Summer Lodge

Description

Deep in Thomas Hardy's idyllic Dorset countryside is Summer Lodge, a five-star country house hotel where guests are welcome to enjoy lunch, afternoon tea, and dinner as well as an array of regular dining experiences. 

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Special Events at Summer Lodge

Summer Lodge Hotel Wine Club - meeting on 11th July and 12th September

The club will regularly throughout the year to try some new and unusual wines, enjoy some delicious local produce and share some laughter.

Each meeting will introduce three new wines from around the world for members to try and enjoy. These will be paired with some of the amazing local produce so members can enjoy the abundance of the West Country.

No special knowledge of wine is required, just a willingness to learn a little, relax and enjoy yourself. 

  • Each regular meeting is £50.00 per person to include the wines and the snacks
  • Each event starts at 7.00 pm and lasts approximately 2 hours 

 

Summer Lodge Gala Wine Dinner - 14th November

Enjoy this exclusive event at Summer Lodge pairing West Country finest produce with delectable wines. 

£145 per person for 7 pm sitting 

Bookings are now open

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The Restaurant at Summer Lodge 

With the amazing local produce available on the doorstep, Summer Lodge's brigade of exceptional chefs create wonderful menus that carefully reflect their philosophy of “farm to fork”. The team only the best and most seasonal produce to showcase the finest that Dorset has to offer, with a light and delicate touch that allows the ingredients to speak for themselves.

Summer Lodge are so proud of their region and incredible suppliers. From wonderful local cheeses to Dorset truffles and everything in between, the team are never short of delicious produce, enhanced by the freshest ingredients grown in their own kitchen gardens and polytunnels. With an extensive wine selection, the dining experience is made even more extraordinary.

Set Lunch Menu 2 Courses £50 or 3 Courses £55 per person available Monday - Saturday 12.15pm – 1.30pm

Must Try:  Sunday Lunch at Summer Lodge - a la carte menu available 

Nestled in the heart of the Dorset countryside, there is nowhere better to enjoy a traditional Sunday Lunch than this renowned restaurant. Locally sourced Dorset lamb, home-grown vegetables, and the ambience of a traditional English country-house make for a splendid occasion.

The Restaurant is proud to hold three AA Rosettes.

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 Afternoon Tea at Summer Lodge

There is nowhere better to savour a delicious traditional Afternoon Tea than Summer Lodge Country House Hotel & Restaurant with a backdrop of the idyllic English countryside and surrounded by Dorset's rolling hills.

Cream Tea

Enjoying a traditional Cream Tea is a must at Summer Lodge, no trip is complete without having savoured the delights. Served in a variety of locations within the hotel, and outside weather permitting, guests can enjoy freshly made scones served with Dorset clotted cream accompanied by a selection of speciality teas. Tailor your experience by adding a glass of Champagne, sparkling wine or Pimms. All teas, coffees and hot chocolate are fair trade.

We appreciate some guests may have dietary requirements and our experienced team are happy to discuss your requirements. Such options may include gluten-free or vegetarian alternatives.

From £17 per person

 

Must Try: Traditional Afternoon Tea

You simply can’t visit Summer Lodge without enjoying a Traditional Afternoon Tea, and sampling some of the finest Dorset cream with your scones. Enjoy delicate finger sandwiches, freshly made scones and a glorious array of cakes and delicacies. 

Choose from Summer Lodge's Traditional or Savoury Afternoon Tea menu. Each comes with your choice of hot drink. 

Price: £40 per person
£55 per person with a glass of Bride Valley Crémant Dorset Champagne or £60 per person with a glass of Lanson Black Label

Vegetarian, Vegan, Gluten-Free and Halal options are available with 24 hrs' notice. Please advise at the time of booking. Unfortunately, Summer Lodge are unable to offer an Afternoon Tea that is both Vegan and Gluten Free

 

Whiskey Masterclasses

Dive deeper into the world of whisky with a tasting journey led by our resident expert. Choose from a selection of tasting experiences, ranging from an introduction for whisky novices to a mind-blowing selection of rare and unique whiskies for the connoisseur, each comprising of three superb whiskies served with a delicious assortment of oatcakes, dried fruit, smoked fish, cheese and chocolate.

Tastings range from an entry-level class at £45.00 per person to an elaborate education tasting £150.00 per person. 

 

Gin Experience

Enjoy sampling a handpicked selection of fabulous gins; including at least one of the delicious, locally-produced options – Fordington, Viper or Conker! Our knowledgeable team will guide you through the essentials of gin production from distillation to flavouring and then you can sit back, relax and enjoy the fruits of your labour! Cheers!

Enjoy 3 local gins, 3 different tonics and 3 garnishes with a presentation from our bar team

£30 per person

 

Cocktail Hour 5 pm - 6 pm daily 

Guests can enjoy one cocktail and one small plate for £25 per person. Additional cocktails and small plates can be purchased for £12.50 each. 

Bar bookings are available but not essential 

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Masterclass Events

Fermentation Masterclass

Learn the secrets and health benefits of fermentation at our Fermentation Masterclass and discover valuable lessons that you can practise in your own home.

Using local ingredients from our kitchen and gardens, our fermentation expert will guide you through the techniques used to create delicious and healthy drinks including Kvas, Keffir, Kombucha, Shrub and Apple Cider vinegar. The session lasts 90 minutes and includes a fermented cocktail – alcoholic or alcohol-free, a brief history of fermentation, the associated health benefits, as well as the chance to create these amazing drinks.

Price: £50 per person

Classes are on an enquiry basis

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Private Events and Weddings 

Summer Lodge offers a picture-postcard location for guests looking to arrange an event, whether for business, a celebration or a wedding.

The dedicated Conference and Events team can guide you through options so if you are looking to secure one conference room or the whole venue for exclusive use.

Summer Lodge boasts a number of options for private dining including the Drawing Room and the Dorchester Suite. Bespoke services can be offered to tailor your event and add your unique stamp. 

 

Afternoon Tea parties

Summer Lodge Afternoon Parties are a popular way of hosting celebrations, especially for those catching up with friends, hosting a baby shower, marking a birthday, or holding bridal showers. Choose between a sweet or savoury menu and invite your nearest and dearest to indulge in luxurious cakes, pastries, and dainty finger sandwiches. Private rooms are also available for an extra charge.
 
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Christmas at Summer Lodge - bookings are now open
 
Christmas Eve 
3-course dinner from 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm
£100 per person

Christmas Day Lunch 
Served between 12:30 pm - 2.30 pm.
5-course lunch for £199 per person
Full prepayment at the time of booking required

Boxing Day Brunch
Available from 8.30 am – 2.30 pm
£60 per person

Boxing Day Black Tie Gala Dinner
Served with champagne aperitif from 7 pm
5-course dinner with wines with a live Pianist during dinner.
£235 per person. Full prepayment at the time of booking required
 
New Year's Eve Black Tie Gala Dinner
Served with champagne aperitif from 7 pm
5 courses served with matching wines and live music
£245 per person with full prepayment at the time of booking required

New Year's Day Brunch
Served from 8.30 am – 2.30 pm - £60 per person for non-residents including alcoholic beverages.

New Year's Day Dinner
3-course dinner
£100 per person for non-residents 6.30 pm - 8.30 pm

What's on

Summer Lodge Wine Club
Summer Lodge Wine Club At our wine club, indulge in delightful wine, exquisite food, and enriching conversation with like-minded individuals…

Thursday 12th September 2024

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Summer Lodge Gala Wine Dinner
Summer Lodge Gala Wine Dinner At our Gala Wine Dinner, indulge in delightful wine, exquisite food, and enriching conversation with like-minded…

Thu, 14th Nov 2024 @ 19:00 - 22:00

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Festive Afternoon Tea
Christmas At Summer Lodge: Festive Afternoon Tea Available from 1st  December to 23rd December 2024.  Celebrate the magic of Christmas with…

Sun, 1st Dec 2024 - Mon, 23rd Dec 2024

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Hours

Day Open Close Notes
Monday 7:30 22:00 Lunch every day from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Sunday lunch from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Afternoon Tea: Monday to Saturday 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Dinner: 6.30pm - 8.30pm Bar: Open daily: 8am - 10pm (10pm last orders, closes at 11pm) Private Bookings available on enquiry
Tuesday 7:30 22:00 Lunch every day from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Sunday lunch from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Afternoon Tea: Monday to Saturday 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Dinner: 6.30pm - 8.30pm Bar: Open daily: 8am - 10pm (10pm last orders, closes at 11pm) Private Bookings available on enquiry
Wednesday 7:30 22:00 Lunch every day from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Sunday lunch from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Afternoon Tea: Monday to Saturday 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Dinner: 6.30pm - 8.30pm Bar: Open daily: 8am - 10pm (10pm last orders, closes at 11pm) Private Bookings available on enquiry
Thursday 7:30 22:00 Lunch every day from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Sunday lunch from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Afternoon Tea: Monday to Saturday 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Dinner: 6.30pm - 8.30pm Bar: Open daily: 8am - 10pm (10pm last orders, closes at 11pm) Private Bookings available on enquiry
Friday 7:30 22:00 Lunch every day from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Sunday lunch from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Afternoon Tea: Monday to Saturday 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Dinner: 6.30pm - 8.30pm Bar: Open daily: 8am - 10pm (10pm last orders, closes at 11pm) Private Bookings available on enquiry
Saturday 7:30 22:00 Lunch every day from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Sunday lunch from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Afternoon Tea: Monday to Saturday 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Dinner: 6.30pm - 8.30pm Bar: Open daily: 8am - 10pm (10pm last orders, closes at 11pm) Private Bookings available on enquiry
Sunday 7:30 22:00 Lunch every day from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Sunday lunch from 12.15pm – 1.30pm Afternoon Tea: Monday to Saturday 1.30pm – 4.30pm and Sunday 3.30pm – 4.30pm Dinner: 6.30pm - 8.30pm Bar: Open daily: 8am - 10pm (10pm last orders, closes at 11pm) Private Bookings available on enquiry

Location

Address

Summer Lodge, 9 Fore Street, DT2 0JR

Area

Dorset

Menus

  • Cuisines

    This venue serves British, European, Afternoon Tea, Vegan Friendly and Vegetarian Friendly food.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Seated
Capacity
Standing
Cost Min spend
Midweek*
Min spend
Weekend*
Exclusive Use of Summer Lodge Venue Hire 76 0 - From 10000 From 14000

Summer Lodge Country House Hotel, Restaurant and Spa can be yours, exclusively and is the perfect venue for a special occasion. Privacy is guaranteed, and greater flexibility assured for any type of party, celebration, wedding or corporate event. The Restaurant, Drawing Room, Bar, gardens and all of the 24 hotel rooms and suites are yours from 3pm on the day of your arrival until midday on the day of departure.

Hiring the venue includes the following:

24 luxurious rooms and suites
Restaurant, Drawing Room, Bar, tennis court and gardens
Full English breakfast every morning
Dorset Cream Tea daily

Because of the size, comfort and the dimensions of the main house, Summer Lodge is ideally suited for private house parties. What better way could there be for celebrating a special occasion than in the environment of a private country house, without having to lift a finger?

A typical exclusive use weekend could take the form of:

  • A delicious Afternoon Tea on arrival. This is a wonderful opportunity to gather for the first time and greet friends and relatives. A buffet consisting of warm scones, rich Dorset clotted cream, local strawberry jam, a selection of sandwiches including smoked salmon, cucumber, tomato and Cheddar, and egg mayonnaise with local watercress, as well as a variety of cakes, meringues, tartlets and pastries, is created in the Restaurant and enjoyed in the comfort of the Drawing Room until 5.30pm, served with your choice of tea or coffee.
  • An informal lunch served in the atmospheric surrounds of the 17th Century Acorn Inn, just a short walk from the hotel through the very beautiful village of Evershot.
  • A delicious breakfast the next morning, consisting of a buffet of fresh pastries, fruit, yoghurt, salmon, cold cuts, cheese and breads, alongside a menu of cooked to order dishes on the Full English breakfast menu, and tea and coffee, served in the Restaurant until 11am.
  • A sumptuous dinner that evening would be served in the Dining Room. Preceded by aperitifs and canapés in the Drawing Room or outdoors on the patio, a three or four-course menu of your choosing is served by the amazing team, followed by coffee and petit fours. There's an extensive list of performers that can be called upon to provide entertainment throughout the evening.

We have different pricing structures, depending on the time of the year as well as the time of the week. On most weekends, we require a minimum of a two night stay.

Exclusive use does not include the Spa, since it is open to private health club membership. However, the Spa is detached from the hotel, and entry is therefore separate and not gained through the hotel. The exclusive events team is very experienced and includes the organiser, Head Chef and Cellar Master. They would be delighted to discuss your requirements and create an event that will captivate and suit you perfectly.

The Dorchester Suite Private Room 24 25 £750.00 750 750

Make business a pleasure in the fully equipped Dorchester Suite located in the Courtyard House of Summer Lodge Hotel, Dorset. Suitable for private meetings, receptions, lunches and dinners, it can seat 14 people in a boardroom style as well as 24 theatre style providing an intimate environment in which to focus your attention.

When planning meetings and events, whether it be a special executive meeting or maybe a presentation; Summer Lodge offers a luxurious and intimate venue for gathering colleagues and professionals together. 

 

Facilities include

  • Customised menus for any event
  • Adjustable lighting
  • Fax, ISDN, modem points and multiple telephone lines
  • Full secretarial support
  • Air-conditioning
  • Sound system
  • Private dining and banqueting facilities
  • High speed internet access
  • Dedicated Events Co-ordinator
  • IT support
  • Laptop and mobile phone hire
  • Office stationary including flipcharts

Room Capacity:

Banquet - 16

Boardroom - 14

Classroom - 12

Reception - 25

Theatre - 24

U-shape - 14

 

Restaurant Area Private Room 76 0 £750.00 750 750

When planning a private celebration, whether it be a special birthday surprise or maybe an anniversary; Summer Lodge offers a warm and intimate venue for gathering friends and relatives together.  We are able to host various party sizes in either the elegant restaurant area, in the sophisticated Drawing Room or the private dining room; The Dorchester Suite, offering style and refinement in unhurried and peaceful surroundings.  

From banquets to a modest Afternoon Tea Chef, Steven Titman,  and his team are on hand to offer advice and customise menus to suit your tastes. The award-winning expertise of Sommelier Eric Zwiebel will match the delicious cuisine with equally beautiful wines.  Summer Lodge is able to cater for parties of between two and seventy guests and is ideally suited to exclusive use. From start to finish your celebration will be planned to perfection, tell us more about your requirements.

Drawing Room Private Room 30 60 - From 2000 From 2000

When planning a private celebration, whether it be a special birthday surprise or maybe an anniversary; Summer Lodge offers a warm and intimate venue for gathering friends and relatives together.  We are able to host various party sizes in either the elegant restaurant area, in the sophisticated Drawing Room or the private dining room; The Dorchester Suite, offering style and refinement in unhurried and peaceful surroundings.  

Wedding Packages at Summer Lodge Venue Hire 0 0 - - -

The range of choices available at Summer Lodge for your wedding celebration is so extensive, so to help we’ve created a selection of special packages that include the most popular options – these can be customised with ease but you might find them a useful place to start!

The Melbury

From £90.00 per person, this includes:

  • Two Canapés
  • Amuse Bouche
  • Warm Smoked Loch Duart Salmon with Marinated Cucumber, Caviar and Crème Fraîche
  • Grilled Breast of Corn Fed Chicken with Fondant Potato, Savoy Cabbage and Thyme Jus
  • Pre-Dessert
  • Vanilla Crème Brûlée with Granny Smith Apple Compote and Calvados
  • Two glasses of Champagne Lanson per person

The Ilchester

From £115.00 per person, this includes:

  • Two Canapés
  • Amuse Bouche
  • Gateau of Portland Crab and Marinated Tomato with Avocado Cream and Shellfish Dressing
  • Roast Loin of Dorset Lamb with Grilled Mediterranean Vegetables, Saffron Potatoes and Pesto Jus
  • Pre-dessert
  • Pineapple Raviolo with Exotic Fruit Salad and Passion Fruit Sorbet
  • Two glasses of Champagne Lanson per person

The Hardy

From £210.00 per person, this includes:

  • Four Canapés
  • Amuse Bouche
  • Treacle Cured Creedy Carver Duck Breast, Poached Rhubarb, Pistachios and Iced Cider
  • Steamed Local Brill with Creamed Leeks, Green Asparagus and Caviar
  • Champagne Granite
  • Grilled Fillet of English Beef with Fondant New Potatoes, 
    Tomato Compote, Parmesan and Truffle
  • Pre-Dessert
  • Summer Lodge Trio of Lemon Desserts
  • Two glasses of Champagne Lanson per person

The Evershot

Priced from £105 per person this includes:

  • Ceremony at Church or at SummerLodge
  • Drinks and canapes on the terrace or Drawing Room
  • Lunch in the restaurant or conservatory 
  • Vacate at 5pm to The Acorn Inn for exclusive use, arrival drinks, buffet or BBQ, music and dancing

 

* The minimum spends are a guideline only and vary according to the day and time of the year.

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