If the springtime sunshine and the upcoming bank holiday bonanza have you considering your staycation options, use our guide to find the best places to stay where the food is a real draw.
One of the closest countryside hotels to London, this sits just outside the M25, having taken over Theobalds House, a Georgian mansion with royal connections. It combines a hotel with office spaces, events and masterclasses and a big outdoor pool area.
In charge of the food throughout the hotel is Robin Gill (Darby's, Bermondsey Larder) and there's a big emphasis on low waste and sustainability throughout (they even rear their own pigs and chickens). The main restaurant is the Zebra Riding Club which has a huge courtyard that's an ideal spring/summer space for eating and drinking. Much like at Robin's other restaurants, expect a menu that shifts with the seasons, all centred around a "Feast" as a main. The Valeries restaurant is also well worth a look and they also have the Outdoor Tipi - tents in the back serving cocktails and small plates in the warmer months.
Rooms: There are two key options here. You can stay in a room in the main house (probably the best option) or opt for one of the rooms surrounding the Zebra House Riding club courtyard.
Prices: From about £140 a night.
Less of a hotel and more of a small village, Thyme is actually a group of small properties a few miles from Burford. As such it really has a getting-away-from-it-all feel. There's a cookery school onsite as well as a spa and a relatively new spa space called The Botanical Bothy.
On the food side Charlie Hibbert, ex Quo Vadis chef (and son of owner Caryn Hibbert), is in charge. The main event is in the Ox Barn with much of the produce grown on-site. Example dishes include "Confit guinea fowl, potato, pancetta & black olive" and "Sirloin, pickled walnut & horseradish cream". There's also a separate bar and you can also get salads and sorbets by their spring water swimming pool.
Rooms: Their 31 rooms are described as "botanically inspired" spread across several of the houses. They range from "teeny cosy" rooms to the Tallet house which has four bedrooms and its own private courtyard.
Prices: Rooms start at £360 (The Tallet house is from £1500 a night)
New Milton, Hampshire.
Situated on the edge of the New Forest, this grand country house has extensive grounds which run down to the sea. However, if you don't fancy a bracing sea dip you could always opt for Europe's biggest hydrotherapy pool instead.
Food and wine have always been key to the hotel's regular appearance on World's Best Hotels lists. The main dining room aims to be fine dining without the fuss - you're as likely to find barbecued cauliflower with smoked Rosary goats cheese on there as grilled ribeye on the bone. You should be able to find wine to go with it - there are more than 1900 wines on the list. Alternatively, the Kitchen restaurant has wood-fired pizzas and wagyu burgers on the menu.
There's also a cookery school with a syllabus created by the hotel's alumnus James Martin (he worked in the kitchens here in his 20s).
Rooms: Larger suites look out over the perfectly manicured croquet lawn or you could opt for one with your own hot tub out on the terrace. But the real pearls are the treehouse suites set 35 feet off the ground.
Prices: Rooms start at around £500 a night.
Set in the heart of the Lake District National Park, Forest Side has emerged, literally and figuratively, as a beacon of excellence in the area. Turning this dark Victorian villa into a light bright hotel complete with restored Victorian-walled kitchen garden has clearly been a labour of love for the team here. Heading the kitchen is Paul Leonard, who has worked under both Marcus Wareing and Andrew Farlie.
Much is made in house, from their own hams and salamis to pickles from food either grown in their own kitchen garden or foraged nearby. If it's not made here, it's not from far away. The fruits of foraging can even be found in the cocktails served up in the bar here if you fancy trying foraged meadow sweet-infused vodka.
Rooms: They range from cosy through to huge master suites and are designed with a light, modern touch. There are also some set aside that are particularly dog-friendly.
Prices: Stay and dine packages start at £349 for dinner bed and breakfast in a cosy room.
Auchterarder, Perth and Kinross
One of those marvellous grande dame hotels, Gleneagles was built by the General Manager of the Caledonian Railway Company and opened in 1924 so folk could enjoy the best hunting, fishing and shooting this part of Scotland could offer. Today it still offers most of that (shooting is now clay pigeon) but one of the big reasons people head up here is for the food.
There are several restaurants in the hotel but the one you really need to book is Scotland's only two Michelin-starred restaurant, Andrew Fairlie. The smoked lobster is the signature dish here - it's given a five-hour infusion over whisky barrel chips. If you're looking for something a little less fine-dining, then check out the main dining room The Strathearn, where there's a lot of tableside trolley action going on.
Rooms: This is a huge place. There are 232 luxury bedrooms, including 27 suites and that's before we get to the lodges in the grounds. Even the compact bedrooms are a generous size but if you're after something special the Glenmore Lodges - which come with free golf thrown in - are amazing.
Prices: Rates at Gleneagles start from £475 based on two sharing and including breakfast.
Anyone searching for a place to soothe the soul will find this Pembrokshire hotel's setting quite magical (and it's also near to plenty of beaches if you're planning any seaside trips while you're here).
They have a large kitchen garden which minimises food miles, as does the foraging in the local hedgerows and woods. Chef Douglas Balish says his team here are really "pushing to the next level". Dishes in the fine dining Fernery may be starkly described as "Squab - celeriac - cherry - nasturtium " but they look wonderful. There's also more casual food on offer in the Artisan Rooms where you might try a vegetable pithivier with celeriac or go for the all-Welsh cheese plate. If you're planning on heading out on one of their walking trails, get the kitchen to make up a hamper of local treats.
Rooms: Choose between rooms and suites in the house itself which are a little more traditional in design or the more modern cottages and suites in the grounds, some of which have their own private terraces.
Prices: Classic rooms from £350 a night, including breakfast. A gourmet escape for two with dinner, wine matching and breakfast starts at £780.
What does a partnership between a billionaire (with great taste) and one of the UK's best chefs look like? Well, Heckfield Place is the answer. Gerald Chan, who also owns Skye's Gyngell's London restaurant Spring, brought her in as Culinary Director of this beautiful Georgian estate in Hampshire.
There are two main restaurants - Marle and the more casual Hearth. There's also a seasonal place to eat, The Glass House in the hotel's glasshouse where, in the summer, you can enjoy afternoon tea plus there's also the Moon Bar for great cocktails.
When you're not enjoying the super-seasonal fare, you can be wild swimming in the lake, doing yoga in the Little Bothy or playing lawn badminton.
Rooms: There are 45 rooms including the Long Room suite, with many offering views over the gardens and some with their own living areas.
Prices: Room rates start from £450
Set in the heart of the New Forest, this beautiful hotel lavishes as much attention on its food offering as it does its tremendous spa. Angela Hartnett, along with Head Chef, Luke Holder is responsible for the restaurant here and often invites her chef friends over for special events. Hartnett Holder & Co restaurant is a destination spot, serving up locally-sourced, and seasonally adjusted menus with an Italian influence and there's a new tented (and heated) terrace out in the garden with gorgeous views.
Elsewhere there are lovely walks to go on, and the spa is wonderful - particularly the outside hot pool. Cookery classes are mainly on pause at the moment, but there are wellness workshops being booked for the Autumn.
Rooms: Bedrooms range from the cosy - tucked in under the eaves of the main house - to lavish forest suites in the grounds with open fires, and decks opening out over the New Forest.
Prices: Double rooms start from £400 per night, not including breakfast, but with access to the spa,.
Chef Michael Caines' actual manor is in a beautiful neck of the woods on the banks of the Exe estuary. In an ideal world, you’ll be staying here when the weather’s clement, allowing you to have a pre-dinner cocktail out on the veranda. Wine is a big deal here - they’re waiting for the vineyard Caines planted to produce its first bottles, but meanwhile, there’s a state-of-the-art Wine Emotion dispense system allowing you to try great wines by the glass. Food is firmly of the fine-dining variety - this would be a great place to come for a special occasion.
Rooms: 21 bedrooms and suites. The biggest have outdoor soak tubs and fire pits. If you can afford it, spring for one with a balcony or terrace so you can enjoy a G&T, from your complimentary gin tray, outside overlooking the amazing views of the River Exe. There are also five Shepherds Huts in the grounds complete with fire pits, walk-in showers and private terraces.
Prices: Rooms from £395 for a garden room. A one night break with breakfast, dinner and Champagne in your room starts at £635
Great Milton, Oxfordshire
Raymond Blanc’s vision for his 15th century Cotswolds manor house has taken over 30 years to come to fruition and he’s still innovating. The kitchen gardens here are wholly organic and have been so way before it was popular, helping to direct the seasonality of the menu. It’s been the proud possessor of two Michelin stars ever since it opened and dining here you can see why. Throw yourself into the gourmet experience and go for one of the tasting menus of a six-course lunch or seven-course dinner. Either before or after your meal here, make time to enjoy a walk in the exquisite water gardens, created by the monks who were here in the 16th century.
If you fancy learning something while you're here there are both gardening and cookery schools on-site with state-of-the-art equipment.
Rooms: There are 32 rooms and suites.
Prices: Rooms start from £985 for bed and breakfast.
This 17th-century country house is in a beautiful spot, set just off the North Norfolk coast road. Owners Galton and Tracy Blackiston have been running things here since the Nineties and the restaurant's held a Michelin star for 20 consecutive years now.
Join fellow diners for canapes before dinner, which is served in one sitting, with a no-choice seven-course menu that changes daily. They make full use of local produce so you might find Wild sea bass from down the road in Lowestoft served up with a chicken butter sauce or a dessert of Morston Hall carrot cake. Breakfasts are full-on with kidneys and fried bread on the full English or opt for the hall's own smoked salmon with scrambled eggs.
Rooms: There are 13 bedrooms in total. You'll find seven in the main house and six garden suites in the grounds. Some have separate lounges and private patios, surrounded by lavender. A lot can be made up as twins, making this a useful place to come if you're travelling with friends, not partners.
Prices: Room rates start at £190 per person for their Dine and Dream package which includes dinner, bed and breakfast.
The Newt is what happens when a South African billionaire and his former Elle Deco Editor wife lavish an eye-watering amount of money on an English estate. Local and sustainable are the prevailing ethos at this working estate - they have acres of gardens supplying the hotel with food, a working cyder press, plus a bakery, butchery and cheese room.
The main restaurant, The Botanical Rooms, serves a menu packed with local produce. But there's also a cafe and gelateria to try in the extensive grounds.
Rooms: There are 23 rooms in either the main house or stable block and each come with fully stocked larders. They're beautifully designed - so much so, you may return to London life determined to give your own home a makeover. There are also 17 rooms in the farmyard now, some with their own steam pods.
Prices: Rates start from £385 per night in the main house, based on two sharing on a B&B basis. Rates include a mini larder as well as access to gardens, estate and spa facilities.
This mediaeval building used to be a coaching inn, so its revival as a hotel and restaurant seems perfectly apt. The thoughtful makeover is extremely stylish and the arrival of chef Merlin Labron-Johnson to run the restaurant here, Osip, cemented its place as a foodie destination. Come with a sense of adventure, as there are no menus.
Rooms: There are 12 rooms spread across a townhouse, cottage and forge. Expect lots of thoughtful touches, including the care package every guest gets on arrival - a foodie treasure trove including truckles of cheddar cheese from Black Cow Dairy, cider by Oliver Dowding and Peter’s Yard crackers.
Prices: Rooms start at £150 for a small bedroom in the Forge. Farmhouse breakfast in Osip is included. If you're having dinner, it's there's a menu du jour (£55) or six courses (£85) for lunch and at dinner there is a choice of six courses (£85) or nine courses which is £110.
There are now eight hotels in the Pig group (the most recent is their South Downs opening) but this was the original, opened in 2011 by Robin Hutson, fresh from having sold off his Hotel du Vin chain. In keeping with the group's ethos menus here are ultra-seasonal and locally sourced within 25 miles of the hotel. At this Pig the menu is split into dishes derived from food grown in the hotel’s kitchen garden or polytunnel, or from local ‘Forest & Solent’ produce. If you’re after something more casual grab a flatbread from the wood-fired oven out on the hotel’s terrace.
Rooms: The 31 rooms range from snug to the spacious Bert’s Box cabin in the hotel grounds. Minibars/larders serve a strong game with local beers, snacking salamis and retro sweets.
Prices: Rooms start from around £325 for the night, room-only.
Here, as the name suggests, the focus is firmly on wine. Owner Sir Peter Michael and his family have built up a cellar of 30,000 bottles from all over the world, including their own Californian winery. But food is a big deal too - head chef Tom Scade trained under John Williams at The Ritz and the large airy restaurant serves up a modern fine dining menu.
Rooms: There are 49 bedrooms in total. All are stacked with goodies like minibars filled with drinks and snacks and the larger bedrooms have four posters too.
Prices: Pick their Sunday Champagne deal and get unlimited Champagne during your stay (and a bottle to take home) for £375 for two.
This 19th-century manor house now has a new Executive chef to run its two restaurants, former head chef Ricki Weston. His work won him a Michelin star this year for a menu that uses 98% British ingredients. Choose between the more formal Dining Room with its tasting menu delights like Plum with custard and apple blossom or opt for the casual Grey's Brasserie with an a la carte menu that features dishes like Loch Duart salmon with poached salsify and sauce vierge.
The gardens here are lovely, and the spa does a good job of destressing frazzled urban folk.
Rooms: There are 23 rooms ranging from classic up to Grand Suite. We stayed in a suite which, frankly, was bigger than our flat in London and much better appointed.
Prices: Rates start at £279 for a room with breakfast and there's a Michelin Star Experience package for £734 which includes a tasting menu dinner for two in The Dining Room, and a bottle of Gusbourne in the room.
For owners Hugo and Olive Guest, the opening of Glebe House guesthouse, restaurant and smallholding really is a homecoming - Hugo grew up here with his parents running it as a B&B. Based on a hilltop, it's a three-mile walk from the house to the Jurassic Coast and an ideal base for a walking holiday.
Hugo trained as a chef at Sorella and The Marksman in London, and here you can expect all the produce to be either home or local-grown with a Tuscan accent to the menu. There's a regularly changing fixed menu here and recent dishes have included Venison sausage & plum ketchup, Wild mushroom tagliatelle and Hogget with beans, shallot, anchovy & chard. They also prepare picnics, which sound like a must.
Rooms: There are just six bedrooms, each with its own design with double or twin options available.
Prices: From £145 a night
If you haven't heard of Tommy Banks and this Yorkshire restaurant with rooms, where exactly have you been for the past five or so years? Liberally festooned with awards including a Michelin star, it's very much a family affair. The Banks have farmed these here parts for years and Tommy's brother James is head of front of house.
As for the food, it's a real field to plate operation - they grow loads of their own. There's just one tasting menu on offer with dishes like Aged Killeen, Seaweed and Winter Truffle to whet your appetite. The best thing about staying over is that you can enjoy some of the really inventive cocktails on their list using foraged ingredients they've then distilled, frozen or dried. Breakfasts are also a highlight.
Rooms: All nine rooms are out of the main building and have been designed by Tommy's mother Anne. Expect cosy interiors, the odd four-poster bed and copper baths.
Prices: From £280 per person - all bookings are for dinner, bed and breakfast.
This Cornish farmhouse combines a restaurant and bakery with a guesthouse. The folk behind it are chefs Tom Adams (Pitt Cue) and NYC’s April Bloomfield (The Spotted Pig) and it’s one of our own favourite places to be. Spend the day, wellies on, roaming the 66 acres before heading back to dinner in their converted barn where you’re likely to find meat from their own Mangalitza pigs on the menu in some form. Afterwards, hit up the marvellously stocked honesty bar. Breakfasts are legendary and there's a farm shop in the courtyard along with a courtyard cafe, so you can take loads of lovely produce home with you.
Rooms: 11 - a mixture of twins and doubles in both the farmhouse itself and adjacent grain store along with a self-contained cottage with two bedrooms that sleeps four. Bedrooms are comfortable and homely - on our second visit, the one we were in (Room 5) had beech leaf gin and fudge waiting for us.
Prices: From £195 per room for bed and breakfast.
Strachur, Argyll & Bute
Could there be a prettier spot than this Scottish restaurant on the shores of Loch Fyne? Looking out over the lake and with a ruined medieval castle in the background, it's the perfect - dare we say it - Insta-friendly getaway. Luckily the food more than lives up to its setting - Chef Pam Brunton is ex-The Greenhouse. There is an a-la-carte menu if you're hiking past here and want to pop in for a glass of great wine and oysters, but what you really want to do is book in for the full tasting menu. Dishes might include wild sea trout and green strawberries or local Isle of Bute Lamb served up with new season garlic and kale. We also love their kids' menu complete with bento boxes.
The dining room is gorgeous. On a summer's evening when the sun barely sets, it's flooded with light. On a winter's evening, you can hunker down next to the wood-burning stove. Make sure to spend time in their lovely bar - where you can try their own beer, brewed in partnership with local brewery Fyne Ales.
Rooms: Overnight accommodation is in four luxury bothies next to the restaurant. The best thing is that you'll be brought a picnic breakfast basket in the morning with their homemade sourdough bread, fresh local eggs, and juices from the fruit and veg they grow themselves.
Prices: From £185 per room for bed and breakfast - but dinner must be booked too.
Ormskirk, West Lancashire
Moor Hall is so old they think it pre-dates the Norman Conquest. But while the building is ancient, its transformation into one of the UK's top restaurants with rooms is very much of the moment. Chef Mark Birchall was formerly Executive Chef at L’Enclume and since his arrival, the main restaurant has picked up no fewer than two Michelin stars, 5 AA Rosettes and was voted Restaurant of the Year’ for the second time at the National Restaurant Awards 2021.
The main 50-seat restaurant serves up modern British cuisine, wherever possible using produce grown on the five-acre Moor Hall site, or from local suppliers - think dishes like Baked carrots served up with Doddington cheese, chrysanthemum and sea buckthorn. The Barn is their 65-seat informal dining room and got its first Michelin star in 2022. If you’re after 60 Day aged Jersey beef tartare with Jerusalem artichoke and nasturtium head here. You'll also find a children's menu here too. There's also a small dairy, bakery, meat-ageing and curing room and a mini brewery on site.
Rooms: They have seven bedrooms - five located in the main Hall with a further two in the gatehouse by the lake. They're beautifully decorated - cosy up in one of their window seats while you gaze across the lake - and have all the mod cons like a Nespresso machine too.
Prices: Prices range from £250-£500 per night and include breakfast in The Barn.
Paul Ainsworth is synonymous with Cornwall seaside town Padstow (as well as a certain Rick Stein), where he has three places to eat. His main restaurant is Paul Ainsworth at No 6 - the Michelin-starred restaurant in a Georgian townhouse that focuses on British cuisine while using all the local produce that Cornwall produces. Alternatively, he also runs Caffè Rojano serving up seasonal small plates and, just across the bay, is his pub The Mariners.
While these places don't have rooms themselves, Ainsworth also owns the nearby Padstow Townhouse. There's no full restaurant on the site (although breakfast is served) but there is a stocked kitchen with an honesty box system, and you're delivered a flask of hot chocolate in the evening. It's only a short 5-minute walk to No 6 from the Townhouse, they'll take you there in an electric BMW if you fancy.
Rooms: There are six suites in the Townhouse, with each room given an individual theme - and each room has a huge TV with an Apple TV if you need a lie-in.
Prices: Rooms from £325 per night for bed and breakfast hamper with a two-night minimum stay.
This Scottish spot is relaxed, but also Michelin-starred, and big on local produce but Chef Proprietor Geoffrey Smeddle also takes a modern approach to dishes. You can lunch at this countryside restaurant with rooms incredibly well on a set dinner menu but if you've come all this way you might as well push the boat out with their tasting menu. Recent dishes have included Hay-baked onion with braised ox cheek, wild garlic, grain mustard, onion cream and black truffle
Rooms: There are eight suites, all light and bright and most with sitting areas. Best of all you're met with a decanter of sherry and chocolate brownies. Breakfast is served in your room and it's a continental affair which is a good job as you'll probably still be full from the night before.
Prices: Rooms start at £225 for a single room per night, including breakfast. Dinner bed and breakfast mid-week is £390.
If there's one thing that's always mentioned in pieces on Sat Bains, it's the unprepossessing location for the chef's Nottingham-based restaurant. But while it might have views of electricity pylons rather than rolling hills, a visit here is a must for any UK restaurant obsessive. With two Michelin stars under their belts, Sat and his Head Chef John Freeman curate an amazing food experience. There is just a single 10-course tasting menu option.
If you really want to get in on the action, book either the Chefs Table or Kitchen Bench. The first is private dining room style looking onto the Savoury Kitchen, the other is a high bench actually in the pastry kitchen. If the weather's good, you might have time to have pre or post-dinner drinks in the restaurant's courtyard garden - ask to see their kitchen garden which, even in this tiny urban space produces almost half of the salad and herbs they use here.
Rooms: There are eight bedrooms. Some are upstairs from the restaurant, others are accessed through the garden. You'll find homemade biscuits waiting for you and Aesop toiletries in the bathroom.
Prices: Rooms start at £180 for bed and breakfast. Bookings open for dinner and rooms a month in advance.
The opening of The Seafood Restaurant back in 1975 was the start of the transformation of this fishing port into Padstein - a place of pilgrimage for foodies who worshipped at the altar of TV chef Rick Stein. Kick off a meal here with some freshly shucked Oysters Charentaise before moving onto lobster thermidor or maybe Singapore Chilli Crab. If you prefer to see a bit of food as theatre - there are walk-in spaces at the seafood bar for a spot of counter dining and the rooftop terrace is super in the sunshine.
Rooms: There are 16 rooms upstairs from the restaurant. Some have private rooftop terraces, many have glorious Estuary views and all are stocked with Jill Stein's own-label toiletries and homemade biscuits. If there's no room at the inn/restaurant, the Steins have seven other locations around the village to choose from, some of which are self-catering. It's dog and family-friendly and if you fancy going crabbing yourself, they'll provide you with lines and buckets.
Prices: Package prices for stays including dinner at the restaurant start at around £400
For more than 30 years, the team at this magical Scottish restaurant with rooms have been serving exceptional food in extraordinary surroundings. And what a setting it is, overlooking Loch Dunvegan. Running the kitchen is Head Chef Scott Davies who serves up dishes like cured salmon with Douglas Fir and local Black Isle beef with parsley and onions. For the full immersive experience, book yourself a seat at the Chef's Table.
Rooms: There are six large suites in the separate House Over-By next door to the restaurant. Guests enjoy loads of lovely touches, like afternoon tea trays in the room, binoculars for seal spotting and a full Scottish breakfast.
Prices: Rooms start at £365 per night, including a full Scottish breakfast and afternoon tea tray.
Chef Chris Harrod came to Wales from Le Manoir aux Quat’ Saisons and was rewarded for his work here with a Michelin star not quite a year after opening. Here, the commitment to cooking locally embraces foraging, with ingredients found in the nearby countryside in every dish. It’s a handy place to stay if you’re planning on coming to the Abergavenny Food Festival, but don’t want to be right in the madness. Don’t forget to pop into Trealy Farm’s shop just down the road for some top charcuterie too.
Rooms: There are eight rooms all recently refurbished and you can expect to receive a tray of warm Welsh teacakes and tea in your room on check-in.
Prices: From £360 to £425 for dinner, bed and breakfast, based on two sharing
Ingredient Led, Flavour Driven, Fat Fuelled, Meat Obsessed. That's how Ynyshir sets out its stall. Chef Patron Gareth Ward wants his restaurant with rooms out in the heart of the Welsh countryside, to be somewhere all foodies have on their to-do lists. Now he has two Michelin stars and five AA rosettes to show for his efforts. The intimate dining room has room for just 20, or you could opt for the kitchen table set within the pastry section or book the bench table right in the heart of the kitchen. Expect a multi-course dining experience (the kitchen tables get up to 19 courses on their surprise menu) using amazing local produce - this is the kind of place that distils its own birch syrup and pickles wild garlic from the local woods harvested for pickles.
Rooms: There are 10 bedrooms, seven in the main house and three out in the garden. All are beautifully decorated - the bathrooms are given particular attention - and some even have log burning stoves in them. They also have three tipis in the grounds, complete with log burners and hot tubs.
Prices: Dinner, bed and breakfast starts at £495 per person.
Hetton, North Yorkshire
This already-famous inn got a big boost (and a Michelin star) when chef Michael Wignall bought the place with his wife. Wignall, who was previously at Pennyhill Park and then Gidleigh Park has been running two Michelin-starred restaurants for over two decades. As for food, you get an idea from this recent dish - Wakame cured Arctic char with English wasabi, trout roe & barbequed bone broth.
Breakfast has also been given an overhaul and if you're a vegetarian who wants a full English, you can here with a platter that includes a beetroot black pudding.
Rooms: There are now 15 bedrooms here, spread across the main house, an adjoining barn and cottage. There are also family suites too and a children's menu is available in the restaurant.
Prices: Gourmet getaways start at £430 per room which includes a three-course dinner.
The Bull Inn is the fourth organic pub to be opened by Geetie Singh-Watson, who you may know from being responsible for London’s first organic pub, the Duke of Cambridge in Islington. Here, as you might expect, the food is all about what's local, season and ethical. Of course, it doesn't hurt when it comes to finding those great suppliers, that Geetie’s husband is Guy Watson of Riverford Farms.
Lunch is tapas-style, and for dinner, it switches up to a two or three-course menu with dishes like Roast cauliflower with skordalia, chard, goats curd, hazelnut and picada. There's also alfresco dining outside in the town square.
Rooms: There are eight rooms in total, some big enough for families. They're simply furnished, but very comfortable.
Prices: Book a two-night dinner bed and breakfast stay from £340.
Lower Chicksgrove, Cotswolds
Given owner Ben Maschler's background, it should come as no surprise that this Cotswolds pub is worth a trek for foodies. Maschler was part of the team that reinvigorated The Drapers Arms in Islington, his mum Fay was The Standard's food critic for decades and even his Aunt, Beth runs an award-winning pub - The Wells in Hampstead. Hospitality and a keen sense of what people want to eat runs in the blood.
The menu changes daily, so you're always sure of something new to try whether it's Cured Chicksgrove beef fillet, celeriac rémoulade in the restaurant or a Green chilli cheeseburger with adobo sauce, pickled jalapeños and Ogleshield cheese in the pub. If there’s a scotch egg on the bar snacks menu, make sure you order it. The wine list is similarly impressive - and it's nice to see so much available by the glass and carafe.
Rooms: There are four rooms above the pub - three doubles and a family room - along with a separate cottage next to the pub which sleeps four. All are simply but beautifully decorated - think sisal floors, old beams and wool blankets on the beds.
Prices: Rooms start at £95 for a double room with breakfast.
The Street, Little Dunmow, Dunmow CM6 3HT
Chef Paul Croasdale is in charge of the kitchen at this historic country pub. The former head chef of Alyn Williams at the Westbury is serving up a local, seasonal menu in an informal setting. The set lunch is a bargain, but you'll get the really good stuff if you go for the tasting menu like the Miso glazed Flitch of Bacon with roast hand-dived scallop and sand carrots.
Rooms: Each of the three rooms at the inn is named after a rare breed of pig. Choose from Oxford Sandy & Black, Gloucester Old Spot or British Saddleback. They all have Nespresso machines and flat-screen TVs.
Prices: Rooms start at £120.
This Lancashire hostelry dubs itself a pub with rooms and sometimes a restropub. Unlike many other gussied up inns, it's still very much a place where someone can sit down with a pint and a bag of crisps if they choose. But if they do decide to opt for chef-patron Steven Smith's food, they'll be glad they did. There's a reason why this has been in the top 10 of the UK's Top 50 Gastropubs list for a while now. Smith takes locally sourced ingredients but isn't afraid to go further for produce or influences - so menus might include Goosnargh chicken featuring Wiswell fried buttermilk thigh, house noodles, Thai green curry sauce, sweet and sour greens. There's also a thoughtful children's menu on offer as well.
The Mr Smith's interactive kitchen space also offers two ways to experience the heart of the action with a kitchen table and a kitchen bench open for bookings. You can even try your hand at being a chef for the day.
Rooms: There are four rooms at the pub and packages which include dinner run from £220 to £330 a night.
Chef and owner Stephen Terry trained up under Marco Pierre White at the legendary Harvey's and used to own the nearby Walnut Tree here in Abergavenny before taking on The Hardwick. Here he turns out modern Welsh food that's unfussy but very well executed. A good example is their A taste of Brecon lamb which features slow-cooked shoulder, ragu & crispy belly with Italian broad beans, peas, Wye Valley asparagus, potato gnocchi, salsa verde and braising juices. There's also maybe the best children's menu we've ever seen. If you overindulge, and it's easily done, there are plenty of epic walks and hikes in the nearby Brecon Beacons to keep you active.
Rooms: There are eight double rooms - one of which can be made into a twin - set in a modern extension to the pub. They're fresh and modern, with views over the countryside and the biggest have walk-in showers. And yes you get, what they describe as "a tidy full Welsh breakfast".
Prices: Rooms start at £160 a night, room only.
If you're desperate for a break from city life, but want to stay somewhere that serves up the kind of dishes cooked over wood that you know and love from your favourite London restaurants, then The Mash Inn is the place for you. Set in the stupidly pretty hamlet of Bennett End, this 18th-century inn has, over the past few years, redefined what the English country inn has to offer. Owner Nick Mash's family have farmed in this area for over 150 years so he was keen to create a place where much of what they serve up could be plucked from the inn's kitchen garden just hours before.
Chef Jon Parry is the man firing up the wood-burning stove. Here in his open kitchen, overlooking the small but perfectly formed dining room, the tasting menu might feature Black truffle and Bix pizzetta or Pumpkin and Blood Orange Macarons.
Rooms: The inn has six bedrooms - four above the restaurant and two Garden Rooms. They're simply furnished but have gorgeous toiletries. Best of all, staying here means a great breakfast in bed the next morning.
Prices: Rooms start at £395 for dinner bed and breakfast.
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