The Hood Arms is an historic inn in the middle of the picturesque village of Kilve on the edge of the Quantock Hills and near the route of the famous Coleridge Way.
There was an Inn recorded at Kilve as long ago as 1689. It was originally called the Chough & Anchor but by 1832 it had been renamed The Hood Arms, although the original pub sign was retained and is still used to this day. By the end of the 1830’s the pub was flourishing and stables were added in 1839 to attract the growing coaching trade travelling along the Nether Stowey to Minehead turnpike.
The classic layout of the Hood Arms remains largely unchanged since 1736 and its easy to relax by the open fire with a pint of Cider or Real Ale and imagine those times, when Kilve was a centre for smuggling along the Bristol Channel coast – with Brandy and illicit goods stored the Chantry situated behind the Hood Arms in Sea Lane; or you might have shared a tall tale with Coleridge or Wordsworth as they enjoyed a hearty meal in the pub.
A short walk from the pub is the stunning Jurassic coastline at Kilve’s fossil filled beach where visitors have a good chance of finding ammonites and reptile remains frozen into the shale rocks that form the cliff face. Being a fairly rocky beach it’s also a great place to spend time rock pooling as every low tide reveals many pools, all teeming with life. A short walk east along the coast path will bring you to Shurton Bars, a sandy beach ideal for dog walking and which also featured in the poem “Lines Written at Shurton Bars” written by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in 1795.
Open seven days a week throughout the year.
Well behaved dogs are always welcome at the Hood Arms.