The Lord Poulett Arms
“Well-kept ales and noteworthy cuisine” - AA Inspector
HINTON ST GEORGE, SOMERSET
From its thatched roof and secluded garden to the wisteria-draped pergola tucked in next to an old Fives court, this handsome 17th-century village inn has that certain something. Inside, there’s polished antique furniture, timeworn boarded floors, shiny flagstones and a vast fireplace pumping out the heat. The inner bar is popular with locals, not least because it dispenses pints of Butcombe and Otter ales, and West Country ciders. Food is several notches above pub grub, with starters such as Scotch egg and home-made chutney or home-cured pigeon bacon with pear and Blue Vinny risotto. Follow this with fish and chips, a Rubens burger or chargrilled monkfish with cinnamon roasted squash.
- Children welcome
- Free Wifi
- Coach parties accepted
- Closed: 2
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About the area
Somerset means ‘summer pastures’ – appropriate given that so much of this county remains rural and unspoiled. Ever popular areas to visit are the limestone and red sandstone Mendip Hills rising to over 1,000 feet, and by complete contrast, to the south and southwest, the flat landscape of the Somerset Levels. Descend to the Somerset Levels, an evocative lowland landscape that was the setting for the Battle of Sedgemoor in 1685. In the depths of winter this is a desolate place and famously prone to extensive flooding. There is also a palpable sense of the distant past among these fields and scattered communities. It is claimed that Alfred the Great retreated here after his defeat by the Danes.
Away from the flat country are the Quantocks, once the haunt of poets Samuel Taylor Coleridge and William Wordsworth. The Quantocks are noted for their gentle slopes, heather-covered moorland expanses and red deer. From the summit, the Bristol Channel is visible where it meets the Severn Estuary. So much of this hilly landscape has a timeless quality about it and large areas have hardly changed since Coleridge and Wordsworth’s day.
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