We visited The Ilchester Arms many years ago and it was dirty, extremely run down and with rather dismissive staff. Upon seeing a few of the recent reviews we decided to pay it a second visit and what a transformation!
It's been taken over by a new family who introduced themselves when we arrived - the whole place has been renovated and looks fantastic. It still retains the original character and charm but is now clean, bright and really tastefully designed.
We started by having a drink on the sofas surrounding the fire, but decided to stay for lunch after we saw some delicious looking meals delivered to other tables. It was outstanding - I had home made fish pie and my partner had one of the best steaks he's ever had. They focus on fresh local ingredients which is important to us, and they had a good range of cheaper bar meals through to more comprehensive dinner options.
It's clearly a very new business, but they were so friendly, everyone was working their socks off to make it a pleasant experience for us, and the food was out of this world. It was comfortable and we ended up staying for hours.
Fyi apparently the bedrooms aren't yet renovated, but they seem to still have a lot of people requesting to stay and then told us that they're offering the rooms at a reduced rate whilst they're still basic. We've decided to go back in a couple of weeks time for a long weekend so that we can properly take advantage of the facilities and gorgeous location!
I really wish them all the best. They are working very hard to make this a success and I think it's a fantastic set up. We shall definitely be back.
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