Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

“Local produce cooked with great skill in a lovely setting.” - AA Inspector



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  •   Social distancing and safety measures in place
  •   Follows government and industry guidelines for COVID-19
  •   Signed up to the AA COVID Confident Charter
Opening status: Open
Our COVID-19 measures:
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

This picturesque, Grade II listed Georgian manor house hotel in the heart of the Dorset Downs is an ideal retreat. Little has changed in the village since Thomas Hardy wrote about it and its peaceful surroundings offer a timeless and bucolic charm. The delightful public areas of the hotel include a sumptuous drawing room complete with an open fire, which makes a relaxed setting for a pre-meal drink or post-dinner coffee. The light and airy conservatory gives guests the opportunity to essentially sit in the garden while the dining room has an ageless elegance. The modern British menus are seasonal, with an emphasis on local produce where possible. Things might kick off with salmon and samphire, shaved fennel, Dorset wasabi and yuzu gel or garden beetroot tartare, umeboshi plum, pickled onion and hazelnuts. Follow this with line-caught cod loin, fennel, saffron, new potato, rouille, bouillabaisse sauce and saffron crisp or a tasting of Lyons Hill Iron Age pork, choucroute, black garlic, Dorset cider and sauce diable. Vegetarians and vegans can select from the dedicated and seasonal plant-based menu which is available alongside the à la carte menu. For dessert, enjoy a garden rhubarb soufflé with rhubarb compôte, ginger crumble, stem ginger ice cream, miso dulce de leche or Summer Lodge carrot cake, vanilla mascarpone, chocolate soil, candied baby carrot, carrot top crisp and lime leaf ice cream. For those with sufficient appetite the cheese selection at Summer Lodge is legendary. The extensive selection of West Country cheeses can be enjoyed with home-made chutney, celery, walnuts and biscuits, and accompanied by a signature tasting flight of vintage tawny ports or with a glass of the local cider brandy. The extensive wine list is carefully curated to highlight wines from around the globe to perfectly enhance your meal.

Awards, accolades and Welcome Schemes

3 Rosette Award for Culinary Excellence
AA Notable Wine List
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
Fore Street, EVERSHOT, Dorchester, DT2 0JR


  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • On-site parking available
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome
Opening times
  • Open all year
Food and Drink
  • Wines under £30: 12
  • Wines over £30: 1450
  • Wines by the glass: 25
  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian menu

About the area

Discover Dorset

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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