Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
“Confident cooking of seasonal local ingredients” - AA Inspector
- Social distancing and safety measures in place
- Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
- Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Staff online daily wellness check and temperature checking Online staff training before return to work Departmental training for everyone on return to work Guest journey communicated to guest before arriving at the hotel. Once checked in a brief guest compendium emailed to the guest. Amenity pack offered to all guests on check in with sanitiser, anti bac wipes and face masks. By the 20th July a new electro static sanitising system will be in place in all areas of the hotel, spa and staff accommodation.
Our Inspector's view
In the heart of Hardy’s Dorset, picturesque Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa prides itself on using as much local produce as possible. Chef Steven Titman is blessed to work with an abundance of ingredients grown in the hotel’s kitchen garden and his ‘field to fork’ philosophy means he has forged close links with local farmers and fish suppliers who supply Dorset beef and Lyme Bay mackerel. Grab a table in the refined restaurant and light-filled conservatory (or al fresco on the terrace in summer), and leave the rest to the well-trained front-of-house team, for whom nothing is too much trouble. The cooking here is assured and based on solid technical foundations. Portland crab, compressed mango, avocado purée and natural yogurt is an opener boasting harmonious flavours and textures. It might be followed with loin of Dorset lamb, crispy sweetbreads, confit new potatoes and wild garlic aïoli. Valrhona Dulcey Crémeux Manjari Sorbet, nibbed cocoa tuile and white chocolate ‘Aero’ is an intricate and satisfying finale.
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 60
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 12
- Wines over £30: 1450
- Wines by the glass: 25
- Cuisine style: Modern British
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About the area
Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.
Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing.
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This picturesque hotel is situated in the heart of Dorset and is the ideal retreat; it's worth arriving in time for the excellent afternoon tea. Bedrooms are appointed to a very high standard; each is individually designed, with upholstered walls...
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