Good Hotel Guide Review
Some forest findings with your roast Jerusalem artichokes? Estuary greens with the scallops? Nature’s wild bounty features prominently at this lauded restaurant-with-rooms owned by Michelin-starred chef Chris Harrod and his wife, Kirsty. Set above a single-track road in a sequestered hamlet, deep in the Wye valley, it is hard to find. ‘Our satnav decided we needed to drive across a snow-covered field,’ related a reader. Persistence was repaid with a warm welcome and ‘meltingly delicious Welsh cake’. An unfussy, ‘well-equipped’ bedroom nailed the basics: a queen-size bed with ‘good-quality bedding’, a bathroom ‘with a proper window, organic toiletries, an enormous bath and a walk-in shower’. The food is the highlight, however. A protégé of Raymond Blanc, Mr Harrod draws on local producers, fish from Cornwall and ingredients he and forager Henry Ashby garner from forest and hedgerow. Typical dishes: roasted cauliflower, pine, blackened onions, crispy kales, hedge bedstraw; grey mullet, potato purée, purple sprouting broccoli, brown shrimp, three-cornered garlic. ‘A great meal. I urge you to go,’ writes our reader, who was lucky (or unlucky) not to have been snowed in. (DH)
all year, except 24–26 Dec (rooms), 2 weeks Jan, restaurant closed Mon, and Tues lunch, 26 Dec.
lounge/bar, restaurant, free Wi-Fi, in-room TV (Freeview), terrace, 2-acre garden, restaurant and women’s toilet wheelchair accessible.
‘chill-out’ in restaurant and lounge.
all ages welcomed, over-8s only in restaurant on weekdays, over-16s only at weekends.
only guide dogs allowed.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £140–£235, D,B&B £279–£405. 7-course dinner £85, set lunch £42–£55.
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- Independent.co.uk: Britain’s Best Gourmet Hotels