Wine dine and recline: The UK’s best restaurants-with-rooms

  • Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
    Dinner: £111 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £140 per night
    The “strange” city-fringe location is a bit “Crossroads Motel”… but “once you’re inside you can’t see the flyover and pylons”, from Sat Bains’s famous restaurant-with-rooms; “you’re here for the kitchen”, and the food is indeed “incredible” – just like the prices!
  • The Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouthshire
    Dinner and a night's stay from £214 (excluding drinks)
    “As good as ever under new ownership”, this celebrated restaurant-with-rooms, with a “heavenly” location in the Wye Valley, is back with a bang – service still seems to be settling in, but the “intricate and very well balanced” cooking is “stunningly good”.
  • Tyddyn Llan, Llandrilllo
    Dinner: £76 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £180 per night
    “A great destination”; Bryan & Susan Webb’s “special” country house hotel has a “lovely” and “remote” rural location, and won Wales’s highest rating for cuisine this year – “top-class” food (and “not just in token portions either!”), and “complemented by a superb wine list”.
  • Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale
    Dinner: £75 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £159 per night
    “A delightful experience from beginning to end”; a “romantic” historically-housed hotel whose 15th-century hall makes a “beautiful” setting in which to dine; the food is usually “superb” too.
  • Holbeck Ghyll, Windermere
    Dinner: £90 pp with wine & service.
    Rooms from: £160 per night
    “The views are just amazing”, from this “sumptuous” former hunting lodge, overlooking Windermere; for the most part, reports are a hymn of praise to its “superb” cuisine and “professional” style, but some reporters do find the style “a little starchy and traditional”.
  • The Pig, Brockenhurst
    Dinner: £55 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £149 per night
    “A little out of the way, but worth the effort to visit”, this New Forest country house and dining room wins particular acclaim for its “very chilled” style and “enthusiastic” staff, although the “impeccably sourced” food (with pork dishes a speciality) is good too.
  • Raby Hunt, Summerhouse
    Dinner: £75 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £125 per night
    “Best food we’d eaten anywhere this year!”; James Close’s restaurant-with-rooms dishes up “wonderful combinations of taste and texture”, winning unanimous rave reviews for this “emerging star” – “off the beaten track, but worth a trip”.
  • Little Barwick House, Barwick
    Dinner: £68 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £50 per night
    “Breathtaking attention to detail” makes Tim & Emma Ford’s “lovely” restaurant-with-rooms a “brilliant find” for all who comment on it; it can sometimes seem a touch “formal”.
  • Northcote, Langho
    Dinner: £80 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £260 per night
    “Improved , even if it is flashier!” – after some “terrific renovations”, including a new kitchen, the North West’s most prominent restaurant-with-rooms “has moved up a gear” (and it was no slouch before); Lisa Allen’s cooking is “truly gorgeous”, and the “brilliantly compiled” wine list a major attraction in its own right.
  • Yalbury Cottage, Lower Bockhampton
    Dinner: £53 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £99 per night
    “Truly wow”, “the best meal we’ve eaten in a long time”… there’s no let-up in superlatives for Ariane & Jamie Jones’s “wonderful” (and remote) restaurant-with-rooms; only problem? – “you wants to eat everything”, so “pace yourself to leave room for the wonderful puds!”
  • L'Enclume, Cartmel
    Dinner: £122 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £150 per night
    “In the shadow of the ancient Cartmel Priory”, Simon Rogan’s “stunning” former smithy provides the setting for “an unforgettable and superlative experience”, but not a formal one; “the staff notice everything”, and the “adventurous but ungimmicky” cuisine is “constantly improving”.
  • Waterside Inn, Bray
    Dinner: £200 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £560 per night
    “Champagne and canapés by the Thames can’t fail to seduce” – the Roux family’s “magical” haven is at its romantic zenith on a sunny day; “it may not be at the culinary cutting edge”, but a meal here offers a “divine” combination of “sumptuous” classic cuisine and “seemless” service; the bill? – “heart-stopping”.
  • Checkers, Montgomery
    Dinner: £64 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £135 per night
    An “outstanding” restaurant-with-rooms that’s not just “by far the best place to eat (and stay) for miles around”, but of a quality that’s “very unexpected” – chef-proprietors “Stéphane Borie & Sarah Francis used to work at the Waterside Inn, and you get very similar quality at a fraction of the price!
  • Mr Underhill's, Ludlow
    Dinner: £90 pp with wine & service
    Rooms from: £220 per night
    “The Bradleys are consummate hosts” and their “gorgeous” riverside restaurant-with-rooms “does everything incredibly well, but in a confident, relaxed and low-key kind of way”, not least cuisine that’s “creative without being silly or pretentious”.

Wine, dine and then recline. It’s a perfect combination. After all, how often have each of us wished we weren’t facing a car ride or train journey home after a great meal? But ‘restaurants-with-rooms’ are more than just convenient, they are destinations. A way to get out of the city or to celebrate an occasion and, of course, to experience dining out as part of a total experience. So, this week, we bring you the UK’s best restaurants-with-rooms…

 

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Hipping Hall, Kirkby Lonsdale, Cumbria

Dinner: £75 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £159 per night

“A delightful experience from beginning to end”; a “romantic” historically-housed hotel whose 15th-century hall makes a “beautiful” setting in which to dine; the food is usually “superb” too.

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hotel-exteriorHolbeck Ghyll, Windermere

Dinner: £90 pp with wine & service.

Rooms from: £160 per night

“The views are just amazing”, from this “sumptuous” former hunting lodge, overlooking Windermere; for the most part, reports are a hymn of praise to its “superb” cuisine and “professional” style, but some reporters do find the style “a little starchy and traditional”.


Exterior_of_THE_PIGThe Pig, Brockenhurst

Dinner: £55 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £149 per night

“A little out of the way, but worth the effort to visit”, this New Forest country house and dining room wins particular acclaim for its “very chilled” style and “enthusiastic” staff, although the “impeccably sourced” food (with pork dishes a speciality) is good too.

 

raby huntRaby Hunt, Summerhouse

Dinner: £75 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £125 per night

“Best food we’d eaten anywhere this year!”; James Close’s restaurant-with-rooms dishes up “wonderful combinations of taste and texture”, winning unanimous rave reviews for this “emerging star” – “off the beaten track, but worth a trip”.

9bLittle Barwick House, Barwick

Dinner: £68 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £50 per night

“Breathtaking attention to detail” makes Tim & Emma Ford’s “lovely” restaurant-with-rooms a “brilliant find” for all who comment on it; it can sometimes seem a touch “formal”.

experience-voucher-1170x650Northcote, Langho

Dinner: £80 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £260 per night

“Improved , even if it is flashier!” – after some “terrific renovations”, including a new kitchen, the North West’s most prominent restaurant-with-rooms “has moved up a gear” (and it was no slouch before); Lisa Allen’s cooking is “truly gorgeous”, and the “brilliantly compiled” wine list a major attraction in its own right.


mr underhillsMr Underhill’s, Ludlow

Dinner: £90 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £220 per night

“The Bradleys are consummate hosts” and their “gorgeous” riverside restaurant-with-rooms “does everything incredibly well, but in a confident, relaxed and low-key kind of way”, not least cuisine that’s “creative without being silly or pretentious”.

yalbury-cottageYalbury Cottage, Lower Bockhampton

Dinner: £53 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £99 per night

“Truly wow”, “the best meal we’ve eaten in a long time”… there’s no let-up in superlatives for Ariane & Jamie Jones’s “wonderful” (and remote) restaurant-with-rooms; only problem? – “you wants to eat everything”, so “pace yourself to leave room for the wonderful puds!”


TST loungeCheckers, Montgomery

Dinner: £64 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £135 per night

An “outstanding” restaurant-with-rooms that’s not just “by far the best place to eat (and stay) for miles around”, but of a quality that’s “very unexpected” – chef-proprietors “Stéphane Borie & Sarah Francis used to work at the Waterside Inn, and you get very similar quality at a fraction of the price!”

L_enclume_2410251bL’Enclume, Cartmel

Dinner: £122 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £150 per night

“In the shadow of the ancient Cartmel Priory”, Simon Rogan’s “stunning” former smithy provides the setting for “an unforgettable and superlative experience”, but not a formal one; “the staff notice everything”, and the “adventurous but ungimmicky” cuisine is “constantly improving”.

waterside_michelin_restaurant_thames_bray_1Waterside Inn, Bray

Dinner: £200 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £560 per night

“Champagne and canapés by the Thames can’t fail to seduce” – the Roux family’s “magical” haven is at its romantic zenith on a sunny day; “it may not be at the culinary cutting edge”, but a meal here offers a “divine” combination of “sumptuous” classic cuisine and “seemless” service; the bill? – “heart-stopping”.

3118bc3f13a1Tyddyn Llan, Llandrilllo

Dinner: £76 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £180 per night

“A great destination”; Bryan & Susan Webb’s “special” country house hotel has a “lovely” and “remote” rural location, and won Wales’s highest rating for cuisine this year – “top-class” food (and “not just in token portions either!”), and “complemented by a superb wine list”.


SatBains_0077Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham

Dinner: £111 pp with wine & service

Rooms from: £140 per night

The “strange” city-fringe location is a bit “Crossroads Motel”… but “once you’re inside you can’t see the flyover and pylons”, from Sat Bains’s famous restaurant-with-rooms; “you’re here for the kitchen”, and the food is indeed “incredible” – just like the prices!

crown at whitebrookThe Crown at Whitebrook, Whitebrook, Monmouthshire

Dinner and a night’s stay from £214 (excluding drinks)

“As good as ever under new ownership”, this celebrated restaurant-with-rooms, with a “heavenly” location in the Wye Valley, is back with a bang – service still seems to be settling in, but the “intricate and very well balanced” cooking is “stunningly good”.

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