The Bower House
Missing restaurants? We hear you and the good news is we could be back inside our favourite eateries as early as May 17th after the government revealed the roadmap out of lockdown for England (Scotland is yet to release its roadmap). But why stop at booking a table for dinner when you could spend the night at one of Britain’s best restaurants with rooms?
As hotels in England are also set to open as early as May 17th, checking into the best restaurants with rooms could be the perfect way for foodies to celebrate things getting back to normal this summer.
Offering a food-first experience for those who appreciate a decent meal (accompanied by a delicious drink, of course), Britain’s best restaurants with rooms are ideal for gastronomes looking for an unforgettable first mini-break after lockdown.
That’s why we’ve selected a few of the best ones for you to experience when it’s safe to travel again. Our pick of the top spots to dine and sleep include country pubs, seaside restaurants and cosy inns.
At these relaxed and informal hotels where the food is the star of the show, the focus is often on fresh, local ingredients, foraged from forests, onsite kitchen gardens and high-quality suppliers.
Whether you’re looking for contemporary chic (try Rocksalt Rooms in Folkestone), Michelin-starred luxury (try Raymond Blanc’s Belmond de Manoir aux Quat’Saisons and Paul Ainsworth’s Padstow Townhouse), or a historical inn with a heartwarming menu and decor to match (The Hoste Arms in Norfolk has that wood-scented open fire vibe), you’ll adore our selection of restaurants with rooms.
Top-notch food doesn’t mean a compromise on interiors, either. These restaurants where you can spend the night come with a side dish of design-led decor, from modern country charm to clean and modern boutique style.
Keep scrolling for our pick of the best restaurants with rooms for a gourmet getaway to satisfy all the senses in 2021.
Covid-19: Check the latest guidance for travelling in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, including local restrictions and alert levels, before booking a stay at a restaurant with rooms.
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Rocksalt Rooms, Kent
Described as ‘food with a view’, this contemporary restaurant with rooms has coastal cool and mouthwatering meals in abundance. Another offering from Michelin-starred chef Mark Sargeant, the restaurant, with its floor-to-ceiling windows and views over Folkestone’s harbour and out to sea is certainly the star of the show.
The inspiring menus offer modern British delights all locally sourced with a focus on provenance; from the day boats working along the South Coast to the local farms set in the rolling Kent countryside.
Four minimal beachy bedrooms offer the opportunity to scoff yourself silly before rolling into your comfy king-sized bed.
Read our review of Rocksalt Rooms.
The Ginger Pig, East Sussex
Sitting smack-bang in the middle of Hove, this is the perfect city break meets foodie destination. There’s 11 sleek and chic rooms and the modern restaurant serves up flawless classics like steak and dripping chips as well.
There are inventive dishes too, such as soft truffled polenta, wild mushroom ragu, crispy duck egg, parsley, and pickled shallots.
The Running Horse, Hampshire
A stylishly restored village pub, The Running Horse is the beating heart of pretty Littleton on the outskirts of Winchester.
With a one-star AA rosette, the open-kitchen restaurant serves up modern British cuisine in a cosy room with an open fire. Dog-lovers will be excited to hear that four-legged friends are also welcome.
The 15 rooms are chic and newly renovated, with rustic wood feature walls and modern bathrooms. It’s a gorgeous option for a New Forest escape.
The Masons Arms, Lake District
Sometimes all you want is unfussy yet fantastic food in a relaxed and cosy atmosphere. The Masons Arms is a traditional pub with rooms that delivers on all those counts – and at a very reasonable rate, too.
Expect British pub classics done really well and tasteful but simple rooms finished in a country style.
It’s got all the right ingredients for a low-key but lovely foodie escape, including homemade dishes, low ceilings, rustic beams, open fires, higgledy-piggledy rooms and country walks on the doorstep.
Llys Meddyg, Pembrokeshire
Nestled in the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, this stylish restaurant with rooms has breathtaking beaches, forests, streams and mountains on its doorstep. It’s a great spot for hikers or anyone looking for a refined yet cosy rural retreat.
Refuel with a post-ramble feast at the restaurant, where the warm welcome is matched by snug roaring fires and a modern rustic aesthetic. After dinner, treat yourself to the chocolate fondant and rum-soaked raisins before rolling into your Welsh woolly blanket-covered king-sized bed.
The Pointer, Buckinghamshire
Make no mistake, this is a beautiful old village pub, but there’s a definite boutique B&B vibe about the whole affair. Four stylish rooms over the road are unfussy and modern, expect on-trend greys and inky blues with freestanding baths and Bramley products. They’re the perfect place to crash after filling up at the provenance-led pub in Brill, close to the Oxfordshire border.
The owners pride themselves on their farm-to-fork menu, and the cosy yet modern aesthetic (beams and open fires meet contemporary art and finishes) is as heartwarming as the high-end fare.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Oxfordshire
Truly a dream dining destination, Raymond Blanc’s exquisite Oxfordshire manor has retained two Michelin stars for 35 years. Everything about Belmond Le Manoir is impeccable; from the lavender-lined paths and honey-stoned exterior to the indulgent bedroom interiors inspired by Raymond’s extensive travels (there’s gold-leaf furniture in ‘Chinoiserie’ and hand-painted ocean murals in ‘Botticcelli’).
It’s the flawless food, however, that keeps the epicurean hoards coming. The outstanding organic herbs and vegetables come straight from the kitchen gardens (bien sur), and you can expect delights like Devonshire crab, coconut, chilli and lime followed by blackcurrant soft meringue, violet and vanilla.
Described as ‘a twist of imaginative genius’, it’s a must-visit for gourmands everywhere. It’s definitely treat-yourself territory but… Why ever not? You deserve it.
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The Bull, East Sussex
If you’re hankering after a cosy country pub experience with an elevated menu and chic interiors, you’ve come to the right place. The Bull at Ditchling dates back to 1560 and is bursting with character thanks to the wonky ceilings and old wooden beams.
This gastropub-style restaurant with rooms attracts arty types as well as foodies, and offers fine ales from its own Bedlam Brewery. Sitting in the South Downs National Park, it offers wonderful opportunities for country and coastal walks, being just a 20-minute drive from the seaside at Brighton.
And, when you’re back from your stroll, you can tuck into British pub classics with a modern twist. There’s nothing like fish covered in delicious ale-infused batter.
Noel Arms, Gloucestershire
A quintessential honey-hued Cotswolds inn, the Noel Arms’ reasonable rates and excellent food ensures it gets a slew of repeat returners.
Situated on the high street of charming Chipping Campden, it’s perfectly placed for enjoying the boutique shops, olde-worlde buildings and country walks the area has to offer.
Expect traditional British fare with international influences at this restaurant with rooms; head chef Indunil Upatissa has been awarded the Great British Pub Awards for Best Curry Chef three times, so it’s almost a pre-requisite to experience one of his famous curries.
The Corner House, Kent
Local hero Matt Sworder returned home to Minster after training with the likes of Gordon Ramsay in London and opened his intimate restaurant with rooms that’s been a hit ever since.
The foodie-friendly country bolthole has just two country-chic rooms for gourmet-focused guests. Expect British classics with a twist, executed to perfection. There’s also some innovative choices for vegetarians, including roasted squash, tomato & Ashmore cheese tart, with triple cooked chips. And we’re obsessed with the idea of a dessert sharing board – homemade tart, lemon posset, chocolate brownie, and honeycomb ice cream for two.
If you take a break from eating, you can wander around the charming village of Minster, take a stroll along the beach, or take in some art and culture in Margate, just a 15-minute drive away.
Read our review of The Corner House.
The Bower House, Warwickshire
This Grade II-listed building dating back to 1731 is owned by Andrew Knight, ex-editor of the Economist. The interiors in the five bedrooms are bold and creative, with popping prints from House of Hackney and cool art paired with freestanding tubs and modern bathrooms.
This restaurant with rooms has an elegant yet rock ‘n’ roll heart. The art-filled eaterie serves up cracking cocktails, brunch, lunch and a la carte. Expect elevated classics like truffle macaroni cheese, triple-cooked chips, and simple yet inventive mains like roast Cornish cod, palourde clams, samphire, cider and dulse butter.
The Wife of Bath, Kent
This authentic yet super-stylish restaurant with rooms makes for the ideal cool, country gourmet getaway in deepest Kent.
There’s a small, atmospheric bar that leads into the cosy and convivial restaurant, boasting exposed brick walls and funky art. The contemporary art continues into the six characterful bedrooms, which see modern mid-century finishes merge with timber-framed ceilings.
Owner and head chef Mark Sargeant cut his teeth at Claridge’s and knows a thing or two about serving up palate-pleasing plates.
Read our review of The Wife of Bath.
Padstow Townhouse, Cornwall
This funky townhouse was designed as a luxurious place to rest your head when dining at the Michelin-starred Paul Ainsworth at No.6 – although you don’t have to eat there to stay.
The upmarket, flamboyant interiors reflect Paul’s high standards, which stretch beyond his impeccable dishes. The ideal retreat for stylish foodies, why not combine dinner at No.6 with breakfast at the talented chef’s other, less formal, restaurant Caffè Rojano. Then enjoy a drink and a cream tea at his other new spot, The Mariners Public House, overlooking Cornwall’s Camel Estuary in the arty town of Rock.
Read our review of Padstow Townhouse.
The Hoste Arms, Norfolk
History meets hearty but high-on-taste food at this inn dating back to 1651. Nestled in the picturesque village of Burnham Market on the North Norfolk coastline, it’s a beautiful restaurant with rooms with access to sandy strolls and seaside views.
Its rooms are done up in bold country decor and you can choose from the original building, the new extension, or even a converted train carriage just 800 yards away.
The locally sourced seasonal produce is served in three different rooms, depending on what takes your fancy; dine by candlelight in the beautiful 17th Century wood-panelled restaurant, feast on hearty bar snacks in the cosy beamed pub, or enjoy an elegant afternoon tea in one of the snug lounges.
Read our review of The Hoste Arms.
The Bridge Inn, Midlothian
Combine a country escape with a city break at this restaurant with rooms in Ratho. Set on a pretty canal in a charming village, it’s just 20 minutes to Edinburgh for a culture fix.
Expect elevated pub classics with a side of leafy canal views at this light-filled gastropub. The Bridge Inn prides itself on serving the best of Scottish produce, so expect venison, game and local fish when they’re in season.
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