Good Hotel Guide Review
With her infectious laugh and ready endearments, hostess Lorraine Willoughby is the life and soul of this gastropub-with-rooms in a friendly rural village, but there is much besides to like. ‘We had expected a distinctly rustic feel,’ readers write. ‘In fact, the decor and furnishings are fresh and very tasteful.’ Armchairs are drawn up to a log fire in the beamed bar, where table lamps shed a cosy glow. Bedrooms are in every sense cosy, and have antiques, good-quality fabrics and a drench or power shower. ‘Our room, in an adjoining building, was attractively fitted out, with a very comfortable bed – a matter to which Lorraine had given careful attention.’ There has been a change of chef since last year, with Dean Carroll now presiding. You can eat in the smart, blue-panelled dining room or on the terrace, with views over the countryside. A typical ‘beautifully presented’ dish might be Burghley Estate lamb, shepherd’s pie, thyme carrot and redcurrant jus. ‘The roast pork was outstanding.’ (Robert and Joan Grimley, RG)
5. 1 on ground floor in barn conversion.
all year except 25/26 Dec, Tuesday-Saturday evenings bar: 5.30-10pm; restaurant: 5.45-8.00pm.
bar, 3 dining rooms, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.