Read our guide on the best gastro pubs with rooms in the UK. 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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Read our full review of Mr Hanbury’s Masons Arms here
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.
Read our full review of The Five Bells Inn here
In tiny Sawdon, on the North Yorkshire moors, The Anvil Inn seats 36 and sleeps four in two self-catering cottages – it’s a perfect destination for getting away from it all. A former smithy (hence the bar’s centrepiece being a forge), The Anvil is an atmospheric nook – exposed stone, glowing log-burners, gorgeous lighting – and a family affair. Mark and Alex Wilson cook, and their daughter Sabina is front-of-house. Little wonder it has become a hot destination for Yorkshire foodies and visitors to Whitby, Wykeham Forest or Castle Howard.
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A small country pub hotel in the charming village Beaulieu 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 paneling inside and a terrace bar and pretty kitchen gardens outside, the surroundings promise plenty of character no matter which month you visit. The Michelin star kitchen focuses on seasonal dishes that are prettily presented and cooked with precision, think spiced scallops, rabbit terrine and roast Cornish lamb.
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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.
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The Wheatsheaf Inn, Cotswolds
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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
Read our full review of The Talbot Inn here
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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The Ribble Valley, Lancashire’s top foodie enclave, has many idyllic villages, but Downham is special. Its landowner, Lord Clitheroe, has banned road markings and satellite dishes to preserve this unspoilt hamlet. The gastro pub, The Assheton Arms, is a warren of low ceilings and beams but, with its smart fabrics and on-trend fish cookery, it’s contemporary, too. From here, guests can walk in the Trough of Bowland, visit Skipton, or just eat.
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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.
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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.
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On the beachfront in the village of Elie, is The Ship Inn. A local pub hotel that’s been revamped. In the pub itself, dogs lie in front of a roaring fire, seafaring photos pepper the walls and a beer garden just above the beach is perfect for a sundowner (try a local Eden Mill gin and tonic). Bedrooms are done up in fresh, coastal style with a smattering of eclectic junk shop finds (old washstands, sea chests and shoe lasts).
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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.
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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.
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