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The Lord Poulett Arms

High Street, HINTON ST GEORGE, TA17 8SE

A pub since 1680, there's that certain something about this handsome stone village inn that we do so well in Britain: thatched roof, secluded garden; wisteria-draped pergola tucked in next to an old Fives court. Then inside, a magpie-mix of polished antique furniture distributed judiciously across timeworn boarded floors, shiny flagstones and a vast fireplace pumping out the heat into tastefully decorated rooms. The feel is so quintessentially, dare we say it, English. The inner bar is popular with locals, not least because it dispenses pints of Branscombe Vale, Hop Back and Otter ales, and West Country ciders straight from the cask. Such a traditional interior does not mean you'll necessarily get traditional food, although if you want a grilled sirloin steak with Dorset mushrooms and Madeira cream, it could well be waiting for you to ask. Just as likely, though, are confit Creedy carver duck leg with five-spiced red cabbage and wasabi mash; tandoori-dusted megrim sole with sweet potato, curry oil and pickled vegetables; and spelt spätzle with sprouting broccoli pesto and Laverstoke Park (Formula One champion Jody Scheckter's Hampshire farm) mozzarella. Puddings include Yorkshire rhubarb crumble and vanilla ice cream; Lord Poulett apple tarte Tatin; and a fine selection of West Country cheeses served with home-made oat cakes and chutney. The set two- and three-course Sunday lunches are good value. There's a decent wine list, too, and a summer weekend beer festival. For outdoor dining there are white metalwork tables and chairs in a lavender-fringed gravelled area reminiscent of somewhere French, and picnic-sets in a wild flower meadow.

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Tel: 01460 73149
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Principal beers

Hop Back, Branscombe Vale, Otter, Dorset

Open

All day all week
12-11

Closed

26 Dec, 1 Jan

Facilities

Children welcome.
Garden.
No coach parties catered.

The Lord Poulett Arms, Hinton st george

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2m N of Crewkerne, 1.5m S of A303

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