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The Luttrell Arms Hotel

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Beer festival
Open all year
Garden

Dramatically sited on a wooded hill, Dunster Castle, the Luttrell family home for 600 years until 1976, looks down over the film-set village, where stands the imposing sandstone-built Luttrell Arms, and in the near distance, the Bristol Channel. In the street outside is the early 17th-century, timber-framed, octagonal Yarn Market. One of Britain’s oldest post-houses, it retains its galleried courtyard, fine plasterwork ceiling, stone-mullioned windows, wood-panelled walls and open fireplaces; it was from here that Oliver Cromwell directed the siege of Dunster Castle during the English Civil War. Until the 1950s one would book a table by telephoning Dunster 2; the Luttrells had the pleasure of answering “Dunster 1”. You can see the castle from the inn’s hidden garden; here’s as good a place as any to savour a pint of Exmoor Ale from nearby Wiveliscombe, or Thatchers Cheddar Valley cider, while perusing the menu. The Old Kitchen Bar offers hot ciabattas and sandwiches; chef’s pie of the day; and two types of ploughman’s. In Psalter’s restaurant, the choice is narrower but more sophisticated, with a typical winter menu starting with beetroot and vodka cured salmon, home-made fennel bread and lemon mayonnaise; and mains such as grilled fillet of bream with pineapple salsa, herbed new potatoes and seasonal salad; duck and noodle stir-fry with bok choy and plum sauce; and green vegetable risotto topped with a poached egg and parmesan. A trio of local sausages with champ mash and green beans; or ham, egg and chips keeps pub food traditionalists happy. Children get to choose from their own menu – perhaps scampi, chips and peas; or pasta with tomato sauce.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 8am-11pm
  • Lunch opening: all wk 11.30-9.30
  • Dinner opening: all wk 11.30-9.30

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Exmoor Ale, Sharp's Doom Bar, guest ale
  • Real ciders: Thatchers Cheddar Valley

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Events

  • Beer festival
  • Cider festival

Facilities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Family room available

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A39 (Bridgwater to Minehead), left onto A396 to Dunster (2m from Minehead)

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