‘From the moment the front door opened, we were made to feel most welcome.’ Guide inspectors were deeply impressed this year when visiting David and Rona Pitchford’s restaurant-with-rooms in a Georgian manor house on the outskirts of this market town.
Within an architect-designed complex, this contemporary hotel enjoys a ‘prime position’ in the ‘serene grounds’ of the UNESCO-designated World Heritage site. At breakfast in the busy refectory or on the terrace, a ‘small buffet’ and ‘well-served’ hot dishes lay heavenly foundations for the day. Guests have free admission to the cathedral and its precincts, and discounts at local restaurants, ‘many within easy walking distance’.
A new entry to the Guide this year, the latest addition to the Pig litter (see index) is set in a Jacobean manor house just outside Canterbury. ‘Any fan of the other Pigs would love this one too,’ says our inspector.