Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
“Contemporary country house cooking” - 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
A Grade II listed Georgian manor house, Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa is surrounded by lovely countryside in the heart of the Dorset Downs. An elegant conservatory makes for a light and airy setting for diners, although the terrace is a draw in summer. Local fish is a particular strength of the kitchen, which showcases regional produce but doesn’t shy away from global influences. Start, perhaps, with a flavour-packed dish of warm chalk stream trout, pickled kohlrabi, wasabi ice cream and coconut and lemongrass velouté, before tandoori-dusted hake fillet with sag aloo and lobster curry sauce.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
- 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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