An early Georgian gentleman’s residence that shows its handsome brick façade to Long Street in the historic heart of Sherborne, The Eastbury is an award-winning, boutique townhouse hotel, recently refurbished by new owners Peter and Lana de Savary. Guests keep returning for its understated charm, friendly staff, comfortable rooms, acre of lovely gardens and stand-out restaurant, and who can blame them? The 22 bedrooms are split between those in traditional period style and others which are fresh and contemporary with bold colours and abstract paintings. In all of them, the fabrics are of superb quality and the bedlinen is crisp Egyptian cotton. Guests in the Yew Suite can enjoy a semi-detached bolthole to themselves, with a private patio and fountain. Executive chef Matt Street’s stand-out dishes on the à la carte menu include creative, delicate hake and cod of marvellously delicious proportions, while in summer nothing beats al fresco drinks and dinner among the walled garden’s vines and herbaceous borders.
Doubles from £170
+44 (0)1935 813131; theeastburyhotel.co.uk
Sherborne Abbey probably has to be the no. 1 must see – less than 10 minutes’ walk away. It’s simply stunning. Other suggestions are Sherborne Castle & Gardens, Sherborne Museum, Haynes Motor Museum, Fleet Air Army Museum…
Seasons at The Eastbury under the brilliant Matt Street is just incredible food. There’s a superb tasting menu, or the relaxed “House” menu can be mixed and matched with the “a la carte”. Sit outside on a sunny day and enjoy the glorious gardens…
Amuse bouche are fabulous, and you have to try Matt’s brilliant “tomato” butter (tomato flavoured butter moulded to look like a tomato and covered with delicate tomato powder).
Sherborne is full of great antiques shops and galleries. Recommendations: Acreman Street Antiques, Charterhouse Auctions, McIntosh Antiques, The Swan Art Gallery
CLAIM TO FAME
Matt Street was a quarter-finalist in Masterchef: The Professionals, and a finalist in the Roux Scholarship.
Want to find out more? Visit the hotel's website.
Back to all Great British Hotels