Good Hotel Guide Review
Near the city centre but surprisingly quiet, this stylishly quirky hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant occupies a quartet of Georgian town houses, each backed by a garden. They were built for the 8th Marquess of Queensberry, whose passion for boxing can be traced throughout. Owners Laurence and Helen Beere are hands-on alongside manager Joss Roussanne, all overseeing the final stages of a four-year refurbishment. Bedrooms offer a smart home-from-home feel. Georgian features – marble fireplaces, high ceilings, sash windows – are complemented by designer wallpapers and colourful furnishings; toiletries are by The White Company. After a drink in the Old Q bar – perhaps a G&T made with 6 O’Clock Gin from Bristol – dinner guests proceed downstairs to the Olive Tree where chef Chris Cleghorn produces such culinary delights as longhorn-beef tartar with Exmoor caviar and Woolley Park Farm duck with beetroot, sea beet and kumquat. In the bar hangs a spoof of the Queensberry Rules. Top of the list: ‘Manners, decorum and kindness to be shown at all times.’ It’s a rule that the ‘attentive and friendly’ staff take seriously.
4–7 Russel Street
29. Some on ground floor.
all year, restaurant closed Mon, midday Tues–Thurs.
lift, residents’ drawing room, bar, 2 sitting rooms, restaurant, meeting room, in-room TV (Freeview), 4 linked courtyard gardens, unsuitable for disabled.
in restaurant and bar.
all ages welcomed.
assistance dogs only.
Amex, MC, Visa.
per room B&B £125–£475. Tasting menus £70–£90, à la carte £60. 1-night bookings sometimes refused weekends.