There’s little we appreciate in life more than one of the UK’s best restaurants. However, if there’s one thing that tops them, it’s a restaurant with rooms. UK-wide these magical destinations exist, offering the ideal scenario: a meal that leaves you so satiated that making your way home seems impossible in your satisfied blur and a bedroom just upstairs or across the road to roll directly into. We’re not sure there’s a greater pleasure in this world, the combination is so entirely perfect.
Some of the best restaurants with rooms in the UK were top-class kitchen first and foremost, adding sleeping chambers later when the team realised people were travelling far and wide to eat at them. Eliminating the need for return journeys on the same night, these cosy British bolt holes allow you to fully unwind in the hospitality offered, making good use of the drinks menu while you’re at it (if that’s your thing).
Such spots are usually well-placed for a bit of sightseeing too, just to top it all off. By their very nature they are more often than not in scenic surrounds. The harder to reach corners of countries in the UK mean an overnight stay is the only way some people will logistically be able to enjoy a meal. Aside from plain old practicality, there’s also nothing sweeter than finishing up one meal and knowing the next is just around the corner (sans washing up). These glorious guest houses all ensure breakfast is served the next day, to see you on your way in style.
With everything from grand old manors through to snug farm stays, our pick of the best restaurants with rooms in the UK are some of our favourite places to spend a night or two.
Best restaurants with rooms in England
Restaurants with rooms in England are spread far and wide, from the northern reaches of the Lake District down to the south coast. In their individuality, all of these places shine, but all have top chefs and comfortable beds all in common. Discover our favourite places for a bit of R&R in England below.
Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons, Oxfordshire
As one of the most famous British restaurants, Le Manoir is a bucket list destination for many foodies. Rooms here are five star and properly plush, with four poster beds, deep bathtubs and a whole host of little amenities which help you to feel spoiled. The restaurant itself is headed up by Raymond Blanc and serves two Michelin starred French food in a tasting menu format. Expect sparkling, seasonal plates that make the most of the garden’s bounty and a wonderful wine flight to boot, if that’s your thing. Breakfast the next day is an event in itself too, and the service is out of this world.
Book now: Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat'Saisons
The Gallivant, Rye
The seaside has long been regarded as a place to find rejuvenation but add to that a sublime restaurant with rooms offering bed and board and you’ve got yourself a transformative experience. The Gallivant’s position just a few strong strides from Camber Sands gives you direct access to the beach after a leisurely breakfast. If you fancy stretching your legs further, the chocolate box village of Rye is an hour’s hike away, complete with fascinating antique shops piled high with treasure, boutique coffee shops, cosy pubs and some of the UK’s best fish and chip joints. Back at The Gallivant, food doggedly sticks to the seasons, with chef Nico Fitzgerald working away on his ever-changing ode to the best of Britain’s larder. Local ingredients are combined in plates like trout gravadlax with pickled beetroot, dill and horseradish buttermilk, and heaving fruits de mer platters. Plush interiors and design-led bedrooms complete the picture for the perfect escapism from the everyday.
Book now: The Gallivant
The Loch & The Tyne, Windsor
Adam Handling’s Windsor pub has just two bijou rooms (the Loch and the Tyne), which makes staying here feel all the more special. The Loch is larger and can accommodate four guests, while the Tyne still boasts a roomy king-size bed and is perfect for two. Downstairs in the dining room you’ll find food served in comfy surrounds. Handling’s signature playful spin on nostalgic flavours runs throughout the menu with dishes like the ox cheese toastie with beef sauce or fish and chips with curry sauce and mushy peas found on the a la carte, with a Sunday roast making an appearance come the weekend. Whether you’re in town to see the sights or just want to use the restaurant as an excuse to get away for a day or two, The Loch & The Tyne is one of the nicest places to stay in the whole of Windsor.
Book now: The Loch & The Tyne
A vineyard first and foremost, Tillingham added a restaurant and rooms when it became clear people who visited didn’t want to leave in a hurry. The restaurant is tasting menu territory, with the pace unhurried and the plates unfussy. Food is - naturally - accompanied by a stellar wine list, with staff on hand to guide you through perfectly matched pairings. The rooms are comfortable and well thought through with little touches like fresh flowers and deep-filled pillows included, and breakfast in the morning spanning freshly pressed juices and sourdough toast through to a plate of soft boiled eggs, cheese and cured meats. While most restaurants with rooms are one night only sort of stopovers, in the summer Tillingham serves a range of wonderful pizzas al fresco, proving the perfect excuse to stay another night for a completely different kind of dinner.
Book now: Tillingham
The jewel in the Lake District’s foodie crown, L’enclume is Simon Rogan’s life’s work. Here he painstakingly plugged away year on year, turning out precise, thoughtful food every day until 2022 when he finally reached the holy grail of culinary recognition: three Michelin stars. The bestowment of the accolade isn’t a mystery, it’s been one of Britain’s greatest culinary destinations for decades now. The secret is in the chef’s ability to squeeze every drop of flavour from his ingredients, manipulating each element to produce plates that are so much more than the sun of their parts. It’s a magical, transformative experience eating here, which if you’re lucky will end with you diving into one of the handful of rooms on site. Breakfast the next day is served at sister restaurant Rogan & Co.
Book now: L’enclume
The Black Swan at Oldstead, Olstead
When Tommy Banks won his Michelin star in 2021 for The Black Swan at Oldstead he was the youngest chef to hold such an accolade at the time, and his boundary-pushing ambition hasn’t slowed since. He runs the operation with his family (his dad tends the gardens, his mum sorts the rooms, and his brother is front of house). Rooms are simple but comfortable with sweet touches like plaid throws and antique furnishings giving them character. You can only stay if you dine, so upon making your reservation a table will be held automatically for you in the restaurant. Here, you’ll find the food that made Banks famous: dishes created with gutsy, British flavours from slowly reared and grown produce. The tasting menu might kick off with scallops, celeriac and truffle, for instance, before mains of pork, black apple and turnip.
Book now: The Black Swan at Oldstead
Best restaurants with rooms in Scotland
If you’re not holidaying in Scotland, you’re not doing staycations right. With the most glorious scenery and some of the most incredible produce found anywhere in the UK, Scotland is a foodie paradise. These restaurants with rooms are the crème d la crème of catered accommodation up north.
High up on the west coast of Scotland lies Inver, an ‘in the know’ sort of spot that elicits nods from fellow foodies when you utter its name. Here partners Rob and Pam head up the operation, welcoming guests into their single-story, white-washed cottage on the shores of Loch Fyne. Inside the shuttered windows frame little Scottish scenes perfectly, while open fires and candlelight help to remove you completely from the chaos of everyday modern life. The menu is unfussy and unpretentious, nimbly piecing together the most beautiful local produce in plates like poached langoustine, homemade mayonnaise, and a slab of thick, sourdough bread. Rooms are individual bothies with full height windows and little terraces. They’re tech-free, further nudging you into a state of unplugged bliss, with record players, deep baths, and in-room nightcaps provided. Come the morning a basket of provisions arrives sweetly wrapped in a knotted tea towel. Think boiled eggs, a very nice piece of cheese and gorgeous little pastries.
Book now: Inver
Mingary Castle, Kilchoan
A fortified keep and a view over the Sound of Mull might be enough to get you to Mingary Castle, but the food will ensure you hanker after a repeat visit before long. With a CV that boasts stints in kitchens all over the world, head chef Colin Nicholson tough training put him in good stead to head up his own venture. The experience is entirely personal, with the menu a reflection of his personality. Plates are steady, well-considered and reassuringly classic. It’s a trifecta which might read as a little dull, but there’s enough ingenuity to keep things dynamic, and it’s cookery as good as you’ll find anywhere. Rooms are suitably grand, in keeping with the castle setting. Some come complete with four poster beds for the full royal treatment.
Book now: Mingary Castle
After a career built in London under Robin Gill, Dean Parker headed north to open Celentano’s in Glasgow with his wife Anna. What they’ve built is the kind of neighbourhood restaurant we all wish we had. Excellent drinks, a warm welcome, a buzzy atmosphere and a menu that reads like a love-letter to Italian comfort food. Kick off with butter-soft chicken live parfait and bits of porcini lasagne fritte before preluding your main with a plate of pasta. Combinations change with the seasons but there’s usually some riff on a seafood tagliarini which in our experience is blissfully umami rich. Mains bring carefully sourced and well-handled protein centrepieces, like halibut or Mangalitsa pork chops, while sides include the now-famous potato strati cooked in beef fat. Upstairs you’ll find rooms by Cathedral House Hotel, in the upper floors of the Baronial style building. Décor is contemporary and comfortable, with soft colour palettes used throughout.
Book now: Celentano’s
Best restaurants with rooms in Wales
Often overlooked in the past, Wales has come into its own as a holiday destination in the past couple of decades, with people waking up to its appeal. Not only does it boast craggy hilltops and sweet little harbours, it’s also home to cosmopolitan cities and wind-swept beaches. Basically, Wales has it all. If you needed any further convincing to visit, these restaurants with rooms in Wales should do the trick: each one a delight.
Gareth Ward’s talent is undeniable, with the two Michelin starred Welsh chef passionate about creating something completely unique for his guests. Having trained under Sat Bains, touches of his mentor’s style are evident in his fat-fuelled (his words, not ours) approach yet his deft handling of his ingredients ensures no two plates ever seem too samey. It’s safe to say he’s carved himself out his own very unique niche in Britain’s culinary landscape. Be prepared for dinner and an overnight stay to cost you nearly £500, but with the meal only at £350, the addition of a sleepover isn’t hugely more, relatively speaking, and this is once in a lifetime stuff. The menu is a wood-fire wonderland of bold, meaty flavours that run through luxurious ingredients like lobster, Peking duck and wagyu beef (all served in various cuts and compositions). There are a fair few desserts brought to the table too usually, with combinations like white chocolate and black bean or Bramley apple and duck custard pre-cursing tiramisu and milk and cookies. The best rooms are in the garden, with direct access to the great outdoors and big, modern bathrooms.
Book now: Ynyshir
Llys Meddyg, Newport
Boasting a restaurant, garden, and cellar bar, plus an enviable spot in Pembrokeshire just five minutes from the water’s edge, Llys Meddyg is one of the loveliest spots in the whole of Wales to spend an evening or two. While many pay lip service to sustainability and seasonality, this restaurant’s manifesto is strikingly thorough and forms the backbone of everything the team does. There’s a commitment to using produce on a nose-to-tail basis, a promise to work with the surrounding community and local suppliers, a passion to educate their teams, and a drive to work with trusted farmers to ensure high welfare meat is used across the menu. All this might sound a touch too earnest, but the results speak for themselves in plates like house-smoked salmon with pickled cucumber, celeriac and fennel or local sirloin steak paired with greens, Jerusalem artichokes and shallots. Both dog-friendly and family-friendly rooms are available, and all come simply but comfortably furnished in a pared-back country style.
Book now: Llys Meddyg
Fernery at Grove of Narberth, Narberth
The Fernery is a destination in its own right – and a sister site to one of our top restaurants in the UK for 2023, Beach House in Oxwich – but also happily finds its home inside boutique hotel Grove of Narberth. Chef Douglas Balish heads up the team here, a team passionate about making use of Wales’ fantastic natural larder. Widely spaced tables and a chic neutral colour scheme makes the dining room feel wonderfully relaxing, a place you’ll be served your choice of tasting menu. Pick between five or eight courses, with the choice of pescatarian, vegetarian and vegan all on offer. Example starters might include sea bass with gnocchi and bouillabaisse or squab pigeon with celeriac, cherries, and nasturtium leaves. When you’re done eating (and drinking, there’s a very good sommelier-led wine cellar here), roll yourself back to one of the luxurious rooms to soak in a deep bath or sink into a plumply made bed.
Book now: Fernery at Grove of Narberth
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