The Notley Arms Pub with rooms in Monksilver, Somerset

Prices from:
£85 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Country inn revamped with style
  • Peaceful rural spot; edge of Exmoor
  • Daily menu; modern pub food
  • Super rooms; an eye on luxury
  • Delightful streamside garden
  • Simon & Caroline; hands on

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Overview

The Notley Arms Monksilver, Somerset, TA4 4JB

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The personal touch

Simon and Caroline Murphy have brought an inimitable flair to this white painted roadside pub in sleepy Monksilver and have built up a formidably good reputation since arriving at the Notley Arms in 2013. They rescued it from closure and have since restored the 19th-century building to its former glory, sprucing the place up with style and panache, adding a clutch of comfortable rooms, and the food on offer is fantastic. Simon and Caroline are hands on, nothing is too much trouble, and the attention to detail throughout is impressive. Lost in a truly rural spot on the flanks of Exmoor, but the pub is now a cracking destination inn, firmly established on Somerset’s culinary map and offering the perfect weekend retreat away for frazzled city dwellers. The cosy bar has a relaxing atmosphere with leather sofas fronting a blazing wood-burner stove, the perfect spot to sup a pint of Exmoor Gold, candles on old pine dining tables, a rustic stone-flagged floor, and interesting art on the walls. Beyond is the elegant, country-style dining area, replete with stone-tiled floor, white-painted panelled walls, another warming wood-burning stove, and a eclectic collection of antique and old pine tables. The recently added Garden Room offers more dining space, with a private dining room and two new bedrooms upstairs. Allow time to visit the fascinating 14th-century parish church.

Sticky fingers

Families are welcome in the pub; they have their own menu and there are day beds in the two larger rooms for children to stay overnight.

Muddy paws

Dogs are very welcome in the bar and can stay in two of the rooms.

Alfresco

Relax on fine days in the enclosed cottagey garden, which borders a babbling stream and features a heated dining pavilion and a boules piste.

What’s the damage?

8 doubles/twin: £85-£150

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining

Disabled access to bar, restaurant and one ground floor bedroom

Lock up for bicycles

Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Gold Star Inn & 1 Rosette

Sleep

The Notley Arms Monksilver, Somerset, TA4 4JB

Do not disturb

The eight peaceful en suite rooms are split between the attractive coach house and the main inn, where two new rooms have added above the Garden Room. All are beautifully kitted out in contemporary country style with super-comfortable and very stylish wooden beds topped with Hypnos mattresses and the best linen and down, with the two largest rooms having king-size four-poster beds and serene views of thatched cottages and rolling fields. Expect, also, bold floral wallpaper, antique dark oak wardrobes and dressing tables, upholstered easy chairs and day beds in the larger rooms. Detail touches include water bottles, real coffee, decent teas and fresh milk, and posh Duck Island toiletries in smart tiled bathrooms; a few have a walk-in shower and separate bath. One ground floor room is equipped for the disabled and there are two dog-friendly rooms. Tuck into a hearty breakfast, don your boots and explore a section of the Coleridge Way, which passes through the village, or head up onto Exmoor for an invigorating moorland hike.

What’s the damage?

8 doubles/twin: £85-£150

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining

Disabled access to bar, restaurant and one ground floor bedroom

Lock up for bicycles

Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Gold Star Inn & 1 Rosette

Eat & Drink

The Notley Arms Monksilver, Somerset, TA4 4JB

Mastering the menu

(Starters: £6-£9; Main Courses: £8-£20; Puddings £7)

The kitchen team conjures up an exciting menu every day, delivering innovative modern pub food using the best local and seasonal produce available, plus they make the bread and ice cream, cure the bacon, and even smoke the fish that appear on the menu. The renowned Notley Scotch egg with Bloody Mary ketchup makes a great snack or a delicious starter, or kick off memorable meal with pan-seared scallops, with black pudding and garlic butter. For main course, choose Somerset saddleback sausages with mash and onion gravy, sea bream on crab and prawn cannelloni, served with butternut squash and green beans, or opt for a classic like Exmoor beer battered fish and chips with tartare sauce and minted peas, or perhaps the pork and chorizo burger with relish and hand-cut chips. Make sure you leave room for the likes of banana and almond parfait with raspberry coulis and mango sorbet or chocolate fondant with blackberry ice cream and candied hazelnuts. Alternatively, finish with a generous plate of Somerset cheeses. Smaller appetites will find sandwiches, also served with a bowl soup, on the lunchtime menu. The wine list ticks all the boxes offering over 30 wines by the glass and cider and ale drinkers with find four ales and local Black Rat cider on tap. The imminent arrival of a chef from the renowned Masons Arms at Knowstone may well change the style and content on the menu, so watch this space…..!

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 10am

Lunch: 12 noon – 2.30pm

Dinner: 6.30pm – 9.30pm

Time at the bar

8am – 11pm

What’s the damage?

8 doubles/twin: £85-£150

What else?

All credit cards taken

Alfresco dining

Private dining

Disabled access to bar, restaurant and one ground floor bedroom

Lock up for bicycles

Parking

Gongs

AA 4 Gold Star Inn & 1 Rosette

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.

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Out & About

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Activities

6

Fossil Hunting, Watchet, Somerset TA23 0AA

Watchet is a delightful small harbour town with a maritime history going back two millennia. On the beach between Watchet and Warren Bay, Alabaster can be found in the cliffs, and it’s also a rich fossil hunting area – author Daniel Defoe was impressed with the quality and number of ammonites he found here!

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Exmoor Pony Centre, Ashwick, Somerset TA22 9QE

This pony centre is dedicated to the promotion and conservation of Exmoor ponies, and you can have a great day’s trekking in magnificent countryside, enjoying the wildlife and flora at a leisurely pace.

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Fishing on Exmoor TA24 7QP

A combination of beautiful scenery, abundant wildlife and exceptionally clean water makes fishing the rivers and streams on Exmoor a special pleasure. Permit fishing is available on the East Lyn, the Barle and the Exe along with a number of pools and reservoirs. Wimbleball Lake, near Dulverton has an excellent well stocked trout fishery

Places to visit

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Knightshayes Court, Tiverton, Devon EX16 7RQ

A rare survival of eccentric designer William Burges, Knightshayes is a romantic Victorian country house with Gothic splendours inside, and celebrated formal gardens with lily ponds & humorous topiary, and a delightful restored kitchen garden, which supplies the good restaurant.

3

Dunster Castle, Dunster, Somerset TA24 6SL

Dunster sits on a dramatic hilltop location with sweeping views over the Bristol Channel and Exmoor – it’s a picture book romantic castle with turrets and towers. The gardens are terraced with sub-tropical plants, and you’ll find the National collection of strawberry trees here, alongside a lovely Mediterranean garden, and the famous Dunster lemons. Don’t miss the amazing oak staircase and ornate Gothic plasterwork inside the castle.

4

Selworthy, Somerset TA24 8TP

A delightful time-capsule village packed with character, thatched cottages and village greens situated in the National Trust’s Hornicote Estate. Historic All Saints church is perched on the side of a hill, with a staggering view of the Vale of Porlock – it’s worth going inside, to see the painted nave ceiling and 18th century gallery.

8

Cleeve Abbey, Washford, Somerset TA23 0PS

There’s 800 years of history at this picturesque Cistercian abbey, the most complete and unaltered set of monastic cloister buildings in England. Especially interesting are the Gatehouse and the 15th century refectory with its glorious angel roof and unusual painted chamber. The Great dormitory is one of the finest examples in the country.

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Coleridge Cottage, Nether Stowey, Somerset TA5 1NQ

Coleridge moved to this modest house in 1796 with his wife Sara and young son David, and wrote Kubla Khan and The Rime of the Ancient Mariner here; his great friends William and Dorothy Wordsworth lived close by, and together they wrote some of their best known poetry.

Walking

www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/walking

Exmoor – a walker’s paradise. Whether you are an experienced walker or someone who prefers a short stroll, Exmoor National Park is the ideal place to explore the outdoors on foot. With over 1000km of footpaths and bridleways, through woodlands, by tumbling rivers and on open heather covered moorland, the variety is vast. Follow the footsteps of the romantic Poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge and walk part of the Coleridge Way (51 miles; Nether Stowey to Lynmouth) through the stunning Somerset countryside of the Quantock Hills, the Brendon Hills and Exmoor, a landscape that inspired Coleridge to produce some of his best known work.

Cycling

www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/enjoying/road-cycling

Whether you’re a lycra-clad speed freak keen to follow in the tyre marks of the Tour of Britain road race, a mountain biker seeking the challenge of the stunning network of bridleways and lanes, or even looking to take in the landscape and atmosphere at a more relaxed pace, then Exmoor National Park has something for you.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: From M5 (junction 26) take the A38 towards Taunton, then follow signs for Minehead to join the A358. Then follow the B3224 and the B3188 to reach Monksilver

By Rail: Nearest railway station is Taunton, 13 miles away

Address:

, Monksilver, Somerset, TA4 4JB

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