The Brownlow Arms

‘A fantastic surprise. More

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The Brownlow Arms
High Road
NG32 2AZ
01400 250234

Hotel information


5. 1 on ground floor in barn conversion.


all year except 25/26 Dec, 1 Jan, restaurant closed Sun evening, Mon, Tue midday.


bar, 3 restaurants, free Wi-Fi, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in public areas.


not under 8.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


per room B&B single £70, double £110. À la carte £50.

Other reviews

Good Hotel Guide Review

‘A fantastic surprise. More in the style of a micro country house than a rustic hang-out, this inn has been made over with impeccable taste. It oozes character.’ Trusted readers were bowled over this year by Paul and Lorraine Willoughby’s 17th-century sandstone inn, in a ‘quiet and picturesque’ hamlet. ‘Paul welcomed us and escorted us to our room; Lorraine, smiling and warm, is totally delightful.’ Bedrooms are in the main building and a barn conversion a few yards away. ‘Our room was enchanting: comfortable and well lit, with all the touches that contribute to making a pleasant stay, from the electric blanket to the tray by the entrance for dirty shoes.’ A ‘joyful’ log fire burns in the ‘atmospheric’ bar; in the ‘smart’ dining room, ‘inspiring’ chef Ruaraidh Bealby’s cooking is ‘first class’. ‘Every course we ate was imaginative, well balanced and generous; the service was prompt and well timed.’ Breakfast is praised: ‘quality cereals, good fresh fruit salad, any juice you fancy’; ‘perfectly cooked scrambled eggs with a generous portion of smoked salmon’; ‘the tastiest bacon’. (Francine and Ian Walsh)

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The Brownlow Arms
High Road
NG32 2AZ

Guest comments

'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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