The Kingham Plough, Kingham
The Kingham Plough has been a firm favourite in Chipping Norton since it opened in 2007. A comfortable family-friendly (and dog-friendly) dining pub in the Cotswolds, upstairs are six individually decorated, comfortable en-suite bedrooms, each featuring feather duvets and pillows, Egyptian cotton linen, Bramley toiletries and a mini-bar. When it comes to food, this is not your typical gastro-pub fare. The award-winning kitchen delivers an exciting take on English classics and everything is produced from scratch on site. Staying at the Kingham Plough also means starting the day with an indulgent breakfast, from homemade cereals with local Guernsey milk to kedgeree or a full English breakfast, where even the baked beans are homemade.
Kingham, Chipping Norton, OX7 6YD
The Punch Bowl Inn, Cumbria
The Punch Bowl Inn is a luxury Lake District hotel, offering a blend of old and new in a striking rural location. When to comes to dining, guests can choose between a classic contemporary style restaurant, or the traditional, cosy bar area: the same menu is served throughout. The Punch Bowl also has nine luxury bedrooms with beautiful views of the surrounding countryside. Each room has been individually designed in keeping with the style of the area. All bedrooms come with flat-screen televisions, Roberts Revival radios and adjoining bathrooms with underfloor heated limestone floors, free-standing roll-topped baths and separate powerful showers.
Crosthwaite, Kendal, LA8 8HR
The Devonshire Arms, Somerset
The Devonshire Arms is a Grade II-listed former hunting lodge set on the picturesque village green of Long Sutton on the Somerset Levels. Step inside and you’ll find an unexpectedly contemporary style, with an emphasis on quality. Friendly staff are always on hand to ensure your visit is enjoyable, whether it’s just for a pint in the bar or a relaxed meal in the restaurant prepared from locally sourced ingredients. When the weather’s fine, guests can drink and dine in the sheltered courtyard, large terraced walled garden or in a spot overlooking the green. There are nine well-designed rooms, all with en-suite showers, baths or both. The best bit? It’s just under two hours on the train from London.
Long Sutton, Somerset, TA10 9LP
The Rose, Deal
Opened in early 2018, The Rose is a beautifully designed restaurant, pub and hotel in the seaside town of Deal. Eight bold bedrooms combine striking colours, luxurious beds, a mix of vintage furnishings and en-suite bathrooms with rainfall showers (and some with roll-topped baths). Children and small dogs are also welcome to stay, and all rooms include breakfast: on Saturday and Sunday a full à la carte breakfast menu is available, while weekend fare includes a continental selection of homemade granola with yoghurt and raspberries, seasonal fruit, sourdough bread and house jams. We suggest kicking off your stay with one of the bar’s well-turned cocktails and ending it with a stroll along the beach.
Deal, Kent, CT14 6ED
The Ram Inn, Firle
The Ram Inn has been at the centre of the farming community of Firle for over 500 years. The rambling old brick and flint building has three main rooms, each with its own open fire lit every day between October and April. Its flint-walled garden is perfect for a peaceful summer supping under the greengage trees, but year-round this quaint village pub is filled with artists, walkers, writers, farmers, farriers and vicars, and at weekends the garden is usually filled with families and children of all ages. The team has a reputation for really good local food (as well as locally produced cask ales) and upstairs there are five beautiful bedrooms available on a B&B basis all year round.
West Firle, Lewes, BN8 6NS
The Crown, Amersham
This Buckinghamshire hotel comes with 45 bedrooms, a welcoming bar and a two AA Rosette restaurant, all housed beneath traditional timber frames. Hawkyns Restaurant by twice Michelin-starred chef Atul Kochhar offers a Pan-Indian fine-dining experience, while Bubble& Cafe Bar, by Million Pound Menu winners Rupert and Marita, offers a twist on the traditional bubble and squeak. To complement the variety of food, there is a great selection of fine wines and local ales. With inglenook fires, crooked floors and a cobbled courtyard, The Crown offers traditional hospitality in a modern coaching inn setting. All bedrooms – from bolthole to boutique, have been designed by Ilse Crawford, whose portfolio includes Soho House New York and Cecconis.
Amersham, Buckinghamshire, HP7 0DH
The Hand & Flowers, Marlow
You might have to wait a while for a table – this gastro gem gets booked up almost a year in advance – but once you do finally get one, you’ll be blown away by Tom Kerridge’s exceptional Michelin-starred fare. Dive into hearty dishes of Gunnerside grouse with black pudding; West End Farm pork belly with malted English onion; and beer-roasted chicken with celeriac royale and truffle mayonnaise. There are 11 bedrooms available to book, all with huge beds, vast baths, hot tubs, rain showers and a cooked breakfast in the pub. The rooms in Flower Cottage are a stone’s throw away from the pub, Apple House is located on Marlow’s high street and Duck Terrace is just off the high street. Although the cottages are only a short walk from The Hand and Flowers, the team will drop you off and pick you up when it’s mealtime.
Marlow, Berkshire, SL7 2BP
The George In Rye, Rye
Located in the centre of Rye in East Sussex, this hotel was recently renovated to create a south coast hideaway. The building dates back to 1575 and has enviable heritage. An eclectic, contemporary look sweeps through the building, mixing a wide range of antique and modern furniture, materials and art. This is used to greatest effect in the bedrooms, where you’ll find the finest beds and linen, individually designed with their own fabrics, colour scheme and bespoke furniture. We like the wood-panelled junior suites. When it comes to food and drink, The George Grill and the George Tap bar both offer all-day dining, serving a modern European menu with a Mediterranean slant.
Rye, East Sussex, TN31 7JT
The Lygon Arms, Cotswolds
This Cotswolds inn features roaring log-burning open fireplaces, a Great Hall with a vaulted ceiling and original wood panelling that’s stayed put since the 17th century. Located in Broadway, The Lygon Arms offers a modern experience in a traditional setting. The Lygon Bar & Grill is an informal eating space which offers a seasonal British menu that celebrates local ingredients in an imaginative way. When it comes to overnighters, we like the look of the spacious deluxe rooms which have been recently renovated – furnished with beautifully restored antiques, original paintings and quirky period features, each room has its own unique character, and some come with a landscaped terrace.
Broadway, Cotswolds, WR12 7DU
The Duke William, Kent
Relax in front of the fire, perch at the bar or tuck yourself away in a cosy corner and enjoy the superb food, drink and atmosphere in this quintessential Kentish pub. With a kitchen headed up by chef-proprietor Mark Sargeant, menus are built around the best local produce and suppliers the surrounding countryside and coastline has to offer. Four beautifully furnished guest rooms have been designed with comfort in mind, each named after one of owner Mark's culinary heroes and made to feel like a real home from home. Situated just ten minutes outside Canterbury, the pub is close to a number of beautiful countryside walks –just what you need before a Sunday lunch.
Ickham, Canterbury, CT3 1QP
The Beckford Arms, Wiltshire
The Beckford Arms is a traditional yet stylish country pub with rooms, located on the edge of the rolling parkland of the Fonthill Estate in south Wiltshire. The team offers great food in a classic pub environment with simple yet stylish bedrooms at competitive prices. The pub has a main bar, restaurant, sitting room, private dining room in the library, eight bedrooms, and a large pretty garden and terrace. A short walk away, there are two also lodges, the Splendens Pavilions, which are available on a B&B basis throughout the week. Menus change with the seasons: think whole suckling pig spit-roasting on the bar’s open fire, the pub’s own hams and piccalilli, game pies with homemade pastry and aged Wiltshire steaks.
Fonthill Gifford, Salisbury, SP3 6PX
The Cary Arms, South Devon
Brimming with coastal charm, The Cary Arms combines all the values of a classic English inn with the style and comfort of the best luxury hotels in Devon. This is the place to head if you’re in the market for seaside gastro dining, unwinding at the ‘Spa on the Beach’, and staying over in a selection of chic rooms, suites and cottages. Sitting in the sunny, sheltered haven of Babbacombe Bay on the South Devon coast, the views are impressive year-round. Guests can spend their days with a restorative massage or bespoke spa treatment, a picnic down on the beach or at a table on the terrace for a refined pub lunch.
Babbacombe Beach, Torquay, TQ1 3LX
Sign of The Angel, Cotswolds
Sign of the Angel is a two AA Rosette awarded 15th-century coaching inn that encompasses the key elements of a traditional inn – great food and drink in front of large open fires with warm, homely rooms for those staying overnight. The inn is located in the National Trust village of Lacock, on the edge of the Cotswolds and only a short distance from Bath. The restaurant operates on an ethos of using the best local, seasonal produce and the team encourages a relaxed, easy-going atmosphere in the dining rooms, which provide the ideal place to settle in and warm up next to the open fires in the winter months. In the summer months, there’s a beautiful garden to enjoy a cream tea next to the stream.
Lacock, Chippenham, SN15 2LB
The Mash Inn, Buckinghamshire
The epitome of rustic charm, this newly renovated 18th-century inn has everything from roaring fires and carved wood benches to an open-plan kitchen serving up an array of delicious seasonal dishes, all hand crafted by chef Jon Parry – formerly of London’s The Bull & Last and Adam Byatt’s Trinity. Curl up beside the fire, sample the delectable range of wines and feast on handmade British classics including local pigeon and partridge chorizo with pickled blackberries and dry-aged British rib of beef with oyster and nettles. Six guest bedrooms which mean you don’t have to worry about the journey home – we like the sound of breakfast delivered to your room: freshly baked croissants with homemade jams, buttermilk yoghurt, house granola or pinhead oatmeal porridge.
Radnage, Buckinghamshire, HP14 4EB
Bel & The Dragon, Cookham
This particular Bel & The Dragon site (there are five dotted throughout the south) is one of the oldest coaching inns in England and sits on the village’s picture postcard high street. A short stroll from the Thames path, this pub combines 600 years of history with the best in modern British cuisine (we like to order the maple-glazed confit duck leg with carrot and orange purée and hispi cabbage). Following significant renovation work, there are now ten beautiful en-suite bedrooms in addition to the spacious restaurant and cosy bar area. Got a group trip planned? The Cottage is a newly renovated five-bedroom annexe which be accommodate individual or group bookings.
Cookham, Berkshire, SL6 9SQ
The Bell Inn, Cotswolds
Peter Creed and Tom Noest, born and bred Cotswold gents, reopened the doors to this much-loved local pub at the start of 2018. The Bell offers a modern country pub feel, with a hearty, classic British menu complete with wood-fired dishes and an extensive selection of wine and beer. Best of all there are eight stylish bedrooms, which complement the traditional vibe downstairs (all with king-size beds, en-suite walk-in showers and luxury toiletries). The perfect spot for a weekend jaunt.
Langford, Cotswolds, GL7 3LF
The Village Pub, Cotswolds
The Village Pub in Barnsley offers a true British country pub experience, filled with a generous stock of Cotswolds craft ales, and a keg or two of crisp West Country ciders. The kitchen serves a delicious array of country cuisine, and there are plenty of armchairs to settle into for a cosy all-day experience. Whether you want to hide away in the peaks of the pubs eaves or tuck yourself in behind the downstairs doorways, guests can pick and choose from six bedrooms, all with their own separate entrances from the pub. These good-looking bedrooms burst with soft hues and are filled with plenty of ‘country comfy’ touches.
The Village Pub, Barnsley, GL7 5EF
The Swan at Thyme, Cotswolds
This ivy-covered 17th-century inn offers classic-meets-modern decor, log fires and locally sourced dishes. Part of Thyme on the Southrop Manor Estate, the village pub is decked out with sofas for cosy feasting. The Old Bar is the place to head for local drinks and ‘bar bites’, The Snug is best for more intimate dining, plus there’s The Garden Room and Restaurant. The two Cotswold stone courtyard gardens, designed by Bunny Guinness, are planted with flowering hawthorns, roses, box hedging and a succession of bulbs and annuals – like the pub itself, they are pretty and relaxed spaces. There are also picnic tables on the village green. Anyone wanting to make a night of it can – and should – book a room at the estate’s nearby Lodge.
Southrop, Gloucestershire, GL7 3NU