Good Hotel Guide Review
In a picturesque village of honey-stone houses, antique shops and galleries, Andrew and Gaynor Riley’s restaurant-with-rooms occupies a 17th-century building overlooking the Green. It was once the workshop of Sir Gordon Russell, pioneer of utility furniture, but there is nothing utilitarian about the Rileys’ operation. Bedrooms share a tastefully neutral palette, but each is special in its own way, says a reader who stayed for seven nights. Some have ‘wonderful’ beams, exposed stone walls. The swishest has a separate seating area, a marble bathroom with spa bath and walk-through shower. Room 4 has ‘some awkward projections and sloping ceilings’ – all part of its charm – and ‘windows looking up the grassy climb to Broadway Tower’, a Georgian folly, brainchild of Capability Brown. Chef Jorge Santos’s daily-changing, locally sourced menus include such dishes as pan-fried wild halibut, seafood bouillabaisse, Parmesan gnocchi; cumin-roasted rack and belly of Lighthorne lamb, sweet potato and spinach curry, pickled cauliflower, tomato jus; always a vegetarian option. The imaginative prix fixe menu is a steal, with one of the dozen house wines. Service is ‘excellent’.
20 High Street
7. 3 in adjoining building, 2 on ground floor.
all year, restaurant closed Sun night and bank holiday Mon.
residents’ lounge, bar, restaurant, private dining room, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), patio (heating, meal service), restaurant and bar wheelchair accessible.
all ages welcomed, under-2s stay free.
allowed in certain bedrooms, public rooms.
per room B&B £140–£300. Set dinner (Mon–Fri) £23–£27, à la carte £50. 1-night bookings refused weekends.