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Church Street, BA22 8LN Ilchester Show map
In the heart of Ilchester village, a relaxing oasis from the commotion of nearby Yeovil, this impressive Somerset inn was first licensed in 1686 and has aged with appropriate dignity.
The Ilchester Arms has an airy wood decorated bar, with a good selection of wines, real ales and continental lagers.
The hotel also has 7 well-appointed rooms and a renowned restaurant serving modern British food, using local fresh ingredients. A warm welcome awaits every guest.
When would you like to stay?
- Non-smoking rooms
- Designated smoking area
- Restaurant (à la carte)
- Table tennis
- Room service
- Meeting/banquet facilities
WiFi is available in public areas and is free of charge.
WiFi is available in some hotel rooms and is free of charge.
Free public parking is possible on site (reservation is needed).
These are general hotel policies for . As they may vary per room type; please also check the room conditions.
14:00 - 23:00 hours
Until 11:00 hours
Children and extra beds
Free! All children under 1 year stay free of charge when using existing beds.
Free! All children under 2 years stay free of charge for children's cots/cribs.
There is no capacity for extra beds in the room.
The maximum number of children's cots/cribs in a room is 1.
Any type of extra bed or child's cot/crib is upon request and needs to be confirmed by management.
Pets are not allowed.
Accepted credit cards
- American Express
The hotel reserves the right to pre-authorise credit cards prior to arrival.
Situated in the historic town of Ilchester, the Ilchester Arms is a charming building full of character, offering an ideal setting in which to eat, drink and relax. The town of Ilchester, famed for its cheese production, offers many local points of interest including a Roman Bridge and an Artefact Museum. Ilchester is convenient for access to the A303, Yeovil and RNAF Yeovilton.
A warm welcome is always assured. The primary aim of Brendan, Lucy and their young energetic team is their dedication to customer service. They take great pride in serving you exceptional quality cuisine, made from local fresh produce wherever possible.
The bar is open all day for drinks and light snacks, and the bistro is open every day for lunch and dinner (except Sunday evening). The hotel offers 7 rooms, as well as conference and private dining facilities, a walled patio garden and a public bar.
Food & beverage
Brendan McGee, head chef and patron, has created an extensive menu featuring modern British cuisine using fresh local produce. Brendan brings over 30 years of experience to the Ilchester Arms kitchen. His modern-style cuisine still manages to maintain some of the traditional values of British cooking, whilst including a twist of style and a pinch of contemporary ideas, all served up with a huge dollop of inspiration and enthusiasm.
The bistro menu changes every few months, whilst there is also have an excellent selection of sandwiches, paninis and jacket potatoes, all made to order. The Ilchester Arms are also happy to offer an exquisite wine and whisky list, along with the most tempting selection of delicious deserts. The smaller appetite is also catered for with the junior bites menu. You can also find a good selection of daily specials on the blackboards within the bar.
During the summer months, the peaceful garden provides an ideal area for lunch. The function room is light, airy and ideal for private dining for up to 30 people, catering for birthdays and special occasions, or corporate functions. All will be done to ensure that your meal is enjoyable and memorable. A banqueting menu can be offered and the Ilchester Arms are always happy to discuss any special menu requirements you may have.
Lunch is served from 12:00 to 14:30 and dinner from 19:00 until 21:30. The bar is open all day and light snacks are served.
At the Ilchester Arms there are 7 newly refurbished rooms. All rooms are en suite and offer modern facilities. Room service is happily provided.
Single, twin and double rooms are available. Of the 4 double rooms, 2 of these can be used as family rooms and feature a small room off the main bedroom, containing built-in twin bunk-beds.
Ilchester is mentioned in the Domesday Book (1086) as Givelcestre, meaning "The fort on the River Ivel", stemming from the Old English name of the River Yeo Ivel and Latin word 'castra'.
A town with much history, Ilchester, originally called Lindinis (meaning "Little Marsh"), was a strategic Roman fort and major regional settlement (hence 'Chester') on the river Yeo, at the important junction of the Fosseway and the Bristol to Dorchester roads (now the A303 and the A37). The Roman levels lie just below the surface within the town and 2 Roman cemeteries are outside - evidently including both pagan and Christian burials.
During Saxon times there was a mint here (coining money from 959 to 1248) and in Norman times it was a Royal Borough with 107 Burgesses. From 1298 until 1832, the town returned 2 members to Parliament. Ilchester was a walled and gated town and boasted 6 churches, a nunnery, friary and a leper hospital in Medieval times. The bridge spanning the Yeo in the town is also Medieval and originally was home to a small chapel for travellers and pilgrims.
It was the county town of Somerset in the 1700s and the famous Ilchester gaol - in use from 1166 to 1843 - was home to the county gaol. The town's past is echoed in the Georgian houses and Town Hall which survive. The church, St Mary Major, with its massive 13th century tower, is in a mixture of periods and styles: features of interest include a Jacobean pulpit and remains of wall paintings.
The village green boasted an 18th century Tuscan column. The top portion of this monument was blown over by the storm of 25 January 1991 and rebuilt the following year.
- From the A303, take the A37 heading towards Yeovil.
- After approximately 800 metres (half a mile), you will come to a roundabout. Turn left here.
- This will take you into Ilchester. The Ilchester Arms Hotel can be found as you approach the square on the right-hand side.
There is car parking available at the back of the hotel (take the side road next to the hotel).