Stayed here for 2 nights on a business/pleasure trip in October in Porlock, and for the price point (around £50/night) it is a real gem. It is a way up from Porlock on Exmoor however, but it is so darn peaceful and calm up there, and beauitful to boot! (to note there is n mobile signal, but full WiFi in the bar area that makes up for it. And they let me use the pub landline to phone home which was kind of them!). The room i stayed in was cosy, warm and comfortable, something that was appreciated when staring out over the starkly beauitful, but cold and windswept looking Doone Valley (my room apparently had the best view of Exmoor). I was cosy and warm with a lovely view. i believe the rooms have been freshly refurbished, so are modern, with a lovely tea tray (and fresh milk available if you ask), flatscreen tv, and the biggest and most comfortable Iron frame bed in mine with lots of scatter cushions to sink into. The bathroom had a powerful shower and generous sized shower tray, and thr rooms felt clean and fresh. The Culbone is essentially a restaurant with rooms, and thr rest of my business party were all staying down in Porlock, but we all ate together on both nights here (i'd had the foresight, as a foodie, to work out that this gastropub had rooms!), so i was able to just waddle to my room after the meals. The food is of a high standard in the Bistro/Gastropub style, and we were ther on Tues night (locally caught fish night) and Wed night (Steak night!). On fish night we had a wonderful seafood platter between 6 of us, served on a massive wooden butchers block! Clams, prawns, whitebait, fresh Oysters...and THE most divine Taramasalata i have ever tasted! The local fish dishes served looked divine, i however was awkward and had a Devon Red Ribeye steak (had apparently been mooing down the road a few weeks before-local herd). This wasnt a problem for the kitchen despite ir being fish night. On the Wed night, Steak Night, my colleagues all came back up again, and i had a delicious scallop starter, and, erm, Fish and Chips! I like to be awkward! Again not a problem for the kitchen. Overall, delicious food, reasonably priced. Lovely welcoming staff and cosy, peaceful, beautifully isolated (in a nice way) if you are staying there. I'd highly recommend it!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Alex and myself Annette, have recently taken over the Culbone Stables Inn on Exmoor. It is situated on the A39 between Porlock and Lynton in the idyllic heart of Exmoor. Our Inn and gardens are in a beautiful setting and have exceptional views across the valley of Coombe. Our aim has been to renovate the restaurant back to a welcome, friendly Country Inn/pub. Our menu is traditional pub fare, at reasonable prices, using local produce. We welcome walkers, cyclists, families and dogs. We have 5 on suite bedrooms. 2 are opposite each other (one twin, one double) with their own landing and would be perfect for families. Room 1 has its own private patio, with stunning views. Our motto is , anything you want, just ask. We might not be able to fulfil some requests but there's no harm in asking. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Culbone Stables Hotel Porlock
- The Culbone Stables Inn Porlock, England