The Talbot Inn
Amid the coaching prints and framed vintage maps, there’s a ‘fantastically friendly’ atmosphere at this popular pub-with-rooms.
The Grazing Goat
There’s more than a ‘splendid’ bacon and eggs at this ‘youthful’ pub-with-rooms in a ‘hidden enclave’ minutes from the flurry of Oxford Street.
From £210 per night
Beech House & Olive Branch
‘A quiet oasis,’ writes a regular Guide reader this year, of Sean Hope and Ben Jones’s well-liked village pub/restaurant-with-rooms.
From £115.00 per night
The Red Lion Freehouse
There is ‘much to recommend’ at Guy and Brittany Manning’s thatched village pub, say trusted readers this year.
From £130 per night
The Devonshire Arms
‘Thoroughly recommended’, Philip Mepham’s ‘pretty’ inn on the village green enters the Guide this year thanks to praise from regular correspondents who applaud the ‘friendly, efficient’ staff, ‘comfortable’ rooms and ‘generous’ portions of ‘excellent’ country meals.
From £100.00 per night
The Feathered Nest
In a ‘delightful’ converted 300-year-old malthouse in a tiny Cotswolds village, Tony and Amanda Timmer continue to receive feathers in their cap.
From £195 per night
The Stagg Inn
The Stagg made history in 2001 as the first pub in Britain to earn a Michelin star – a coup for Nicola and Steve Reynolds, who’d taken on the abandoned inn just three years before, and have run it with grace and flair ever since.
From £70 per night
The Gurnard’s Head
‘A great place to experience rugged west Cornwall with the wind straight off the Atlantic,’ this mellow, family-friendly inn beside the coastal path is well liked for its ‘character’ and ‘generosity’.
From £115 per night
The Bridge Inn at Ratho
Walk along the ‘pretty’ towpath of the historic Union Canal and look in on the ‘huge, interesting’ walled garden in the grounds of Ratho Hall – ‘it’s the source of much of the delightful food you’ll eat’ at Graham and Rachel Bucknall’s ‘characterful’ restaurant-with-rooms on the water.
The Bell at Skenfrith
In a ‘postcard-worthy scene’ of a 17th-century coaching inn by the stone bridge over the River Monnow, Guide inspectors in 2016 found a ‘friendly’, ‘personable’ spot, where owners Richard Ireton and Sarah Hudson are ‘clearly invested in ensuring guests have a good time’.
From £150 per night