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.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Elegant 17th Century Inn located in a very peaceful location in one of the most beautiful villages in the West Country. Hinton St George is set in stunning rolling, typically English countryside on the borders of Somerset, Devon & Dorset. The Lord Poulett Arms has recently won numerous prestigious national awards including “Gastro Pub of the Year” from the Good Hotel Guide, & “National Dining Pub of the Year” in the Good Pub Guide & received superb reviews from every quality newspaper incl 9/10 for food & 9/10 service from The Sunday Times & “Best Sunday Lunch in the West Country” from The Observer. The Inn is furnished with taste & much of the furniture is antique. The quality of the food is the main draw to The Lord Poulett with it winning the Good Pub Guide “Somerset Dining Pub of the Year” in 2009, 2012, 2014 & 2015. The Inn has two gardens; one a French inspired knot garden with Wisteria covered pergola & Boules Piste & the other a typically English wild garden full of mistletoe covered apple tree’s, Hammocks & Love Seats & even a Five’s Wall (the forerunner to squash). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Lord Poulett Arms Hotel Hinton