Nestled in the picturesque village of Chilthorne Domer, the Carpenters Arms is a quintessentially British village pub serving straight-forward, honest food. The interior has been sympathetically restored, combining traditional features like exposed wooden beams and flagstone floors with vibrant contemporary furnishings. In winter the cosy bar and welcoming restaurant have an irresistible charm, while in summer the balmy weather invites guests to take advantage of the patio beer garden. Surrounded by striking Somerset countryside, this inviting spot is also totally child- and dog-friendly, making it the ideal place for a bite to eat after exploring the area with your family. For those planning private events, there’s also an elegant all-weather conservatory with natural light and under-floor heating making it perfect for all occasions.
The menu is unpretentious and offers a good choice of long-established favourites and a great range of drinks. You can pop by for a refreshing handpulled real ale, or settle in for a pleasant evening and a delicious meal. The food is beautifully cooked, well portioned, attractively priced and served by friendly staff, which all combines to make an inviting and enjoyable dining experience. My partner and I visited on a Monday night and found the restaurant had a quiet buzz about it.
We started our evening with a drink and a plate of creamy garlic mushrooms atop toasted ciabatta. These went down a treat and set the scene for an evening of superbly flavoursome food. My partner decided on the popular Carpenters chicken to follow, comprising chicken breast stuffed with Cambozola mousse and wrapped in Parma ham, served with sautéed potatoes, fresh vegetables and a creamy Cambozola sauce. I opted for the 10oz rump steak, a spectacular piece of meat served with onion rings, tomatoes, mushrooms, chips and peas. We concluded the evening with a shared plate of gorgeous Belgian waffles, generously drizzled in sticky toffee sauce and enhanced by vanilla ice cream – the perfect end to a perfect meal. If you’re after simple, lovingly prepared, fairly priced grub, the Carpenters Arms is sure to be your kind of pub.