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Summer Lodge Country House Hotel

Fore Street, EVERSHOT, Dorchester, DT2 0JR

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Summer Lodge, within four acres of peaceful grounds, was built in 1798 as a dower house and enlarged in 1893 following plans drawn up by Thomas Hardy, a friend of the then owner and by profession an architect. The interior is plush and comfortable, while the restaurant is a pretty room, with floral fabrics covering banquettes, swagged curtains, a patterned carpet and an open fire. Staff are discreet, professional and friendly. Steven Titman's cooking is built on impeccable produce from the locality and whatever is grown in the hotel's garden, his style following British traditions with more modern and wide-ranging ideas in the mix. The dinner carte might open with beef tartare with summer truffle aïoli, an egg yolk and watercress, or more exotic tempura quail breast with confit leg, pickled kohlrabi, orange and soya and honey dressing. Dishes are imaginatively but sensibly composed, seen in main courses of Brixham cod fillet, timed to the second, with warm brandade, broccoli, roast chicken and sherry dressing, and in loin of Exmoor venison accompanied by shallots puréed in ale, roast chervil roots and a port reduction. An eye for presentation is evident, seen in puddings like rhubarb parfait with poached fruit, orange purée and vanilla sauce.

Further information

Tel: 01935 482000
& 482030
Please quote 'The AA'.
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Dates closed: 3-24 Jan
Sunday lunch available.

Restaurant information

Cooking type: Modern British
Chef: Steven Titman
Number of seats: 60
Accessible for wheelchairs.
Disabled toilets.
Children welcome.
Children's portions.
Parking available.


Restaurant price guide

3 Course lunch from: £19.50
A La Carte Dinner Main Course from: £22.00
3 Course dinner from: £25.00
Prices are for guidance only. Please check when booking for current rates.



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1m W of A37 halfway between Dorchester & Yeovil
Nearest station: Yeovil Junction, Dorchester South

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