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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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Wessex country pub with a traditional approach

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At a glance

Open all year
Private dining
Wines by the glass

Plumb in the middle of Thomas Hardy's favourite stretch of England, the 16th-century coaching inn makes an appearance in Tess of the d'Urbervilles as the Sow and Acorn. To start, grilled local goats' cheese in orange dressing may be a safer bet than the more ambitious truffled gnocchi, but there's nothing wrong with correctly cooked plaice on the bone with triple-cooked chips and caper butter, and it's worth the wait for a slow-roasting of pork belly, served with appled mash in Madeira jus. The chocolate fondant is styled 'melt-in-the-middle' in supermarket fashion, but is a superior sponge with unctuous oozy filling, accompanied by brilliantly intense salted caramel ice cream.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Guy Horley

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 21
  • Wines over £30: 22
  • Wines by the glass: 30

Price guide

  • Starter from 5.50
  • Main course from13
  • Dessert from6
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Assist dogs welcome

Facilities

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 35
  • On-site parking available

Additional information

  • Seats: 45
  • Private dining available
  • Private dining seats: 35

Getting here

From A37 between Yeovil & Dorchester, follow Evershot & Holywell signs, 0.5 miles to inn

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Yeovil Junction
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