Good Hotel Guide Review
‘Another excellent stay,’ reports a Guide regular this year, after returning to Lawrence Hoskins’s ‘very traditional’ town-centre hotel, once a coaching inn on the old Great North Road. Her single room was upgraded at no extra cost. A friend was similarly ‘impressed’ by the ‘small but beautifully arranged garden’, and the lounges with ‘imposing fireplaces and age-crinkled wood panelling’. Over the centuries, the bedrooms, some snug, some large with half-tester bed, leather sofa and mullioned windows, have hosted royalty, nobility and gamblers, perhaps attracted by ‘the world’s finest cockpit’, built in 1725. Another visitor wrote of a room ‘straight out of Agatha Christie, with four-poster, blankets and heavy curtains but a cracking modern bathroom’. Male guests must wear a jacket to dine in the Oak Room which serves Paul Nicholls’s classic English fare including sirloin carved at a silver-domed wagon; pan-roasted venison; roasted partridge. In the informal Garden Room, dishes include a Grand Brittany seafood platter; antipasti; and a ‘very good lobster spaghetti’. Staff are ‘helpful, extremely pleasant’. Breakfast ‘has lots of choice’. (Helen Ann Davies, IB, and others)
71 St Martins
2 lounges, 2 bars, 2 restaurants, 2 private dining rooms, business centre, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Sky, Freeview), civil wedding licence, 2-acre grounds (courtyard, gardens), public rooms wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
all ages welcomed.
allowed, not unattended in bedrooms, only guide dogs in restaurants.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B single from £135, double £225–£400. À la carte £65. 1-night bookings refused during Burghley Horse Trials.
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Sumptuous Sundays Special Offer
Indulge yourself! Stay in one of the fabulous bedrooms over a Sunday night from only £130 for two when you dine beforehand in the renowned Oak Panelled Restaurant. It is also possible to request Classic, Junior Suite, Four Poster and Single rooms. Morning tea or coffee is brought to you at an agreed time with The Times or Daily Mail, and a traditional Full English Breakfast of your choice awaits you in the Garden Room – all in the price of your room! Dinner is taken in the elegant Restaurant, chosen from the tempting, extensive and simply delicious menu, and needs to come to at least £35 per head, excluding wine and drinks. This rate is available on Sunday evenings, subject to availability, except on Bank Holiday Weekends when the Monday effectively becomes a Sunday! Jackets are requested for gentlemen – it is a special occasion after all. Please mention the Good Hotel Guide when booking.
This hotel accepts room upgrade vouchers which entitle readers to a space available room upgrade. The voucher must be presented at check-in and is entirely at the hotelier’s discretion.