Being it was Hound #2’s birthday which coincided with a brief break in the otherwise dismal weather, with the sun shining & blue skies overhead and the snow beginning to melt, we toddled off to Hinton St. George to pay a visit to the Lord Poulett Arms Hotel & Pub. This came highly recommended by our Medbury mates Ruth & Simon so our anticipations were running high as we pulled into this picture perfect Somerset village.
It is always nice to see such a well preserved & authentic wee town that has a pub in the same vein. It is a bit disconcerting these days to come across so many cookie cutter pub chain imitations that when you stumble into the real deal it feels like home. The Lord Poulett Arms has character in spades with the desired modern amenities in fine form.
This is not the kind of pub where you should look for a £5 lunch or dinner meal – the exceptional quality of the food at the Lord Poulett Arms is well worth the prices asked. So good in fact, it has snared a number of accolades including National Dining Pub of the Year from the Good Pub Guide, Sunday Times rated it 9/10 for food & service and the Observer labeled it the “best Sunday lunch in the West Country”.
The lunch menu is kept simple (5 starters and 6 mains) which is what we like to see – rather they do a few things extremely well than many things mediocre (a prevalent curse of many eating places today). Started with the roasted butternut squash soup with sage butter and Wookey Hole Cheddar croutes (£5.50) – perfect for the winter’s day. For mains, Hound #2 opted for pheasant breast Kiev and mash with savoy cabbage and truffle sauce (£14.00) and Hound #3 (not as ravenous) selected the day’s special of a tender roast beef BAP with mustard, fries & a side salad (£8.50). Both were super, but wanted to pay special tribute to the roast beef BAP – the meat was very tender (have had a few grisly ones lately) on a house-made bun with some of the best fries in recent memory. All washed down with the help of some Otter Ale…we will be back with friends & family in tow.