It was Mr Anusha’s birthday this week, so we drove down to the Bull Hotel
in Bridport, Dorset on Thursday. The hotel, which was a coaching inn in Regency times, has a good mix of stripped floorboards, creaking wooden stairs, interesting pieces of furniture, quirky Zoffany and Designers Guild wallpapers, plus plenty of wood panelling painted in ever-popular Farrow & Ball chalky blues and greens.
We stayed in the Green Fern and Butterfly room (named after the Manuel Canovas wallpaper, seen above), with its cream rattan bed, embroidered silk throw, Parisian side tables and vintage roll-top bath. Very fresh looking and nicely put together.
We left Bath at 4.30pm, and by 7.30pm we'd changed and were sitting in the downstairs bar sipping our pre-dinner drinks.
The gastro-pub/restaurant food is good, with an emphasis on local produce. The kitchen also bakes all its own bread (yum), cakes and scones. The dining room looks much more welcoming in real life, when the lights are dimmed and the place is full of people.
There's a cosy upstairs bar (reached via a beautiful Victorian ballroom, complete with minstrels’ gallery) and a downstairs bar with comfy sofas and table football.
Following a windswept walk in the countryside around Sherborne on Friday morning, we drove back to Bath in the afternoon, just in time to meet friends at Jamie's Italian
for a surprise birthday meal.