Nestled in the very heart of rural Somerset you’ll find the quaint village of Hinton St George. With a population numbering under 500 (there are just 442 inhabitants!) and located far from any main road, it’s not the kind of place you’ll find in any tourist guidebook…
However, the remote settlement of Hinton St George is worth a closer look, if only to see the quintessential Westcountry architecture and sample the pub’s delish desserts. Here’s a quick guide of what to see, visit and snap photos of in this cute little village:
A wander through the village
Like many of the neighbouring villages in the area, Hinton St George is a delightful mix of private dwellings and a few public spaces; such as the church, green etc. Much of the village is located on a few streets. And you could easily count the total number of alleys, roads, and walkways on two hands.
Located South West of Yeovil, much of the village is focused on one long, main street. Hamstone cottages, some thatched, others tiled, sit side by side. In recent years, the village has been announced as one of the places in the UK with the longest life expectancy. As well as a church, pub, and tea room, the village boasts a busy, community run village shop. Previously just the post office, the shop and post office were combined and the previous shop converted into Dorothy’s Tea Rooms.
This sleepy town lacks good mobile signal, making it a perfect escape from the noisy outside world. Save for the passing car, a stroll down the main street feels akin to walking back in time. There’s a sense of community pervading the place, and every passing pedestrian (of which there are few) nods a gentle ‘hello‘ to each person they pass.
Pub: The Poulett Arms
There is just one single pub in the village. The Poulett Arms (pronounced “Paulett”) is named after the family that once owned much of the village and the land in the local area. The Ear of Poulett was a title created as early as the early 1700s and was bequeathed to John Poulett. However, the title is now extinct, and John’s descendants have since sold the Hinton Estate.
Today, the pub, named for a family which once dominated the local area, is the only reminder of a history dating back hundreds of years. Hinton Estate (along with its grand mansion house) has since been broken up. Hinton House (which has medieval roots) has now been divided into flats.
The inside of the pub is lovely. Think warm log fires in the winter, and cool patio drinks in the summer. To the rear of the pub, there is also a lovely beer garden where you can enjoy teas, coffees and a traditional Westcountry afternoon tea. However, with the beautiful interior decor and lovely flower beds to the exterior of the pub, it was hard to decide which area would be nicest to eat in!
The Village Cross
Old, worn and in the middle of the village, you’ll find a rather peculiar piece of stonework. Battered with age and carved further by the rain, it stands at 2.5m and is a listed building (meaning that it’s protected under special legislation due to its architectural/ historical importance.)
Dorothy’s Tea Room
Further on down the main street, you’ll find Dorothy’s Tea Room. Formerly the Post Office and opened in the 1990s, the large bay windows now display a wide range of cakes and a quiet place to sit and sip tea. Dorothy’s namesake was the owner’s mother who used to live in the rooms than now from the tea room.