The UK's best gastro pubs with rooms
We know a good pub when we see one. Curl up by the fire in the Lake District or tuck into a hearty roast in the Cotswolds then prolong the cosy vibes with a night in a great-value boutique room
Looking for gastro pubs with rooms to stay over in after your Sunday roast? Read our guide on the best pubs with rooms in the UK, from the Cotswolds to Sussex, Yorkshire to the Peak District. We’ve got country pub hotels in Oxfordshire with log fires, to classic good pub food in Kent. Whether you fancy a relaxed weekend getaway in a luxury pub, or a a stopover in a pub hotel, check out our recommendations below, then check out our pick of the UK's best boutique hotels for food lovers.
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Best gastro pubs with rooms
The Swan, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire
Doubles from from £79 per night, check availability at booking.com
This 16th-century half-timbered inn, at the heart of pretty Ascott-under-Wychwood, has been revamped by hotel gurus Sam and Georgie Pearman (the couple are also behind the spruced-up Talbot in Malton). It bears all their hip-yet-homely hallmarks, including playful, eclectic furnishings and art, sink-into beds and spot-on seasonal food. You’ll also find the usual attention to detail, from swan-shaped room keys crafted at the local forge to homemade cookies in bedrooms. British to the core, it appeals to locals, young and old, and city foodies seeking a rural weekend escape.
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The Pheasant Inn, Hungerford, Berkshire
Doubles from £95 per night, check availability at booking.com
Once host to lock-ins and parties amongst the racing community, this renovated pub in the heart of Berkshire’s ‘Valley of the Racehorse’ still has plenty of character. Pub grub classics (Pheasant Ale-battered fish and chips, beef burgers, chicken kiev) sit on the menu alongside more unusual seafood dishes from head chef Andy Watts. The pub’s popular Sunday lunch includes whole-roast Cotswolds chicken for two, rich venison shepherd’s pie topped with piped mash, and crisp Kelmscott pork belly, followed by caramelised tarte tatin. There are plenty of local beers on tap – light, crisp Eagle IPA, malty Good Old Boy bitter and Ramsbury Gold, plus the pub’s own citrusy Pheasant Ale.
Each of the eleven bedrooms is individually decorated, with fabric headboards, vintage pieces of furniture and Audubon’s Birds of America watercolours (look out for the flamingo on the stairs). Room 4 is fresh and botanical, with illustrations of plants, while rooms 3 and 7 boast stand-alone bathtubs in marble bathrooms. If you want to have a few drinks with your Sunday roast, you can prolong the weekend with the Settle in Sundays deal. Spend £100 or more in the restaurant on a Sunday evening and they’ll throw in a bedroom on the house.
The Bottle & Glass Inn, Henley-on-Thames
Doubles from £112 per night, check availability at booking.com
In the heart of the Oxfordshire countryside, the cosy Bottle & Glass Inn is a perfect bolthole for a weekend away in Henley-on-Thames.
A traditional low-ceiling pub at the front opens up into the smart airy restaurant. The game-heavy menu takes advantage of the Phillimore Estate location, with a partridge wellington and fallow deer haunch both featuring at the time of our visit. The decadent dessert menu leaves you spoilt for choice – the winter pavlova topped with creamy orange curd was a highlight. The house wines are great examples of smooth organic Italian bottles.
The Bottle & Glass also has a large outdoor restaurant complete with open fire within a barn adjacent to the pub, that attracts local walkers, families and plenty of dogs. The barn alternates between a burger menu or pizzas straight from the hefty pizza oven. Alongside classics and hot dogs (don’t miss out on the rosemary chips), the burger menu continues the game offering with the darkly named ‘Bambi burger’ for a fallow deer burger topped with braised venison shoulder.
Three cosy, warm rooms are tucked above the inn with a separate side entrance. All are smartly decorated with a soothing Farrow & Ball colour palette: try room 3, complete with a roll-top bath in the bedroom, dressing gowns and a giant king-size bed. The simple breakfast menu served in the main restaurant covers the classics, from warm pastries to yogurt and granola or a full English using plenty of locally sourced meat.
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The Alice Hawthorn, Nun Monkton, North Yorkshire
Set in the rural surroundings of Nun Monkton, The Alice Hawthorn has been revived into a thing of beauty. This pub with rooms has been awarded three Royal Institute of British Architects awards for its sustainable redevelopment. Inside the pub itself, rooms have been renovated to remain in keeping with the age of the building and outside, new buildings mimic agricultural structures – a stable, a field barn and an agricultural store. Internally, these feel traditional and warm while also having a modern edge. Whatever your preference, the quality of the rooms will ensure a comfortable stay – you'll want to take the beds home with you. nnThis attention to detail is also reflected in the menu. Pub classics such as steak and chips are given a rework (chargrilled Waterford Farm fillet steak) and locally picked ingredients, such as Spilmans of Helperby asparagus, are brought to new heights with wild garlic pesto. These dishes will change with the seasons, but the thoughtfulness of head chef John Topham will be there whichever time you visit.nnFor those staying overnight, there’s also a range of breakfast options, such as granola, yogurt with seasonal fruit, or a full Yorkshire breakfast, which was made with the same level of care as the dinner menu. Breakfast is made to order and served with a breakfast shot (non-alcoholic) and tea or coffee. Claire Topham’s thoughtful managing of the front of house leaves you feeling well looked after. There’s plenty to keep you busy nearby for a weekend, be it walks, heritage properties or wine tasting. Once you’ve finished your day, be sure to have a seat in the pub and order their homemade crisps (the parmesan crisps are a real find). For those happy to explore further afield, both York and Harrogate are within a short drive. Though the comfort of the rooms will entice you back soon enough.
Doubles at The Alice Hawthorn start from £150 per night b&b, check availability at thealicehawthorn.com
The Three Daggers, Wiltshire
Doubles from £99 per night, check availability at booking.com
A cosy country pub, with bedrooms, in the peaceful village of Eddington, Wiltshire, at the heart of village life with a focus on hyper-local food and ales brewed on site. After travelling through the rolling hills of the south west, either head straight to the pub and settle in for the afternoon, or cosy up by the log fire in the guest lounge to sink into a sofa and play a game of Scrabble (or delve into one of the well-thumbed books that are left out for guests). While the pub is full of regulars from the village, the bedrooms are filled by couples and families from further afield, all looking for a relaxed retreat.
The Wild Rabbit, Cotswolds
In the heart of the Cotswolds, on the Daylesford estate, The Wild Rabbit is a modern British inn serving seasonal, hyper-local food and offering 12 bedrooms (all, like the inn itself, named after creatures found in the English countryside). There are also two cosy cottages just a short walk away and, as of late 2018, three more opposite the inn.
While it attracts an out-of-town crowd, at its heart The Wild Rabbit is a country pub, albeit one with Hugo Guinness block prints on the walls and tea lights flickering on farmhouse-style tables. It acts as a kind of sociable living room for the locals (the notice board was calling out for village bakers on our visit), with squidgy leather sofas taken up by blush-faced walkers escaping the cold, shaggy dogs lounging in front of the crackling fire and families wrapping their hands around mugs of hot chocolate and hot buttered rum.
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The Mash Inn, Radnage, Buckinghamshire
The Mash Inn might just be our favourite gastro pub with rooms in the UK. A historic inn with wonky floors and dimensions that veer towards the dolls house (you’ll need to duck your head to enter, and jostle your companions for a seat by the fire in its tiny bar). A dining room filled with dappled sunlight and simple wooden tables (one of them a large, sociable, communal one). Great music. Five chic but restfully simple (and affordable) bedrooms. And food plucked from a kitchen garden or foraged; delicate, veg-heavy food, cooked heartily, mostly on an open fire. If we were designing our fantasy gastro pub it would look a lot like The Mash Inn in the Buckinghamshire village of Radnage.
The Boot Inn, Repton, Derbyshire
Doubles from £50 per night, check availability at booking.com
The Boot is a country pub hotel steeped in history. There has been an inn on this site, in the Derbyshire village of Repton, for several centuries, but this gastro pub has a lot more going for it than timeworn character. New owner Heidi Taylor has transformed The Boot into an ambitious bar and restaurant, where respect for tradition is confidently reconciled with contemporary design flair. There is much to see and do locally – the Peak District, Calke Abbey, sailing on Foremark reservoir – if you can tear yourself away from the inn.
Mr Hanbury’s Masons Arms, Artist Residence, Oxfordshire
Doubles from £120 per night, check availability at mrandmrssmith.com
A luxury pub with rooms in the countryside. In a sleepy village in rural Oxfordshire Justin and Charlie Salisbury, the duo behind quirky Artist Residence hotel group, have restored a 16th century Cotswold-stone farmhouse and opened it as their fourth property, Mr Hanbury’s Masons Arms. A community-focused pub, with five perfectly put-together bedrooms upstairs, Mr Hanbury’s is split into two areas – a cosy bar area with a classic pub menu and a more sophisticated dining room where guests can enjoy a fine dining menu.
The Bell at Langford, Cotswolds
Doubles from £64 per night, check availability at booking.com
There are plenty of contemporary-chic gastropubs in the Cotswolds but not all manage to retain the laid-back feel of a village boozer after their Farrow & Ball transformations. Happily The Bell, a 17th-century inn in pretty Langford, on the fringes of west Oxfordshire, does.
Eight stylishly simple bedrooms mean you can settle down to sample that cooking, relaxed in the knowledge you don’t have to drive anywhere afterwards. Digest with a stroll to Langford’s pink-towered Saxon church across the fields, then enjoy an early night.
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The Five Bells Inn, East Brabourne, Kent
Doubles from £77 per night, check availability at booking.com
The Five Bells Inn, in the quiet Kent village of East Brabourne, surely boasts one of the prettiest approaches of any gastro pub in the southern counties. Steer a bucolic route down narrow country roads, over the rolling hills of the North Downs, and you’re met with a 16th century hostelry, its monochrome paintwork embellished with rows of cheery red and pink geraniums. The bar sets a foodie tone, with its deli-style display of local cheeses and hams – and a long list of local beers, wines and spirits, with a restaurant next door offering posh pub food.
The Montagu Arms, Hampshire
Doubles from £206 per night, check availability at booking.com
The Montagu Arms is a just a short cycle ride or drive from Brockenhurst, an ideal jumping off point for a tour of the New Forest. With open fires and wood panelling inside, and a terrace bar and pretty kitchen gardens outside, it’s a characterful spot no matter which month you visit. Add in the promise of a good supper and charming bedrooms and you’ve got the perfect recipe for post-walking or cycling pampering.
Head chef Matthew Whitfield has brought a seasonal approach to the menu, with an emphasis on produce from the surrounding coast and countryside. There’s a kitchen garden where head gardener Barry Daniel grows, prunes and plucks ingredients to then use in the Terrace Restaurant.
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The Inn at Whitewell, Ribble Valley, Lancashire
This rambling inn, its old stonework a tangle of creepers, is cradled by rolling sheep-speckled hills above the River Hodder. Inside, fires blaze and crackle in open grates, walls are crammed with hunting prints and men in tweed prop up the bar. You’re not going to stumble on it by accident, but the effort it takes to get to this country pub hotel is worth it, as its many punters appreciate.
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Cotswolds
Doubles from £150 per night, check availability at booking.com
As glam as it is cosy, former coaching inn The Wheatsheaf Inn, set in a restored 17th-century Cotswold stone building, has three log res, as well as a wood-burning stove in the snug. Get comfortable with some craft beer or a bottle of wine from the 300-strong list. There’s culinary clout too; chefs Anthony Ely (previously at The Square) and Humphrey Fletcher (River Café) create seasonal dishes such as Wiltshire lamb rump with white beans, peppers and salsa verde.
Lord Crewe Arms Hotel, Blanchland
Doubles from £149 per night, check availability at booking.com
This is a luxury pub with rooms if ever we visited one. The bedrooms are spruce and the styling chic, but there is still a medieval feel to the Lord Crewe Arms in County Durham. This remote 12th-century abbey (later a hunting lodge and manor house) is, with its vaulted crypt bar, rugged stone walls and roaring open fires, a very dramatic setting. Even the prettified upper-floor dining room is suitably dressed with tartans and antlers. Not far from Hadrian’s Wall, this is shooting, walking and cycling country.
The Churchill Arms, The Cotswolds
Doubles from £100 per night, check availability at booking.com
You’re made to feel at home as soon as you step through the door of this family-friendly country pub hotel. Stand with the traditional inglenook fireplace on your right and choose from the bar, on your left, or a cosy dining room on your right (reached across a flagstone floor). The bedrooms are simply furnished; you’ll find walls painted in muted, chalky colours, original beams, hardwood floors and soft, white cotton sheets.
Timbrell’s Yard, Bradford on Avon
Doubles from £105 per night, check availability at booking.com
In a recently converted Grade II-listed building, tucked away by the river near the iconic Town Bridge and Lock Up, Timbrell’s Yard provides the perfect hideout for a gastro pub style weekend getaway. With a well-stocked bar buffeted by smartly upholstered sofas and wooden tables, plus a large restaurant serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, you need only leave Timbrell’s Yard to stroll up through the town’s honey-stone houses to cafes, shops and delis, or to stride out along the banks of the River Avon into the Wiltshire countryside.
The Star Inn, Harome
At this 14th-century thatched inn it’s a tough choice of tables between huge oak benches overlooking the kitchen garden and a snug little nook in the low-ceilinged bar. Either spot is ideal for a gin and tonic made from Whittaker’s Gin, distilled in Nidderdale using local bilberries, hawthorn and thyme.
The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset
Doubles from £100 per night, check availability at mrandmrssmith.com
In the Somerset village of Mells, close to arty Frome, The Talbot Inn is a pretty country gastro pub that ticks so many boxes it’s in danger of getting repetitive strain injury: honey-coloured stone walls, mismatched wooden tables, brass-buttoned chairs, low-ceilinged bar, open fires, cobbled courtyard and a secret garden. And while it’s possible to drop in for just a pint and a posh sausage roll, it’s a destination retreat as much as a village boozer. Relaxed, affordable cookery classes and demos with food writer Joanna Weinberg also take place at the pub.
Hurley House, Berkshire
Doubles from £110 per night, check availability at booking.com
Sandwiched between Marlow and Henley, in the Berkshire countryside, is Hurley House Hotel, a luxury pub with rooms (10 bedrooms, to be exact). The pub area has been lovingly renovated with flagstone floors, a copper-topped bar and comfy armchairs next to a welcoming fireplace while the dining room is refined but cosy with dark woods, warm lighting and racing-green leather booths for two.
The Malt House, London
Doubles from £135 per night, check availability at booking.com
While you can stay overnight very comfortably, good pub food comes first at The Malt House. It’s arguably Fulham’s most elegant pub; the décor and menus are a cut above those of average gastro boozers, treading a carefully drawn line between formal and casual. Service is prompt but never rushed, and the place lights up with twinkling fairy lights in the evening.
The Malt House is temporarily closed. Keep an eye on its website for updates.
The Cary Arms, Devon
Doubles from £215 per night, check availability at booking.com
Pub hotel The Cary Arms must be the most tranquil place for a pint in Devon. Happily sat inside the curve of Babbacombe bay, right next to Oddicombe beach, the view from the inn stretches to Portland Bill in Dorset and takes in the pink-soil cliffs of the English Riviera. Inside the inn is all log fire cosiness, with most tables pointing seawards and shiny brass ship paraphernalia throughout, while bedrooms (some dog-friendly) have that fresh coastal feel.
The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Cornwall
On a hill overlooking Mousehole harbour, The Old Coastguard has one of the best sea views in Cornwall, with a bar that opens onto a huge summer terrace. The downstairs space is divided into an Upper Deck, which contains the restaurant and bar, and a Lower Deck, which is more loungy, with huge sofas and armchairs.
Dolaucothi Arms, Carmarthenshire, Wales
A red-and-white Georgian exterior and beautiful gardens – including manicured lawn, bee hives and wild flower meadow, a pet project of co-owner David Joy – makes for a welcoming approach from the road to Lampeter. Inside, the bar area stays true to its cosy, traditional roots – Chesterfield sofas, log burners, piles of worn books, polished quarry floor tiles and original sash windows are the highlights.
The Hardwick, Abergavenny
Doubles from £99 per night, check availability at booking.com
Stephen Terry, owner and chef of Abergavenny’s gastro pub with rooms, The Hardwick, and proud adopted Welshman, has worked with the greats – including Michel Roux Jr, Alain Passard and a young Marco Pierre White – and pocketed Michelin stars, but there’s not a shred of show-off in him or his cooking. He and his brigade work with outstanding produce from Wales and the Marches, and turn out highly elevated good pub food that never feels pretentious.
The Sun Inn, Kirkby, Lonsdale, Cumbria
Doubles from £105 per night, check availability at booking.com
If you want to avoid the tourist hordes in the Lake District proper – and who doesn’t – head into the Lune Valley on the other side of the M6 and make for The Sun Inn, in pretty Kirkby Lonsdale. Mark and Lucy Fuller have turned this 17th-century inn into a warm, lively hub of town life. Whether you want to browse in Kirkby’s independent shops, explore the Lakes or ramble in the neighbouring Yorkshire Dales, everything is on your doorstep at this gastro pub with rooms.
The Bridge Inn, Ratho, Scotland
Doubles from £80 per night, check availability at booking.com
The 18th-century Bridge Inn, in the village of Ratho on the Union canal is just a caber’s toss from Edinburgh. The field-to-plate concept is an easy one for owners Graham and Rachel Bucknall, who breed pigs and grow vegetables and herbs in the walled kitchen garden.