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This coaching inn is one of the more significant buildings on Dunster's medieval high street. The bedrooms incorporate some intriguing period features, though bathrooms would benefit from a more stylish update. The inn offers reasonable food and is a highly atmospheric place to return to after sightseeing or walking in Exmoor.


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OUR REVIEW

THE NEIGHBOURHOOD

Within view of the National Trust-owned Dunster Castle, this inn overlooks the high street in Dunster, one of the UK's most attractive medieval villages. There are numerous lovely walks nearby in Exmoor National Park, while the Somerset coast is a couple of minutes away and Devon is around 20 minutes by car. It's an easy stroll for guests to Dunster's castle, watermill and 15th-century packhorse bridge. The Locks Tea Room is popular for refreshments.

By car: around 1 hour 20 minutes from Exeter, 3 hours from Birmingham and 4 hours from London. There is parking available nearby.

By train: London Paddington to Taunton takes around 1 hour 40 mins. The hotel is a 35-minute taxi ride from the station. Book trains to Taunton.

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THE LOOK AND FEEL

This old coaching inn has a wealth of period features, the best being a cavernous fireplace and many nooks and crannies. A courtyard with elongated windows and an old wooden gallery running through it offer extra seating; there are also tables in the hillside garden looking across to Dunster Castle.

THE FACILITIES

This is a popular place. Staff during our visit were experienced in dealing with guests, drinkers and diners politely and efficiently. The reception was well-manned and the staff knew a lot about the building's history. There is no dedicated car park but spots are easy enough to find outside on the high street.

  • Bar
  • Restaurant
  • Garden
  • Board games & puzzles
  • Free Wi-Fi

BED AND BATH

The bedrooms are dressed in an ornate, country-house style. The suite and larger bedrooms have standout features, such as four-poster beds, fireplaces or appealing historical characteristics. Bathrooms are fairly modern but not particularly luxurious; all have shower-baths except the Mews, which has a walk-in shower and roll-top bath.

Room types: Standard Rooms, Superior Rooms, Feature Rooms

Key amenities: ensuite bathroom, TV, radio, tea and coffee-making facilities, free Wi-Fi

FOOD AND DRINK

A menu of straightforward, crowd-pleasing food is available in both the pub and the restaurant, which is a more formal space. Expect to choose between gastropub classics like pasta, battered cod and gourmet burgers, or dishes of classically-cooked local game or beef. Breakfasts are great value and make the most of local produce.

Psalter's Restaurant: formal dining, classic gastropub food. Open for daily breakfast and dinner. Dinner mains from £14.

Afternoon tea: traditional tea service. Served 3-5pm.

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