Dulverton Pub makes National Top 10
Self- catering holidays on Exmoor are a very popular choice for people looking for a relaxing break in the countryside. But these aren’t the only popular choice on Exmoor as a Dulverton pub has notched up not one, but two accolade’s in a publication that many in the know consider to be the pub-goers’ bible.
Woods was named as the national wine pub of the year for an impressive fourth year running and has now secured a place as one of the top ten pubs in the country.
Both awards in were announced in The Good Pub Guide 2014 last week.
Paddy Groves and his partner Sally Harvey created Woods after transforming the former bakery into what it is today, nine years ago.
The Good Pub Guide, which is published annually, defined Mr Groves as "really rewarding to talk to about his wine". The guide also went on to say that "He will open any of his 400 listed bottles for just a glass and he may even tempt you to one of his unlisted collection of 500 well aged New World wines."
The top ten position - accredited for the first time – recognises the pub as being amongst an exclusive number of pubs "absolutely at the top of their game".
The success of the establishment is down to a combination of factors, one of those being that Mr Groves owns a farm just above Dulverton which provides the pub with the some of the meats such as the pork and lamb. As well as this, a large quantity of the poultry for the restaurant also comes from the farm.
Fiona Stapley, who is the guide’s joint editor, said the awards were made with the help of feedback from thousands of loyal readers.
2,000 loyal and experienced correspondents look out for real warmth and quality of service. It’s a people’s guide which is written in the knowledge that the awards come from the people’s own views. These views are simply backed up by editor inspections, that determine who’s in and who’s out each year.