The Good Hotel Guide 2022 Editor’s Choice of Pubs With Rooms
This month the Good Hotel Guide launched its 2022 edition of top recommended hotels based on independent and authentic guest reviews. From those that have made it onto the list multiple years in a row to newcomers, here are their 2022 Editor’s Choice pubs-with-rooms. The Rose & Crown, Barnard Castle Surrounded by country walks and…
This month the Good Hotel Guide launched its 2022 edition of top recommended hotels based on independent and authentic guest reviews. From those that have made it onto the list multiple years in a row to newcomers, here are their 2022 Editor’s Choice pubs-with-rooms.
Surrounded by country walks and with views of a picturesque village, The Rose & Crown is the perfect blend of old-world charm and modern comforts. Flagstone floors and roaring fires set the scene for a convivial drink at the bar or candlelit dinners in the restaurant. Guests stay in a choice of rooms – the traditional variety in the main house or more contemporary and dog-friendly mews cottages with their own patio.
A particular favourite amongst golfers for its proximity to the likes of Royal St George’s golf club as well as readily available tee times and transport, The Dog at Wingham is a much-loved Kent gastropub. A traditional building, the use of understated interiors alongside rustic beams and features makes it feel open and airy, but with little touches of designer flair throughout. Food uses ingredients mostly from local farmers, growers, and fishermen, whipped up for regularly changing menus. Meanwhile, each of the rooms has its own charm – there’s a bridal suite with a four-poster bed and a family room with bunks for the kids.
A chic, red brick dining pub-with-rooms just outside the Brecon Beacons national park, The Felin Fach Griffin is stylish on the inside and tranquil on the outside. Wake to views of sheep-grazed pastures and enjoy the casual style that includes luxe linens and rooms filled with Welsh blankets, a Roberts radio, cut flowers, home-made biscuits, fresh milk, local artwork, and botanical toiletries. In the restaurant there’s a nightly-changing menu of vegetables from the kitchen garden as well as local meat and fish from Cornwall. Dishes are elegant but hearty – just what you need after a day of hiking.
Formerly the Rose and Crown, rescued from being converted to housing thanks to the efforts of two local farmers, The Dabbling Duck looks out over the village green which is known for its numerous duck ponds. Dog and baby welcoming, the cosy inn has six bedrooms over the pub itself as well as two larger additions in an annexe. The restaurant serves modern pub fare featuring meat and game from local smallholdings as well as the owners’ own land. There’s a real sense of warmth and community here, which despite the name makes you feel confident proprietors are anything but dabbling in hospitality.
A former coaching inn close to the Scottish border, Pentonbridge Inn provides almost Scandi-style for those visiting for the night. Chic and contemporary inside, it nods to tradition as well as modern design, featuring slate floors, tweedy fabrics, and modern art. The owners pay attention to the details that really made it feel cared for – flowers and home-made shortbread in your room for example. Food is a feast of local fare such as Orkney scallops and Cartmel valley beef, while rooms are split between a converted barn and the main house.
A returning favourite, The Ship Inn remains as enchanting to guests as it’s always been. The friendly gastropub is understated and brimming with feel good factor. Known for having its own beach cricket team, the white-and-blue inn enjoys views of the sandy bay on the Firth of Forth. Tuck into fish and chips or a barbecued burger, enjoy a pint in the dog-friendly bar or tuck into something a little more substantial in the evening. This is very much about life’s simple pleasures.
A coaching inn set in a Peak District village; The Peacock at Barlow has been modernised on the inside but retains its traditional charm. Somewhere for the whole family to enjoy, it’s dog-friendly, child-friendly and has a warm welcome for everyone. Enchantingly, it has its own onsite Collyfobble Brewery, which sets the theme for the inn – each of the rooms – four on the first floor, four in a barn conversion – are each named after a hop. Decor is contemporary and stylish, while food follows the tradition of good pub grub.
A pristine 17th-century pub that’s been immaculately extended over the years, The Harcourt Arms is achingly stylish inside and out. The village social hub, it has a bar, restaurant and a deli selling bread, cakes, coffee, and local produce. Despite a recent and painstaking makeover, it has retained its historic charm, complete with flagstone floors, and it’s certainly comfy, but nothing is out of place. The Blenheim Suite is particularly inspiring, with a four-poster bed and a stand-alone copper bathtub. The restaurant serves an array of pub classics and more adventurous fare, while staff are superbly helpful.
This village is known for its role in multiple movies from Harry Potter to Pride and Prejudice, and The Sign of the Angel is very much an attraction in its own right. A 15th-century coaching inn, it has two AA rosettes and lots of original features that give it an abundance of character. It’s all about attention to detail; everything from the soft furnishings to the presentation of the food is carefully considered. Its five rooms fuse luxury and history, as well as modern amenities. It’s little wonder it’s a repeat favourite amongst visitors.
The Acorn Inn in Dorset dates to the 16th-century and has made it into the Good Hotel Guide once again this year. Inside, its historic details are preserved, from old beams to oak panelling. Roaring fires remain a favourite feature, as does its original skittle alley. The ten bedrooms are named according to a Hardy theme (the inn plays a role in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles). Food and drink celebrate local ingredients – Glastonbury Twanger Cheddar, Dorset Horn lamb and baked goods from the village bakery – to name a few.