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Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

AA Notable Wine List 2017-18
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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Assured modern cooking in peaceful surroundings

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Private dining
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access
Service charge
Credit cards accepted

Set in four acres of peaceful grounds, Summer Lodge is a pretty Georgian dower house with a Victorian extension designed by architect and local literary giant, Thomas Hardy. It’s a delightfully old-school place with a soft-focus look that has not been affected by passing fashions, its restaurant done out with swagged curtains, floral fabrics and elegantly dressed tables. 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. A starter of Jurassic Coast rose veal carpaccio with crispy sweetbreads, local wasabi and Dorset watercress shows the style, while another might serve grilled Lyme Bay mackerel fillet with celeriac textures and crispy capers. Main course might star Dorset lamb – perfectly-timed roast loin matched with a shepherd's pie of braised shoulder, with Savoy cabbage and rosemary jus. Fish, too, is handled deftly – perhaps John Dory fillets with thyme-flavoured gnocchi, sautéed sprout leaves, chestnuts and white balsamic. The impressive technical abilities of the kitchen team continue to shine in desserts such as hot lemon soufflé with almond praline ice cream, while cheese lovers will swoon over the trolley loaded with over 20 West Country artisan cheeses.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 3–24 January
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9.30


  • Chef(s): Steven Titman

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 15
  • Wines over £30: 1450
  • Wines by the glass: 25

Price guide

  • Service charge
  • Credit cards accepted


  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Accessible toilets
  • Assist dogs welcome


  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 60
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 20

Getting here

1 mile west of A37 halfway between Dorchester and Yeovil

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Nearest train station

Yeovil Junction, Dorchester South
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