The Cartford Inn named the best gourmet hotel in the Sunday Times guide
A Lancashire hotel has been named UK’s ‘Best Gourmet Hotel’ in The Sunday Times Best Places to Stay 2021.
Today The Sunday Times unveiled its definitive list of the top 100 places to stay across the country, and The Cartford Inn in Preston was named the nation’s top fine dining hotel.
The owners of The Cartford Inn, Julie and Patrick Beaume, said: “What an honor to receive the Sunday Times’ exciting Best Gourmet Hotel award, such an esteemed publication. As an independent and original establishment, it is nice to be recognized for our high standards and dedication. We think the title is a reflection of our hardworking staff who have helped us through the pandemic, without them we wouldn’t be where we are today. “
The best food at Cartford Inn, the best fine dining hotel in the country
The guide says: “This 17th century inn is now an arty stay with a gallery, a gastronomic pub and an enchanting atmosphere…. The restaurant is Patrick’s domain, with former Claridge’s chef Chris Bury at the helm … Dinner is served in a series of lighted, tiled and salvaged oak dining rooms decorated with posters, paintings and whimsical blown glass mushrooms by John Ditchfield. Completely attractive.
To find out more about The Cartford Inn and to book your table or stay, visit its website.
Alice Hawthorn in Yorkshire was subsequently named The Sunday Times Best Places to Stay 2021 for the Northern Region.
Described as an English village pub, perfectly situated midway between York and Harrogate in the village of Nun Monkton, it offers its guests four bedrooms above the pub and eight in industrial-style farm buildings bordered by drink.
Lisa Grainger, associate editor and travel editor of the Sunday Times Luxx Magazine, says in the guide: “Food is the star of this fabulous 18th century pub with Scandinavian-style rooms… Since Richard Harpin, the millionaire co-founder of HomeServe Plumbing, bought it, he transformed the historic watering hole (named after an award-winning racehorse) into the Yorkshire version of the Wild Rabbit: a sleek and refined gastropub with food as assured as its interiors inspired by Oka.
Overall, the guide is divided into eight regions: London, South East, South West, Center, East, North, Wales and Scotland, with Sunday Times editors traveling from the Highlands to Penzance, finding something to all tastes, budgets and locations.
There are also winners in eight different categories; Budget, B&B, Gourmet, Family, Coastal, Pub, Country and Romantic, with the guide claiming to focus on the things that really matter; hotels offering the essentials of comfort, excellent service and excellent value for money, together with personality and warmth.
The full guide is now available online and will also appear as a supplement in the newspaper this Sunday.