We joined friends who have stayed at this hotel every year for the past 20 years so it came highly recommended. They had chosen a Super Sunday deal and invited us to join them. The hotel itself is lovely and we were very happy with our room. The reception staff were delightful. We had been e mailed the evening menu and asked to book a table so were looking forward to a delicious meal in the smart restaurant. However, when given the menus we discovered that the meal was to be a Sunday roast or salmon or a vegetarian option. The food was awful. My crab and mackerel pate had pieces of shell in it - I thought I had broken my tooth! The roast lamb was dry and tough. The roast potatoes were dreadful-quite obviously reheated left overs from lunchtime. The vegetables which arrived without serving spoons consisted of lots of rock hard broccoli and cauliflower and 2 tiny carrots per diner. We were unable to eat our main courses. When we asked our waitress to take the food away she was thrown into a quandry as our meals were part of our Sunday package. The desert I ordered, fig and frangipane tart, had one tiny piece of fig in it and my friend's white chocolate parfait was a brown chocolate mousse! Oh dear. Our waitress told us we would not be charged for the £17 bottle of wine we had ordered - frankly we would have preferred a decent meal. It was a surreal experience to be served the worst meal I've ever eaten in such luxurious surroundings. We won't be returning and have written it down to experience!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Luttrell Arms is a 3 star, 28 room hotel. Set in the medieval village of Dunster with its many interesting buildings, under the shadow of the Castle and within the Exmoor National Park. The privately owned 14th century Luttrell Arms is surrounded by beautiful countryside making it the ideal destination for that weekend break or midweek getaway. Stroll around the village, walk the moor, or just sit by a log fire in a building where hospitality has been a way of life for hundreds of years. Heritage "If you could bottle the air in the bar at the Luttrell Arms and sell it you'd clean up" so wrote a local journalist. The smell of logs burning on the fire, a hint of hops from the pints of ale, add to this the smell of something aromatic being cooked in the kitchen, and the most essential element - the smell of history, it oozes out of the walls which have stood for 800 years. There are many outstanding architectural features, the medieval hall with its hammer beam roof (room 17) and twelve light window. History seeps out of the blackened frames, which had their glass rattled loose as Cromwell’s gunners laid siege to Dunster Castle from a defended strong point at the end of the garden. Cromwell’s Commander, Col. Robert Blake walked the corridors of the hotel, it was then called the Ship Inn and was used as his headquarters throughout the siege of the castle. Also of note is some very fine plasterwork on the ceiling of the lounge downstairs, and the plaster over mantle in room 12, showing Actaeon being devoured by hounds. The Arms of Luttrell that we use today carry us back to a Gentleman of 1261, the crest takes us only back to 1621, but the supporters are directly derived from one of the Barons who coerced King John into sealing Magna Carta. A more modern visitor is Hercule Poirot. In "The Cornish Mystery" he confronts the murderer in one of the hotel’s bedrooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- The Luttrell Arms Hotel Dunster
- Luttrell Arms Hotel Dunster
- Luttrell Arms Dunster
- The Luttrell Arms Dunster, Somerset