June 2018: The trio who run the Beckford Arms near Tisbury, Wiltshire, and the Talbot Inn in Mells, Somerset, have bought The Lord Poulett Arms from husband-and-wife owners (of 15 years) Michelle Paynton and Steve Hill, for an undisclosed fee.
Harden's survey result
This thatched 17th-century Somerset inn – a “lovely old, multi-roomed pub in a delightful village” – has been a haven of quality for 15 years under Steve Hill and Michelle Paynton. It has taken some flak of late for being “rather average” and pricey, in a year which saw the couple retire to France (in summer 2018). It now joins the Beckford Arms at Tisbury and the Talbot Inn at Mells under new owners, backed by Nick Jones of Soho House.
Quintessential Somerset inn with a “lovely traditional feeling”; it provoked the odd grumbling report this year, with “disjointed service” the main gripe, but on most accounts the cooking was well-rated.
A lovely, old village gastroboozer-with-rooms, whose “very atmospheric” interior is a big highlight. All aspects of the operation are well rated though – with “really imaginative food” matched by kitchen and dining room staff who “go out of their way to be helpful”.
A “lovely old” village gastropub-with-rooms featuring “real fires, mismatched furniture and good quality local and seasonal food”; its highlight remains the especially “atmospheric setting” – “like dining in a private house” (although it struck the wrong note with a couple of reporters this year).
|Wine per bottle||£18.00|
Hinton-St-George, TA17 8SE
|Monday||8 am-11 pm|
|Tuesday||8 am-11 pm|
|Wednesday||8 am-11 pm|
|Thursday||8 am-11 pm|
|Friday||8 am-11 pm|
|Saturday||8 am-11 pm|
|Sunday||8 am-11 pm|