The Brownlow Arms

‘A homely village pub within easy reach of the A1 and well worth the detour,’ writes a trusted Guide reader after a three-night stay at Paul and Lorraine Willoughby’s traditional inn. More

Contact details

High Road
NG32 2AZ
01400 250234

Hotel information


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.

Background music

in public areas.


no under-8s in the restaurant in the evening.


only guide dogs allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B 
single £75, double £110–£120, 
A la carte £50.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A homely village pub within easy reach of the A1 and well worth the detour,’ writes a trusted Guide reader after a three-night stay at Paul and Lorraine Willoughby’s traditional inn. On cold days a log fire burns in the beamed bar, where winged armchairs are drawn up in the glow of table lamps. Lorraine Willoughby is ‘the life and soul’, ‘a wonderfully hospitable figure, hugely energetic, exuding enthusiasm’. Bedrooms are traditionally styled, plush and cosy, with a mix of antique and contemporary furniture, complimentary biscuits and mineral water. ‘We had a good-sized room, with a comfortable bed and large bathroom.’ In the ‘tastefully decorated restaurant, with its generously padded armchairs’, chef Ruaraidh Bealby creates such imaginative dishes as pan-roasted, carved fillet of beef, wild mushroom ragout, wilted spinach, truffled mash, jus roti, crispy shallot rings. A vegan option might be roasted romero pepper stuffed with sun-dried tomato and pine nut risotto, tomato coulis, spiced chickpea salad. ‘The food is excellent quality, locally sourced.’ The staff are ‘young and friendly’. Breakfast is ‘appetising, promptly served and piping hot’. (Robert Gower, and others)

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The Brownlow Arms
High Road
NG32 2AZ

Guest comments

'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
'It is extremely comfortable, and was lovely and warm on a bitterly-cold night. Quite a long menu at dinner, but the food was delicious and breakfast even better! The staff were all very friendly, although there was nobody around to greet us; fortunately a guest lingering after lunch (this was 4.30) knew the ropes! We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. ' - Mary Milne-Day - May, 2017
'In a quiet and picturesque hamlet, it oozes character and chic. Whoever supervised its make-over did so with impeccable taste. Our room, in converted outbuildings, was tastefully decorated, well lit, comfortable, spotless. The workmanship in the mini bathroom was superb. The dining room is stunning. Every course we ate was imaginative, well balanced and generous. Breakfast also proved entirely satisfactory. Smart but unpretentious; not cheap, but value for money. ' - Francine and Ian Walsh - November, 2015
'A winning combination of gastro-pub, local inn and restaurant-with-rooms. The menu is large and the food acceptable without being memorable. Lorraine and her staff, all local women, serve with care. The bedrooms have a similar attention to detail. Lorraine has chosen carefully with restful decor, good linen, comfortable beds and pleasing furniture and prints. Downstairs there is no residents’ lounge but there is a bar with an open fire and a range of armchairs and sofas with plenty of space to hide. ' - David Berry - December, 2014
'We had a delightful stay. The lovely owner, Lorraine, made it for us, very much present in the restaurant. Our room was impeccably clean, with spacious bedroom and bathroom; extremely comfortable bed, good lighting. It was quiet, both in the hotel and on the road outside. The bar in the evening was a hive of activity. The dinner menu was imaginative, with plenty of choice, not at all pretentious; service was excellent. The ambience was cosy, inviting, stylish; no background music and a noticeably good acoustic. Breakfast was adequate but radio was dominant. Good value, especially given the quality of the cooking. A car is advisable. ' - Anna Brewer - January, 2014

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Last updated: October 8, 2018. Information from the 2019 Good Hotel Guide