The owners of the excellent Beckford Arms, and their third partner, Matt Greenlees, scored an immediate hit with this second atmospheric inn, in Mells, with its lovely old stone houses. The cobbled courtyard makes a charming entrance, backed by a succession of cosy dining areas – one a Map Room, another with a roaring fire and yet another with a bar. There’s a separate sitting room, fashioned from a 500-year-old barn, and the impressive Coach House Grill Room. Meat and fish are grilled here at weekends on a huge open fire and served at long wooden tables. As for the eight bedrooms, they are stylish and amazing value, with all the extra touches you’d expect from The Beckford Arms, such as superb beds, rain showers and woolly hot water bottles. Explore the village and its exceptional church, full of poignant World War One memorials; enjoy excellent pub grub, from dayboat-landed fish and chips to well-aged steaks; and sleep in utter peace. A gem.
Doubles from £95
+44 (0)1373 812254; talbotinn.com
Follow in the footsteps of Jack and Jill in nearby Kilmersdon by climbing the hill from the famous nursery rhyme.
Delicious pub food, from chicken salads to braised ox cheek stew.
Book in for a masterclass in cooking at the on-site Kitchen Table cookery school.
CLAIM TO FAME
Neighbouring Mells Manor was purportedly procured with Jack Horner discovered the deeds in a pie, as popularised in the nursery rhyme Little Jack Horner.
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