Hotels and Inns with Good Food
One of the best things about a break away at a country inn is the food. On this page you will find goumet inns, gastro pubs, restaurants with rooms and hotels for foodies, all of which boast restaurants that have won awards for good food, whether it be AA rosettes, Michelin stars or other dining awards.
The Good Pub Guide have recently selected their Dining Pubs of the Year for 2013 and we have handpicked 10 of these, where not only can you enjoy their award-winning food, you can also stay over! No need to book a taxi or draw straws for who is going to drive: stay overnight at one of these inns and enjoy a truly relaxing evening. So please browse our selection of gourmet hotels and inns with award winning restaurants below.
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Sir Christopher Wren Hotel and Spa, Windsor
Steeped in history and overlooked by Windsor Castle, this hotel boasts an award winning restaurant overlooking the River Thames. In summer the restaurant is extended outside onto the terrace so guests can dine and soak up the unique atmosphere.
Newbury Manor, Newbury
'The Restaurant' at Newbury Manor recently achieved 7/10 in the 'Good Food Guide' which has elevated the hotel to within the top 20 Restaurants in the UK.
Buckingham Villiers Hotel, Buckingham
Arranged around the original cobbled courtyard, this former coaching inn offers an elegant air-conditioned restaurant which has been awarded two AA Rosettes for its exceptional food, accompanired by an extensive wine list. Choose from an a la carte menu or a fixed price market menu. For something a little less formal, the historic Villiers Bar serves real ales from traditional oak casks.
Crown and Punchbowl, Horningsea, Cambridge
Perfectly situated just 3 miles from the centre of Cambridge, yet enjoying a quiet village setting, the Crown and Punchbowl Inn boasts an excellent restaurant, featured in both the Michelin Guide and the Good Food Guide. It is the perfect base for exploring Cambridge and the surrounding areas. Please note; no food is available on Sunday evenings.
The Anchor Inn, Sutton Gault, near Ely
Good Pub Guide County Dining Pub of 2009, AA Rosette for Food, Good Food Guide, Michelin Guide. The 17th century Anchor Inn enjoys a peaceful location by the banks of the New Bedford River, close to the small cathedral city of Ely. Oozing with history, the inn has a wonderful ambiance with its old beams, panelled walls and tiles floors. The inn prides istelf on using fresh local produce wherever possible to create its delicious food. AA 4 Star Inn.
La Barbarie Hotel, Saints Bay, Guernsey
A 17th century former priory set close to one of Guernsey's most beautiful beaches, La Barbarie Hotel overlooks Saints Bay and offers guests a heated swimming pool, award-winning restaurant and stylish rooms. The AA Rosette restaurant serves excellent cuisine prepared where possible from the island's own produce, including fresh local seafood.
Stocks Hotel, Sark
Stocks Hotel is situated at the heart of the unique island of Sark and dates from 1741. Relax with a drink in the 16th century Smugglers Bar before indulging in some gourmet food in the award-winning restaurant. Guests can take lunch or enjoy a Sark cream tea in the garden or beside the pool if the weather is kind. Stocks and Sark together offer the perfect combination for complete rest and relaxation.
Trehellas Country House Hotel, Washaway, Bodmin
A secret Cornish hideaway, the Grade II listed Trehellas House Hotel is tucked away in the heart of the countryside, offering eleven comfortably appointed en-suite bedrooms. Dine by candlelight in the award-winning, beamed restaurant with its unusual slate floor. The emphasis here is on locally sourced ingredients, including meat, fish, vegetables and local Cornish cheeses. AA Rosette for Food.
Fowey Hotel, Fowey
Right by the water's edge you will find the Fowey Hotel. Many of the rooms here offer superb views over the river, so you can relax and watch the local fishing boats and elegant yachts as they travel past. The hotel's restaurant has been awarded an AA Rosette for its cuisine and service, and prides itself on the quality of its local, seasonal ingredients. Fowey is a popular and picturesque town on the Fowey Estuary and is a delight to wander around, with its cafes, shops, pubs and restaurants.
The Cotswolds & Gloucestershire
Horse and Groom, Bourton-on-the-Hill
Situated in the beautiful Cotswolds village of Bourton on the Hill, the Horse and Groom strives for the highest standards in all aspects of inn keeping. Our award winning food is served in the beautifully restored dining room and ranges from traditional favourites through to culinary innovations. The five sumptuous bedrooms are all en-suite, individually styled and decorated with flair and taste. Good Hotel Guide César Award (the Oscars of the Hotel industry) for Pub-with-Rooms of the Year 2012.
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The Lygon Arms, Broadway
The Lygon Arms has been welcoming guests in the Cotswolds for over 400 years. Surrounded by the antique shops and galleries of Broadway, it is set within its own gardens. The Lygon Arms has 2 AA Rosettes for food, and offers a superb dining experience in The Great Hall, which is decorated with suits of armour. More informal dining is available in The Goblets Bistro. When booking the hotel, we strongly advise calling to confirm any dinner reservations or Spa Treatments to avoid disappointment.
The Inn for All Seasons, The Barringtons, Burford
Enjoy the hospitality of our historic 16th century Cotswold coaching inn. Eat, drink and unwind in the popular bar surrounded by an eclectic mix of mementos and souvenirs. The inn is renowned for the quality of its food: fish is a particular speciality of the house and the game, meat, poultry and vegetables are all sourced locally from only the very best Cotswolds suppliers. Our deliveries of fresh fish and shellfish arrive directly from Brixham and Cornwall. The Inn has ten guest bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities.
The Lamb Inn, Burford
The 16th century Lamb Inn at Burford is the epitome of an ancient English Inn, oozing charm and character. With its flagstone floors, antiques, gleaming brasses and flickering log fires, it is like stepping back in time. Don't be fooled though - the inn boasts all modern comforts! The award-winning food is much more contemporary than the setting would suggest. Winner of Conde Nast Johnson's 'Most Excellent Inn' 2012.
The Kings Arms Coaching Inn, Didmarton, Badmington
Join the locals for some award-winning food and a good pint at the 17th century Kings Arms Inn. Set on the edge of the Badminton estate, this 17th century Cotswold inn offers fresh, locally sourced food and local real ales. It is ideally located for the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Gatcombe Park and Badminton Horse Trials. The inn has been lovingly restored and holds a number of awards, including the Good Pub Guide 2005 Gloucestershire County Dining Pub of the Year.
The Manor House Hotel, Moreton-in-Marsh
The Manor House Hotel has the warmth, charm and atmosphere of an elegant country house, luxuriously furnished yet perfectly relaxed. Enjoy an imaginative menu in the award-winning, 2 AA Rosette Mulberry Restaurant, prepared using only the freshest local produce. Or for a more informal dining experience, a brasserie menu is available in the contemporary bar.
Macdonald Bear Hotel, Woodstock
Picturesque Woodstock is home to one of England’s oldest hotels. Built as a coaching inn in the 13th century, the Bear has played host to royalty, politicians and film stars, including Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor. With its ivy façade and many original features, the atmosphere is one of warmth and cosiness. The hotel's award winning 2 AA Rosette restaurant serves modern British cuisine, using fresh local produce wherever possible, and light lunches and snacks are available in the cosy bar.
The Wyndham Arms Hotel, Clearwell, Royal Forest of Dean
Welcome to the Wyndham Arms in the Royal Forest of Dean. Guests have enjoyed over 600 years of hospitality at the Wyndham Arms and today we offer eighteen en-suite bedrooms and a luxurious suite. This historic village inn is renowned locally for the delicious food served in the traditional bar and in the award-winning restaurant. AA Rosette for food.
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Tudor Farmhouse Hotel, Clearwell
The 13th century Tudor Farmhouse Hotel is an idyllic haven away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life, just 5 minutes walk from Clearwell Castle. The hotel boasts stunning original features, as well as 23 en-suite bedrooms, some with four poster beds and jacuzzis. The 2 AA Rosette restaurant offers fine dining with a seasonal menu based on the fantastic local produce available in the region.
The Three Choirs Vineyards Hotel, Newent
Three Choirs Vineyards is one of England's leading wine producers. Every bedroom at the hotel enjoys views over the vines, stretching down into the valley below, There are daily wine tours and wine tastings, both for guests and visitors. The popular 2 AA Rosette restaurant serves modern British cooking using fresh local produce whenever possible. AA 4 star Restaurant with Rooms.
Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale
The 17th Century Sun Inn is set in the heart of the beautiful market town of Kirkby Lonsdale. Perfect for walkers, the inn is within easy walking distance of Devils Bridge, Ruskins View (painted by Turner), and the stunning Lune Valley. Enjoy a drink by the roaring log fires in winter, or relax in the lounge and wine library. The Sun Inn offers an AA Rosette restaurant dining experience with high quality food created from fresh local ingredients.
The Black Swan Hotel, Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen
The Black Swan Hotel is an award-winning inn set in the conservation village of Ravenstonedale, perfect for walking the Howgill fells or touring the Lakes and Yorkshire Dales. The hotel boasts an excellent seasonal menu, as well as gorgeous home-made cakes and scones. Relax in our lovely riverside garden in the summer, or indoors in the bars and lounge. Featured in Sawdays 'Special Places to Stay', Michelin 'Eating out in Pubs' and 'The Good Hotel Guide'. AA Pub of the Year - England 2012/13. AA 4 Star Inn.
The Rutland Arms, Bakewell
Situated in Bakewell at the heart of the Peak District, the Rutland Arms has a unique claim to fame; the kitchens here were where the world famous Bakewell pudding originated! It is also believed that Jane Austen stayed at the hotel whilst writing her novel, 'Pride and Prejudice'. Today the hotel boasts an AA Rosette for fine dining, and is proud to support local suppliers and businesses by sourcing fresh local produce for their menus.
The Chequers Inn, Froggatt Edge, Hope Valley
A traditional country inn serving great pub food, The Chequers Inn sits directly underneath Froggatt Edge, one of the area's greatest climbing and walking regions. It is a perfect base for visiting Chatsworth House, Eyam Hall, Bakewell, Castleton and the Peak District. The bar serves hand-pulled ales and there is also a pretty garden terrace. AA Rosette for food. AA 4 Star Inn. Michelin Pub Guide listed.
The George Hotel, Hathersage, Hope Valley
Welcome to the 500-year-old George Hotel, a former coaching inn mentioned by Charlotte Brontë in her novel 'Jane Eyre' . Steeped in history and full of original features, the George retains its charm and character whilst offering contemporary styling and modern facilities. The 2 AA Rosette restaurant has recently been refurbished with wooden flooring and feature lighting. Sheffield is just 20 minutes away.
Two Bridges Hotel, Dartmoor
The Two Bridges overlooks the River Dart - and yes, there are two bridges! - and enjoys a glorious setting in Dartmoor National Park. Sample AA Rosette quality food in the Tors Restaurant, enjoy afteroon tea in the the lounge with its comfy leather sofas, or grab a light lunch and a drink in the bar. A perfect destination for a break in the country.
The Griffin Inn, Fletching
The 400 year old Griffin Inn is situated in Fletching, a beautiful unspoilt village with a fine Norman church. A great place to enjoy a warm summer's day, The Griffin has two acres of superb gardens and boasts one of the best views in Sussex. The menu, which combines the best of modern British and Mediterranean influences, changes daily and wherever possible the food is locally sourced. The Good Pub Guide, Sussex Pub of the Year 2009.
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The White Hart, Great Yeldham
Situated in rural Essex in the attractive village of Great Yeldham on the banks of the River Colne, the 500 year old White Hart serves great food in a relaxed and historic atmosphere. Winner of the 'Best Hotel Restaurant' award at the Essex Food and Drink Awards 2011, the inn also features in Hardens Guide, The Good Food Guide, The Good Pub Guide and The Camra Good Food and Real Ale Guide. We are rated AA 4 Star Restaurant with Rooms and have been awarded 4 Stars (Gold Award) by VisitBritain.
Wilton Court Hotel, Ross-on-Wye
Dining guests may enjoy the 2 AA Rosette cuisine for lunch and dinner served either in the historic Wilton bar with log fire in winter or the Mulberry Restaurant. The restaurant's stylish conservatory opens onto the patio and walled gardens where meals can also be enjoyed in the summer months. Wilton Court is located 15 minutes walk into Ross on Wye and has been recommended by Johansens, Alistair Sawday and the Good Hotel Guide. Children and dogs are always welcome. AA 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms.
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The Royal Hotel, Ventnor
Overlooking Ventnor Bay and close to the famous Botanical Gardens, the 4 Star Royal Hotel offers friendly service and outstanding food in the award winning, 2 AA Rosette Restaurant. This beautifully refurbished hotel is set in tranquil subtropical gardens and boasts an outdoor swimming pool.
The George Hotel, Yarmouth
The 17th century George Hotel is set right at the heart of the bustling harbour village of Yarmouth . The hotel has been awarded 3 Red Stars and 2 Rosettes for food by the AA. Menus are seasonal and the food is contemporary brasserie style with an emphasis on seafood. The hotel is set right by the water's edge, and the brasserie overlooks the Solent. Guests can also relax in the lounge or the cosy bar by the roaring log fire.
The Who'd A Thought It, Grafty Green
This funky Restaurant with Rooms is famous for its champagne and oyster bar, as well as for its AA Rosette restaurant serving a delicious modern menu. The contemporary boutique style rooms boast round hot tub spas and leather beds, whilst the more traditional rooms are furnished with romantic four poster beds.
The Millstone at Mellor, near Blackburn
The Millstone at Mellor is set in a small Lancashire village just 3 miles from Blackburn and 4 miles from Junction 21 of the M6. This cosy country inn boasts a 2 AA Rosette restaurant where you can enjoy creative menus, homemade puddings and hearty breakfasts. The traditional bar serves local ales and fine wines. There are 22 comfortable en-suite bedrooms and suites, all with free Wi-Fi. The bright lights of Blackpool are just 30 minutes drive away.
The Queens Head, Nassington
This historic Northamptonshire Inn is beautifully situated on the banks of the River Nene in the pretty village of Nassington. The Queen's Head boasts original beams and an award-winning pub restaurant serving both modern British and traditional favourites. There is also an a la carte menu and a specials board. In winter, warm yourself by the welcoming open fires in the lounge bar and in summer, dine al fresco on the patio or on the grassy banks of the River Nene. AA 4 Star Inn,
2 AA Rosettes for Food.
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The Kings Arms Inn, Wing
The family Goss have been your hosts at the Kings Arms in Wing since 2004. This 17th century coaching inn is full of original features, with eight comfortable en-suite guest rooms - and its own smokehouse! As well as homemade bread, jams and chutneys, the inn is proud to showcase local produce on its menus. Popular with locals and visitors alike, the Kings Arms serves real ales, ciders and fine wines to accompany the award winning food. AA 4 Star Inn, 2 AA Rosettes.
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Albright Hussey, Broad Oak, Shrewsbury
You approach the 16th century Albright Hussey across a moat! In this beautiful, historic manor house hotel you will find romantic four poster rooms, spa baths and award winning food. The 2 AA Rosette restaurant simply oozes character with its oak panels, huge fireplaces and ancient beams. The hotel also has a cocktail bar and lounge for guests to enjoy. Albright Hussey is ideally situated just on the outskirts of Shrewsbury.
The Clive Restaurant with Rooms
Welcome to the Clive Restaurant with Rooms! For those seeking affordable luxury, the Clive Restaurant serves beautifully presented, elegant and expertly cooked dishes. The more informal Cookhouse also enjoys an excellent reputation for superb, high quality British food. This elegant Georgian house is set in the beautiful south Shropshire countryside, just 2 miles north of Ludlow. AA 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms.
Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel, Rhydycroesau, Oswestry
High up in the Shropshire/ Welsh hills, this beautiful silver-stone
Georgian rectory is set in five acres of glorious grounds. The
Pen-Y-Dyffryn Hotel prides itself on its unobtrusive hospitality,
first-class cooking and an easy-going atmosphere that guarantees that
"away-from-it-all" feeling. Enjoy stunning views from both the
award-winning restaurant and the terrace, perfect on a warm summer's
evening for a pre-dinner aperitif. Sawday’s Special Places
'Favourite Hotel Award' 2016, The Good Hotel Guide's 'Best Walking Hotel
2016' and 'Rooms with a View 2016', AA Silver Star Award for superior
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The Vobster Inn, Lower Vobster Inn, near Radstock
Welcome to the award-winning Vobster Inn. With menus that change regularly to make the most of local seasonal produce, the Vobster offers something for everyone. Awarded 2 AA rosettes for food, the choices range from bar snacks to pub classics to tapas, served either in the bar or dining room. Set in four acres of glorious Somerset countryside, this friendly village inn is within easy reach of many of the region's finest attractions. AA 4 Star Inn.
The Oakhill Inn, Radstock / Wells / Shepton Mallet
A spacious, cosy but contemporary country pub with fires and comfy sofas indoors, and a sunny garden outdoors. The seasonal menus use the best local produce and feature organic or free range food wherever possible. The bar serves local ciders and real ales from local microbreweries, as well as a wide range of beers and wines. The Oakhill Inn is situated in the pretty village of Oakhill on the A367 between Radstock and Shepton Mallet. AA 4 Star Inn, AA Rosette for food.
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Best Western Plus Swan Hotel, Wells
What a superb location! The 15th century Swan Hotel faces the west front of Wells Cathedral, allowing guests the opportunity to sit in the pretty garden and take in the stunning views. This ancient inn manages to perfectly blend a wealth of original features with contemporary facilities. The oak-panelled restaurant offers a combination of traditional and contemporary cuisine which has been awarded 2 AA Rosettes for its quality.
The Moat House, Acton Trussell
The Moat House enjoys a spectacular canalside setting in the heart of rural Staffordshire, yet is close to Junction 13 of the M6. This Grade II listed, 15th century moated manor house boasts a 2 AA Rosette restaurant for fine dining as well as a bar serving snacks. Watch the narrowboats pass by on the canal as you sample the award winning cuisine in the restaurant. The hotel is conveniently placed for Alton Towers, the N.E.C. and Birmingham International Airport. AA 4 Star Hotel.
Three Horseshoes Inn, Leek
Welcome to the Three Horseshose Inn and Country Hotel, situated just 2 miles north of Leek on the edge of the Peak District National Park. Dining options here include a brasserie, a pub and a carvery. On barmy summer days diners can eat al fresco in the pretty gardens. Bedrooms here are boutique style, some with four poster beds and whirlpool baths. 2 AA Rosettes for food..
The White Lion Hotel, Aldeburgh
Enjoy stunning seaviews from The White Lion Hotel, situated opposite the shingle beach where fresh fish is sold from traditional wooden huts lining the shore. This seaside hideaway boasts log fires, good food and elegant bedrooms. Dine on fresh local meat, fish and seafood in either the hotels new bar and brasserie overlooking the sea, or in the oak-panelled AA Rosette restaurant.
The Great House, Lavenham
This authentic small luxury boutique hotel is set right at the heart
of the medieval village of Lavenham and offers a little corner of
France with outstanding food. The mood is pleasantly
casual though the cooking is perfectly serious, earthy and imaginative.
This is high end cuisine done with style and adventure. The service is
with a smile; knowledgeable and friendly, the all French team
effortlessly ensure that customers thoroughly enjoy their stay. Leisure Breaks are available Tuesdays to
Thursdays. AA 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms, 3 AA Rosettes for food.
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The Swan Hotel, Lavenham
The iconic Swan Hotel is all you would imagine a 15th century timber-framed inn to be - and more. Ancient brick floors, old oak beams, wood panelling and inglenook fireplaces evoke centuries gone by. Located in the heart of one of the best preserved medieval villages in England, the hotel boasts cosy lounges and bars serving pub classics, as well as a 2 AA Rosette award winning restaurant complete with minstrel's gallery.
The Black Lion Hotel and Restaurant, Long Melford
This idyllic Suffolk retreat is set on the edge of town opposite the village green, with the local antique and craft shops just a stroll away. Sensational food is served in the restaurant, recently voted the best in Suffolk. Or diners can choose to eat in the cosy bar with its log fire, or on warm days, al fresco in the walled Victorian garden. Wherever you choose to eat, the menu is the same. 2 AA rosettes for food.
The Westleton Crown Inn
Welcome to the Westleton Crown, a traditional village inn with origins going back as far as the 12th century. As soon as you enter you can sense the history in the old beams and ancient fireplaces. Local real ales, cosy rooms and an award-winning AA 2 rosette restaurant complete the picture. The varied, innovative dishes are created with passion and complemented by a comprehensive wine list. Voted ' Suffolk County Dining Pub of the Year' in the 2008 Good Pub Guide, the Westleton Crown is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Suffolk Heritage coast.
The Old Bell Hotel, Malmesbury
Reputed to be England's oldest hotel and dating from 1220, the Old Bell is set next to the famous Abbey of Malmesbury, on the edge of the Cotswolds. The building simply oozes history with log fires, oil paintings, stone walls and period furniture. It is even reputed to be haunted! Dine in Edwardian splendour in the award winning restaurant. Malmesbury is situated just 5 minutes from Junction 17 of the M4 motorway and is a perfect base from which to explore the Cotswolds.
The Fox and Hounds, Sinnington, near Pickering, York
The 18th century Fox and Hounds is set in the pretty village of Sinnington on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors. The historic interior with its great stone fireplace and old beams has been beautifully styled. The Fox and Hounds offers a warm, friendly welcome with an AA rosette award for modern British cooking, created from fresh ingredients sourced locally wherever possible.
The Black Swan at Oldstead
This Michelin Star Restaurant with Rooms was awarded 'Yorkshire Restaurant of the Year' at The White Rose Awards 2011. The Black Swan also boasts Three AA Rosettes for outstanding food and 5 AA Gold Stars for rooms. The award winning food is served in the restaurant or in the more informal bar, or even on a warm summers day, on tables outside. Set in beautiful rolling countryside near Byland Abbey in the North Yorks Moors National Park, the Black Swan is also rated one of the top 5 best value restaurants in Britain.
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Devonshire Arms Country House Hotel & Spa, Bolton Abbey, Skipton
This luxurious country estate hotel has its roots in a 17th century coaching inn. The hotel simply offers exquisite food, a stunning wine list and warm hospitality. There is a choice of dining; the Burlington for fine dining, with its antique polished tables, china, crystal and silver, and the more informal Devonshire Brasserie and Bar. A luxurious base for a holiday in the Yorkshire Dales.
The General Tarleton Inn, Ferrensby, Knaresborough
Originally built as a coaching inn towards the end of the 18th century, the renovated General Tarleton is now regarded as one of Yorkshire’s best country inns. The inn successfully combines all its wonderful original features with contemporary comforts. The food here is simply delicious and has been awarded 2 AA rosttes for its quality. AA 5 Star Restaurant with Rooms.
The Black Swan Hotel, Helmsley, York
Dating from the 15th century and featuring an intriguing mix of architectural styles, this charming inn is situated in the heart of one of the prettiest market towns in the North Yorkshire Moors. The hotel's 2 AA Rosette restaurant prides itself on sourcing local seasonal ingredients wherever possible to create its award winning cuisine. AA 4 Star Hotel.
The White Swan Inn, Pickering
A warm Yorkshire welcome awaits at the White Swan at Pickering. Sink into big comfy sofas whilst you decide what to eat for dinner. The stone flagged floors and roaring fire in winter create a wonderful atmosphere in the restaurant, which is lit by candles at night for extra romance. The bar is a proper pub bar and serves a choice of real ale from Yorkshire. And if you are staying over, the en-suite rooms offer all the comforts you need. 2 AA Rosettes for food.
The Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, Halifax
Steeped in history and sympathetically renovated, the Shibden Mill Inn offers a cosy, friendly bar and an intimate candlelit restaurant. With its original oak beams and rafters, the Mill Room is a popular location for diners. The 11 stylish en-suite bedrooms have the warmth and quality you would expect from a country inn. 2 AA Rosettes for food. UK Food Pub of the Year. Les Routiers Inn of the Year. Sunday Lunch Pub of the Year.
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