The Lord Poulett Arms

Hinton Saint George, Bristol, Bath & Somerset, United Kingdom
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The Lord Poulett Arms

Hinton Saint George, Bristol, Bath & Somerset, United Kingdom

Excellent food and a warm welcome at this stylish yet traditional West Country pub-with-rooms

Excellent food and a warm welcome at this stylish yet traditional West Country pub-with-rooms

Our first impressions of Hinton St George were of style, tradition and serenity. The Lord Poulett Arms, therefore, is perfectly suited to its picturesque Somerset-village setting. When we arrived at the 17thC thatched pub, it was Happy Hour: a log fire was lit and locals were enjoying complimentary bar snacks and craft ales. Everyone, whether a regular or a visiting guest, was being greeted warmly by the smiling staff. This is clearly a hub for the community; we spotted the vicar chatting to the landed gentry, and, as more weekend guests arrived, everyone seemed to mix happily. If you’re looking for a fine example of an English country pub, you’ve come to the right place.

For many, the food is the main attraction. Based upon the area’s excellent produce, menus change seasonally and are a perfect balance of hearty pub fare and refined gourmet options, all prepared with finesse. But upstairs 6 stylish bedrooms are a big draw, too. Fashionable touches (Berber rugs, modern art and rolltop baths) marry beautifully with flagstone walls and ancient fireplaces. All-in-all, another resounding triumph from the team behind The Beckford Arms and The Talbot Inn.

Highs

  • It’s worth coming for the food alone; stay the night and you'll get an excellent breakfast, too
  • Just 6 stylish but comfortable rooms, with bathrobes and Bramley toiletries
  • Amazing rates
  • Wonderful countryside walks out from the village
  • A sun-trap courtyard gardens with pretty trellises, shady spots and a petanque court

Lows

  • Two of the rooms have their bathrooms across the corridor rather then ensuite, but you’re unlikely to bump into anyone on the landing
  • Breakfast finishes at 9:30am
  • It's an old building so noise can carry. You might hear people in neighbouring rooms or in the bar if it is busy
  • Closed Mondays and Tuesdays
  • You'll need a car but arrival is easy, just off the A303, and although parking is on-street, it's a quiet village

Best time to go

The pub is open all year (but is closed Mondays and Tuesdays) and makes a lovely hideaway whatever the season. Summer is gorgeous for long lunches in the walled garden, spring and autumn provide glorious natural colours, and the pub is a cosy bolthole in winter thanks to its open fires.

Our top tips

Come for Punky Night on the last Thursday of October. It's a 250 year-old custom commemorating the time the men of Hinton St George went to a nearby village and got so drunk that they failed to return. The women of the village had to collect their husbands late at night, lighting their way with lanterns. Nowadays, there's an annual village parade of children and adults carrying carved lanterns made from pumpkins and singing the Punky Night song.

Great for...

Cheap & Chic
Family
Foodie
Romantic
  • Pub with rooms
  • 6 rooms
  • Restaurant and bar
  • All ages welcome
  • Open all year
  • Pool
  • Spa Treatments
  • Beach Nearby
  • Pet Friendly
  • Disabled Access
  • Car recommended
  • Parking
  • Restaurants Nearby
  • WiFi
  • Air Conditioning
  • Guest Lounge
  • Terrace
  • Garden
  • Gym
Room:

Rooms

Owners Charlie, Dan and Matt were once in the senior echelons of the Soho House group, so style and attention to detail run in their blood. As with their other pubs (The Talbot Inn, The Bath Arms and The Beckford Arms), Farrow & Ball colours, Roberts radios, heritage Welsh blankets, contemporary art and soft Berber rugs are the signature style. Little details like homemade biscuits show their personal touch.

There are 6 rooms to choose from, 4 with ensuite bathrooms and 2 with private bathrooms across the hallway. On our visits, we've stayed in a Large ensuite and Medium ensuite. Both were spacious and dressed in cosy décor, and we loved the super-king beds, clad in dreamy Egyptian cotton sheets, a goosedown duvet and cosy Welsh blanket.

We took full advantage of the claw-foot bathtub for a pre-dinner soak; most rooms have one. Toiletries are divine handmade products by Bramley (the owners' company), including bath salts and shaving kits, and there are soft towelling bathrobes.

Features include:

  • Bathrobes
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Hairdryer
  • Radio
  • Toiletries
  • TV
  • WiFi

Eating

Like everything at The Lord Poulett, food and drink is refined while staying true to its pub roots. Quality local produce features heavily on the menus, and the highly skilled kitchen team make, cure and smoke everything on the premises. There are tempting pub classics such as a “Rubens peppered burger” and cider-battered fish and chips, that bear the hallmark flourishes of a chef at the top of his game, or more genteel options that feel far from typical gastro-pub fare.

I opted for a seabass ceviche with pickled peppers and tiger's milk followed by pan-roasted cod with brown shrimp and caper butter, lemon puree and crispy potato. My partner had a Scotch egg with celeriac remoulade and sriracha mayonnaise followed by a seasonal ballotine of turkey with cranberry sauce, potato terrine and parsnip puree (we were staying in December). We finished things off with a deep-fried Lopen apple pie with cinnamon toast ice cream, and a cheeseboard loaded with local West Country cheese and Lord Poulett house digestives. This is not a place to come if you're dieting.

Breakfast is a generous spread of fruit compotes, fantastic homemade granola, flaky pastries and freshly baked bread. (Plus a build-your-own Bloody Mary station for those who've sampled too much local ale the night before!). Wonderful cooked options included the Full Somerset, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, and porridge with cream and brown sugar.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Kids' meals
  • Restaurant
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Activity:

Activities

  • Visit Hinton St George's 13thC Grade I-listed church
  • There are many walks from the village, including a lovely 45-minute round trip which takes in a 14th-century oak tree, thought to have the widest spread of any oak in England
  • The Blackdown Hills are just 30 minutes' drive away, on the border of Devon and Somerset. For many, this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty epitomises the English countryside with hedgerow valleys and narrow, winding lanes
  • The National Trust's Montacute House is 20 minutes' drive away, one of England's most beautiful Elizabethan houses. Forde Abbey House and Gardens is also close
  • Picturesque Somerset is famed for its cider; visit Burrow Hill for tastings
  • You're half an hour’s drive from Dorset's Jurassic Coast and the pretty seaside towns of Lyme Regis and Westbay

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Cycling

Kids

Children are welcome and the staff are very friendly. There are great countryside walks and the fossil-filled Jurassic Coast close by, and the relaxed atmosphere in the bar and restaurant attracts plenty of local families.

Best for:

Babies (0-1 years), Children (4-12 years)

Family friendly accommodation:

There's a Family Room with bunk beds, and Room 5 (a Large) can fit 2 extra beds for children. Baby cots are available to borrow.

Children's meals:

They provide a kids' menu in the restaurant.

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Jurassic Coast
  • National Trust gardens
  • Countryside walks

  • Distances:

    • Hospital: 25 minutes
    • Shop: 1 minute
    Kid Friendly:

    Location

    The Lord Poulett Arms is in the pretty village of Hinton St George, 5 minutes from Crewkerne in Somerset. It's 2 hours from London by car or train, and an hour from Bristol or Bath.

    By Air:
    Exeter is the closest airport (55km), but Bristol (83km) is served by more airlines. From either you'll want to hire a car.

    By Train:
    Crewkerne station is 5 mins away by taxi.

    Detailed directions will be sent when you book through i-escape.

    Airports:

    • Exeter 55.0 km EXE
    • Bristol 83.0 km BRS

    Other:

    • Beach 0.0 km
    • Shops 0.0 km
    • Restaurant 0.0 km

    Our guests' ratings...

    Based on 5 independent reviews from i-escape guests

    10/10
    Room
    10/10
    Food
    10/10
    Service
    10/10
    Value
    10/10
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