The Penn Mill Hotel has eight rooms above a large bar and restaurant area. It was built in the early 1800’s as a coaching inn between London and Cornwall and has a massive car park which is free for patrons. The building has idiosyncrasies such as the impossibility of having a dedicated hotel reception area; guests check in by going to the bar and introducing themselves. From that point you realise that the people who own and run the Penn Mill are hospitality professionals who employ fantastic staff. The key to your room also fits the front door so you are free to come and go as you please.
There are four en-suite rooms and another four which share two bathrooms, my room was en-suite. The room was spotlessly clean, serviced daily and the bed was extremely comfortable. The bathroom had a couple of cracked tiles which I suppose would cost points in an AA inspection but the bath was deep, hot water gushed out at the rate expected of far superior hotels and there are lovely touches like the provision of very high quality soaps and conditioner.
Food at the Penn Mill is extraordinarily good. Their website says that everything is sourced locally and in my opinion the quality is evident. Breakfast is cooked to order and I was very impressed by the use of a PIR detector to notify staff whenever somebody enters the dining room. They don’t do fancy things like Omelette Arnold Bennett or Eggs Benedict but if you enjoy a simple ‘English’ breakfast of top-quality bacon, egg and sausage you won’t be disappointed; cereals and juice are self-served. The restaurant has become something of a destination venue in recent years and it was busy each evening throughout my stay. I ate there once and it was superb in every respect; the menu was diverse and my co-diners were equally delighted with their choices.
Overall, I gained the impression that the owners have personal experience of the small touches that make the difference between OK hotels and great ones and, wherever possible, have applied them to their own operation. Highly recommended.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A popular Yeovil Hotel Bar & Restaurant. Located on the main A30 midway between London & Cornwall. The beautiful Ham Stone building was built in the 1850's & is now owned by husband & wife, Jon & Sarah. The Hotel rooms have just undergone a £200,000 refurbishment scheme, which has definitely put the small family run hotel on the map. All 8 of the beautiful guestrooms are slightly individual with King, Twin or Superking sized beds, 32" Panasonic Smart televisions, ensuite bathrooms, & perfectly designed quaint features.To compliment the stunning rooms, the well established bar & restaurant offers a relaxed setting to enjoy a perfectly kept pint, wonderful glass of wine & traditionally cooked local food. The ever popular Sunday Carvery is a highlight. Served from 12pm until around 6/7pm, Three Somerset Meats are offered alongside our infamous Homemade Yorkshire Puddings which would put Aunt Bessie to shame!, Beautifully roasted Maris Piper potatoes, Honey parsnips, & large selection of locally supplied vegetables including cauliflower cheese plus, gluten free gravy. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Pen Mill Hotel Yeovil, Somerset