“21st-century style in a welcoming 16th-century pub with 8 unique rooms and an unmissable restaurant”
Stylish and eclectic, all rooms have amazingly comfy beds, Egyptian linens, and luscious local Bramley products.
At the front of the pub, Large Room 1 is light and airy thanks to gorgeous dual aspect windows. Medium Room 2 has soft, feminine pale lemon tones and steps leading up to an ensuite with beautiful claw-foot tub.
Super Room 3 is the show-stopper, with a fabulous four-poster and in-room claw-foot bathtub backed by a cool mosaic wall. Antique-style furniture reminds you of the building's long history, and restored sash windows overlook the 13th-century church.
If you're happy without a view, we thought Small Room 4 was the best value. Despite the name, it felt spacious, with a French-style bed and fabulous walk-in shower.
Those needing twin beds should book Small Room 5 (a quiet and simply decorated room) or Medium Room 8 (lovely New-England-style tongue-and-groove panelling). Be aware that the latter has the kitchen’s extractor fan outside its window, though this should stop around 11pm.
Our favourite, with its hand-printed balloon wallpaper, was Medium Room 6, overlooking the terrace. Also charming is Medium Room 7 with beautiful dream catcher-feather wallpaper, and a bathroom adorned with flying ducks.
With Tom Blake, ex River Cottage head chef, at the helm, we had high hopes for the imaginative upmarket pub grub, and it totally delivered. Menus list all of the artisan West-Country suppliers (sustainable Bridport fish, Pitney veg) and the bar serves all English beers and ciders.
We Sunday lunched on old spot pork belly - delicious crackling, sweet apple sauce - and smoky, succulent roast beef topside, with red wine gravy. The friendly team recommended a rich chocolate terrine pudding with salted caramel popcorn, strawberry sorbet and pistachio crumb. Definitely a good call.
Evening meals might include a kedgeree scotch egg with raita starter, or a veg sharing plate with marinated courgette. For the main, perhaps go for an informal stone-baked flatbread pizza (spicy lamb, feta and mint) or a more traditional pork chop with orange, wood-roasted potatoes, rocket and salsa.
In the morning, breakfast was served on the sunny terrace. Our baby son was offered warmed milk and his own portion of scrambled eggs (there’s a daytime kids' menu, too). We went for a slightly more decadent version: chorizo sausages, creamy scrambled eggs and hearty toast, washed down with cloudy apple juice. Sat there with the Sunday papers and fresh coffee, we really felt on holiday.
The White Hart is family friendly; our baby son was welcomed with open arms - instantly making us feel relaxed, too. There are no specific kids' facilities but there's a small garden and Somerton has a public play area.
If travelling with a baby or toddler, do bring a monitor - as soon as the team saw ours they asked which room we were in and recommended where to sit based on where we’d get the best reception.
Babies (0-1 years), Toddlers (1-4 years), Children (4-12 years)
All but the Small rooms can hold an extra bed or baby cot; Medium Room 2 is suitable for a baby cot only, but the others would also work for a family travelling with 1 child. In particular, Medium Rooms 7 and 8 would be great for family with older children as they are together at the end of a corridor, and Room 8 can be twinned.
Available on request
Remember baby and child equipment may be limited or need pre-booking
A good-value kids' menu, ranging from homemade pizzas to hummus and carrot sticks or pollock fish fingers and chips. Nearby, The Courtyard Cafe serves cream teas and has a kids' play area