The Queen's Arms Hotel



This off-the-beaten-track, honey- hued country inn channels the English-village essence of Corton Denham, nestled among the rolling hills between Dorset and Somerset.

Against a backdrop of exposed brickwork, burning log fires, deep blues and tan leather, British pub grub with a creative European twist is served alongside ultra-local ciders and cask ales. With ingredients proudly sourced from neighbouring producers, you might start with citrus-cured monkfish or crispy pig’s head and ham hock fritters with sweet mustard, followed by duck breast with confit squash, grilled chicory and pickled elderberry sauce. Pistachio cake topped with white chocolate and raspberry sorbet or a board of Westcombe cheddar, Bath blue and Bath soft with apple and onion chutney will tie up the meal nicely, and ten freshly-refurbished rooms offer homely comfort after.

Whimsical floral motifs and vintage dressers bring a country retreat vibe to the five pub rooms, while dog-friendly pads across the terrace sport muted tones and sleigh beds. Whichever you pick, expect views to the Somerset Levels or Parrock Hill. Want to explore surrounding hiking trails and historic market towns with all the family? Groups can rent out the adjoining two-bed cottage too.

Doubles from £120 including breakfast. 01963 220317,

Words by Tim Broad.

This review was taken from the 25th Anniversary issue of Food and Travel. To subscribe today, click here.


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