“Reopened in September 2013 after extensive refurbishment to its public rooms, this former Georgian coaching inn has wow factor. Arranged either side of a central courtyard dominated by a stone fountain is an elegant bar with comfy sofas and a buzzing restaurant with a menu ranging from authentic pizza to grilled Somerset kid. The hotel’s 16 rooms, in relaxing shades of taupe, feature Italian-made Beltrami sheets, feather pillows and Tassimo coffee machines to ensure guests feel cared for. The odd sloping floor and gorgeous original windows overlooking Shaftesbury’s rooftops are reminders of the building’s history. Breakfast, with fresh orange juice and fluffy eggs, is superb. Locals are flocking to the bar and restaurant, evidence that the refurb has been a hit. Highly recommended for a trip to Hardy country.”
Written by Vicki Power
“Why do people love staying in your hotel?
The Grosvenor Arms is a relaxed bolthole getaway set in the historic town of Shaftesbury. The food is superb locally sourced produce from Dorset, which has been carefully selected by Head Chef Neil Duffett. The interiors reflect the individuality of the hotel and there are numerous spaces for guests to relax and enjoy a weekend away. The Grosvenor Arms dates back to the 1820s but the interiors use a palette of natural colours spiced up with jolts of colour and texture.
What is there to do in the area?
Shaftesbury itself has plenty of inns, cafes and restaurants and there are many small boutique shops and buckets of history. Whilst the famous Gold Hill is 100m away, guests can wander around the old Saxon hill top fort, the Abbey from King Alfred’s day, and on market days, the market and farmers market. The magnificent houses of Wilton, Longleat, Sherborne Castle, Stourhead and Kingston Lacey are between 20 to 30 minutes away. The hotel can organise riding, fishing, hunting, golf or cycling for guests which are all in close proximity.
What kind of breakfast do you offer?
Continental breakfast with fruit juices, homemade muesli, cereals, cured & smoked meats,
English cheeses, fresh fruit, pastries and locally produced yogurts.
Or you can order from the kitchen from a selection of Full English (Eggs cooked to your liking, bacon & sausage from Sydling Organic, black pudding, grilled tomato, field mushrooms, fried bread). Organic free range eggs (cooked to your liking) on sourdough toast with smoked salmon from The Chesil Smokery or bacon. Chorizo & potato hash, fried duck egg. Grilled kippers from The Chesil Smokery, lemon butter. Eggs Benedict, Royal or Florentine. Toast & local preserves or porridge & double cream.
All accompanied by tea and coffee, or something a little stronger if you'd prefer.
Do you offer other meals? And can you recommend good places to eat out locally?
The bar, deli and courtyard are open all day, and the restaurant from 12- 2.30pm and 6.30 to 9pm. Our relaxed restaurant serves the finest ingredients, simply, but whenever possible, seasonal, local, wild and organic. Our wood oven produces the best thin crust pizzas, and the most delicious slow cooked shoulder of pork… Take your choice to sit at either oak tables in the Conservatory, a relaxed zinc topped table in the deli or the most comfortable leather banquettes in the restaurant. We also have a Dog Food menu available upon request.
Which are your most popular room types, and why?
Our most popular rooms are our Deluxe Rooms because as well as being incredibly spacious they are located on our top floor overlooking the Commons and Shaftesbury High Street. A lot of our regular guests request these rooms.
What message would you like to give Hotel Guru readers?
We hope to welcome you to the Grosvenor Arms soon.”