This may not be the cheapest establishment in Somerset by a long shot, but it is certainly the most quintessentially English hotel I have had the pleasure of staying in for some time. Foreign visitors, especially Americans, should put this place into your itinerary if you want to experience something many of us were familair with back in teh last century but done exceedingly well.
The rooms are very well appointed with super comfy beds, Egyptian cotton sheets and BLANKETS!! No duvets here! The TV is a good size, there is a pin cushion with all you need to fix your clothes, fruit on the table, a well stocked bathroom with a brilliant shower. I'm tall and the bath didn't disappoint either. Our host , dressed soberly in jacket and tie, made us incredibly welcome. However, this is not a place to bring young kids. My wife and I may be of pensionable age but we were the youngest guests by a decade or more. Most of the hotel business is repeat and I can understand why. the four-course dinner was well cooked and nicely presented, but unadventuroius as much typical English cuisine of thirty years ago was. But don't get me wrong; this may not have beeen a gourmet experience, but the menu which no excuses to modernity in its conservativeness was none the worse for that! Prawn cocktail, cod with a crisp herb crust, loin of venison were all delicious. I had a steak one night and wasn't asked how I would like it cooked. it came medium rare which is probably too underdone for the average Englishman, but I enjoyed it. The wines were very sensibly priced and the list was substantial but not overwhelming. Classic English puddings of course.
The ambience of the hotel is quiet and politely familiar. Silence tends to reign, but guests, who return year after year remember each other and the polite chat at the table or in the bar drinking post dinner coffee is always pleasant.
- Also Known As:
- The Oaks Hotel Porlock, Somerset