Good Hotel Guide Review
The old Ring o’ Bells village pub is now a relaxing restaurant-with-rooms, transformed by new owners and trained chefs Caroline Gardiner and Alan Lucas in a 2020 lockdown makeover. It is ‘surrounded by farmland so it felt like a lovely country retreat’, says our inspector. A dog-friendly lodge in the grounds had an enclosed porch area, a king-size bed, a log-burner, fresh milk, ‘delicious home-made biscuits’, a bath and walk-in shower. Rustic-chic house bedrooms mix antique and modern, hand-printed fabrics, merino throws, raw brick, soothing paint shades. One has an in-room bath and mosaic wet room. You can eat by the fire in the dog-friendly bar, or in the restaurant. ‘They are very focused on sustainability and grow a lot of vegetables.’ Among ‘beautifully presented dishes’ those particularly enjoyed were ‘perfectly spiced cauliflower Korean “wings”, a stone bass with potatoes and salad, and vegan chocolate mousse with raspberry sorbet’. Breakfast brought ‘fresh orange juice, croissants, delicious scrambled eggs with smoked salmon’ – a sausage for the pooch. ‘The food was definitely the star, but the relaxed, welcoming atmosphere was also much appreciated.’
11. 3 in lodges.
Wed–Sun, all year except for 2 weeks Jan.
bar, restaurant, snug, in-room TV, (Netflix), civil wedding licence, 1-acre grounds, parking, restaurant and toilets suitable for wheelchair.
easy listening on ground floor.
all ages welcome. Cots £25, extra bed £50.
allowed in 2 garden lodges and bar (£20 a night, bed, bowl, blanket, treats).
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £170. À la carte £50. 2 night min stay in high summer.