Fabulous Foodie Inns

31 October 2016

If you’re a passionate foodie and love to combine great food and drink with a
relaxing break away, then you’ll love these fabulous destination dining pubs
with rooms, all operated by talented and inspirational chef-patrons. Three
have been awarded a Michelin Star, all feature well in the Good Food Guide,
and all offer exciting seasonal menus brimming with local ingredients from
artisan producers. Escape, treat yourself, linger over a memorable dinner,
explore the wine list and retire to a comfortable room at one of these top
foodie inns.

The Star at Harome, North Yorkshire
You know you’ve landed somewhere special when you spot the thatch on the long,
low roof of the smartly whitewashed Star Inn, a 15th century pub perched on the
edge of the North Yorks Moors. Chef-owner Andrew Pern won the first Michelin
star for Yorkshire and has been delighting us ever since, his ever-changing seasonal
menus are sensational, drawing on the rich larder of local produce, especially game
from the moors. It’s hard to leave the Star, so book one of the quirky, super
comfortable rooms across the road and explore the wine list.
Read more about this pubs with rooms in Harome, North Yorkshire


The Hardwick, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Set beside a lonely road in deepest Monmouthshire, The Hardwick has been
transformed into a culinary oasis by talented chef Stephen Terry and wife Jo.
Sublime modern British cooking and exciting menus, which bristle with top-notch
local ingredients, draws foodies from far and wide, but despite the emphasis on
food it is still very much a relaxed and informal pub with a comfortable-rustic bar.
Smart rooms in a stunning new build behind the inn provide a welcome bed for
weary gastronomes.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Abergavenny, Monmouthsire 


The Red Lion, East Chisenbury, Wiltshire

Set the Sat Nav to find this 18th-century thatched free house hidden away in
rolling downland on the edge of Salisbury Plain. It will be worth it, as sleepy
East Chisenbury is a gorgeous village and the thatched Red Lion is so much
more than the rustic rural local it looks from the outside. It’s a culinary oasis
deep in the Wiltshire countryside – Guy Manning’s exemplary cooking was
awarded a Michelin Star in 2013. The five stunning rooms are the icing on the
cake at this rural hideaway. Special indeed.
Read more about this pub with rooms in East Chisenbury, Wiltshire

The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxfordshire
Emily Watkins has firmly established the Kingham Plough at the forefront of
the Great British food scene. Emily arrived with a stellar CV, having previously
been Sous Chef at Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous Fat Duck and her truly
innovative modern British menu has transformed the pub into a destination
food-driven inn. The ethos here is all about seasonal and locally sourced
ingredients. Newly revamped rooms complete a very pleasing picture. A
The Ingham Swan, Ingham, Norfolk
Head to this part of Norfolk, where the coast meets the Broads, and you’ll find
a historic inn of character and conviction, where the experience of the chef-owner
Daniel Smith results in a first-class dining experience. Expect ancient beams, brick
and flint walls and a fire glowing in the grate, good modern cooking using Norfolk
produce, including fantastic ingredients from a local farm, and four chic and
contemporary bedrooms in the converted stables.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Ingham, Norfolk

The Pipe & Glass, South Dalton, East Yorkshire
Expect high standards across the board at James & Kate Mackenzie’s handsome
17th-century country inn tucked away in a postcard-pretty village in the Yorkshire
Wolds. James cooks exciting pub food, his inventive menus built around top-notch
Yorkshire produce, and he has held a coveted Michelin star since 2010. Splash out
at the chef’s table or curl up by one of the roaring fires after a walk, with a pint and
a plate of Yorkshire rarebit, then retire to one of the gorgeous rooms – they’re the

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