I booked the restaurant for my husband’s birthday meal after reading brilliant reviews on Tripadvisor. We took a taxi from our B&B in Watchet and the restaurant was so remote the cab driver got lost and asked us where he should drive to! Being from London and visiting the area for the very first time, we didn’t have a clue. We finally arrived in the middle of nowhere and boy was the view worth the trip! Utterly gorgeous rolling hills for miles around with no sign of houses or other people. It was a Sunday night and not very busy so we got the whole outdoor area all to ourselves to enjoy a bottle of wine and admire the view. When ready, we were seated and served by an utterly lovely waiter & waitress who couldn’t have been more welcoming. Both our starters of devilled kidneys and a homemade Scotch egg were delicious. My husband’s main course of fish & chips was lovely too. Sadly, and to my massive disappointment, my locally sourced rib eye steak was far from perfect. I had asked for it medium rare, but it was slightly over. I could have lived with that if the steak itself had not been tough and chewy. I left some of it, which I never do. We didn’t have deserts. The bill for 2 courses, 2 bottles of wine, a coffee and an amaretto came to £118. London gastro pub prices and worth the service & the venue. Shame about the steak though. We would definitely go back if we were in the area. Be warned that it’s not really a pub though as the only place to sit & have a drink only is the outside seating area. The inside is very much a posh restaurant. And for those staying in Watchet: the return can fare was £68.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our Restaurant with Rooms has exceptional views across the moor and is a great place to stay. After enjoying a peaceful night’s sleep, a fantastic local Breakfast awaits you. We want you to feel comfortable and at home while you stay with us.We have five newly refurbished, individually designed bedrooms. Room 1 has its own private patio, with stunning views across the Moor. We have a recently opened Cookery School at The Culbone. The Cookery School is informal and relaxed and is available for groups of 6-8 people. We love the beautiful produce that is available on Exmoor and want share our cooking secrets with you.It's all about the food at The Culbone.Children are very welcome, we have cots, extra fold away beds that can be put up in each room and a lovely seasonal children’s menu.All rooms have:- Modern contemporary en suite shower rooms- Delicious Somerset Breakfast cooked by Jack Scarterfield’s team. 8am-9.30am Tea, coffee and hot chocolate, supplied by local company Miles and biscuits are in each room. (Would you like warm milk? Ask at the Bar).- Digital TV- Free Wi-Fi- Listed Exmoor Walks that start from The Culbone.- Modern contemporary en suite shower rooms- Complimentary toiletries- Free huge car park- Electric blankets on request.Looking for Dog Friendly accommodation? Three of our five bedrooms welcome your canine friend. Did you know? Pip our Westie was the inspiration for the name of our restaurant group, Pips Pubs. ... more less
- Also Known As:
- Culbone Stables Hotel Porlock
- The Culbone Porlock, Somerset