The Brownlow Arms

Grantham, Lincolnshire

Behind the door of this ironstone 19th-century village pub are chic country house interiors, buzzing dining rooms, homely bedrooms and an exuberant host. More

Good Hotel Guide Review

Behind the door of this ironstone 19th-century village pub are chic country house interiors, buzzing dining rooms, homely bedrooms and an exuberant host. Lorraine Willoughby, who runs the pub with husband Paul, charms guests with her warmth, enthusiasm and efficiency, flitting between tables in one of the beamed dining areas. Understated and elegant, with grey-panelled walls, linen-covered chairs and white napery, these rooms feel intimate, as does the bar with its armchairs, fireplace and glowing table lamps. ‘Excellent quality’ food, cooked with confidence but without fuss, might include pan-roasted duck breast with cherry ketchup and salt-baked celeriac, and salmon with lemon and dill risotto, accompanied by a ‘small but interesting’ wine list. Bedrooms are homely affairs with pretty wallpapers, solid country furniture, good-quality fabrics and village or countryside views. One is cosily tucked under the eaves; another is in a separate barn conversion. ‘Breakfast is promptly served and piping hot.’ ‘Within easy reach of the A1, it’s well worth the detour.’ (R and J Grimley, RG)

Hotel details


High Road
NG32 2AZ


01400 250234


5. 1 on ground floor in barn conversion.


all year except for all public holidays, incl. 25/26 Dec, Mon all day, Sun eve, Tues–Sat lunch.


bar, 3 dining rooms (vegetarian menu), patio, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in public areas.


all ages welcomed, extra bed £15, no under-8s in restaurant in the evening.


only guide dogs allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


B&B doubles from £140, singles from £85. À la carte £45.

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The Brownlow Arms

Comments about The Brownlow Arms

Excellent accommodation and wonderful meals in an interesting setting. - Rogee Griffihts - June 2021
Because this inn is in rural Lincolnshire., we had expected a distinctly rustic feel to our stay: in fact, the décor and furnishings are fresh and tasteful ln the style and colours that are fashionable amongst urban professionals. Lorraine, the patronne, has a warm-hearted informal manner, and is hands-on and keen to help. Our room was attractively fitted out with a comfortable bed. At dinner, the starters and main courses were beautifully prepared, and the roast pork was outstanding. The desserts perhaps displayed less lightness of touch, but were still very good. r - Robert and Joan Grimley - May 2019
Lorraine Willoughby, joint proprietor of this homely village pub, is a wonderfully hospitable figure, hugely energetic and exuding enthusiasm for the business. The tastefully decorated restaurant with its generously padded armchairs was packed, perhaps because this is the Lincolnshire dining pub of 2018. The food is of excellent quality, locally sourced. A small but interesting wine list. Breakfast is appetizing, promptly served and piping hot. We had a good-sized room,with a comfortable bed and Iarge bathroom. Very good value. - Robert Gower - February 2018

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Information from the 2022 Good Hotel Guide.