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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.

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Summary

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.

£54
   ££
2
Average
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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.

£49
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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”.

£47
   ££
4
Very Good
3
Good
4
Very Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

Summary

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).

£46
   ££
3
Good
2
Average
3
Good
* Based on a three course dinner, half a bottle of wine, coffee, cover charge, service and VAT.

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Restaurant details

Highchair, Menu, Portions
Yes
14
75

Prices

Traditional European menu

Starter Main Veggies Pudding
£7.50 £16.50 £3.50 £7.00
Drinks  
Wine per bottle £18.00
Filter Coffee £2.50
Extras  
Service 10.00%
Hinton-St-George, TA17 8SE
Opening hours
Monday8 am-11 pm
Tuesday8 am-11 pm
Wednesday8 am-11 pm
Thursday8 am-11 pm
Friday8 am-11 pm
Saturday8 am-11 pm
Sunday8 am-11 pm

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