Lord Poulett Arms
Honey-coloured 17th-c stone inn with a thoughtful choice of enjoyable food and drinks and pretty garden; attractive bedrooms
The good pub guide review
Attention to detail is the secret to this splendid pub: it's a fine old building furnished with beautiful antique furniture, serving delicious food made from the finest local ingredients and a carefully curated drinks list. Several linked character rooms have exposed stone or painted walls hung with portraits and mirrors, hop-draped beams, rugs on flagstones or bare boards and some lovely antique farmhouse, ladderback and windsor chairs and high-backed settles around fine oak or elm tables. There's a raised two-way fireplace, candles in brass sticks, a silver tea set, a grandfather clock and fresh flowers. You'll find a beer named for the pub and Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump, 20 wines by the glass or carafe, home-made cordial, some interesting spirits and local bottled cider; background music, board games and table skittles. Outside, there are elegant metalwork chairs and tables in a Mediterranean-style gravelled area with flowering tubs, and a lawn with picnic-sets and wooden furniture; boules. The six bedrooms are comfortable and attractive. This is sister pub to the Talbot at Mells (also in Somerset) and the Beckford Arms at Fonthill Gifford (Wiltshire).
The good pub guide food review
Highly regarded food from a seasonal menu includes roasted heritage carrot salad with Somerset feta and ras el hanout dressing, potted ham hock with toast, Somerset rarebit with leaf salad, baba ganoush with grilled flatbread, tabbouleh and roasted peppers, rump steak with bloody mary butter and chips, roast and pickled cauliflower with split pea dhal, River Exe mussels in cider, and puddings such as lemon posset with raspberries and shortbread and mascarpone cheesecake cream with local strawberries and pistachios.
Lord Poulett Arms, High Street, Hinton St. George, Somerset, TA17 8SE
Weekdays: 8am-11pm; closed Mon, Tues