Good Hotel Guide Review
In a gem of a Cotswold town, with its green verges, galleries and tea shops, a honeyed-stone house is home to this first-class restaurant-with-rooms. It was once a workshop for Sir Gordon Russell, pioneer of wartime utility furniture, who grew up at the Lygon Arms (see entry). A lover of good design, food and wine, he would be in his element. The seven bedrooms here are as carefully crafted as the food which features on George Santos’s eclectic modern menus downstairs, and blend original 17th-century features with modern comforts. The best are under the eaves, with original beams, exposed stone walls, wood floors, and views of the Cotswold hills, but all rooms are light and spacious. Even the smallest have window seats and armchairs, contemporary furnishings and splashes of colour in suede headboards and velvet armchairs as well as natural-stone bathrooms. In the stylish, beamed restaurant with sea-blue banquettes, or outside, you can feast on dishes that include barbecue monkfish, crispy rice cake, curly kale, saving room for the banoffee soufflé – or go for the more rustic version at Russell’s Fish and Chips.
7. 3 in adjoining building, 2 on ground floor.
all year, except 25-26 Dec, 31 Dec and 1 Jan, restaurant closed Mon/Tues, Sun dinner.
bar, restaurant, private dining room, in-room TV (Freeview), patio (heating, meal service), parking, restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
not under 12.
not allowed; in bar area of restaurant only.
B&B doubles from £170. À la carte £65. 1-night bookings refused at weekends.