Small Hotel in Shepton Mallet

Formerly known as the Kings Arms The Dusthole was originally built as the provision house for Shepton Mallet prison which until its closure in 2013 was the oldest working prison in the UK. In the early days inmates had to buy their own food and drink so an enterprising governor built the provision house in order to make money out of them! In later years the provision house became a hostelry and its name changed to the Kings Arms. It is well documented that the Duke of Monmouth and his men recruited 12 ‘Sheptonians’ as they passed through the town on their way to overthrow King James II in 1685 staying nearby in Longbridge. Reputedly after a heavy day’s march they visited the Kings Arms (no doubt taking perverse pleasure in drinking at a hostelry of that name!) to enlist new members to their cause. You may be wondering why the Kings Arms became known as The Dusthole. In the 1900s the main industries in the town were based around the local stone quarries. Workers would often call in for a drink or two on their way home dusty from the stone they’d been working with all day and leaving evidence of their visit as they brushed themselves off while chatting and enjoying their pint. Hence the Kings Arms became known locally as The Dusthole. We’re lucky enough to have been visited by many celebrity guests over the years. Marco Pierre White (Chef Hell’s Kitchen) enjoyed a cuppa Sunday roast and a good old chat with Tony! Julian Fellowes (actor and writer) left his mark on one of our ceilings! Chris Kelly (BBC Food & Drink) is a local resident likes to pop in for a pint. Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall (River Cottage) has been known to enjoy a sandwich or two. Adam Henson (Countryfile presenter) took a liking to our ales. Even King George V is reputed to have stayed here! Come and chat with Tony in the bar one evening and see what stories he has to tell. He's very fond of the old place and knows all its secrets!

Check-In time: 15:00:00      Check-Out time: 11:00:00
Small Hotel
Official Rating: N/A
Located centrally in Shepton Mallet
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No smokingLoungeFree Internet access (wireless) in public areasIroning facilitiesBarRestaurantWireless internet connection (in rooms)Tea and coffee making facilitiesIroning boardIronInternet accessHairdryer
FreeviewFree Wireless internet connection (in rooms)Free High speed internet connectionDining guideColour televisionFree parkingHighchairsCotsChildren's menuChildren welcomePayment Options - SterlingPayment cards accepted - Visa, Master Card, American Express
Additional Information
All our rooms are non-smoking have private en-suite bathrooms colour television and tea/coffee making facilities.
Dining Facilities
Breakfast is served in our new fully air-conditioned breakfast room and consists of a full English breakfast or a lighter Continental-style buffet. Our legendary Sunday Carvery lunch always goes down a treat with locals and hotel guests alike and our seasonal evening menu – including a variety of vegetarian options – is available every evening in the restaurant area. All our ingredients are sourced as locally as possible and vegetarian options are always available.
Meals Available: Free Breakfast, Dinner, Breakfast (Full cooked), Breakfast (Continental)

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The Dusthole
Garston Street
Shepton Mallet

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