Nick Galer (ex-Fat Duck) and Mary run their inn with enthusiasm and charm. You can have breakfast in bed, bring your dog (treats on tap), arrange a cookery demo from Nick including lunch and a glass of wine or book a nine-course tasting menu. They do ‘locals’ dinners’, wine evenings and also offer to pay £10 towards your train fare if you travel from London.
Nick’s style of cooking is modern British, and he’s keen on spontaneity and choosing the best seasonal ingredients he can find. There are unusual gins, cocktails and an extensive wine list – each bottle comes with a story that Mary is happy to tell you. There’s an informal feel throughout and you can eat where you want – cosy bar or restaurant.
Most of the bedrooms are on the first floor, with two suites up in the eaves on the second. They all have the quirky fun touch of Mary’s design, each one different, and of varying sizes. There’s a small courtyard garden for having a pint in the sun.