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Autumnal Ambrosia: The Three Horseshoes, a 17th-Century Pub in Somerset

November 24, 2023

Dubbed the “most hotly anticipated new boozer of the year,” The Three Horseshoes in Batcombe, Somerset, UK, opened this spring and has quietly lured patrons from far and wide ever since. The biggest attraction is undoubtedly the food, which is overseen by Margot Henderson of London’s Rochelle Canteen. Her gutsy, fuss-free fare is perfectly at home in the boots-on atmosphere of this flagstone bar and dining room.

Let’s take a look around:

the three horseshoes, batcombe, a bucolic weekend base. 12
Above: The Three Horseshoes, Batcombe, a bucolic weekend base.

The pub, which is set in the shadow of the village church, belongs to the former gallerist, antiques collector, and investor Max Wigram, who has local ties. A longtime fan of Margot’s food, he brought her in to oversee the menu when the pub was purchased. (“I’ve always had fantasies about opening a pub in the countryside,” Margot has previously admitted.) With a faultless food offering in place, there was also the building itself to consider, a 17th-century coaching inn with space in the eaves for five rooms.

Max turned to local interior designer Frances Penn (daughter of designer David Mlinaric) with a simple brief. “For the ground floor we wanted to allow the beauty and rustic feel of the 17th-century coaching inn to guide us,” explains Frances. “This allowed us to create a very clean vision using a simple and organic palette of colors, textures, and finishes to enhance and complement the building.”

there are three main rooms on the ground floor: the main pub bar and two furthe 13
Above: There are three main rooms on the ground floor: the main pub bar and two further dining rooms. A large double-sided fireplace links the two rooms, which retain their original Blue Lias flagstone floors.
&#8\2\20;the ground floor has a simple, pared back and relaxed feel with a  14
Above: “The ground floor has a simple, pared-back and relaxed feel with a soft, natural earth-toned color palette,” Frances explains. “Off-white walls blend with a subtle mix of beautiful burgundy linen curtains, simple black iron poles, and window seat cushions in a sumptuous ochre velvet from Linwood Fabrics.”
the entrance to the pub is furnished with a deeply patinated \16th century sett 15
Above: The entrance to the pub is furnished with a deeply patinated 16th-century settle.
gusty, unfussy dishes such as pork chops and rabbit pie are staples on margot&a 16
Above: Gusty, unfussy dishes such as pork chops and rabbit pie are staples on Margot’s menu.
a gargantuan locally grown globe artichoke to start. 17
Above: A gargantuan locally grown globe artichoke to start.

After one too many local ciders, diners have the opportunity to stay in one of five spacious bedrooms in the eaves. “We talked a lot about how the rooms will make you feel when you come and stay,” says Frances. “We wanted to create a really fabulous and luxurious set of bedrooms with great comfort, softness, and serenity. We also wanted to include high-quality antiques and beautiful fabrics and, where possible, collaborate with local artisans and other talented makers.”

room one has pale pink walls by dulux with fabrics from fermoie and christopher 18
Above: Room One has pale pink walls by Dulux with fabrics from Fermoie and Christopher Moore. The furniture and lighting is from The World of Difference and The Hoarde

The rooms are softer, with more color, pattern, and texture than the rusticated bar and dining area. “I used soft, colorful tones to enhance these spacious and comfortable bedrooms,” says Frances. “The soft furnishings are all bespoke and handmade by Emma Stewart and her team. Her detail and expertise is second to none.” Reclaimed wooden oak floors from The Reclaimed Flooring Company feature throughout this floor. 

the rooms are fitted with simple full length curtains and black iron poles. the 19
Above: The rooms are fitted with simple full-length curtains and black iron poles. The bathrooms have roll-top baths and large sized showers from CP Hart and lighting from Jim Lawrence.
room three features pale green walls by dulux, fabric from fermoie and tissus d 20
Above: Room Three features pale green walls by Dulux, fabric from Fermoie and Tissus d’ Helene, and furniture and lighting  from Vaughan Lighting, Decorative Collective, and Walton House Antiques.
 all bedrooms have super king size beds from relyon and white cotton bed l 21
Above: All bedrooms have super king size beds from Relyon and white cotton bed linen and linen throws from Piglet in Bed. The bespoke headboards and valances were made by Emma Stewart.
a detail from room three. 22
Above: A detail from Room Three.
the walls in room five are painted a buttery yellow from dulux. the furnit 23
Above: The walls in Room Five are painted a buttery yellow from Dulux. The furniture and lighting is from Zara Home and Kernow Furniture, and the fabrics are from Colefax and Fowler and Jane Churchill.
margot henderson: &#8\2\20;i’ve always had fantasies about opening a 24
Above: Margot Henderson: “I’ve always had fantasies about opening a pub in the countryside.”

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Frequently asked questions

Where is The Three Horseshoes Interiors located?

The Three Horseshoes Interiors is located in Batcombe, Somerset, England.

What is the website of The Three Horseshoes Interiors?

The website of The Three Horseshoes Interiors is www.thethreehorseshoesinteriors.co.uk.

What type of products does The Three Horseshoes Interiors offer?

The Three Horseshoes Interiors offers a wide range of homeware and interior products including furniture, lighting, textiles, tableware, and accessories.

Are the products at The Three Horseshoes Interiors handmade?

Yes, some of the products at The Three Horseshoes Interiors are handmade. They also curate products from various designers and artisans.

Can I make purchases online from The Three Horseshoes Interiors?

Yes, The Three Horseshoes Interiors has an online store where you can make purchases.

Is there a showroom to visit at The Three Horseshoes Interiors?

Yes, The Three Horseshoes Interiors has a showroom that you can visit to see their products in person.

Does The Three Horseshoes Interiors offer interior design services?

Yes, The Three Horseshoes Interiors offers interior design services to help you create a unique and stylish space.

What is the return policy of The Three Horseshoes Interiors?

The Three Horseshoes Interiors allows returns within 14 days of purchase. They must be in original condition and packaging.

Does The Three Horseshoes Interiors ship internationally?

Yes, The Three Horseshoes Interiors offers international shipping. Shipping costs may vary depending on the destination.

What payment methods does The Three Horseshoes Interiors accept?

The Three Horseshoes Interiors accepts payment via major credit cards, including Visa, Mastercard, and American Express, as well as PayPal.

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