The Devonshire Arms Pub with rooms in Long Sutton, Somerset

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£95 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Grand looking old hunting lodge
  • Located on edge of Somerset Levels
  • Victoriana meets chic design
  • Innovative food; young talented chef
  • Stunning walled garden
  • Very comfortable rooms; village views

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The Devonshire Arms Long Sutton, Somerset, TA10 9LP

The personal touch

Standing by the village green in Long Sutton, the four-square Devonshire Arms was originally a hunting lodge and you’ll still spot a few references to country pursuits about the place to this day. With a log fire, flagstoned floors and three handpumps at the bar, it’s still a useful local haunt, but the over-arching impression is considerably more ‘destination’ than ‘local boozer’. Victoriana mixes with contemporary design within, while local artworks bring a personal touch to the classy open-plan space. The restaurant down one end has echoes of a country gentleman’s drawing room, with its hunting-themed wallpaper and banquettes, and if you’re feeling chilled after a walk on the Levels, settle into a Chesterfield by the open fire in the bar. The former stable is a useful (and 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.

Sticky fingers

The Devonshire Arms is a child-friendly place, with bedrooms 3 and 4 particularly useful for families with an interconnecting door. Cots are available for no extra charge and Z beds can be set up in the larger rooms for an additional £20.

Muddy paws

Dogs are welcome in the bar area, but cannot be accommodated in the bedrooms.


There’s plenty of outside space with a few tables at the front giving views over the village green and church and more in a courtyard out back. The main walled garden to the rear consists of two level lawned terraces and is a bit of a suntrap, with fig trees, a veg patch and tables under a pergola offering shade. Games such as croquet, boules and giant outdoor Jenga will occupy the young and young at heart.

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles £95-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking for 6 cars only

Waitrose Good Food Guide; AA 2 Rosettes; Square Meal; Michelin Pub Guide


The Devonshire Arms Long Sutton, Somerset, TA10 9LP

Do not disturb

The Devonshire Arms is a building of generous proportions, and, given the ceiling heights, there won’t be any head-banging going on in the nine bedrooms. The majority of the rooms are up on the first floor, with two ground-floor options in the little cottage at the rear, and a goodly number have views over the village green and church. There’s a soothing contemporary neutrality to one and all, with mellow tones and well-made furniture. A couple of the rooms have free-standing baths, while the majority are kitted out with roomy showers. Rooms three and four have an interconnecting door, which makes them ideal for family groups.

Creature comforts

Local spring water; king-size beds.


Flatscreen TV; free Wi-Fi; DVD library.

What’s for Breakfast?

Freshly baked croissants; full English breakfast made with organic bacon and sausages and free-range eggs.

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles £95-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking for 6 cars only

Waitrose Good Food Guide; AA 2 Rosettes; Square Meal; Michelin Pub Guide

Eat & Drink

The Devonshire Arms Long Sutton, Somerset, TA10 9LP

Mastering the menu

Max Pringle is a chef who likes to get out and about and forage for the stuff that really brings a seasonal flavour to the menu, so if you’re lucky there might be wild mushrooms or ramsons (wild garlic) up for grabs. Rest assured, though, Max is good at seeking out ingredients from more regular supply routes, too, and his menu is rich with local gems. The restaurant takes reservations, or you can live on the edge and grab a table in the bar area. Wherever you sit, there’s a pleasing lack of starchiness. There’s not a huge amount of differentiation between lunch and dinner, save for the addition of a cracking midday ploughman’s, and there’s a satisfying modernity to the output. British classics such as potted shrimps mix with more contemporary things such as an oriental-inspired home-cured salmon dish, or the more European-focused warm pigeon breast with Puy lentils. Local organic beef gets the burger treatment (served with Westcombe Cheddar, salsa and chips), while confit duck leg is a cracking version with creamy mash and pickled red cabbage. Save room for desserts such as treacle tart with lemon curd and homemade buttermilk ice cream.

On the menu

Game Scotch egg, remoulade, potato straws & spicy roast tomato ketchup
Home-cured salmon, pickled ginger, wasabi, mooli & lime
Confit duck leg, creamy mash, pickled red cabbage, greens & herb jus
Sea bass fillets, sweet potato fondant, cauliflower purée & almond sauce vierge
Rich dark chocolate & Baileys torte, homemade espresso ice cream

Sunday Roasts

Traditional roast rib-eye of beef, greens, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding & gravy
Roast leg of organic lamb, greens, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding & gravy
Roast shoulder of pork, greens, roast potatoes, Yorkshire pudding & gravy

Foodie Extras

The courtyard tables and lawned terraced garden fill up in the summertime when barbecue season is in full swing. If children don’t fancy what’s on the main menu they can choose from the bespoke kids’ option, which is available between 12 noon-3pm and 7pm-8pm.

Time to Eat

Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm
Dinner 7pm – 9.30pm (9pm Sunday)

Local, local, local

Cider – Harry’s Cider Company, Long Sutton (
Fish – Samways of Bridport (
Real ales – Butcombe Brewery (
Cheese – Longman Cheese Sales Ltd, North Cadbury (
Cider Brandy – The Somerset Cider Brandy Company (
Organic eggs – Pitney Farm Shop (
Bottle water – Whitehole Springs, Leigh-on-Mendip (
Sausages, beef & lamb – Smiths of Hartlake, Shepton Mallet

Behind the bar

Three local ales are on offer at any given time, with something from Butcombe Brewery in Wrington an ever-present option. It doesn’t get any more local than Harry’s cider, which is brewed in the village, and if you want something stronger, there’s always Somerset cider brandy which has travelled all the way from Martock (about 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.

Bar snacks

Ploughman’s lunch with local honey-roast ham and award-winning cheeses; Organic sausages, wholegrain mustard mash, grilled red onion & herb jus; Homemade English beef burger, Westcombe Cheddar, salsa & home-cut chips

Time at the bar

12 noon – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (10.30pm Sunday)

What’s the Damage?
9 doubles £95-£150

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken (except Amex)
  • Private dining facilities
  • Alfresco dining
  • Parking for 6 cars only

Waitrose Good Food Guide; AA 2 Rosettes; Square Meal; Michelin Pub Guide

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 –

1 Inn Location - The Devonshire Arms


The Bakery Cafe, The Green, Sherborne DT9 3HZ

This wonderful small artisan bakery in the heart of Sherborne is a perfect spot for coffee, or something more substantial, whilst out shopping. Open from 8am to 5pm daily, visitors can enjoy wonderful coffees, teas and baked goodies as they perch on tractor seat stools at long oak tables above the bakery. On Thursday and Friday the bakery is open until 8pm for Pizza nights - eat in or take away.


Godminster Cheese Shop, Bruton BA10 0EH

Godminster is home to Richard Hollingbery and his family. Primarily a dairy farm, Richard decided to go organic in 1996. Since then the farm has produced award winning waxed cheddars and bries, with 'Great Taste' Awards going to homemade chutneys and cheese biscuits. In the shop visit the whole selection, take part in daily cheese tasting or simply find out how the goodies are created.


Wells Market, WellsBA5 2RP

The market place of this historic cathedral city fills up every Wednesday and Saturday with stalls selling local goods. Wednesday is the turn of local farmers.


The Green, 3 The Green, Sherborne DT9 3HY

Modern European cooking made with regional produce and served in a charming period building. Expect sea bass ceviche with local truffles and crispy shallots followed by roasted rack of lamb or a fancy burger made with English veal and foie gras.


Augustus, 3 The Courtyard, St James Street, Taunton TA1 1JR

The small yet perfectly formed Augustus is run by Richard Guest who previously showed his mettle at the town's Castle hotel. Now he's making an impression with dishes such as handmade gnocchi with Taleggio and rosemary cream and fillet of turbot with summer greens and grain mustard sauce.


Jon Thorner's Farm Shop, Pylle BA4 6TA

Open since 1976, Jon Thorner's is a farm shop stocked with genuinely local produce, with 25 of the suppliers based within 10 miles of the premises. Keep fuelled up by visiting the on-site bistro-style cafe.


Pitney Farm Shop, The Wagon House, Pitney TA10 9AP

This organic farm sells straight to the public from its farm shop. Expect dry-cured bacon and ham, homemade sausages, burgers and cakes, plus a range of local stuff that they buy in including cider brandy, Somerset cheeses and sparkling wines.


Wilkins Cider, Land's End Farm, Mudgley BS28 4TU

When in Rome! Head on over to Roger Wilkins farm and get to the bottom of why cider is such a big deal in this part of the country. 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 veg, eggs, pickles and such like.


Wraxall Vineyard, WraxallBA4 6RQ

Get a taste of English wine with tours and tastings of this vineyard on south-facing slopes between the Mendips and Quantock Hills.


The Willow Tree, 3 Tower Lane, TauntonTA1 4AR

Offering creative modern British grub in a smart 17th-century venue in the centre of town, the Willow Tree is an evening-only restaurant that hits the heights.


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.


Brown and Forrest, Hambridge TA10 0BP

Tucked away on the Somerset levels, this award-winning family-run smokery has been here for more than 30 years and its products are on the menu of many top restaurants and gastropubs around the UK. As well as some of the finest smoked eel and salmon in the country, there is a range of smoked chicken, duck, lamb and trout. Hampers are also available. The shop is open Tues-Sat.


John Leach's Muchelney Pottery TA10 0DW

Based at Muchelney, in the heart of the Somerset Levels, John Leach's successful pottery business 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.


Somerset Brandy Company, Martock TA12 6BU

Based on a farm at Martock in the countryside of South Somerset, the Somerset Cider Brandy Company stands amid 160 acres of cider apple orchards below Burrow Hill. The cider is made in traditional vats and the company uses original methods of production. If this is your tipple, then make time to visit.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - The Devonshire Arms



Long Sutton & Somerton Golf Clubs TA11 7HG

In the heart of the Somerset countryside near Somerton, Wheathill is where golfers of different abilities enjoy a challenge. There’s also the option of PGA tuition and lunch for beginners and budding golfers. Booking required. Long Sutton Golf Club, set in 118 acres, some 6352 yards in length has a par 71-course for men and par 72 for ladies.


Fishing, Somerton TA11 6LJ

Viaduct Fishery at Somerton is the perfect destination for the dedicated angler. There are six well-stocked lakes, a verandah-fronted clubhouse and several fishing platforms. The stock tends to be varied, with large numbers of carp.



Melbury Gallery, Sherborne DT9 3RQ

Visit the Melbury Gallery in Sherborne and you'll discover clothes, accessories, jewellery and gifts - among numerous items of stock. There is an amazing selection of garments from designers such as Masai Clothing Company, Adini, Nomads, Braintree and many others.


Chester Jefferies, Gillingham SP8 4QE

This Gillingham retailer specialises in gloves that are made from exceptional leathers from around the world and expertly finished by hand with minute attention to detail. Ideal for flying, driving and equestrian use.


Macintosh Antiques, Sherborne DT9 3JG

Located in a quaint hamstone mews building in Sherborne, Macintosh Antiques specialises in 17th-20th-century country house furniture, including chairs, bookcases, cabinets, paintings, prints and upholstery.


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.


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.


Shopping in Bath BA1 1LT

You’ll need to allow pretty much a whole day for a shopping expedition to Bath. Complemented by many pedestrianised areas and an easily navigable design, the city’s shopping quarter has an impressive range of upmarket chains, independent gift and food shops and a choice of stylish boutiques. Bath’s strikingly handsome architecture catches the eye too; the city is one of only two places in the world that has a bridge with shops actually built into the structure. Take a break here and enjoy a coffee while you admire the stunning view.


John Leach's Muchelney Pottery, Muchelney TA10 0DW

Based at Muchelney, very close to Long Sutton, John Leach’s Muchelney Pottery has been trading for an incredible 50 years. The pots are all lovingly and expertly hand-thrown, using local clays, and the pottery shop is open all year except on Sunday.

Places to visit


Fleet Air Arm Museum, Yeovilton BA22 8HW

Based near Yeovil, the museum represents the flying arm of the Royal Navy - a place for serious hardware with serious capability. This is where you'll find Europe's largest collection of helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.


Montecute House TA15 6XP

This glittering Elizabethan mansion is a masterpiece of Renaissance architecture and design. The Long Gallery, the longest of its kind in England, houses over 60 Tudor and Elizabethan portraits on loan from the National Portrait Gallery. The beautiful gardens are constantly changing, filling the house with scent in summer and providing an atmospheric backdrop for winter walks.


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.


Lytes Cary Manor, Charlton Mackrell TA11 7HU

Managed by the National Trust and located near neighbouring Somerton, Lytes Cary Manor is a medieval manor house with a beautiful Arts and Crafts-inspired garden. The garden rooms include a splendid collection of topiary and herbaceous borders. There are also delightful riverside walks to enjoy.


Barrington Court, Barrington TA19 0NQ

In the care of the National Trust since 1907, Barrington Court, near Ilminster, was rescued by Colonel Lyle of the famous Tate & Lyle family and transformed into an idyllic country estate in the 1920s. There's plenty to see and you'll probably recognise it as one of many National Trust locations featured in the BBC series, Wolf Hall.


Wells BA5 2RR

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.

The Devonshire Arms lies deep within the rolling countryside of Somerset and within handy reach of the famous Levels. On the inn’s doorstep is an extensive network of paths and tracks, which with the aid of GPS skills, a good map and a reliable guidebook, can be explored on foot. Further afield, you’ll find Cranborne Chase, the Mendip Hills and Salisbury Plain.

The level landscape of the Somerset Levels region is ideal for cycling. Get the Somerset Levels Cycle Map and you’ll see it includes the National Cycle Network and local routes in the area. Wells, Glastonbury and Yeovil feature, among many other places, and the map also includes five-day rides with directions and a description of the area highlighting cycle routes, local history and places of interest.

The region hosts many festivals and events, including the largest illuminated carnival in Europe, which lights up the skies in towns such as Bridgwater and Shepton Mallet. Somerset is also famous for producing outstanding food and drink and this famous tradition is represented at many markets and events throughout the county. Look out, too, for the 17-day Bath International Music Festival in late May and early June and the Great Dorset Steam Fair, near Blandford Forum, in September.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road:
Long Sutton located south of Somerton on the B3165, signposted off A372 between the A303 at Podimore and Langport

By Rail:
Yeovil Junction station is 20 minutes away by taxi, with direct trains from London Waterloo taking 2 hours 20 minutes.


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Room rates & booking


The Guardian, Travel, November 2012
British pubs with rooms for the night: readers’ travel tips. Pubs that are so cosy and welcoming you don’t want to go home at the end of the evening – and with guest bedrooms on hand, you don’t need to. Here are our readers’ favourites ….The Devonshire Arms, Long Sutton, Somerset’Absolutely fantastic pub with rooms. Top-notch food, lovely and comfy rooms, often a guy playing piano in the bar, and breakfast to die for. Owner Philip is a delightful host.’

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