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Lord Poulett Arms
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London, United Kingdom
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8 reviews
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“Weekend Stay”
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.

Room Tip: We loved room 4 which had a bath within the room and an en-suite toilet sink but the 2 rooms with pr...
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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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
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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
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Dorset
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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
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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
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Wimborne Minster, United Kingdom
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Reviewed November 9, 2012

Great atmosphere created by original architecture with thoughtful decoration and layout; then the food! Quite the cut above the expected, even in these days of the gastro-pub. Different dishes to the normal, some work better than others, but all welcome. One small disappointment was the wine list; small and limited selection of nice wines, but could have been improved with one or two additions.
The rooms were all individual and comfortable, provided you don't mind bathing in the bedroom, or nipping across the corridor in the night.
Breakfast ranked amongst the best I have ever had, with every part obviously chosen for flavour and cooked beautifully.
It seems to be a local too, which is quite a coup these days.

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed November 6, 2012 via mobile

The food here is very good both evening meals and sunday lunches. The atmosphere is friendly, warm and Cosy.
Booking is advised as it is, rightly very popular.
The meat for sunday lunches is excellently cooked full of flavour and tender. The vegetables are always interesting and tasty not just the usual boring ones you get at most pubs.
It's a lovely old pub set in a beautiful small village off the beaten track but well worth the effort of finding.
The beer is well kept too and they often have lovely home made non alcoholic fruit cordials available which are well worth trying

Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
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Property: Lord Poulett Arms
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): $
Hotel Class:3 star — Lord Poulett Arms 3*
Number of rooms: 4
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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