Editor’s choice:

2016 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. 

  • Read's, FAVERSHAM, Kent

    Near the old market town of Faversham, this ‘impressive yet homely’ Georgian manor house is run with ‘friendly professionalism’ as a restaurant-with-rooms by Rona and David Pitchford. The


  • Mr Underhill's, LUDLOW, Shropshire

    Named after a cat (no longer around), Chris and Judy Bradley’s ‘unpretentious’ restaurant-with-rooms, in this lovely old market town, stands on the banks of the River Teme. ‘Dinner was both excellent


  • Morston Hall, MORSTON, Norfolk

    ‘We are forever grateful that we found this great hotel in the Guide,’ say trusted correspondents returning to Tracy and Galton Blackiston’s restaurant-with-rooms. In 1992, Galton Blackiston was


  • The Albannach, LOCHINVER, Highlands

    It is 25 years since Lesley Crosfield and Colin Craig opened their restaurant-with-rooms in a walled garden above this small fishing port. Picture windows in the dining room look over a deep sea loch



    Tyddyn Llan, LLANDRILLO, Denbighshire

    Bryan and Susan Webb have run their ‘truly lovely’ restaurant-with-rooms for 14 years, in this former shooting lodge. It stands in well-maintained lawns and gardens with views of the Berwyn Mountains.


  • Plas Bodegroes, PWLLHELI, Gwynedd

    ‘Our second visit, we thoroughly enjoyed it once again.’ Praise this year from repeat guests at Chris and Gunna Chown’s restaurant-with-rooms, in a Georgian manor house standing in wooded grounds on


  • Fischer's at Baslow Hall, BASLOW, Derbyshire

    Bordered by woodland, with mature landscaped gardens, this restaurant-with-rooms in an Edwardian manor house in the Peak District is liked for the ‘impeccable service’ and ‘excellent cooking’. The


  • Ynyshir Hall, EGLWYSFACH, Powys

    In a ‘beautiful setting in lovely countryside’, this ‘pretty’ manor house was once Queen Victoria’s country retreat. Today, it is a luxury hotel/restaurant (Relais & Châteaux), owned by Joan and Rob


  • The Whitebrook, WHITEBROOK, Monmouthshire

    ‘Rethought, refreshed and redecorated, the Whitebrook has been reborn in the hands of chef/patron Chris Harrod and his team – and he fully lives up to the heritage.’ Regular Guide correspondents


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

    In an ‘unbeatable Dales location’, by the green in a village surrounded by woodland, Bill and Frances Atkins’s ‘friendly’ restaurant-with-rooms occupies an 18th-century shooting lodge. The ‘rustic’