Good Hotel Guide Review
In a village on the River Granta renowned for its Roman tumuli (hence ‘hills’), Chris and Sarah Field’s dog-friendly pub in a sensitively updated 17th-century building is promoted from the Shortlist this year following a thumbs up from our inspector. ‘We had a small, clean, tastefully appointed room in an outbuilding conversion, fine for an overnight stay.’ A reader, too, felt their room was ‘well laid out’ even if it was on the ‘compact side’. All have soft-hued walls, good fabrics, a coffee machine, a modern bathroom and luxury toiletries. You can eat good pub grub with a twist in the ‘warm and welcoming’ bar with flagstone floor, log-burner and fashionable blue walls, in the dining room, or outside. There are full marks for ‘friendly, prompt service of beautifully cooked food from a smallish menu. Beef terrine was boosted by nicely sharp horseradish, moist halibut came with colourful supporting vegetables.’ An outdoor kitchen dispenses chargrills and pizzas. Overall, it is ‘a good venue for family dining or a short stay at prices to please’, although ‘breakfast is quite basic’. (Sara Hollowell, and others)
8. 4 in rear annexe, 2 on ground floor suitable for disabled. 2-bedroom self-contained flat, 1 room suitable for disabled.
all year, restaurant closed Sun pm, Mon, Tues.
bar, snug/library, restaurant, in-room smart TV (Freeview), function facilities, large covered patio, pergola, garden and meadow, public areas wheelchair accessible, adapted toilet.
soft music (light jazz) in bar, restaurant.
all ages welcomed, extra bed £10.
allowed in all bedrooms (£10 per stay), bar, snug.
Amex, MC, Visa.
B&B doubles from £90. À la carte £32.