Good Hotel Guide Review
With just two rooms, Pensons is ‘possibly Britain’s smallest Michelin-starred restaurant-with-rooms’. Although they're compact, 'they're not cramped', with 'as much care lavished on them as on the food', says our inspector. Styled in azurites and sea greens, with a super-comfy bed and a walk-through bathroom behind a statement headboard, they have details such as blackout curtains, air conditioning, fresh milk and home-made cookies. Guests can roam on the Netherwood Estate; there is a deep sense of place here. Fabrics are made on the estate’s mill, local artists’ works hang on bedroom walls, and furniture is made by the estate joiner. The double-height beamed barn with a huge set of bellows and a set of Jacobean smoking pipes unearthed on the estate is a 'suitably atmospheric backdrop for a slap-up meal'. 'Every mouthful of Chris Simpson's five-course estate-to-plate tasting menu was delicious.' Starting with his signature individual loaves with yeast butter, dishes might include monkfish with watercress and cauliflower, pickled apple and crab butter sauce. In the morning a ‘perfectly cooked’ breakfast awaits. 'A great find for foodies.'
Pensons at The Netherwood Estate
2. In separate building across courtyard.
all year, Wed–Sun lunch, closed for a week in July, Oct and at Christmas.
restaurant (vegetarian/pescatarian menus), snug, in-room TV (Netflix), kitchen garden, courtyard, access to 1,200-acre estate, restaurant fully wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
soft jazz in restaurant.
all ages welcomed in restaurant, not under 16 in bedrooms.
only assistance dogs allowed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
D,B&B doubles £535/£575, single occupancy £450/£490. À la carte lunch £54, nightly tasting menu £95.