Scotland has a talent for warm and welcoming hospitality, but nowhere is that more evident than in its pubs with rooms. Characterful, homely, historic and brimming with good cheer, good food and good drink, they are inevitably located in spectacular locations as well. With the propensity for merriment, it’s just as well many of them offer somewhere to rest your head as well. Here, the Good Hotel Guide shares some of the best pubs with rooms in Scotland…
Allanton Inn, Alltonton
In the conservation village of Allanton in Berwickshire, the Allanton Inn is a warm and welcoming pub with rooms, run by William and Katrina Reynolds. Having grown up in a family that has farmed the local area for more than 70 years, Katrina’s love of the location can be felt across the whole property. A traditional pub at the heart of the community, behind its rustic stone walls you will find cosy rooms featuring local artwork, plush bedding and Scottish toiletries. meanwhile, the restaurant specialises in seasonal, local Borders’ produce and has won awards for its menu.
Applecross Inn, Applecross
In the North West Highlands of Scotland, on the remote Applecross peninsular, the Applecross Inn is an unassuming pub with rooms. On the outside, it takes in views across the Inner Sound of Raasay and to the isle of Skye. Inside, there are seven elegantly appointed rooms, all with sea views and ranging from twins and doubles to a large family room. The restaurant is known for its variety of snacks, starters, main meals and daily specials with a distinctly Scottish flair. Food, wine, whisky and gin are all as local as possible, ranging from Orkney rollmop herring to haggis flambéed in Drambuie, Applecross bay prawns and Scottish chicken supreme.
On the banks of The Union Canal in the conservation village of Ratho, The Bridge Inn is just a short distance from Edinburgh and has a buzzing community atmosphere to it. The four rooms each have their own style and look out over the adjacent canal. The restaurant is a village favourite, taking the concept of local ingredients to new heights using their own home grown vegetables and their own bred pork.
The Cross Keys, Kippen
Log fires in the winter, a beer garden in the summer and picturesque scenery between the Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park all year round. The Cross Keys sits in the small village of Kippen, welcoming dogs, families, locals and anyone who wants to rest for an hour an evening or a night. Good food and good company abound in the pub, where slow cooked oxtail, braised pigs cheeks, pork belly and roasted Perthshire chicken are just some of the favourites on the menu. Meanwhile, there are three rooms in a quieter part of the building, offering a peaceful night’s sleep in simple, homely style.
The Fife Arms, Braemar
Contemporary art alongside taxidermy and objets d’arts are just part of what adds to the unique character and style of Fife Arms, a former coaching inn and a new addition to the recently released 2020 Good Hotel Guide. From the Picasso on a tartan wall to Chinese artist Zhang Enli’s hand-painted ceiling, and the rooms that offer cosy and stylish rest and relaxation, The Fife Arms brings a new level of design and innovation to the concept of a restaurant with rooms.
Bonnie Badger, Gullane
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.