The Three Horseshoes

Batcombe, Somerset, Bristol, Bath & Somerset, United Kingdom
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The Three Horseshoes

Batcombe, Somerset, Bristol, Bath & Somerset, United Kingdom

A 17th-century inn reinvented as a gourmet pub with 5 sumptuous rooms, owned by a top London chef

A 17th-century inn reinvented as a gourmet pub with 5 sumptuous rooms, owned by a top London chef

It’s always a delight to find yet another reason for visiting this coveted corner of North Somerset, which is fast becoming a foodie haven. Top London chef Margot Henderson (owner of Rochelle Canteen) caught wind of the region’s rep, choosing to open up her next establishment in a 17th-century pub in a tiny village near Bruton (of Hauser & Wirth fame). The quaint village of Batcombe has little more than a handful of stone cottages separated by hedgerows, an impressive Norman church sited atop a hill, and now, next door, a destination pub. Inside, it’s all flickering candles, inglenook fireplaces and pared-back simplicity: a romantic nod to the pubs of yore. Inspired by Somerset’s bountiful garden, Margot's dishes draw on produce from the fields and orchards that fan out from the pub, as well as local meat and game. Menus change twice daily so every meal is a surprise, but it’s all traditional, unpretentious and exceedingly good.

But that’s not all. Above the pub there are 5 enormous bedrooms that are so sumptuous we found it a struggle to go down for dinner. They are furnished in soothing colours, with pitched ceilings, roll-top baths and huge handmade beds that you could get lost in. Each room is indulgent and luxurious - an entity in its own right. But if you do manage to surface, there are dozens of attractions nearby, like Stourhead, Longleat and Bath, plus plenty of foodie highlights. Loosen those waistbands, you’re in for a treat!


  • This is fast becoming a destination pub for foodies in the know; the menu changes twice daily, and everything we tasted was hearty and scrummy
  • The pub itself is rustic and cosy and perfectly matches the simple style of the food. In summer, it spills out onto a flower-filled garden overlooking the village church
  • The rooms are the best we’ve seen in a pub: enormous and gorgeously furnished in calming tones - plus free snacks!
  • Picturesque countryside walks from the door, and the upmarket towns of Bruton and Frome are close
  • Dog-friendly and kid-friendly - there’s a big playground opposite the pub


  • The menu here is heavy on meat, but there is always at least one vegetarian option for starter and main course
  • The breakfast menu is limited but you can order as much of it as you like (two options when we visited, both divine)

Best time to go

The Three Horseshoes is open every day and makes a lovely getaway whatever the season. Summer is gorgeous for alfresco dining in the garden, while the pub is cosy and warm in the colder seasons - roaring fires and hearty food will keep you toasty.

Our top tips

At some point during your stay, make sure you do the short walk to Westcombe Dairy and Landrace Bakery, located in a neighbouring hamlet. Here you can pick up artisan cheeses, charcuterie, local cider and freshly baked bread (which is served at The Three Horseshoes). We bought ourselves a whole little picnic to feast on.

Great for...

Great Outdoors
  • Pub with rooms
  • 5 bedrooms
  • Restaurant & 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
  • Electric car charger
Room: 1


The 5 sumptuous bedrooms above the pub are as wonderful as the food. Four of the rooms share a landing, and the fifth has its own private entrance from the garden terrace. Local designer Frances Penn styled each room with neutral tones and luxury furnishings. Beds are handmade by Reylon (and are humungous), furniture is antique, duvets are goose down and lighting is statement. Expect pitched ceilings with exposed beams, and muted colours creating an elegant finish.

Room 1 faces the side of the pub and has a very inviting window-side bathtub. Room 2 faces the front and features one of the largest bathrooms of the lot, with an in-set bath. Rooms 3 and 4 overlook the garden and church and can interconnect. We stayed in the latter, the larger of the two, and adored hearing the church chime next door as we ensconced ourselves in the giant bed. This room is also good for dog owners as it has a little entrance hall where you can hang coats and dry muddy paws. Room 5 is separate from the others and has long views over the church and rolling fields beyond.

All rooms have Opal coffee machines, Wildsmith toiletries and coffee table books on art, history or interiors. There are also free snacks on tap; rooms 1-4 share a snack cupboard in the hallway, while Room 5 has its own supply of homemade biscuits, chocolates and crisps. Milk, soft drinks and cold alcoholic drinks can be brought up from the bar on request.

Features include:

  • Central heating
  • Coffee / tea making
  • Fan
  • Hairdryer
  • Toiletries
  • WiFi


Margot Henderson and her chef husband Fergus are known figures on the London foodie circuit, so you know you’re in for something special here. The main pub is an intimate space: there are just two rooms - the bar and the dining room - separated by a vast inglenook fireplace that glows in the centre. Styling is simple and traditional, with heavy curtains, paintings, beams and flagstone floors setting the scene for a medieval-style banquet in this historic building.

Menus change twice daily, and dishes are based on seasonal and local ingredients. Timeless English classics are given the limelight, and meat features heavily (but there's always one veggie option; request in advance for vegan). We visited at Christmastime and dishes were hearty and stodgy - think pig trotters, sausage rolls, pies - which felt apt for the season. But there are lighter options too; we began with delicately cured trout, and Jerusalem artichoke with shallot. Then went full carnivore for mains: chicken and bacon pie, and bacon chop with prunes and sauerkraut. Puddings were also English classics - treacle tart, sticky toffee, pavlova etc - a little uninspiring, in our opinion, but they tasted jolly good. The red wine was flowing (there’s a decent wine list), and service was friendly yet discreet. We were there mid-week and it was completely full. This is already a destination pub for in-the-know foodies.

Breakfast is a much simpler affair. We got two options - one hot, one cold - scribbled on a blackboard. Naturally, we ordered one of each, and both were delightful: sweet and sticky granola with soaked fruit and honey; poached egg on sourdough with bacon and roasted tomato. The coffee was exceedingly strong, which pepped us for a day of exploring the Somerset countryside.

Features include:

  • Bar
  • Breakfast
  • Restaurant
  • Vegetarian options


  • There are lots of pretty countryside walks from the pub, taking you around the village and further afield - maps are available to borrow
  • Head into upmarket Bruton (5km), where there are excellent cafes and restaurants, boutique shops, and a famous art gallery
  • Nearby Frome (14km) is gorgeous, a small market town with great cafés, historic architecture and a surprising abundance of vintage boutiques. It hosts an excellent artisan market on the first Sunday of every month
  • Stroll around the magnificent lake, mystical grottoes and rare exotic trees at the National Trust’s Stourhead Gardens (14km)
  • Spend a day at Longleat Safari Park (20km) - drive through animal enclosures (lions, tigers, rhinos), explore the famous maze and wander the enormous house
  • At certain times of the year, Bath & West showground near Shepton Mallet plays host to one of the largest antiques and flea markets in the country. With stalls selling anything from tea sets and books to kitchen units and chairs, it’s a thrifter’s paradise
  • Beautiful Bath is within day-tripping distance (38km) - we love its boutique shops, buzzy street market scene and the famous Roman Baths

Activities on site or nearby include:

  • Historical sites
  • Museums / galleries
  • Plantlife / flora
  • Shopping / markets
  • Walking


Children are welcome here, and most rooms can fit extra beds. There's a playground next door to the pub, and lots of green space all around. But the dining room has more of an intimate, grown-up vibe, and there's no kids' menu (though simple, kid-friendly meals can be tailored on request).

Best for:

All ages

Family friendly accommodation:

Rooms 1 and 4 are the largest so are the most suitable for additional beds or cots for children. Rooms 3 & 4 can interconnect, making them perfect for a family stay. Kids will like the free snacks on offer!

Cots Available, Extra Beds Available

Kids Activities nearby:

  • Village playground, located next door to the pub
  • Longleat Safari Park
  • Mill on the Brue – a children's activity centre

Kid Friendly:


The Three Horseshoes is set in the small village of Batcombe, Somerset. It's 10 minutes from Bruton, 30 minutes from Bath, and approx 2 hours from London.

By Air:
Fly into Bristol (45 minutes away) or London Heathrow (2 hours away). From either, we'd recommend hiring a car.

By Car:
Being in a rural location, it's best to bring your own vehicle. The Three Horseshoes has a car park with plenty of spaces and an electric car charging point.

By Train:
The nearest station is Frome, 20 minutes away by taxi. Trains from London Paddington take 2 hours.

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


  • Bristol 40.0 km
  • London Heathrow 160.0 km


  • Beach 50.0 km
  • Shops 5.0 km
  • Restaurant 5.0 km

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