When it comes to eating out, there’s nothing like dining against a beautiful backdrop. In 2020 visitors to Britain can take it one step further, with a host of award-winning and unique dining establishments attached to cosy rooms in picturesque surroundings, for the ultimate in British hospitality.
New PIGS on the block
Leading the trend are the ever-popular PIG hotels, a much-loved chain of historic houses lovingly converted into characterful hotels with a focus on delicious dining fuelled by local produce. With two new hotels opening in 2020 - historic Harlyn House, in Cornwall, and Grade II-listed Madehurst Lodge, nestled along the West Sussex coast – visitors are sure of a warm welcome, sumptuous cuisine fed from the kitchen garden, and cosy rooms bursting with quintessential British charm.
A fresh space to Inhabit
With rest, relaxation and restoration at its heart, Inhabit is the latest addition to London’s ever-expanding wellness scene. Priding itself on offering a ready-made community environment as well as a place to rest your head, this brand new 89 room hotel located in central Paddington features individually designed, Nordic-inspired rooms with hygge – Danish for warmth, comfort and mindfulness – at their heart. The hotel’s café and pantry ensure a steady supply of nutritious and delicious snacks and meals, cold-pressed juices and organic coffee perfectly brewed to revive and restore.
Royal repasts at The Guardsman
Opening in spring 2020 just a stone’s throw from Buckingham Palace is The Guardsman, a boutique hotel that promises a stay fit for a king (or queen!) With just 53 rooms, each individually decorated to reflect the hotel’s mantra of relaxed, welcoming luxury, plus six residences available for long term lets, the property promises the ambience of a private members club while acting as a home away from home. And with a private restaurant offering a daily menu of seasonal delights sourced from the city’s finest organic producers, it’s the perfect spot to soak up the city and enjoy a royal taste of the capital.
A warm Wheatsheaf welcome
Nestled in Cheltenham, in the heart of the Cotswolds, the perennially popular 17th-century Wheatsheaf Inn continues its mission to put local dining and cosy stays on the map. With a seasonal menu of top-quality British ingredients, the Inn offers tasty vegetarian and vegan options in addition to its wide ranging menu of British classics. And with emperor size beds, period features and organic toiletries in addition to garden views, every diner is sure to enjoy a quintessential taste of the Cotswolds both inside and out.
With a choice of four restaurants including the lauded Rib Room Steakhouse and Fusion, a Pan Asian-inspired venue that prides itself on using locally sourced produce, the Ramside Hall Hotel has something to tickle even the most discerning testbeds, while its brand new luxury treehouses feature lavish bathrooms complete with free-standing copper baths, for an infinitely Instagrammable stay in Durham.
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