Five cool pubs with rooms
We’re spoilt for choice when it comes to brilliant pubs in Somerset. We’ve got some of the best watering holes in the UK – atmospheric, set in beautiful countryside, serving fantastic local beers and ciders, fine wines and delicious seasonal, local food. They’re so good, it can be hard to leave. So why not stay? Check out these five cool Somerset pubs with rooms and nab a night or two away with your partner or your bestie…
Tarr Farm Inn, Tarr Steps, nr Dulverton
This 16th century inn has a truly idyllic setting on the wooded banks of the River Barle, overlooking the famous Mediaeval clapper bridge in the Exmoor National Park. This was one of the first places I ever brought the Muddies. You can paddle in the shallows or walk a little further along the wooded bank for some wild swimming before heading back to the Inn. During the season, it’s a popular base for shooting (it’s set in 40 acres of its own grounds) as well as all other other Exmoor activities like riding and walking. It’s an unpretentious place with stall seating, wall seats and leather chairs in the bar. There’s a fine dining restaurant (local meats, fish and game) and tables outside, literally on the river bank, which are gorgeous in the summer.
The nine comfortable rooms are all fitted out with organic bath products, fluffy bathrobes, Egyptian cotton sheets (nice) as well as TV/DVD/iPad docking stations and wi-fi.
The Wheatsheaf, Combe Hay, nr Bath
A great place for a sleepover if you fancy popping into Bath for a bit of retail therapy or kulcha – The Wheatsheaf, in the village of Combe Hay, is only ten minutes’ drive into the city – but falls within the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The pub started life in 1576 as a farmhouse and only became a public house in the 18th century. It now serves beers, fine wines and original, artfully arranged food (with veg from their own kitchen garden) and has three simply decorated rooms for guests.
The rooms have king size beds, feather and down duvets and en-suite shower rooms with rainwater showers, fluffy cotton towels (naturally) and White Company bath products (mmmm) – and come with a tuck box containing freshly ground Italian coffee, teas, hot choc and other treats. Book me a room right now!
Three Horseshoes, Batcombe, nr Bruton
A 400-year old, family-friendly country pub in Batcombe which is only a few miles away from Bruton, where you’ll find international art gallery Hauser & Wirth and about 7 miles from the lively, arty town of Frome with its many artisan shops and first Sunday of the month Frome Independent market. You can have a drink inn the large bar (check out the inglenook fireplace and beamed ceiling) or enjoy a meal in the dining room (seasonal and local modern menu with some pub classics). In the summer you can sit in a lush garden overlooked by the church tower.
There are three simple but stylish rooms, each with flat-screen TV and wi-fi. The handmade bath salts and hand wash in the en-suite bathrooms and en-suite shower rooms are a nice touch.
The White Hart, Somerton
This former coaching house is in the market square of the lovely blue lias stone town of Somerton, once the capital of Wessex. It’s a small town but it has some interesting vintage and interiors shops to mooch around, and weird and wonderful Glastonbury is just 8 miles up the road. Although the pub dates back to the 16th century, it’s got a contemporary interior, with lots of space to sit and a sun-trap courtyard and garden outside. Local ciders and beer plus great seasonal, local food from a team headed by by Tom Blake, former head chef at River Cottage.
There are eight luxury en-suite rooms, each with a huge double bed (some rooms can be used as twins and they can squeeze in bed or a cot for a child), Egyptian linen and eclectic furniture as well as smart TV, wi-fi, fluffy towels and nice Bramley bath stuff, etc.
The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St George
Set in the picture postcard village of Hinton St George in south Somerset, about 20 miles north of the Jurassic coast, this is an award-winning pub with rooms and some fab summer events. There are three different areas in the pub: a snug with a large inglenook fireplace and two rooms, one large, one tiny, set along two sides of the bar, where you can drink and eat (modern British). There’s a summer programme of free, family-friendly musical events on Sunday afternoons outside in the pretty garden with a BBQ (inside the bar if it’s raining – as if!).
There are four luxurious rooms, with antique beds and roll top baths. What’s not to like?