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Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa

AA Notable Wine List 2016 - 2017
AA rating

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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

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.

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: 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

  • Starter from : 13
  • Main course from: 22
  • Dessert from: 11
  • 2-course lunch from: 24
  • 3-course lunch from: 27
  • Tasting menu from: 75
  • 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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Yeovil Junction, Dorchester South
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Three-course lunch from£27**Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch *Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
*Based on the minimum price for a 3-course lunch
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