Intimate and special, and surrounded by beautiful countryside, the Summer Lodge Country House…
Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant & Spa
“An ideal retreat in the heart of Dorset, a peaceful setting and smart modern food.” - AA Inspector
If you want stylish contemporary cooking in a comfortingly traditional country-house setting then look no further than Summer Lodge. Service here is polished, delivered with a youthful energy by an engaging team, and the food itself is elegantly crafted, demonstrating the skills of a chef with plenty of ability. From the great bread and clever canapés, through to a brilliantly conceived starter of stuffed saddle of rabbit – a very refined and well executed dish – to a deft main course of lightly steamed turbot with roasted salsify, you can expect thoughtfully constructed menus. Finish with a delightful honey and thyme parfait with honey jelly, fresh blackberry and honeycomb.
Facilities – at a glance
Credit cards accepted
Gluten free menu
- Seats: 60
- Private dining available
- On-site parking available
- Wheelchair accessible
- Accessible toilets
- Assist dogs welcome
- Open all year
- Wines under £30: 12
- Wines over £30: 1450
- Wines by the glass: 25
- Cuisine style: Modern British
- Vegetarian menu
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About the area
Dorset means rugged varied coastlines and high chalk downlands. Squeezed in among the cliffs and set amid some of Britain’s most beautiful scenery is a chain of picturesque villages and seaside towns. Along the coast you’ll find the Lulworth Ranges, which run from Kimmeridge Bay in the east to Lulworth Cove in the west. Together with a stretch of East Devon, this is Britain’s Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, noted for its layers of shale and numerous fossils embedded in the rock. Among the best-known natural landmarks on this stretch of the Dorset coast is Durdle Door, a rocky arch that has been shaped and sculpted to perfection by the elements. The whole area has the unmistakable stamp of prehistory.
Away from Dorset’s magical coastline lies a landscape with a very different character and atmosphere, but one that is no less appealing. Here, winding, hedge-lined country lanes lead beneath lush, green hilltops to snug, sleepy villages hidden from view and the wider world. The people of Dorset are justifiably proud of the achievements of Thomas Hardy, its most famous son, and much of the county is immortalised in his writing.
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