Summer Lodge


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. 


The Restaurant at Summer Lodge 

The award-winning team led by Executive Chef Steven Titman harness an array of local produce to produce traditional English dishes with a Modern European influence. With much produce also grown within the kitchen gardens, meats and fish are sourced locally where possible, enabling Summer Lodge to produce exceptional dishes for guests to enjoy. Summer Lodge offers a Sunday Lunch Menu which proves very popular. 

Children are welcome and are invited to select from their own curated menu. 

Sommelier Eric Zwiebel offers an exquisite wine list and is on hand for any advice that may be required to match your chosen dishes. 


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 with 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 fairtrade. 

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.


Afternoon Tea Academy Masterclasses with P.M.D Tea

Summer Lodge offers small groups the unique opportunity to arrange a private tea academy with your host, Managing Director of P.M.D Tea - Dananjaya Silva. The afternoon will give insight into the provenance of the tea served at Summer Lodge as well as providing a history of the estate where the tea is sourced. This is a bespoke experience and enquiries for dates are welcome. 


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 £35.00 per person to an elaborate education tasting £150.00 per person. 


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. 


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Day Open Close Notes
Monday 12:00 22:00 Monday to Saturday: 1pm - 4.30pm
Tuesday 12:00 22:00 Monday to Saturday: 1pm - 4.30pm
Wednesday 12:00 22:00 Monday to Saturday: 1pm - 4.30pm
Thursday 12:00 22:00 Monday to Saturday: 1pm - 4.30pm
Friday 12:00 22:00 Monday to Saturday: 1pm - 4.30pm
Saturday 12:30 22:00 Monday to Saturday: 1pm - 4.30pm
Sunday 12:30 22:00 Sunday: 3.30pm - 4.30pm



Summer Lodge, 9 Fore Street, DT2 0JR


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    This venue serves British and European food.

Private Hire

Name Type Capacity
Cost Min spend
Min spend
Exclusive Use of Summer Lodge Venue Hire 76 0 - 8000 12000

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 40 - 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.  

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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