously gone out of there way to accommodate her. The same goes for the meals of an evening. The veggie option wasn't suitable so the kitchen again went out of their way to make her something that she could eat. Of the 4 places we ate at in the village, It was simply the best food we had in Dunster... Go for the toffee apple desert if you are there for diner, its a real treat!!!

When we left we were offered genuine thanks for staying and Bernice even gave us some drinks for our long journey back to reality. It really was the perfect honeymoon short break. Really cant recommend the place highly enough... We said we would be back for our first year anniversary but I think it could be a lot sooner.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Doncaster, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2012

Just stayed here October 2012 with our 6 year old. We loved it. Our bedroom was a decent size, the beds were comfortable and the bathroom was as clean as a new pin. The TV was a bit small for our 6 year old but had plenty of channels. No mobile reception, which is one downside of staying in Dunster. The parking's a bit of a problem. OK until 9am in the morning to park outside the door but then you'll have to move to a car park, unless you bag one of the scarce parking spaces opposite. The couple who run the inn are brilliant, nothing is too much trouble. They were very good with our son and made a real fuss of him. Breakfast was plentiful with a lot of cereal selections (parents will appreciate this point). Ate in the restaurant one evening and the food was brilliant, even the six year old liked it. Would definitely stay here again.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Rugby, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2012

We met friends here for an evening meal and were impressed with the service and the quality of the food - a great menu and well served. As the weather wasn't good for travelling on we enquired about staying the night and were given the choice of 2 excellent rooms. We chose a large room with an enormous bed which was really comfy and slept really well apart from when the TV switched itself on in the middle of the night! Breakfast offered us a good range of food which was also delicious to eat. Our hosts were very chatty and helpful and made it an excellent stay.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, UK
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

My husband and I stayed at the Stags Head back in March 2012 when we were viewing a local venue for our wedding. We were so impressed with the place that we organised for our wedding guests to eat here on the weekend of our wedding in September (we would have booked rooms here too if they had vacancies!) This is the perfect country pub, lots of history, lovely staff, very comfy guest rooms and great food, you couldn't ask for anything more. We will be back again as even though we have stayed over twice and had our wedding weekend nearby we still didn't make it inside Dunster Castle! A good reason to come back soon to this beautiful part of the country and we wouldn't stay anywhere else.

  • Stayed March 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Port Hope, Canada
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12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My Partner and I recently returned from an excellent three-week vacation in England and Scotland. On arriving from Canada, our first stay for six nights was the charming historic village of Dunster in Somerset, and the equally delightful Stag's Head Inn. Owned by the highly professional and extremely amusing husband and wife team of Bernice and Michael, this fifteenth century inn provides charmingly decorated en-suite accommodation along with breakfasts and dinners that are imaginatively compiled and perfectly executed. Every night that we were there, the cosy dining-room was always fully booked. As guests, we dined there on several evenings, but learned quickly that for variety, quality and value for money it is considered to be a "Dunster Treasure" by people who live in the Exmoor vicinity.
The young staff provide perfect support for Bernice and Michael. Their open smiles and eager enthusiasm to contribute to our vacation by offering suggestions for local excursions, added to the warm environment provided by the inn. They made many suggestions to assist in our planning our daily 'power-walks' in the area around the village. These country walks enabled us to have deeply intelligent conversations with the neighbourhood horses, cows and sheep!! Hopefully, they understood the Canadian accents!
We certainly look forward to a return visit as soon as we can. In the meantime, we must suggest that anyone finding themselves in the pictorial Exmoor region should make every effort to visit The Stag's Head and enjoy a meal , hospitality and many laughs with Bernice, Mike and their hand-picked staff. We intend to.

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  • Stayed September 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Winchester, England
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69 helpful votes 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

Comfortable accommodation, good food and very helpful and friendly staff. We also had dinner there during our stay and the food was excellent.
Breakfast was far superior to most establishments with quality products and an exceptionally wide variety and more than enough to satisfy anyone!
Highly recommended.

  • Stayed October 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: 10 West Street, Dunster, Exmoor National Park TA24 6SN, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Exmoor National Park > Dunster
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #5 of 12 B&Bs / Inns in Dunster
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 3
Also Known As:
Stags Head Hotel Dunster
Stags Head Inn Dunster, Somerset

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