Good Hotel Guide Review
On cold days a roaring log fire toasts the beamed bar at this ‘winning combination of gastropub, local inn and restaurant-with-rooms’ in a ‘pretty old village’. But it is the warmth and enthusiasm of hostess Lorraine Willoughby that still more impresses readers, who praise her ‘boundless energy’, her ‘life-and-soul personality’. ‘Ripples of laughter run through the dining rooms,’ one related. Lorraine and husband Paul have been here, on and off, for decades (they sold the inn in 2008 and so missed it that they bought it back five years on). Cosy, traditional bedrooms have some hefty antique mahogany pieces. ‘Our light pastel room was enchanting, spotless, well lit.’ There is no residents’ lounge, but guests sink into a winged armchair in the ‘atmospheric’ bar. At dinner in the ‘stunning, grey-panelled’ dining room, Ruaraidh Bealby’s award-winning menus include such dishes as cod fillet, broccoli velouté, pickled wild mushrooms, herb potato croquette, toasted hazelnuts. There is ‘a small but interesting wine list, with tempting bin ends’. Breakfast is ‘appetising, promptly served, piping hot’. ‘Very good value. Absolutely deserves its place in the GHG.’ (RG)
5. 1 on ground floor in barn conversion.
all year except 25/26 Dec, 31 Dec/1 Jan, restaurant closed Sun evening, Mon, Tues midday.
bar, 3 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), unsuitable for disabled.