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“Great meal, friendly welcome and excellent beer”
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The Hood Arms
Ranked #1 of 2 Kilve B&B and Inns
Bristol
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“Great meal, friendly welcome and excellent beer”
Reviewed May 5, 2014

We stopped at the hood arms (as we have done previously) for a meal and a pint yesterday (Sunday). We both had the Sunday roast, beef, for 9.95. First a beer which was excellent and one of the better pints of Exmoor Gold you will find. Second the beef and trimmings was both delicious and plenty of it. Came with excellent large Yorkshire pudding, very good gravy/roast potatoes/cauliflower in sauce/carrots/swede/parsnips. Honestly for the price this was simply excellent value and well cooked home food. The bar staff and service to our table was very good, friendly and a bunch of a mix of people in giving a friendly atmosphere.

For the end of our day and on the way back to bristol we couldn't have asked for a nicer meal and beer and having been before this is typical of our experience of the hood arms.......

  • Stayed May 2014, traveled as a couple
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London, United Kingdom
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

We visited Kilve for four days and the hood became our local. Amazing Sunday Roasts and they were really child friendly and our 5year old loved the garden. The staff were friendly and the food was really to a high standard even our daughter loved her homemade chips!, Service was excellent! Thank you.

  • Stayed April 2014, traveled with family
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Sydney
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Reviewed April 5, 2014

I have been meaning to write this review for 3 months but have been so busy since our wedding that I haven't had a chance until now.

My husband and I got married on Saturday 21st December 2013 and we knew it would be a crazy day so we decided The Hood Arms would be a good option for the day after the wedding. After lots of planning we had 45 come for lunch on the Sunday and then 25 of us stayed the night. It was a fantastic way to spend the day after the wedding and we cannot recommmend it highly enough!!!

The food was fantastic, the rooms are lovely, the atmosphere was brilliant (John spent all day drinking with us and entertaining everyone) and it was the perfect way to wind down after our wedding.

We booked out most rooms in the hotel and a group of us stayed in Stag Lodge. The owners couldn't have been more accommodating, they were fantastic. If you're looking for a great pub to catch up with family and friends the day after your wedding, this is it. John and the staff did everything they could to help out, and helped arrange taxis and lifts for guests.

Thanks so much for helping to make our wedding weekend so perfect! We'll definitely be back in the summer!!
Amy & Wayne xx

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with friends
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South West
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Reviewed March 31, 2014 via mobile

We have only given a 4* rating as we only had lunch. We stopped here by chance on Mothering
Sunday but the staff managed to find us a table as it was early. So glad they did, as the lunch was wonderful. Proper pub, excellent range of beers and ciders and superb food. Staff were very helpful and professional with a smile for everybody. Considering it was obviously a busy day nothing seemed to be rushed. All good and will definitely be popping in again.

Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Wrexham
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Reviewed March 21, 2014

Stayed for a business trip for 3 nights with a colleague, Food great,room great, staff great. what more could you ask, Even John the owner gave us a different route to get into Taunton for work over the wonderful Quantock Hills, what a way to start the day, hopefully we will be back again.

Room Tip: Room 14, quite, good size nice shower
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled on business
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Bristol, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 17, 2014

We stayed for 4 nights in March at Stag Lodge – the holiday apartment – a birthday trip away. The lodge (and all the rooms) are situated at the back of the inn, away from the main road. I would definitely call this an inn rather than a hotel. We arrived at lunchtime on the first day and received a warm welcome. The lodge is available from 12 noon, which is very good, and we ate lunch in the bar before lugging our stuff from the car park –although we were asked if we needed help. The photographs of the lodge on the Hood Arms website are accurate, so I did not take any for this review. There are two decent double bedrooms in the lodge, both with their own bathrooms: the upstairs bathroom has a whirlpool bath with shower at one end, the downstairs a large shower room. The downstairs room can be locked off, thus ensuring privacy if needed. We used the upstairs bedroom, being advised that it was the more comfortable – it was a very comfy bed. We are both short, but still had to make sure we avoided the sloping roof beams at the side of the bed – tall people need to be downstairs.
A pint of milk, a cake, and flowers were left for us – a kind thought. There was a very good supply of herbs, oil, kitchen roll, dishwasher tablets, tea, sugar and coffee: things that are not always available in holiday lets. There was also a good selection of DVDs, and topical magazines and books. The weather was not too kind to us, but there are plenty of things to do in the area nevertheless. We had a winter offer - 4 nights for the price of 3, paid three months in advance, and a very reasonable daily rate, (it did not include breakfast, but that was fine by us). The inn organised a birthday cake for my husband, and delivered it to our table complete with candle and song.
Unfortunately, the lodge was not as clean as we would have liked, and the kitchen especially needed a clean; one surface was covered with oil, the oven was not clean, and some of the cutlery, glasses and pans had not been cleaned properly by previous incumbents and had not been checked by the cleaning staff (I did mention this on departure). The lodge had not been used for a while, probably since New Year, and was very cold. The kitchen and dining room were bitterly cold, and we only ate once at the dining table; they started to warm up by the time we left. We were given logs, firelighters and paper for the wood burner and we did put it on the first two nights, it warmed the central living area very well (but not the floor), and the warm air moved up to the landing and our bedroom, making them VERY warm. The sofa and chairs needed the upholstery cleaning on the arms and cushions, and the jute flooring in the living area had many stains on it. The Wi-Fi did not work throughout our stay, but we could have taken the laptop into the bar and used it there had we wished. The invoice we paid stated that drinks vouchers would be included in the price, but they were not offered.
The noise from the kitchen fan could be heard until after 23:00 which I believe that would make it irritating to sit outside the front door in summer, and the area outside the lodge is the entrance and egress from the beer garden, so there would be much toing and froing.
The car park for the inn is just outside it, but the places are short in length, the number limited and the traffic on the main road (A39) makes driving/reversing in and out very difficult. I would recommend reversing in. There is a car park across the road for day visitors. Fortunately, as it was quiet, we managed to park our long car in one of the longer slots for part of the time; otherwise it hung over the pavement. There is a local shop next door to the inn if you need any provisions.
We enjoyed both lunches we had there, although the choice was limited.

Room Tip: Tall people need to use the downstairs bedroom (Room 16 Parrot) .
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  • Stayed March 2014, traveled as a couple
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Exebridge
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9 reviews
3 hotel reviews
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Reviewed January 10, 2014

My wife and I went to the Hood Arms for a light lunch. Upon arrival, my first impression was that it is situated on a very busy road and you would have to be a very good sleeper indeed if you wanted to stay overnight. Unfortunately, a Caterfood van was also parked right outside the front of the establishment making a delivery which didn’t exactly thrill me!

The interior was comfortable enough in terms of the seating, tables and decor but it could have been a lot warmer for me - the same applies to the service from the barman and waiting staff.

As it is usually the best value on the menu, I opted for the ham, egg and chips. Wow, did I get that wrong - a rather mean two slices of ham, two utterly tasteless small eggs and of course, "plastic" catering chips. My wife had crab cakes as a main course and as she left two of the four I sampled these and I’m sorry but no, no, no, no - just a vague and rather bland fish taste. Altogether, a very disappointing meal which was surprising as the place had been recommended to us - perhaps the chef was on holiday!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: The Hood Arms
Address: Pardlestone Lane, Kilve TA5 1EA, England
Location: United Kingdom > England > Somerset > Kilve
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Beach Free Breakfast Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 B&Bs / Inns in Kilve
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): $
Hotel Class:4 star — The Hood Arms 4*
Number of rooms: 12
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Hood Arms is a beautifully furnished 17th century inn with orginal oak beams, natural stone walls, and open fireplaces. We are located at the foot of the Quantock hills and just one mile from Kilve's 'moonscape' beach. There are 12 comfortable, fully equipped en suite guest bedrooms which have been rated AA 4 stars. Our restaurant enjoys an excellent reputation far and wide, and guests are able to relax in our cosy bar or, during the summer months, in our large pretty garden. We are aware that we have had some negative comments posted on tripadvisor in recent months. We would like to assure you that the vast majority of our customers are very happy with their stay but we have reviewed these comments seriously and are genuinely working hard to make improvements. Why don't you try it and see for yourself? We guanrantee to do our very best to make your stay an enjoyable one. ... more   less 
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