The Devonshire Arms, Long Sutton
Former hunting lodge with good food, lovely bedrooms and a glorious garden, slap bang on the village green in Long Sutton, near Langport in Somerset
The 400 year-old, Grade II listed Devonshire Arms, once a hunting lodge for the Dukes of Devonshire when it was part of their estate, is opposite the village green in picture-postcard Long Sutton, on the edge of the Somerset Levels, just five miles from the A303.
Inside it’s all high ceilings and open plan. Perch up at the bar on a leather covered bar stool, relax in an armchair or sofa by the open fire, nab a table and chairs or a church pew.
Nosh on pub classics – homemade burgers, sausage and mash – plus stuff like local Yarlington blue cheese salad, pan roasted seabass, confit duck leg and butternut squash risotto, with pannacotta with poached rhubarb, treacle tart and a West Country cheeseboard to follow. Sunday lunch is all the roasts and more.
Al fresco eating and drinking in the sheltered courtyard and sunny terraced gardens behind or out front overlooking the village green, watching the – sleepy, Somerset – world go by.
Private dining in The Stables – exposed beams and a long wooden banqueting table – for up to 14 people.
Nine individually designed luxury bedrooms, all en suite. Travel cots and Z beds available.
Lots of stuff to do round about. The moors and marshes of the Somerset Levels are crisscrossed with little waterways and full of wildlife (check out the bevvies of swans and the starling murmurations). You’re about 10 mins away from the old Somerset towns of Langport and Somerton with their independent shops, 15 mins from one of the world’s biggest collections of vehicles at the Haynes International Motor Museum and half an hour from mystical Glastonbury. And of course, there are all the walks …
Long Sutton, Langport, Somerset TA10 9LP
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