This month the Good Hotel Guide launched its highly anticipated 2021 edition. After a year where the hospitality industry has been placed under phenomenal strain, it’s a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the service, style and resilience of some of the UK’s most welcoming destinations, with 10 of their top 2021 pubs-with-rooms
This sunny, yellow 14th century inn in Constable country has been a favourite amongst Guide readers for a number of years. From the panelled lounge to the array of old books, the log burning stove to the deep, comfy sofas, this is a place that’s all about the best of home comforts. The food is a collection of superb, modern pub dishes, the views are tranquil and there’s always time for a pint.
A 16th century village pub, The Cat Inn is a combination of cottage and contemporary styles from the décor to the food. Dog friendly, it is expertly run and offers flawless service for both human and four-legged guests. Meanwhile, when it comes to food you can order anything from sandwiches and pub classics to more adventurous fare using ingredients from The Cat’s own organic market garden.
Flagstone beams, blazing fires and eclectic interiors make this postcard perfect inn on the edge of the Cotswolds a model of maximalist style. Meanwhile, details ranging from plush soft furnishings to roll top baths, Molton Brown toiletries and home-made flapjacks waiting for you in your room on arrival make it the height of modern hospitality. Meanwhile, food at this pub-with-rooms takes classics to new heights in the bar or lounge where the beer-battered haddock is a favourite. Alternatively, indulge in a more formal dinner in the main restaurant.
Andrew Pern’s achingly beautiful thatched pub-with-rooms serves Michelin-starred food and has a bar built by a master craftsman. An idyllic combination of eccentricity and carefully chosen details, this 14th century inn on the edge of the North York Moors has been delighting guests for years and remains as exceptional and inviting as ever.
Between the Black Mountains and the Brecon Beacons, The Felin Fach is a charming, red brick, dog friendly pub with rooms. The sister hotel to The Old Coastguard at Mousehole, and The Gurnard’s Head in Zennor, it is expertly run by proprietor Charles Inkin. Inside it has a smart/casual style that incorporates cosy Welsh blankets, plenty of flowers, Roberts radio, home-baked biscuits, books and Bramley toiletries in your room – but no TV – this is an opportunity to make the most of the beautiful location and enjoy the quiet. Meanwhile, thoughtful details include fruit from the kitchen garden and home-made soda bread at breakfast.
A historic 15th century village inn turned contemporary shabby-chic dining destination; The Talbot Inn takes much of its character from its original architecture. Built around a cobbled courtyard it also features a beamed coach house where food is grilled on charcoal and wood, as in traditional inns. That said, rooms are more contemporary, with an emperor bed, vintage Welsh blankets, seagrass flooring, comfy chairs and handmade Bramley toiletries. Food however is reliably warming, whether you opt for a simple ploughman’s or salted Atlantic cod.
An idyllic combination of old and new, The Royal Oak at Tetbury takes an 18th-century inn that’s very much at the heart of the local community and has turned it into a feast for the senses. Contemporary rooms have everything you could ask for, while quirky details include a free jukebox, Art Deco piano, a bar made from recycled church panelling and a silver Airstream trailer dispensing garden food in the summer. It’s dog friendly, family friendly and always has a welcoming buzz about it.
At a crossroads overlooking the Scottish hills, it doesn’t take much to imagine weary travellers stopping at this wild rural location. Today however, it’s a breath of fresh air inside with contemporary style opening up the space and welcoming you in whether it’s for the night, or just to eat. Slate floors, tweedy fabrics and modern art come together in contemporary-country style, complete with tartan throws and headboards, rustic wooden cladding and designer bathrooms. Meanwhile, food makes the most of local tradition and ingredients, with produce from the owners’ kitchen garden at Netherby Hall close by.
A Michelin-starred cutting-edge gastropub-with-rooms, Bonnie Badger was an old Golf Inn in a coastal village that’s been transformed into a luxury bijoux hotel. Blending Scottish and Scandi style, it is of course the menu that is the brightest jewel in its crown, using local ingredients to deliver a creative and inspired menu. However, throughout you will find the five-star standards that have made it a runaway success since it opened in 2018.
A 17th-century village in. that’s now got a distinctly chic, warm and welcoming style as well as a sense of fun to it, The Pear Tree Inn is delightful. Textured furnishings and details such as Cole & Son’s ‘Woods and Pears’ wallpaper ensure there’s a feast for the senses around every corner. There are dog friendly rooms and family rooms where kids have their own enchanting spaces. All rooms have fresh milk, home-made biscuits and Bramley toiletries. Meanwhile, food makes the most of local produce such as River Fowey mussels and free-range, traceable meats.