Britain’s best hotels are getting a run for their money from pubs and restaurants in the 2015 edition of the Good Hotel Guide.
Pubs and restaurants with rooms are vying with top-notch hotels as the best places to stay, with several establishments included in the latest guide.
One of the top gongs in the book’s annual Cesar Awards – named after legendary Swiss hotelier Cesar Ritz – was awarded to The Talbot Inn, which serves as a watering hole for locals at Mells, Somerset, but has eight guest rooms for visitors.
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Cheers: The Talbot Inn at Mells, Somerset, won the title of Pub-With-Rooms of the Year
On the water: Located on the River Tummel, The Green Park at Pitlochry was the top hotel in Scotland
Stunning scenery: Moor of Rannoch Hotel at Rannoch Station, Perth and Kinross, was Newcomer of the Year
Surrounded by Somerset’s stunning countryside, The Talbot Inn won the title of Pub-With-Rooms of the Year.
It is described as a traditional yet stylish coaching inn with all the comforts of a smart hotel plus a classic pub, grill room, 500-year-old sitting room and garden.
There are more than 400 entries in the latest guide, which acts as a bible for the UK’s hotel industry.
Its editors say the guide is independent and all the hotels and B&Bs are recommended by readers, with anonymous inspections done by the editorial team.
'A Georgian gem': Guests are greeted with tea and cake at Newforge House, the Irish Guest House of the Year
Family-friendly: Fowey Hall at Fowey, Cornwall, was named the best place to take the kids
The Pear Tree at Purton was rated the top country hotel thanks to its ‘dynamic mother-and-daughter duo’
2015 CESAR AWARD WINNERS
- Family Hotel of the Year: Fowey Hall, Fowey, Cornwall
- Dog-Friendly Hotel of the Year: Overwater Hall, Ireby, Cumbria
- Small Hotel of the Year: Yalbury Cottage, Lower Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset
- Country House Hotel of the Year: Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire
- Pub-With-Rooms of the Year: The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset
- Country Hotel of the Year: The Pear Tree at Purton, Purton
- Newcomer of the Year: Moor of Rannoch Hotel, Rannoch Station, Perth and Kinross
- Scottish Hotel of the Year: The Green Park, Pitlochry
- Welsh Hotel of the Year: Milebrook House, Knighton, Powys
- Irish Guest House of the Year: Newforge House, Magheralin, Craigavon, County Armagh
Nine other Cesar Awards were handed out. ‘Unstuffy and impeccable’ Lords of the Manor at Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire, won Country House Hotel of the Year, while The Pear Tree at Purton in Purton, Wiltshire, was the top country hotel thanks to its ‘dynamic mother-and-daughter duo’ and ‘superb cuisine’.
For families, Fowey Hall at Fowey, Cornwall, was rated the top place to take the kids. It served as the inspiration for Toad’s stately home in The Wind in the Willows.
With no signals for television, radio or wifi, Scotland's Moor of Rannoch Hotel at Rannoch Station was named Newcomer of the Year.