Not so long ago the thought of staying overnight in a pub would conjure up visions of badly furnished bedrooms and the lingering scent of stale ale. But how things have changed – now you can stay in luxurious rooms full of home comforts where children and dogs are welcome.
Recognising this growing trend of pubs with smart rooms and high quality food and drink has inspired industry expert David Hancock to create InnPlaces.co.uk, a niche website that showcases a carefully curated collection of England and Wales’ most stylish pubs with rooms.
To celebrate the launch, InnPlaces.co.uk has teamed up with The Resident to offer one lucky reader the chance to win a two night stay for two people at The Cat Inn in West Hoathly, West Sussex. The prize, worth £360, includes a three-course dinner on one night, and a copy of the Inn Places Guide Book.
Nine runners up will also win a copy of the new edition of Inn Places: Discover the Best Inns of England and Wales, priced £8.99.
Handpicked by David Hancock, the collection of inns has been organised into Innspire Me categories such as Muddy Paws, Romantic Getaways and Family Friendly. There’s also a 90 Minutes from London collection, which showcases inns just a short hop from London and the M25, making them ideal venues for a weekend break or short stay away.
‘I handpicked my personal favourites to launch InnPlaces.co.uk, to ensure customers can find the best inns and pubs with rooms that England and Wales has to offer,’ says Hancock, who previously edited Sawday Pubs & Inns and AA Room at the Inn.
Some are posh with boutique-style rooms, while others ooze tradition and rustic country house charm. We look for rooms with a “wow” factor and a genuine welcome from hands-on owners
‘Some are posh with boutique-style rooms, while others ooze tradition and rustic country house charm. We look for rooms with a “wow” factor that will draw guests back time and again, but mostly for a winning combination of wonderful food, real ales and wine, comfortable bedrooms, and a genuine welcome from hands-on owners.’
The 16th-century Cat Inn, which stands opposite the village church in West Hoathly, has been rejuvenated by proprietor Andrew Russell who, following 20-plus years at Gravetye Manor, has a keen eye for detail.
There’s plenty of period charm on show – two large fireplaces for real fires, burnished panelling around the bar, a 15th-century glass-covered well – and a more opened-up contemporary feel in the dining area to the rear.
The four bedrooms offer contemporary comforts, from king-size Vi-spring beds to Nespresso coffee machines and free wifi; a couple of them boast stunning views of the 900-year-old village church just across the lane.
To enter the competition, visit innplaces.co.uk/LondonResident and fill in the short entry form. Terms & Conditions are detailed on the Inn Places website. Entries close at midnight on Sunday 31 December 2017.