The Holcombe Inn Pub with rooms in Holcombe, Somerset

Prices from:
£100 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Rural gem lost down lanes
  • Restored with passion & style
  • Good food; local produce
  • Cosy individual rooms
  • Book ‘The Roost’ cabin
  • Alfresco heaven – fab garden
  • Bring your canine chum

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Overview

The Holcombe Inn Holcombe, Somerset, BA3 5EB

Please note you cannot use an Inn Places Gift Card when booking this inn

The personal touch

Set beside a quiet lane deep in the Somerset countryside south of Bath, the striking 17th-century Holcombe Inn has been lovingly restored with passion and pride over the past 8 years by Julie Berry. West facing and with serene views across fields to Downside Abbey and the Mendip Hills beyond, it’s now a popular country hideaway and perfect for visiting Wells, Glastonbury and Georgian Bath, just 12 miles away. The beamed bar and dining areas are full of traditional charm with stone-flagged floor, old settles, an eclectic mix of dining tables and chairs, and a wood burning stove pumps out heat on cold winter days. Detail touches include fresh flowers on the bar and the daily papers and local magazines to peruse with your morning coffee or a lunchtime pint. A small lounge area with deep leather sofas fronting a log-burning stove offers a quiet haven away from the hubbub of the bar. In recent years, Julie has developed the gardens and, bang on trend, added dog-friendly rooms in a smart wooden lodge, and a cool little cabin for two in the tranquility garden.

Sticky fingers

Families are welcome at the inn; kids have their own menu of freshly cooked dishes and they can stay overnight in the larger upstairs bedrooms (z-beds available). The family garden has swings and a sandpit.

Muddy paws

Dogs are allowed in the bar and overnight in the two rooms in the wooden lodge, Barlake Lodge and Edford Lodge – £20 per night with dog bed, washing facilities and towels, doggie shampoos, poo bags and treats provided. Footpaths radiate from the inn and maps are available, plus you can take pub dogs Scruffy and Murphy with you.

Alfresco

The fabulous gardens at the inn are a real attraction during the summer months and make the most of the rural setting, with great sunsets and views across fields to Downside Abbey. Enjoy a relaxing glass of wine in the tranquility garden, an adults-only haven with hammocks, ‘snuggle beds’ and luxury seating dotted around verdant flower borders and the raised vegetable beds. A dovecote and rare-breed chickens complete the picture.

 

What’s the Damage?
11 doubles/twin: from £100

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 5 Star Inn & 2 Rosettes

Sleep

The Holcombe Inn Holcombe, Somerset, BA3 5EB

Do not disturb

Rooms are a real treat, all very different and individually designed by Julie. Upstairs, above the pub, choose the romantic African themed room with a gold roll top bath by the bed and an unusual circular wet room with rain shower, or the French-style ‘Champagne’ room with its rich fabrics, big brass bed, limestone bathroom and views across the gardens, or perhaps ‘Pemberley’, a large room decorated in opulent country-house style with a mahogany four-poster bed and panelled walls. Front rooms face west for gorgeous sunsets and enjoy views towards the Mendip Hills and Downside Abbey. With it’s own parking and French doors opening to a pretty patio with views across fields, Barlake Lodge is one of two ground floor lodge rooms and features its own heating system, a wood burning stove and a smart bathroom with French-style bath and separate walk-in shower. Or, why not book ‘The Roost’, a cosy cabin for two tucked away in the Tranquility Gardens. All rooms have Smart TVs, fresh coffee and milk, homemade cookies, excellent wi-fi and great bathrooms with bathrobes and locally made soaps and lotions.

 

What’s the Damage?
11 doubles/twin: from £100

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 5 Star Inn & 2 Rosettes

Eat & Drink

The Holcombe Inn Holcombe, Somerset, BA3 5EB

Mastering the menu

(Starters: 6.75-£12.95; Main Courses: £12.95-£21.95; Desserts £6.50-£7.50)

Former Old Spot (Wells) chef Shane Vant creates appealing modern British menus that combine pub classics and more inventive dishes and make sound use of locally sourced ingredients, including homegrown herbs, fruit and vegetables from the kitchen garden. Expect to see Shane or one of his chefs harvesting goodies in the garden, while breads, pasta, ice cream and smoked and cured meats and fish are made in the pub kitchen. Fish is delivered daily from Brixham day boats and the aged steaks come from cattle reared on Somerset farms. A typical July dinner menu may feature starters of lamb pithivier with pea and squash puree or Brixham scallops, fennel puree, tomato salsa and crisp potato gallette. Main courses range from pistachio and parmesan crusted rack of lamb with charred polenta, sweet and sour aubergine and roast courgette pesto to Dexter beef burger with smoked Applewood cheese, pancetta, smoked garlic mayonnaise and fries. Leave room for Tonka bean crème brulee or vanilla pannacotta with figs and honey. Lighter lunchtime extras include the Holcombe Club sandwich and the popular pick & mix ploughman’s lunch. Behind the bar you’ll find beers from Bath Ales and Butcombe and Otter breweries, alongside local ciders, a raft of malt whisky’s and boutique gins, a selection of cocktails and a decent wine list that favours smaller producers. They even make their own rhubarb gin, blackcurrant vodka, and Somerset absinthe.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 9.30am
Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 9pm
Food all day: 12 noon – 9pm (Saturday & Sunday)

Time at the bar

8am – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
11 doubles/twin: from £100

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining
  • Disabled access to bar & dining room
  • Parking

Gongs

AA 5 Star Inn & 2 Rosettes

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - The Holcombe Inn

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Stourhead Farm Shop, Stourton BA12 6QF

Situated on the magnificent Stourhead Estate and renowned for the quality of its meat and its choice of locally produced seasonal foods and drinks, the Stourhead Farm Shop has been trading since 2005. There are 10 varieties of handmade sausages on offer - including the Stourhead Sizzler - a range of home-cured bacon and hams, cheese, fruit and veg, free range eggs, bread, jams and pickles.

4

Goodfellows, 5 Sadler Street, WellsBA5 2RR

A proper foodie hot spot with cafe and first-floor restaurant run by Adam Fellows. Expect contemporary seasonal cooking with West Country produce and some international flavours, with a focus on seafood from Devon and Cornwall.

5

Wells Farmers Market BA5 2RB

This long established weekly farmers' market has 17 food stalls offering a huge variety of foodie treats, from chocolate to cheese, poultry to puddings. Wells Farmers' Market not only won a Gold Award in the 'Taste of the West' Awards 2014, but was also judged 'Best South West Farmers' Market'. The market takes place every Wednesday morning, all year round.

6

Crocker & Woods, 27 Catherine Hill, Frome BA11 1BY

Chris Woodage worked for years as a chef in a number of swanky London restaurants but he’s also a photographer, extreme sports fan and coffee aficionado, which might explain why this quirky cafe specialises in selling artwork, artefacts and exceptional locally roasted coffee.

7

Tuckers Grave Inn, Faulkland BA3 5XF

A local institution, this timeless cider house is housed in an 18th century cottage and serves real ales and ciders straight from the cask and barrel. It’s also one of only a handful of pubs left in the UK without a bar counter.

8

Westcombe Dairy, Evercreech BA4 6ER

Established in 1890 and run by the Calver family since the 1960s, this prize-winning artisan dairy makes traditional West Country cheeses using unpasteurised milk from their own herd of cows. These include the multi award-winning Westcombe Unpasteurised Cheddar, Duckett's Aged Caerphilly and the Somerset Ricotta. Buy them all in the small dairy shop with its window looking into the cheese ageing room.

9

White Row Farm Shop, Beckington BA11 6TN

If you thought farm shops were always small and muddy roadside huts, think again - White Row is the size of a small supermarket and just as well stocked with local produce, much of it from the farm itself. It also has its own butchers, fishmongers, cafe/restaurant and fish and chip shop.

10

The Bertinet Kitchen, 12 St Andrew's Terrace, Bath BA1 2QR

Owned and run by French chef and baker, Richard Bertinet, The Bertinet Kitchen opened in September 2005 in the centre of Bath and offers a range of bakery courses for amateurs and professionals alike. The Bertinet Bakery also has three shops and cafes in Bath selling the bread and pastries, which also appear on the menu at Timbrell's Yard.

11

Seymour Arms, Witham Friary BA11 5HF

Built in the 1860s for farm workers on the Duke of Somerset’s estate, the interior of the Seymour Arms is listed as of ‘historic national importance’ by CAMRA. It has been owned by the same family since 1943 - the only change being the introduction of inside toilets 35 years ago - and the beer and cider is still served from a hatch in the central hallway.

12

The Frome Independent Market, Frome BA11 1BH

Taking place in Frome's town centre on the first Sunday of the month (between March and December, this brilliant market champions local food and drink producers, as well as contemporary designers and makers, vintage fashion stalls and furniture.

13

Bath Farmers Market, Green Park BA1 1JB

Established in 1997, this was one of the very first farmers' markets to be set up in the UK and it's still going strong every Saturday. Close to the city centre and railway station, it features dozens of local producers selling a range of products, from meat and vegetables to cakes and preserves.

14

Roth Bar & Grill at Hauser and Wirth, Bruton BA10 0NL

Not only is Hauser and Wirth a world-class art gallery and arts centre, it also has a cracking restaurant and bar in a former cow shed serving seasonal local produce, much of it from within a five-mile radius of the kitchen.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Holcombe Inn

Activities

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Rectory Farm Riding Stables, Radstock BA3 5YE

It doesn't matter if you're a complete novice or an experienced rider, Rectory Farm Riding Stables, part of a working farm at Radstock, meets the needs and requirements of all those who enjoy riding.

3

Clay Pigeon Shooting, Wells BA5 3EH

Established in 1950, the award-winning Mendip Shooting Ground at Wells offers excellent facilities and some of the best clay target shooting in the West of England.

4

Bath Races, Lansdown, Bath BA1 9BU

Situated on Lansdown Hill, just to the north of this glorious Georgian city, Bath Racecourse is a thoroughbred venue dating back over 200 years. Enjoy a day out and a flutter amid picturesque Somerset countryside.

5

Thermae Bath Spa, Hetling Pump Room, Hot Bath Street, Bath BA1 1SJ

Surrounded by Bath's fine architecture, book a two-hour, four-hour or full-day spa sessions, which includes access to an open-air rooftop pool with spectacular views of the city, the Minerva bath, which has grand columns and gentle lighting, and the steam rooms, each of which is infused with an aromatic essence. It's a unique experience, blending the best of the historic Spa with contemporary design.

24

Harvey's Literary Tours, Bruton BA10 0AB

The West Country’s magnificent landscape has inspired many famous writers over the years – from Samuel Coleridge to Agatha Christie. Harvey’s Literary Tours help bring the region’s literature and landscape to life with the aid of walks and talks by local authors.

25

Caving and Climbing, Cheddar Gorge BS27 3QF

Cheddar is Britain’s biggest gorge, with cliffs rising 450ft and famously impressive caves, created by Ice Age melt-waters. As well as the various show caves, caverns and chambers, there’s a caving and rock-climbing activity centre, where the expeditions are suitable for beginners.

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Hot Air Ballooning, Royal Victoria Park, Bath BA1 2NQ

If ever there was a city perfect for viewing from the sky, it must be Bath. If the wind’s in the right direction you can drift above its fascinating panorama – the Royal Crescent, the Abbey, the Roman Baths and Thermae Bath Spa all look amazing.

Shopping

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Wells Trading Post, West Street, Wells BA5 2HG

Located in a 12th-century mill in West Street, Wells Trading Post is full of all sorts of quirky finds and retro treasures. Expect vintage fashion, furniture, collectables and curiosities.

14

Clarks Village, Glastonbury BA16 0BB

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.

17

The Mulberry Factory Shop, Shepton Mallet BA4 5NF

A wide selection of Mulberry accessories and limited edition samples can be found housed in a former school building in rural Somerset. Here you'll find perfect examples of clothes, fabrics and Mulberry's famous leather bags.

18

Ex-Libris Books, The Shambles, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1JS

If you love browsing in bookshops, then make a point of visiting Ex-LIbris in The Shambles, right at the heart of Bradford-on-Avon. Out-of-print books are sourced and the stock includes 4,000 second-hand books as well as a range of cards and book tokens.

20

Broad Street Jazz, 27 Broad Street, Bath BA1 5LW

This specialist record shop in the centre of Bath's renowned shopping quarter stocks a wide range of jazz on CD, DVD and Vinyl. All tastes are catered for - from New Orleans to Bebop.

21

Vintage to Vogue, Milsom Street, Bath BA1 1DG

In Bath's Milsom Street, step back to the glamorous world of 1930s, 40s, 50s and 60s fashion with a choice of stylish men and women's vintage clothing. There are also contemporary classics and quirky, individual pieces of vintage china, glass, clocks and homeware.

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Tillions, The Shambles, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 1JS

Occupying three floors in Bradford-on-Avon's The Shambles, Tillons offers an extensive selection of china, glass, cutlery and cookware from leading manufacturers, including Bath Aqua Glass and Portmeirion.

32

Clandar, 15 Cheap Street, Bath BA1 1NA

Fantastic textiles made in the British Isles. Clandar is housed in a lovely Georgian townhouse and sells knitwear, scarves, throws, hats, jackets and bags amongst other things. You’ll find merino lamb’s wool, grade-A quality Scottish cashmere and handwoven Harris tweed in contemporary and more traditional designs.

33

Topping & Company, The Paragon, Bath BA1 5LS

Topping & Company is a splendid bookshop with over 45,000 titles plus friendly, knowledgeable and passionate staff. Plenty of events all year, and there’s coffee and tea to keep you alert whilst browsing.

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Bath BA1 1JB

Bath’s a great place for shopping, with many quirky and unusual independent shops. The Bath Vintage & Antiques Markets at Green Park Station are held on the first, third and last Sunday of every month. You’ll find a huge selection of interesting things, from decorative homeware, kitchenalia, vintage and retro fashion to mid-century modern and antique furniture, upholstery, garden ephemera, vinyl, toys and more – as well as designers, artists and craftsmen.

Places to visit

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Longleat, Warminster BA12 7NW

Standing in extensive parkland near Frome and Warminster, Longleat House is a perfect example of Elizabethan architecture. The house includes many fine paintings and artefacts, and possibly the most valuable private library in the world. Longleat is also renowned for its safari park.

7

East Somerset Railway, Cranmore BA4 4QP

Discover the great days of steam travel on a visit to the East Somerset Railway at Cranmore, near Shepton Mallet. The line runs for 2½ miles and the railway company hosts regular events throughout the year.

8

Westwood Manor, Bradford-on-Avon BA15 2AF

Small, intimate Jacobean manor house near Bradford-on-Avon, virtually unchanged since the mid-17th century. The house has decorative plasterwork, fine period furniture and tapestries and two rare early keyboard instruments. Outside you'll find a pond garden and small topiary.

9

Wells BA5 2UE

The jewel in the city's crown is its historic cathedral - a masterpiece of medieval craftsmanship. Look out, too, for the moated, 13th-century Bishop's Palace and many other splendid buildings and fascinating landmarks around the city.

10

Corsham Court SN13 0BZ

This Elizabethan mansion in the Wiltshire town of Corsham dates from 1582 and was used as one of the locations for the film The Remains of the Day, starring Anthony Hopkins and Emma Thompson. The house and gardens are open to the public.

11

Old Theatre Royal & Masonic Museum, 12 Old Orchard Street, Bath BA1 1JU

One of Bath’s architectural gems, this fascinating building has a unique history dating back over 260 years. It was originally a theatre, then a Catholic chapel where Bishops were ordained, then home to one of England’s oldest provincial Masonic lodges. A one-hour guided tour explains everything.

12

The Jane Austen Centre, 40 Gay Street, Bath BA1 2NT

This is where you can discover the world of Jane Austen, one of our most celebrated novelists, and study exhibits that illustrate her life in Bath. Situated in the heart of the city, the Jane Austen Centre also includes an award-winning Regency tea room and a gift shop.

22

Stourhead, Mere BA12 6QF

Acknowledged as one of Europe's finest landscaped parkland gardens, Stourhead is managed by the National Trust. The gardens serve as a perfect example of the English landscape style, and the lake is a picture at any time of the year. The autumn colours here are a real treat.

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Frome BA11 1BE

Three hundred years ago, Frome was bigger than Bath, its status as the most important wool town in Somerset making it much more important. There are still many weavers’ cottages and mill buildings surviving from the town’s industrial heyday. Learn all about it at Frome Museum on North Parade; it’s not open all year, so check before you set out.

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Roman Baths, Stall Street, Bath BA1 1LZ

The world-famous Roman Baths are one of the finest historic sites in Northern Europe. Below street level, the Sacred Spring is the heart of things, where the naturally hot water (46°C) rises. The Romans built a temple here to Sulis Minerva, and the mineral-rich water supplied a magnificent bath-house. The iconic Great Bath once stood in an enormous barrel-vaulted hall that rose to a height of 40 metres. For many Roman visitors this would have been the largest building they’d ever encountered.

29

The Fashion Museum, Bath Assembly Rooms, Bennett Street Bath BA1 2QH

A fascinating and world-class collection of contemporary and historic dress, the Fashion Museum opened in 1963 and is based on the private collection of Doris Langley Moore. It’s full of beautiful clothes and accessories from the late 16th century up to today – you can even try stuff on in the ‘corsets and crinolines’ section.

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No. 1 Royal Crescent, Bath BA1 2LR

The Royal Crescent is a gorgeous Bath stone crescent of 30 houses, the uniform Palladian design of the facade giving it an air of timeless elegance. It was the culmination of the 18th-century development of the city by the elder and younger John Woods. No. 1 Royal Crescent is decorated and furnished as it might have been during the period 1776-1796, with rooms featuring historic furniture, pictures and objects.

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Bath Abbey, Bath BA1 1LT

Pilgrims have been coming to Bath Abbey for centuries and happily the tradition continues today with over 400,000 annual visitors making their way to this ancient place of worship. Inside, our frantic world seems to pause for a moment as the Abbey’s magnificent architecture vies for your attention. Look at the exquisite East End window and you’ll see that it contains 56 scenes in the life of Jesus Christ.

Walking

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www.discoveringbritain.org

To the east of Holcombe lies the vast expanse of Salisbury Plain. You may associate it with military training, out of bounds to the public, but there is more to it than that. Parts of the Plain are accessible to walkers, providing a unique opportunity to explore on foot one of the south of England’s most isolated and fascinating landscapes. You can go one better and walk from the village of Durrington to Stonehenge and back, enjoying views of this extraordinary World Heritage Site that few people get to see.

Cycling

www.colliersway.co.uk

Cyclists are spoilt for choice in rural Somerset. Close to the Holcombe Inn is the 23-mile Colliers Way, linking Dundas, Radstock and Frome. The trail is Route 24 of Sustrans National Cycle Network.

Events

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Think of festivals in Somerset and Glastonbury immediately springs to mind. However, the region also plays host to a wealth of events, shows, carnivals and fairs every year – from historical re-enactments to spectacular firework displays. In addition, there’s tractor racing, sand sculpting, wassailing and the Jane Austen Festival.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Holcombe and the inn are signposted off the A361 at Stratton-on-the-Fosse south of Radstock and 12 miles south of Bath

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Bath Spa (London Paddington), 12 miles to the north and an easy taxi ride

Address:

Stratton Road, Holcombe, Somerset, BA3 5EB

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