Best winter weekend getaways

    Pubs and restaurants with rooms can make the perfect winter weekend getaway. We've picked our favourites to enjoy great food, cosy interiors and roaring fires.

    The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour
    Best for... Modern country living, distillery devotees

    The George Townhouse
    This charming townhouse sits front and centre on the small-town high street of Shipston-on-Stour. Take a leisurely wander around the centre and visit Mrs Brown's Tea Room, or the Black Horse Inn if you're in the mood for a pint. You could even treat yourself to a play at the home of the RSC, 20 minutes away in Stratford-upon-Avon. 
    Then, you can retire to your cosy Cotswold bolthole; The George Townhouse. The modern farmhouse-style parlour serves up locally reared meats, countryside produce and hearty seasonal dishes. The menu is a mix of robust staples with a modern twist. Starters include a twice-baked cheddar soufflé (starters from £6.50) and there's a rump steak main course from Todenham Manor Farm (£18), so you won't go hungry. For dessert, try the treacle tart with clotted cream or the local cheese board.

    Where to eat & drink nearby

    Visit the Cotswolds Distillery for a dram of whisky or a tour of their production area. If beer is more your thing, visit the Wychwood Brewery, home of Hobgoblin. Dip into the local delicatessen, Taste of the Country, for local treats. 

    How to do it

    Deluxe rooms from £140-£160 per night, breakfast included (

    Corner House, Canterbury, Kent
    Best for... Historic setting, local drinks

    Corner House

    When it comes to British food to warm the heart and soul, savvy foodies step just beyond Canterbury’s old city walls to a 16th-century pub that was once Charles Dickens’ stomping ground. Lately revamped by the father-son team from the award-winning Corner House in nearby Minster, this delightfully crooked, Grade-II-listed coach house now has three smart rooms, where centuries-old wood floors and beams contrast with modish Scandinavian greys and blues, and industrial light fittings.

    Each has lavishly proportioned bathrooms, most notably the attic room – the best bet for light sleepers, set furthest from the ring road below (all rooms are double-glazed). Downstairs are great value menus drawn from Kentish farms and breweries, with leading local gin, vodka, cider, beer and wine makers all well represented. Sharing plates (£19) are the thing here with pork scratchings, slivers of sausage roll, creamy chicken liver parfait and homemade terrines (£7pp), with mains including slow-braised Romney Marsh lamb shoulder with dauphinoise potatoes, seasonal vegetables & lamb jus (£19 pp). Delicate suet puddings, including Stour Valley rabbit, are a winter must-eat, as is the homemade bread ice cream: comfort food par excellence.

    Where to eat & drink nearby

    The Goods Shed, a food market-cum-butchers-and-bakers adjacent to the railway, has standout spiced chutneys, Kentish lamb and cider, plus festive lunch/dinner in a shabby-chic café setting. Eat superb pulled pork rolls at Pork & Co, a hipster annex to landmark British bistro Deeson’s. Just around the corner, the ornate gates of Canterbury Cathedral await, with the pretty canals but minutes away.

    How to do it

    Double rooms from £99 per night; £10pp extra for a hearty English breakfast (

    The Howard Arms, Ilmington, Warwickshire
    Best for... Comfort food & laid-back charm

    The Howard Arms

    Take a stroll around this smart, sleepy village with pretty restored stone cottages, 11th-century church, the delightful post office, stores, and two pubs. Then relax: you’re in Ilmington and there isn’t much else to do. Unlike some of the Cotswolds’ newly refurbished pubs, all pale wood and heritage green paint, The Howard Arms is delightfully dark and cosy. There’s an open fire, the hearth often home to a dozing dog, plus battered leather armchairs, dark wooden furniture and lots of paintings depicting country pursuits.

    The food also has comfort in mind, with starters such as Cromer crab & prawn gratin with rustic bread (£7), lamb kofta with red pepper salsa, tzatziki and pitta bread (£6.75), and a butternut squash, spinach & ricotta filo parcel (£12.50). There’s also sticky toffee pudding, of course (£7) and British cheeses are served with celery, chutney and quince (£8).

    Where to eat & drink nearby

    Nearby Mabels Farm sells fresh milk and eggs. For seasonal local beer, visit North Cotswold Brewery and go to Chipping Campden to eat at the excellent The Chef’s Dozen restaurant.

    How to do it

    Rooms from £110-£130, based on two sharing, including three-course breakfast (

    The Kilberry Inn, Kilberry, Argyll
    Best for... A festive, foodie Scottish escape

    The Bilberry Inn

    The journey along the coastline of Scotland’s Knapdale peninsula (with views of Jura if you’re lucky) is part of the fun of a trip to Kilberry – as is the surprise when you arrive. This single-storey, whitewashed inn with its red tin roof looks more like a fisherman’s cottage than a gourmet bolthole. But don’t be deceived: this is just the snug bar-restaurant, and tucked behind it are five elegant rooms, each named after a local island. The coast dictates much of what chef Clare Johnson offers in the restaurant: queenie scallops from nearby Loch Fyne (£9), Gigha halibut and locally caught mussels (mains from £13).

    The inn is famed too for its top-notch desserts (from £5); try the treacle tart with homemade lemon and mascarpone sorbet. But it’s not just the food that satisfies here. Clare’s partner David Wilson is wonderfully welcoming as front of house, and only too happy to fix you a negroni or acquaint you with the local whiskies. The perfect antidote to the frenetic Christmas season.

    Where to eat & drink nearby

    Head to Tarbert’s Starfish Seafood Restaurant, or join whisky tours at the Glen Scotia (tours from £5) and Springbank (tours from £7) distilleries in Campbeltown.

    How to do it

    Rooms from £230, including dinner and breakfast for two. Open Friday/Saturday only in December ( 

    Accommodation for this feature was provided by The Corner House.

    Where's your favourite winter getaway destination? Let us know in the comments below...

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