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Overview

Innovative food, cosy rooms with village views and stylish interiors draw a discerning crowd to this former hunting lodge, standing by the village green in Long Sutton. With a log fire, flagstoned floors and three hand pumps at the bar, it's still a historical local haunt with contemporary, quirky touches, such as Victoriana features and art works from local artists, bringing a personal touch to the classy open-plan space. The restaurant has echoes of a country gentleman's drawing room, with its hunting-themed wallpaper and banquettes.

For those feeling serene after a walk on the Levels, settle into a Chesterfield by the open fire in the bar and relax. The former stable is a smart private dining space for up to fourteen people, and there is no shortage of outside space in the rear courtyard and walled terraced garden. The garden boasts two level lawned terraces, replete with fig trees, a vegetable patch and tables under a pergola offering shade. Games such as croquet, boules and giant outdoor Jenga keep guests entertained. Enjoy the main walled garden with tables under the pergola, or head out to the front of the pub to enjoy views over the village green and church.

Rooms from:

Doubles: £95

Good to know:

  • Most major credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Parking available
  • Private and alfresco dining

Family favourite
Families welcome! A number of bedrooms have an interconnected door, and cots are available.

Outdoor adventures
Lying deep within the rolling countryside of Somerset and within handy reach of the famous Levels, there's plenty of gorgeous walking on the inn's doorstep.

A touch of culture
From Barrington Court to Montacute House, get lost exploring one of the area's many stunning country piles.

Rooms

The majority of the bedrooms rooms are up on the first floor of the Devonshire Arms with two ground-floor options in the little cottage at the rear. With mellow tones and homely furniture, all rooms exude a soothing quality - perfect for those craving some downtime. Many have charming views over the village green and church and two have free-standing baths. For breakfast, expect freshly-baked croissants and generous full English's with organic bacon and sausages.

Restaurant & bar

With a menu rich in local gems and foraged-fare, the kitchen delights in putting together a stylish seasonal menu - and his culinary offerings have won the Devonshire Arms a place in both the Waitrose Good Food Guide and the Michelin Pub Guide. With a focus on updating British classics with an international twist, there's plenty of delectable options to suit every taste and budget. During the summer, the courtyard tables and lawned terraced garden fill up when barbecue season is in full swing.

There are plenty of options from the Butcombe Brewery in local Wrington always on offer, as is Harry's cider, brewed here in the village. For those wanting something a little stronger, why not try some Somerset cider brandy, brewed a mere three and a half miles down the road! The wine list has useful little tasting notes to give an idea of style, with four whites, three reds, one rosé and a Prosecco available by the glass.

Things to do

It's cider country in these parts, so head to Wilkins Cider Farm and get to the bottom of why cider is such a big deal. Don't go expecting a fancy farm shop, simply pop into the barn and get cider straight from the barrel. You can also stock up on fresh vegetables, eggs and pickles as well.

Just a stone's throw from Glastonbury, a visit to Clarks Village is a true shopping experience. Here, you can shop in stylish surroundings comprising paved walkways and landscaped gardens. There are many designer and high street stores, a restaurant terrace for alfresco and indoor dining and a choice of all-important coffee shops.

Based in the heart of the Somerset Levels, John Leach's Muchelney Pottery has been running for half a century. The pots are all lovingly and expertly hand-thrown, using local clays, and the shop is open all year apart from Sunday.

Close to Yeovil, the Fleet Air Arm Museum represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy - a place for serious hardware with serious capability. Home to Europe's largest collection of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft, aerial enthusiasts with be blown away!

Head to beautiful Wells for a lovely day out, with plenty of things to see and do. The jewel in the city's crown is its historic cathedral, noted for its superb gothic interior. The famous West Front, with its intricate sculptures, is a real work of art. Look out for the moated 13th-century Bishop's Palace and a host of historic landmarks nearby.

Getting here

Directions

Nearest train station: Yeovil Junction
Taxi from station: 20min
Drive: 27min from Glastonbury, 40min from Taunton

Address
Long Sutton, Somerset TA10 9LP

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