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10 gastropubs to get your mouth watering

15/06/2015

© The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

Here at the Good Hotel Guide we love our food. From mustard to custard, from roast gammon to fresh salmon – we have high standards for every dish. So our top 10 gastropubs with rooms in the UK are really something to get your teeth into.

© The Feathered Nest

The Feathered Nest

Right in the heart of the Cotswolds, in an area of outstanding natural beauty, is The Feathered Nest, a former malt house and now a welcoming country inn.

It offers 3 AA Rosette award-winning modern food which you can savour in the pub, restaurant or patio areas, perhaps locally-sourced Suckling Pig pie with carrot, quinoa, cabbage and calvados. There is an eclectic wine list with more than 240 carefully-chosen bins from around the world.

© The Feathered Nest

The pub has four beautifully decorated bedrooms so you can stay a while and enjoy its picturesque setting in the village of Nether Westcote. Rooms are furnished with antiques and comfortable beds and well equipped with a flat screen TV, DVD player, tea and coffee- making facilities and wifi - plus lovely fluffy robes and towels.

© The Feathered Nest

© The Felin Fach Griffin

The Felin Fach Griffin

The Felin Fach Griffin, a dining pub with rooms, nestles near the book town of Hay-on-Wye between The Black Mountains and The Brecon Beacons, and not far from the market towns of Abergavenny and Crickhowell.  

Delicious food is simple, seasonal and local - In winter you might have venison from the nearby Welsh Venison Centre, or in summer Welsh lamb with peas picked that morning from the pub’s kitchen garden. Dine in a choice of rooms – perhaps digging into Cefnllan chicken breast, pomme purée, Jerusalem artichoke, and cavolo nero.  

© The Felin Fach Griffin

There are seven bright and airy bedrooms – two with four-poster beds – and all with fresh flowers, home-made biscuits, White Company toiletries, local art and photography, Robert radios and warm, Welsh blankets.


© The Sun Inn

The Sun Inn

In the middle of beautiful Constable Country in picturesque Dedham village is The Sun Inn. For centuries it’s been a resting post for travellers – and it’s still a perfect spot for a drink, a meal and a good night’s sleep.

Most food comes from the East Anglia region – from local growers, farmers or day boats in Mersea and there’s a strong Italian influence. Summer dishes might include leg of Salt Marsh lamb, aubergines, pinenuts, sultanas, tomatoes and basil.

© The Sun Inn

There are seven bedrooms with enchanting names, including a four-poster room (called Elsa), with facilities including proper coffee, flapjacks, flat screen TV, digital radio, iPod and Miller Harris toiletries. Guests have free use of bikes – and picnics can be prepared for exploration adventures!

© The Sun Inn

© The Gurnard’s Head

The Gurnard’s Head

On Cornwall's Atlantic coast, one of the country’s most dramatic coastlines, is The Gurnard’s Head – the ideal place for kicking back and chilling out.  Enjoy the awe-inspiring landscape, breathe in the fresh salty air, dine on tasty treats and sleep deeply at the yellow-painted inn.

© The Gurnard’s Head

Eat in the bar, with its warming log fire, head to the red and blue dining room or in fine weather enjoy your food in the sunny garden. The menu changes daily and offers seasonal fresh produce – so you might find Primrose Herd pork tenderloin, squash risotto, chard, sage and lemon.

There are seven bedrooms, with great views of the sea or the sheep-flecked moors.  Wake up to the gentle sound of the cows walking to be milked before enjoying a locally-inspired breakfast with Cornish yoghurt, house-made jams, local apple juice, toast you make when you want it and a choice of kippers or a full English breakfast.


© The Horse and Groom

The Horse and Groom

If you’re planning a trip to the Cotswolds, then The Horse and Groom could be the ideal spot to stay with sumptuous B&B accommodation in individually styled bedrooms,  in the pretty village of Bourton-on-the-Hill.

© The Horse and Groom

The pub grows much of its own fruit and vegetables and the emphasis is on natural flavours from local products. A blackboard menu means the talented chef can create daily specials with the ingredients of the day – such as slow-cooked crispy ‘old spot’ pork belly, charred aubergine purée with tomatoes, shallots and oregano. (Wash this down with local beer and wine).

There are five stylish, well-equipped double rooms to retire to after your evening meal for a sound sleep before continuing your Cotswold sojourn.

© The Horse and Groom

© The Cat Inn

The Cat Inn

The friendly Cat Inn, dating back to the 16th-century,  is in a village on a spur of the Weald amongst sprawling Sussex countryside with lots of historic local attractions to visit and steam trains to ride at the Bluebell Railway.

© The Cat Inn

Dishes are locally-sourced with special Cat Classics such as the hearty steak, mushroom and ale pie with chips or mash and Sussex vegetables.  The pub’s Verre du Vin system allows it to offer a wide range of wine by the glass including some local sparkling wines.

The four en-suite bedrooms are bright, pretty and well-equipped with tea and coffee-making facilities, soft bathrobes, Bramley toiletries and comfortable beds to dive into after an enjoyable day.

© The Cat Inn

© The Royal Oak

The Royal Oak 

The perfect base for walkers, race-goers and motorsport enthusiasts, The Royal Oak restaurant with rooms is tucked away in East Lavant at the foot of the South Downs and very near to Goodwood.

© The Royal Oak

The menu is based around interesting, contemporary food  - firm favourites with a modern twist - using local produce including smoked salmon, Selsey Crab, venison and pheasant. Tuck into roast rump of South Downs lamb with meli-melo of spring vegetables, wild garlic crushed potatoes and a lamb reduction followed by home-made award-winning ice cream.  Choose from nearly 100 wines from both the Old and New Worlds, or opt for a pint of cask ale or a glass of champagne cider.

© The Royal Oak

The five bedrooms and two self-catering cottages have modern necessities such as iPod docking, free wifi and flat screen TVs plus the finishing touches of local aromatherapy toiletries, DVDs, books and games.

© The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

You may not know this but the River Thames starts miles away from London - in the quiet Cotswolds flowing gently through beautiful countryside – and right by The Trout at Tadpole Bridge. The historic pub with rooms is just by The Thames Path for  riverside walks and has berthing for boats.

© The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

Dine in the flag-stoned bar area, with log burners and Cotswold character, or in good weather eat outside, watching the riverside scene. Daily changing specials at the pub have an emphasis on fish, shellfish and local game, such as a main of fillet of sea bass, red chicory, pancetta, runner beans, celeriac and garlic puree plus the old favourites of  fish and chips, pie of the day and Ribeye steak.

© The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

The pub has six bedrooms – all quite different – but all well-equipped with flat screen TVs, DVD, radio, wifi and toiletries. Breakfast choices include porridge with a hint of Drambuie (gets you ready for the day ahead) plus a full English with Kelmscott bacon and sausages.

© The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

© The Victoria

The Victoria

In London, but just a few minutes’ walk from the restful Richmond Park, is The Victoria, a delightful old- English pub with stylish, modern accommodation and a welcoming atmosphere.

It is owned by celebrity chef Paul Merrett and restaurateur Greg Bellamy. High quality, imaginative dishes might include Richmond Park nettle risotto, chargrilled English asparagus, crispy poached egg and pecorino. The pub offers a Saturday brunch menu, children’s options (and play area) and there’s a wide range of wine to choose from by the glass, from around the world.

© The Victoria

The Victoria has seven bedrooms, which are particularly well-located if you’re off to an event at Twickenham, Kew Gardens, Hampton Court or Wimbledon.  The rooms all have modern facilities with tea and coffee-making equipment, flat screen TVs, digital radio - plus home-made cookies to enjoy at your leisure.

© The Victoria

The Bildeston Crown

© The Bildeston Crown



For a true taste of English hospitality, try The Bildeston Crown, an original timber-framed public house, restaurant and hotel that was formerly a coaching inn in the 15th century. Renovated and restored, it’s now full of original character – beams, antiques and open fires – and ideally suited for exploring Suffolk’s picturesque countryside.

The menu is fresh, tasty and brasserie style – and you can dine in the bar, brasserie or the restaurant, Inghams – maybe trying the rack of Suffolk lamb, parsley crumb, gratin dauphinoise, peas and almond broccoli for main and then, after dessert, perusing the extensive cheese .

There are 12 bedrooms with gorgeous character features to choose from:  four-poster beds, sleigh beds, uneven ceilings and some rooms with terraces too. All rooms have a flat screen TVs, wifi, a music system, Elemis toiletries, and bath robes to relax in.

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