Editor’s choice:

Gourmet Hotels

Gourmet hotels are the places where you will find the best food, quality service, an extensive wine list and a relaxing ambience. Food at these hotels will be of the highest quality and prepared under the watchful eye of the country's best chefs. Mr Underhill's, Shropshire, serves a superb eight-course menu - Chris Bradley has a Michelin star for his innovative cooking. Try The Albannach in Lochinver for exquisite fare in exquisite scenery or Plas Bodegroes, Gwynedd, for modern interpretations of traditional dishes such as Arbroath smokie tart.

  • Little Barwick House, BARWICK, Somerset

    'Top quality.' In large, wooded grounds close to the Somerset/Dorset border, Tim and Emma Ford's restaurant-with-rooms is liked for the 'simple warm welcome, comfort and good, imaginative cooking'.

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  • Read's, FAVERSHAM, Kent

    'A charming hotel, highly recommended.' More praise this year for Rona and David Pitchford's restaurant-with-rooms, an elegant Georgian manor house near an old market town. Rona Pitchford is the

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  • The Great House, LAVENHAM, Suffolk

    An 'atmosphere of bonhomie' was appreciated by a Guide inspector at Régis and Martine Crépy's restaurant-with-rooms, a 'magnificent' Georgian house on the market square of a pretty medieval wool town.

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  • Mr Underhill's, LUDLOW, Shropshire

    The sharp-eyed might spot a kingfisher on the River Teme over breakfast at Chris and Judy Bradley's restaurant-with-rooms in a conservation area below the castle ramparts. Dinner is an occasion: Judy

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  • Morston Hall, MORSTON, Norfolk

    In a stirring landscape of sandbanks and salt marshes on the north Norfolk coast, Tracy and Galton (the chef) Blackiston's acclaimed restaurant-with-rooms is a Jacobean flint-and-brick mansion. There

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  • The Black Swan at Oldstead, OLDSTEAD, North Yorkshire

    'It is a delight to stay at a place where a family puts its life and soul into hospitality.' Praise in 2014 for this restaurant-with-rooms which is owned and run by the 'friendly and welcoming' Banks

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  • The Yorke Arms, RAMSGILL-IN-NIDDERDALE, North Yorkshire

    In a 'beautiful' setting, by the green in a village below the moors, Bill and Frances Atkins's restaurant-with-rooms (a 17th-century former shooting lodge) has long been popular with gourmet visitors.

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  • The Albannach, LOCHINVER, Highlands

    High above Lochinver's working harbour ('lovely views over the village, sea and mountains'), this Victorian house is run as a restaurant-with-rooms by Lesley Crosfield and Colin Craig. The self-taught

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    Tyddyn Llan, LLANDRILLO, Denbighshire

    Once a shooting lodge, Bryan and Susan Webb's restaurant-with-rooms is 'a truly lovely place', say trusted reporters this year. The pretty Georgian house stands in well-maintained lawns and gardens

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  • Plas Bodegroes, PWLLHELI, Gwynedd

    The first sight of this white Georgian manor house in wooded grounds on the remote Lleyn peninsula 'raises expectations' that are invariably met by visitors to Chris and Gunna Chown's popular

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