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“Best in Somerset” 5 of 5 stars
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High Street, Hinton St George TA17 8SE, England   |  
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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“Best in Somerset”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

Set in a quiet village in Somerset, this cracking little pub/ b&b serves up some of the best food ever! Great service, good wine selection, roaring open fire at which you can sit back in the wing back armchairs and play a game of chess!

Dog friendly in the bar lounge area and good sized garden.

  • Stayed February 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    4 of 5 stars
  • Rooms
    4 of 5 stars
  • Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4.5 of 5 stars
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Christchurch, United Kingdom
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23 reviews 23 reviews
9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 12 cities Reviews in 12 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2013

We booked as it was very convenient for a birthday celebration being held in the pub/restaurant on a Saturday night. This was the only real drawback as the Lord Poulett Arms stipulate a 2 night stay at weekends however, late in the week. they were happy to accommodate us.
The room was very well appointed with quirky antique furniture and decoration was traditional but with a modern twist. We were unable to have one of the two en-suite rooms, however this was not the difficulty that it threatened to be as the [large] bathroom - completely in keeping with the style of a 400 year old building- was just across the corridor. We would have liked to have had a dedicated shower or a shower curtain, although the bath was perfectly adequate.
The staff were attentive, friendly and professional.
The celebration meal was held in the side room away from the main restaurant/bar, which was great for the family gathering. The menu choice was quite small but 'perfectly-formed' indicating quality and locally sourced ingredients were a high priory. The dishes all arrived together for the group of about 17 and the children were catered for separately without any apparent fuss or difficulty. The food was, again in keeping, as 'traditional' but with a real twist towards the unusual. My crab fritters were light and accompanied by an 'English apple salsa' and a Cod 'Benedict' which was perfectly cooked and presented. The other guest were similarly impressed although one personal preference would have been for a lighter fish batter for the 'fish and chips'.
The breakfast was outstanding and if you only booked in for this you would not be disappointed. However the ambience of a locals' pub with a clientèle that was clearly more than prepared to travel is set in a delightful thatched-roof village. These, coupled with great style and tasteful, interesting interior-design, good rooms and super food made this a real find for us.
Overall one of the best pub/restaurants with rooms that we have visited.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 hotel reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2013

We were in Somerset for the weekend to attend a wedding ring making course with Julia Thompson www.juliathompson.co.uk/- which incidentally was fantastic, and stayed at the Lord Poulett Arms.

We really had no complaints at all- not one thing to fault.
Upon arrival we were greeted by the staff who commented they had started to worry about us (we arrived quite late)- which was really touching as often places don't really know who's coming.
The staff were lovely and the whole plce is beautiful- think idyllic countryside pub/ Inn with roaring fires, antique furniture and smiling faces behind the bar.
The decor is classic with a modern twist and everything is immaculate (including the bar toilets).

We reserved room 4 which exceeded expectations. The leather sleigh bed was seriously the most comfy bed I have ever slept in and the bedding felt fresh and new. The room was cosy at all times and there were freshly pressed juices in the room every day (tea and coffee making facilities on the landing was a lovely touch).

The roll top bath within the room was fantastic! Very spacious (we are both tall). Bath toiletries were included in the room and the towels were lovely big bath sheets which were fluffy and soft. We don't usually take baths but I had one each day we were there! There is no separate shower, but there is a shower head fitted on the bath and so you could easy sit in the bath to shower no problems.

The room also had a roberts radio and some great books/ backgammon set so plenty to keep occupied.

Breakfast was included and it was a true feast! A choice of 3 cereals, fruit and yoghurt, 2 different types of fresh juice, croissants, tea, coffee. There is also a menu from which you could select either smoked salmon and scrambled eggs or a full english (we tried both during our stay) and they were both delicious. Both come with toast too if requested.

On the second night we booked in for dinner. I suggest you do book on a weekend as the dining room was full- obviously very popular with locals and it was obvious why! We went for 2 courses with cheese and were blown away with every dish we had ordered (and we like our food).
The menu doesn't vary too much from day to day but we considered this a good thing- meaning all ingredients were fresh. Besides there were a number of choices anyway so it shouldn't be an issue if you were staying a few days.

The bar area is small and cosy with a roaring fire and we found the locals to be very friendly.
Although our room was right above the bar there was no issue with noise travelling up (we headed up quite early on a sat night and had no trouble getting to sleep).

They had a lovely selection of wines and a fair selection of lager/ cider with some local ales.

We had a quick peek at the gardens- which seem to be closed during winter but look as if they would be fantastic in summer.

Absolutely no complaints at all- we hope to go back at some point in the future and would highly recommend to friends and family! The nightly price is perhaps on the higher side but well worth it so treat yourself!

Also worth noting we travelled by train into Crewkerne and booked taxis to and from hinton st george. Book with Crewkerne cars (on google) as they only charged us £8 for the 15 min journey.

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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 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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Monmouth
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9 hotel reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2012

My wife and I overnighted in Room 1. It had no shower but the bath was perfectly adequate. The mattress was comfortable though would have been a little high for some. The headboard was pleasantly outrageous. The picture of a cow on the wall had to be covered over for our duration (too big and in-yer-face). We slept well.
We used the restaurant once. It was quiet, reassuringly traditional, and served excellent food. Our breakfast room across the entrance corridor was straight out of Dickens, with a real fire and the day's newspapers. The meal was a wholesome and tasty way to start the day.
Hinton St George is a rural gem, but I don't want too many of you going there or its charm will be eroded. The entire experience - gastropub and village - was an uplifting experience. The nearby town of Ilminster was a further treat. All in all, England as it used to be and should still be, if you subscribe to the values of Country Life magazine and the writings of Edward Thomas and John Betjeman. If, however, you want hustle and bustle, it's not for you.

  • Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 4 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
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N Yorks
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55 reviews 55 reviews
25 hotel reviews
Reviews in 35 cities Reviews in 35 cities
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2012

I have frequently eaten here when visiting relatives that have a property in the village and this year my wife and I also stayed for a couple of nights. The food is fabulous whether eating early doors, in the pub garden or in the restaurant. The quality has been consistently good over the three or four years we have been using this place. The mussels are without doubt some of, if not the, best I have ever tasted! Even my wife who does not profess to like mussels has been known to 'taste' several of mine! The room we stayed in was a gem. Plain floorboards, a slipper bath in the bedroom itself with a toilet en suite and no television! The quality of service was outstandingly good. This is a both a village pub and a place for a rural hideaway for a weekend or longer. The village itself is remarkably pretty and the welcome from the locals always generous and warm.

  • Stayed August 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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Dorset
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47 reviews 47 reviews
41 hotel reviews
Reviews in 37 cities Reviews in 37 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

Four of us had Sunday lunch here recently for the first time. Great ambience and friendly welcome and service. Mussels and terrine to start were all excellent as was the Sunday roast which was a varied and thoughtful offering.

The one disappointment was the fish cakes. They looked like fritters and were almost devoid of fish taste. Interestingly they were served under a pile of rocket. Overall we'll put that one down to experience. Certainly we will consider visiting again.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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6 reviews 6 reviews
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

My fiance and I had an excellent night away at the Lord Poulett. Excellent food (particularly enjoyed the lamb), good wine, great friendly and attentive service and a lovely comfortable room, then a great breakfast the next morning - all for less than £100 a head. Brilliant! I will be back.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 4 of 5 stars Sleep Quality
    • 5 of 5 stars Rooms
    • 4 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: High Street, Hinton St George TA17 8SE, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Hinton St George
Amenities:
Restaurant
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 B&Bs / Inns in Hinton St George
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Number of rooms: 2
Also Known As:
Lord Poulett Arms Hotel Hinton

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