LEWTRENCHARD MANOR, Lewdown, Devon, is this month’s prizegiver. A Jacobean-style manor house, which has wooded walks down to the river, it breathes history. There is a gallery with two pianos, a library, Renaissance woodwork, a Jacobean ceiling and Rococo fireplace. Bedrooms – some with a sleigh bed or four-poster – are luxurious, with views of parkland and a dovecote. The chef’s menus make extensive use of local and home-grown ingredients in such dishes as grilled brill fillet, Cornish pastis, mussels and dill. A bar menu offers simpler fare and the full Devon breakfast comes with freshly squeezed orange juice.
All you need to do to win this handsome prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at Lewtrenchard Manor is to SEND A REVIEW of your favourite hotel or B&B in Great Britain or Ireland. We welcome reports on places that have never been in the Guide or have been omitted, as well as those that have a current entry.
Ian White, from Haywards Heath, is the winner of last month’s prize of dinner, bed and breakfast for two at THE CAT INN, West Hoathly, Sussex. A tile-hung, 16th-century village pub, owned and run by Andrew Russell of Gravetye Manor fame, it is much loved by Guide readers. Bedrooms have a simple, cottage-cum-contemporary look, a coffee machine, fresh milk and Bramley toiletries. Logs burn merrily in a bar hung with pewter mugs, where Harvey, the spaniel, rules the roost (it may be called the Cat Inn but it is very dog-friendly). Walls are hung with carefully chosen modern paintings. You can order sandwiches and pub classics, or more adventurous, dishes from Alex Jacquemin’s menus, which use organic produce from The Cat’s own market garden.
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