Sunday Times rounds up the boutique pubs to book now.
Sunday Times Travel Names both Cary Arms & Old Swan & Minster Mill in the Top 15 Best new British Pubs with Rooms…
1 - The Cary Arms, Babbacombe Beach, Devon
Given that the de Savarys have created some of Britain’s glitziest hotels (Skibo Castle and Bovey Castle, for instance), this place is surprisingly homespun. The bar welcomes the muddiest of walkers, with a dinner menu for dogs. The two-legged menu is geared towards hearty appetites — almost as full- flavoured as the views to Babbacombe Bay. Upstairs, jaunty rooms have sticks of rock on the pillows and decanters of sloe gin. There’s also a spa. Details: Main courses from £12; double rooms from £155, BB; 01803 327110, caryarms.co.uk
6 - Old Swan & Minster Mill, on the River Windrush in the Cotswolds
Another de Savary pub and, again, it’s full of nooks, crannies, a roaring fire and a proudly traditional pub restaurant, attracting a healthy mix of weekenders, locals and even walkers (rather than a displaced cadre of west Londoners). The beer is well kept, the wine prices far from greedy, and the food is suitably robust (good steaks and pies). Rooms in the Old Swan come with dark-wood furniture, panelling, beamed ceilings and brasses. Across the road in Minster Mill are the more contemporary bolt holes — some literally on the banks of the River Windrush, so you fish from an Adirondack chair on your stone terrace.
Details: Mains from £12; doubles from £145, BB; 01993 774441, oldswanandminstermill.com