Thoroughly charming Exmoor inn
In the 13th century, The Luttrell Arms in Dunster, was an abbots’ house, set in the bucolic heart of Exmoor. While the servants of the house led a solitary life, they also embraced hospitality, offering travellers a safe place of refuge with wholesome food and homemade ale.
Still serving its community and visitors today, this idyllic Grade II-listed inn is made up of converted rooms and renovated dining spaces, complete with blazing open fireplaces, romantic beamed bedrooms and luscious secret gardens.
With great food and warm hospitality still the driving principle of the pub, The Luttrell Arms has picked up a number of awards for its Psalter’s Restaurant – named Inn of the Year in The Good Pub Guide and receiving an AA Rosette.
Head chef Barrie Tucker abandons medieval primitive cookery for cutting edge technology and molecular techniques to add creative twists to his modern British menu. Expect artfully plated dishes, created with the best of Somerset’s larder. The menu’s crowning glory is the roasted loin of venison, sea buckthorn, salt baked celeriac with a juniper syrup and chocolate sauce. That said, it’s worth making a special trip over for the duck scratchings alone.
Alongside gourmet feasting, the hotel boasts 28 rooms – many with antique furniture, four poster beds and sheepskin throws. Think medieval charm with modern luxury seamlessly incorporated.
You can indulge in the hearty Somerset breakfast the following morning without a guilty conscience as the inn is surrounded by magical walks in the National Park to blow away the cobwebs. Wild, open moorland wrapping around the rugged coastline makes for the perfect great-outdoors getaway.
32-36 High Street, Dunster, Exmoor National Park, Somerset, TA24 6SG
Chef: Barrie Tucker
Owner: Anne and Nigel Way
Bedroom rate: from £150
- Kids welcome
- Dogs welcome
- Outside catering
- Private dining available
- Gluten free options
- Beer garden
- Wedding venue
- Online booking
- Exclusive use
Langoustine with tortellini, spinach, lobster sauce and candied lemon, £8
Slow braised beef shin, sticky red cabbage, caramelised shallot puree, braised chicory, £19
Slow braised golden pineapple, white chocolate mousse, cilantro gel, pineapple puree, £8
Look out for an busy calendar of foodie events such as star gazing dinners, wine matched suppers and guest chef take-overs.