Looking for a getaway where the food is the star of the show? Here are ten unmissable restaurants with rooms in the UK
Why spoil a delicious meal by having to drive home or to a hotel? An increasing number of restaurants now offer a side serving of rooms that are often as carefully crafted as the locally sourced food. Whether you’re looking for an under-the-radar restaurant serving spectacular homegrown ingredients or Michelin-starred dining, the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of its top restaurants with rooms to experience in 2023.
The Whitebrook, Monmouthshire
A multi award-winning restaurant with rooms, The Whitebrook offers Michelin-starred dining amid the beauty of the Wye Valley. A charming place to stay, it’s refreshingly understated, with rooms showcasing modern and comfortable interiors.
The exquisite food comes courtesy of chef patron Chris Harrod, who takes inspiration and ingredients from the surrounding area. Tuck into dishes such as Cornish plaice with Jack-by-the-hedge butter, Wye estuary greens and a sauce of the cooking juices.
The Cottage in the Wood, Cumbria
The Cotte in the Wood
In an enchanting woodland setting, the aptly named Cottage in the Wood also offers Michelin-starred dining. The 17th-century cottage sits in Whinlatter Forest, and enjoys impressive views to Skiddaw—which means you get a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
"You get a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach"
Despite the property’s heritage, rooms are decorated in contemporary style. It is, however, the food that plays the starring role. Chef Ben Wilkinson uses fish and shellfish from the West Coast harbours, hogget from the fells and food foraged from Whinlatter Forest to create thoughtful set menus that are always a hit.
Padstow Townhouse, Cornwall
There are just six uniquely styled bedrooms in this 18th-century property on a quiet street in the fashionable seaside town of Padstow. Aligned with the Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth at No.6, which is just a five-minute walk away, it makes an ideal retreat for anyone wanting to sample Paul’s cuisine.
There are playful epicurean references throughout the property’s design, from the candy-striped wallpaper to bedside tables made from flour bins, while each suite is named with a foodie reference, such as Rhubarb & Custard, Popcorn and Bon Bon. Interiors are stylish and the atmosphere is welcoming; there is an honesty bar and a Kitchen Pantry stocked with savoury snacks and light bites where you can help yourself.
Grassington House, Skipton
Overlooking a cobbled square in a pretty village within the Yorkshire Dales, Grassington House is owned by John and Sue Rudden. Well known for its hearty Yorkshire welcome the moment you step through the door, it's a restful place to stay with just the right amount of decadence thrown in.
Rooms feature opulent touches such as a gold-painted French-style bed in one, and an in-room roll-top bath in another. Once again, food is the star of the show, with everything made in-house from the ice cream to the cheese biscuits—they even have their own-label gin.
Moor Hall Restaurant with Rooms, Lancashire
Cornish lobster served at Moor Hall
Moor Hall has made a name for itself as a Jacobean manor house turning out Michelin-starred food. The grounds set the scene, with a moat-turned-lake, walled kitchen garden, a rustic barn, and five acres extending to countryside beyond. Bedrooms have a luxurious feel and combine the heritage of the building with modern designer furnishings.
There are options when it comes to dining—guests can choose between one-star cooking in the beamed barn or two-star cooking in the glass-walled restaurant. Either way, it’s all overseen by Chef patron Mark Birchall, who uses produce from the impressive kitchen garden.
Locanda on the Weir, Somerset
Locanda on the Weir
Set within the wild beauty of Exmoor National Park, Locanda on the Weir overlooks the 15th-century harbour at Porlock Weir in Somerset. Surrounded by woodland and sea, the location is naturally awe-inspiring—the perfect backdrop for a country house combining comfort with immaculate style throughout its five bedrooms.
"There’s an intimate sense of being at the most elaborate of dinner parties"
Here, food is served with Italian flair as the chef Pio Catemario di Quadri delivers a nightly-changing four-course menu of foraged finds, kitchen-garden veg and local produce. There’s an intimate sense of being at the most elaborate of dinner parties.
Pensons' asparagus dish
Arguably Britain’s smallest Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms, given that it has only two bedrooms to stay in, Pensons is a beautifully considered retreat. The rooms are across the courtyard from the double height barn that serves as a restaurant, and both are elegantly styled with heritage colours and designer prints.
Situated within the Netherwood Estate, the restaurant is run by head chef Chris Simpson, master of estate-to-plate cooking. His delicious tasting menus for meat eaters, pescatarians and vegetarians all start with delicious individual loaves and yeast butter—it’s a real treat.
The Neptune, Norfolk
In Old Hunstanton in Norfolk, The Neptune is set in an 18th-century former coaching inn under the careful stewardship of owner-chef Kevin Mangeolles. Guests staying at this tranquil coastal retreat can tuck into the best of the region's produce at mealtimes.
From locally landed seafood to pork and game from nearby estates, dishes include the likes of scallop mousse with Brancaster mussel sauce. Wake in the morning to a sumptuous breakfast, and be sure to try the home-made jam on your toast.
Kilberry Inn, Argyll and Bute
Like nowhere else you’ve ever stayed, Kilberry Inn is a rustic, red-roof inn on the glorious West Coast of Scotland. A whitewashed crofter’s cottage, it’s a treasure trove for foodies. Co-proprietor and chef Clare Johnson has made a masterpiece of the unassuming property, which features just five comfy bedrooms.
"A whitewashed crofter’s cottage, it’s a treasure trove for foodies"
Food is served in relaxed surroundings complete with a log fire and wood burning stoves. Menus are short, simple and change frequently, showcasing rare breed pork from Auchinbreck, dry-aged, grass fed, scotch beef, Tayvallich black faced lamb, Ormsary pheasant, herbs, salads and berries from their own garden, local chanterelles and wild garlic.
Breakfast is as joyful as dinner, complete with homemade jams and marmalade, boiled Kintyre eggs and hot buttered soldiers, scrambled eggs and Skipness smoked salmon or the full Kilberry breakfast.
George and Dragon, Clifton
A roast at George and Dragon
A country estate inn, set within the Cumbria countryside, the George and Dragon in Clifton is a really special experience that re-opened on 5th June this year. Lovingly restored in 2008, it's a popular destination amongst both locals and visitors, serving up a feast of foraged and freshly grown ingredients from the surrounding landscape.
Their field-to-fork approach is genuinely ingrained in their menu. After an evening in the bar and restaurant, guests can also opt to stay in one of their ten bedrooms, individually designed with furniture and art from the proprietor's collection, and each room is dog-friendly as well!
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