Discover our favourite restaurants with rooms – great food, fine wine and a comfy bed guaranteed
Rocksalt, Folkestone, Kent
The view from the floor-to-ceiling windows at this harbourside restaurant is nothing short of spectacular – and the food isn’t half bad either. Mark Sargeant is in the kitchen and the menu unsurprisingly leans towards local seafood; we can recommend the ‘Hot Shells’ – prawns, clams, mussels, razor clams with samphire in a velvety shellfish velouté – and potted crayfish tails given just the right amount of heat from a hit of Cayenne pepper. So to bed…Four bolt hole bedrooms are found a short stroll along the harbour in a converted Smokehouse, all with sea views, where you’ll wake to the sounds of fishing boats on their way to catch your lunch.
Forest Side, Grasmere
The kitchen at this stylish retreat is run by former L’Enclume sous chef and head forager, Kevin Tickle. The hotel has a beautiful location in the heart of the Lakes. Forest Side’s exciting, daily-changing menu depends on what Kevin has available within the grounds: we enjoyed venison pastrami, smoked juniper yoghurt, swede, Old Winchester cheese and pickled allium flowers; and West coast scallop, parsnip, duck prosciutto and mead. So to bed…Warm, welcoming bedrooms make the most of local craftspeople, and each one is named after trees and plants from the grounds – think Mulberry, Pine and Silver Birch.
Crab & Lobster, West Sussex
For a spot of escapism, The Crab & Lobster at Sidlesham ticks all the boxes. The location at sleepy Pagham Harbour is a bird-lover’s paradise but we think the trip is worth it for the food alone. The kitchen excels at transforming already-fabulous produce into something even better – baked Selsey crab and seared scallops were both simply cooked and bursting with flavour. So to bed…There are four double bedrooms upstairs, and a self-catering cottage next door. Ask for one of the rooms at the back and put the binoculars provided to good use –we spotted two herons early morning fishing.
Restaurant Sat Bains, Nottingham
The setting for Sat Bain’s two-starred Nottingham restaurant isn’t exactly picturesque, but who cares about exteriors when you can enjoy food this good? With a choice of seven or 10-course options, it’s tasting menus all the way – whichever you plump for, it will be an eating experience rather than just a meal. Enquire about the 8-seater chef’s bench where you can marvel at the chefs’ expertise close-up. So to bed…The six bedrooms are all individually designed with stylish touches – with its doors leading to a private patio area, room seven is a favourite.
Eckington Manor, Worcestershire
Fans of Masterchef, The Professionals will be familiar with previous winner Mark Stinchcombe, chef at this picturesque timber-framed hotel nestled in the Avon valleys on the edge of the Cotswolds. Mark and his wife Sue run the kitchen together, and every dish is a picture on a plate. There’s also a popular on-site cookery school which offers a wide range of classes – from dinner parties made easy to preparing restaurant dishes at home. So to bed…The 17 comfortable bedrooms are spread over four converted farm buildings, each lovingly restored to make the most of period features – some of which date back to the 12thcentury.
L’Enclume, Cartmel, Cumbria
With two Michelin stars and a reputation for showcasing home-grown ingredients from its neighbouring farm, Simon Rogan’s iconic restaurant needs little introduction. Four-times voted the ‘Best restaurant in the UK’, it’s set within an old ironmongers – the dining room’s rough walls and bare wooden tables, and lack of music and wifi keeping the focus firmly on the outstanding food. So to bed…The 16 bedrooms are sited in the pretty village of Cartmel, and reservations include a dinner reservation at L’Enclume and breakfast at Simon’s other restaurant, Rogan & Co.
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The Padstow Town House, Cornwall