From inns that Shakespeare would have walked past to vibrant pubs with rooms, hospitality in the Midlands knows no bounds, but always knows how to make sure guests have a good time. Equipped with all of the modern luxuries you could ask for as well as good old fashioned warm welcomes at every turn, here the Good Hotel Guide shares 9 of their top gastro pubs with rooms in Midlands…
On the banks of the Rover Coln, The Swan at Bibury is a 17th century coaching inn, restyled to become a foodie favourite pub with rooms. With meadow views and luxury country style, the hotel offers open space and a choice of rooms in the main building or pretty garden cottage suites (one with a hot tub). Food is a combination of locally sourced ingredients and European cooking, perfect after a day of exploring on foot.
A modernised 16th-century coaching inn, in a city-centre location with easy access to all parts, a stay at the Lion and Pheasant is a chance to join locals in the popular local-ale-stocked bar or the split-level restaurant. Varying in size, uncluttered bedrooms are up the stairs and down beamed corridors, some even overlook the river.
It is quite something to think that when this inn was built, Shakespeare was working away on his latest script just up the road. Now an idyllic village pub with rooms, it has been refurbished, incorporating antique and modern furnishings to deliver a warm, welcoming and stylish atmosphere. Rooms include little luxuries such as gingerbread, coffee and Temple Spa toiletries, while historic features add to the sense of character. Food is a feast for the senses offering a combination of pub classics and more inventive fare. Little wonder it’s a favourite for returning guests.
Created from three farm labourers’ cottages dating back to the 1890s, the Beech House and Olive Branch is a village pub/restaurant set two miles down a picturesque tree-lined lane. It has a shop selling wines and hand-made chocolates and serves food both in the bar and restaurant. It’s well known for using locally sourced, home-grown or foraged ingredients including herbs and salads from their polytunnel. A truly relaxing, dog friendly experience, this award-winning pub and inn, where dogs are allowed in ground-floor bedrooms and bar.
Roaring log fires in the winter, and pretty rural surroundings all year round, The Brownlow Arms sits in the heart of a picturesque village in Lincolnshire. A 17th century country inn, formerly owned by Lord Brownlow, it is the perfect combination of old and new, offering a sense of historic grandeur in the style and architectural details, alongside contemporary hospitality and award-winning food.
Described as a “lively old inn [with] a funky-chic feel”, The Royal Oak in Tetbury is an 18th century pub that’s had a piecemeal creative makeover over the years. Today it welcomes delighted guests with details such as an Art Deco piano and a vintage jukebox, up-cycled furnishings and a saloon bar. Its six guest rooms include the option to stay in a lodge, all of which offer contemporary country chic style.
This village pub in the Peak District dates back to the 1850s, but today’s proprietors have a talent for keeping it up to date whilst celebrating that past. They have 10 bedrooms in the new Walnut House annexe, which have been tastefully styled for a sense of contemporary relaxation. Luxury definitely underpins the experience here, but as you sit enjoying your breakfast, lunch or dinner in the light and airy restaurant, there is an unequivocal sense of peace as well.
Real ales, signature cocktails and a menu of pub classics, make the Fuzzy Duck a vibrant and joyful place to spend the night. The 18th century coaching inn is brimming with country comfort alongside fine art, and a warm welcome is always the order of the day. Rooms above the restaurant are minimalist but extremely comfy, complete with Baylis & Harding toiletries (the owner’s beauty company), fluffy robes and high quality linens.
A fairytale escape surrounded by romantic gardens and grounds, Barnsley House offers timeless and intimate style. Bringing together historic charm and modern luxury, the hotel is luxuriously furnished, and also has a contemporary hideaway spa in the grounds. From a private cinema to its own pub, the hotel has everything you could possibly ask for at a country retreat. There are also 18 individually designed bedrooms, plus six more at The Village Pub across the road if you visit with a group of friends.
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