The Brownlow Arms

Grantham, Lincolnshire

On cold days a roaring log fire warms the beamed bar at this ‘winning combination of gastropub, local inn and restaurant-with-rooms’ in a ‘pretty but unremarkable old village’. More

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)

Hotel details


Grantham Road
NG32 2AZ


01400 250234


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 restaurant in the evening.


only guide dogs allowed.

Credit cards

MC, Visa.


per room B&B single £80, double £130, À la carte £40.

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Comments about The Brownlow Arms

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

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Last updated: October, 2019. Information from the 2020 Good Hotel Guide