Enjoy the luxury of delicious food and an overnight stay in one of these fabulous eateries
The Three Chimneys, Dunvegan, Isle of Skye
One of Scotland’s most acclaimed restaurants and hotels offers a Nordic-inspired menu designed with produce farmed, sourced and foraged on the island. Situated a stone’s throw from the edge of Loch Dunvegan, you can dine on fresh oysters and monkfish or take a bite out of the tasting menu.
Adjacent to the restaurant is the House Over-By, which offers six good-sized junior bedroom suites, each with a sea view, access to the garden and its pathway to the seashore. If you’re staying overnight, they can organise a table for dinner in the restaurant – ideal for a romantic overnight treat while exploring the Scottish Highlands.
· Prices from £360 for two people staying in a five-star suite, including breakfast. Dinner from £69, book online at Threechimneys.co.uk.
The Churchill Arms, Chipping Campden, Cotswolds
We love this boutique 17th century pub-with-rooms that makes the most of its magical and rural Cotswolds location. It offers classic and comfy accommodation with a delicious British menu by head chef and owner Nick Deverell-Smith. The menu serves locally-sourced produce and we loved the baked sea bass with gently curried mussels, the two-day marinated bone of pork and the hand-crafted chicken and mushroom pie. After dinner, enjoy a stay in one of four individually-designed country cottage rooms with exposed beans and modern luxuries such as flat-screen televisions and WiFi and enjoy a hearty breakfast the following morning.
· Prices from £100 a night for two, breakfast from £10.50 a head, book online at Churchillarms.co.uk or call 01386 593159.
The Ginger Peanut, Bampton, Devon
The Ginger Peanut is the perfect place to eat and stay. Not a hotel, but a beautiful countryside restaurant with five individually-styled suites above. It’s ideal for a romantic break or a base from which to explore the nearby Dartmoor and Exmoor National Parks. Renowned chef-proprietor Peter Mundy serves up a mouth-watering menu of seasonal local produce, with tempting options such as pan-fried pork tenderloin and barbecue shoulder of pork with carrot and cumin purée. There’s a great range of vegetarian dishes too and desserts including lemon tart with Devon clotted cream ice cream. The bedrooms offer king or super king-sized beds and access to a pantry with free refreshments and nibbles.
· Prices from £76.50 a night for two, breakfast £12 each, two-course dinner £20, three courses £30, excluding drinks. Book at Gingerpeanut.co.uk or 01398 332244.
The Black Swan, Oldstead, North Yorkshire
The extensive kitchen garden at The Black Swan gets almost as much attention as this Michelin-starred restaurant. Local farmers Tom and Ann Banks own the former pub with sons James, who runs front of house, and Tommy, who is found in the kitchen introducing home-grown ingredients to their delicious Michelin-starred menu. Enjoy the tasting menu that includes mussel and wood sorrel and roast duck with palm and black garlic, then finish off with rhubarb and clotted cream. The bar interior has flagstone floors, open fires and a wooden dining space that overlooks the kitchen garden. Named after the dales and farms around Oldstead, you’ll find nine bedrooms each individually designed with simple cream furnishings, heated flooring, stunning roll-top baths and a lush robe.
· Prices from £390 for dinner, bed and breakfast based on two people sharing, book online at Blackswanoldstead.co.uk.
The Pig Hotel, Pensford, Bath
Tucked away in the Mendip Hills, you’ll find the quirky Pig Hotel and restaurant. Based around the large kitchen garden, the menus are likely to change on a daily basis depending on what the forager supplies and what’s in season. Everything is homegrown or from a supplier within a 25-mile radius. The menu includes Piggy Bites (vodka-infused barbecue ribs) and the “Tomahawk” pork chop, or enjoy flatbreads cooked in the wood-fired oven and served on the garden terrace. The hotel is warm and welcoming with modern facilities. Rooms in the garden are wonderfully romantic with their own entrance, wood-burning stove and terrace. At the bottom of the garden, the Potting Shed is home to a spa – perfect for a massage after a day of exploring.
· Rooms from £170 a night for two, breakfast £16 each, book online at Thepighotel.com.