Somerset is renowned for its natural beauty as well as its historic villages and Cotswold charm. From cosy pubs with rooms to luxury inns, village retreats to remote escapes, as we continue our daydreaming of the travel opportunities to come, The Good Hotel Guide shares nine of their top pubs with rooms in Somerset that we can look forward to visiting…
The Carpenter’s Arms, Pensford
Between Bristol and Bath, in the tiny hamlet of Stanton Wick, you will find The Carpenter’s Arms – a 13 bedroom restaurant with rooms that’s been beautifully refurbished to offer welcoming but exemplary style. Cosy and comforting but masters of professionalism as well, the historic pub has a reputation for its fine food and drink, showcasing the wonderful range of West Country produce, from local lamb to seasonal game and fresh fish from Brixham.
The Swan, Wedmore
A bustling village pub in a building that dates back to the 1700s, The Swan has been stylishly updated over the years to include seven en-suite bedrooms, as well as welcoming features such as a wood burner in the bar and a charming terrace for drinks outside in the summer. Having been in the hospitality business across the centuries, it continues the tradition today in modern style, but always with a nod to its past. Rooms are light, airy and stylish, while the restaurant and pub are about simple, unfussy food that allow fresh local ingredients to really shine.
The Talbot Inn, Mells
This traditional country pub is located in a former coaching inn in the heart of the historic village of Mells. Just two hours by car or train outside London and a mere 20 minutes from Bath, it’s a combination of classic pub and smart hotel at excellent prices. There are eight rooms to stay in, all of which have King sized or Emperor sized beds and are bedecked with creature comforts including Smart TVs and internet radios with iPod docking stations, as well as handmade natural bath and body products from Bramley. Meanwhile, the restaurant not only showcases the best of local fare, but also uses plenty of produce grown in the kitchen garden as well as meat and fish that’s cured or smoked in-house.
The White Hart, Somerton
A pub at the heart of Somerton since the 1600s, The White Hart has gone by a couple of different names over the years, but has always continued its tradition of hospitality. Combining a popular bar, pub, restaurant and eight rooms for those who wish to stay, its won awards for its breakfasts, and can do things with chorizo eggs and toast that you never knew possible. Meanwhile, rooms offer a unique sense of eclectic style that’s a feast for the senses and offers a sense of escapism that’s a magical surprise when you walk through the doors.
The Kings Arms, Sherborne
A five star Somerset country inn, The Kings Arms is a boutique hotel that’s steeped in history. Beautifully styled, this place is all about the details, including a range of dining areas, a croquet lawn and terrace, comfy sofas and beautiful artwork from local artists. It has 10 bedrooms, all with their own sense of style but all with modern luxuries. You can choose from those in the original building or more contemporary new rooms, all of which are named after precious gemstones.
The Red Lion, Babcary
An award-winning, 17th century thatched pub and restaurant, The Red Lion is all about historic charm. From traditional flagstone floors to exposed beams, open fires to cosy nooks and crannies and an incredibly pretty garden, The Red Lion is the best of old and new. Alongside all these glorious original details, the hotel has something for every occasion, from Sunday lunches and outdoor wood-fired pizzas to individually planned weddings. Stay for a day or stay for a week, it’s a gem that everyone should experience at least once.
The Devonshire Arms, Langport
A Grade II listed former hunting lodge, The Devonshire Arms sits by a picturesque village green within two hours of London. Fusing historic and contemporary styles, the nine rooms are elegant and light, each with their own individual style and luxury details. Meanwhile, the bar is a buzzy and sociable environment that’s popular with locals and serves and excellent pie and pint, or for a slightly more formal meal, the restaurant serves seasonal favourites with a view of the green.
The Queens Arms, Sherborne
A quintessentially English, Georgian inn surrounded by glorious Somerset countryside, The Queens Arms in Corton Denham is all about reading the newspaper by an open fire with the dog at your feet before settling into rustic rooms for a peaceful night’s sleep. The real star of the show at this inn however, is the food. Superb wines and exemplary cooking make breakfast, lunch and dinner a real treat that you should definitely take your time over.
The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton St. George
A stylish, thatched pub that first opened its doors in 1680, The Lord Poulett Arms sits in a pretty village, surrounded by picturesque countryside. A classic pub with blissful hotel accommodation, this is a destination that’s all about the details. There’s a terrace courtyard and a beautiful garden with an unusual Basque Pelota wall at the end and a Provencal Petanque piste. Meanwhile, each of the six rooms have their own character and are bedecked with country chic soft furnishings such as Welsh blankets to snuggle up in and enjoy the views.