Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
“Exploratory modern cooking in a dramatic dining room” - 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
Starting life as a Georgian dower house, Summer Lodge had another layer added in 1893 when its resident Earl commissioned local architect (and sometime novelist) Thomas Hardy to draw up the plans. It stands in a neat four acres next to an extensive deer park, and is decorated throughout in impeccable country-house elegance. A riot of pinks and purples illuminates the dining room, making a suitably dramatic setting for Steven Titman's exploratory modern cooking. The evening carte offers a wealth of inspired choice, and you might begin with Portland crab tortellini, with sweetcorn purée, chilli, coriander and aromatic lemon grass velouté – a very successful combination of flavours – followed by accurately cooked, tender Creedy Carver duck breast with pear and brown butter purée, hazelnut and potato gratin and thyme jus demonstrating reassuring depth of flavour. For the grand finale, there could be coconut cremeaux tart with lemongrass curd and silky-smooth yuzu and sake sorbet, or choices from the selection of no less than 27 artisan cheeses.
Awards, Accolades & welcome Schemes
Facilities – at a glance
- Seats: 60
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Lunch served from: 12
- Lunch served until: 2
- Dinner served from: 7
- Dinner served until: 9
- Wines under £30: 12
- Wines over £30:
- 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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