The Brownlow Arms

A ‘micro-country house’ in a peaceful Lincolnshire village, Paul and Lorraine Willoughby’s 17th-century inn ‘oozes character’. 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, Tues midday.


bar, 3 dining rooms, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV, unsuitable for disabled.

Background music

in public areas.


not under 8.


not allowed.

Credit cards

MasterCard, Visa.


[2017] per room B&B single £70, double £110. À la carte £50.

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Good Hotel Guide Review

A ‘micro-country house’ in a peaceful Lincolnshire village, Paul and Lorraine Willoughby’s 17th-century inn ‘oozes character’. Guide readers enthuse about the ‘little touches’ the hosts provide (an electric blanket in cool weather, a tray for muddy shoes). ‘All was lovely and warm on a bitterly cold night,’ reports a Guide reader in 2017. Bedrooms have a ‘plush, cosy, classic’ feel, with ‘tasteful fabrics’, ‘excellent lighting’ and ‘beautifully upholstered armchairs’. ‘We enjoyed an epic night’s sleep – it’s very quiet, both inside the hotel and on the road outside.’ There’s no guest lounge, but the ‘atmospheric, buzzy’ bar has plenty of nooks and crannies to hide in. ‘Lorraine and her staff serve with care and ripples of laughter’ in the bar and the ‘stunning’ grey-panelled dining rooms. Here, chef Ruaraidh Bealby (‘so inspiring, and full of great ideas’) concocts ‘imaginative, well-balanced’ dishes such as twice-baked cheese soufflé, chestnut mushrooms, Parmesan cream; venison shepherd’s pie, kale, broccoli with almonds. Breakfast has much choice, plus ‘decent coffee’ and ‘the tastiest bacon’. (F and IW, Mary Milne-Day, and others)

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The Brownlow Arms
High Road
NG32 2AZ

Guest comments

'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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