Inn Places features Britain’s Best Inns
29 September 2016
The finalists for the Great British Pub Awards 2016 have recently been announced
and it is gratifying to see so many of our handpicked favourites make the shortlist.
Better still a new ‘inn’ category has been created this year to celebrate the growth
of Britain’s superb pubs with rooms
. Featured below are some of our contenders
for this prestigious title, we wish them the best of luck!
a fabulous venue for all times of year. A renovated 17th-century corn mill hidden
in the folds of the wooded Shibden Valley, overlooking the babbling Red Beck
– a truly peaceful spot just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Halifax.
housed monks who tended a medicinal herb garden down the road. It remains
very much a village pub with log fires, scrubbed wooden tables, well-kept ales
and a seasonal British menu, plus four stylish bedrooms tucked away upstairs
that reveal someone’s keen eye for design. And all the fun of Brighton is only a
15-minute drive away.
Staithe is one of the best along the North Norfolk coast, decked in nude pine,
seaside stripes and boaty nicknacks. Innovative menus are big on seafood,
notably mussels and oysters fattened in local creeks, and impeccably sourced
fish and game. Sea-breezy modern bedrooms are perfectly shipshape to tumble
into when you’re done.
perfect hideaway: the Bull & Swan a low-slung tavern from 1624, complete with
honey-stone gables, mullioned windows and picturesque coaching arch. The
location could scarcely be better: just a five-minute stroll from the high street
and riverside meadows, but with the galloping grounds of Burghley House for
a back garden.
glamorous bedrooms by passionate owners, who have brought it bang up to
date and added some genuine personality to the old building via quirky
(but tasteful) décor. TOTI (Taste of the Inn), a shop and delicatessen, oozes
characteristic style and rustic charm.
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