Autumn Foodie Breaks31/10/2017
The Ebrington Arms - Cotswolds
This hidden treasure set in a gloriously unspoilt village is a modern day version of a country tavern – it’s at once a genuine pub that brews its own very smooth ales; a lovely restaurant with real local flavour; and a charming inn with rural-chic bedrooms. Chef Ben Dulley offers short, understated menus which reflect his commitment to freshness, with many vegetables straight from surrounding Drinkwater Farm. Dishes are beautifully presented and packed with local flavour – the likes of hot-smoked Bibury trout salad, and Cotswold lamb with stuffed tomatoes.
Artist Residence - Oxfordshire
A unique country pub with a bohemian twist and arty vibe, offering gorgeous quirky rooms, scrumptious meals and contemporary art. The food is as heart-warming as the dining room. Local game and meat, foraged herbs and flowers join vegetables from the garden. The menu could include the likes of smoky pigeon breast electrified by a pickled walnut with caramelised chicory, port jelly and smoked spring onions and plaice in seaweed butter, smoked cockles, sea vegetables and bisque. Join locals for a pint at the bar, read the paper or play cards around the fire.
The Masons Arms - Branscombe
This dog-friendly 14th-century thatched inn, in Branscombe, on the Jurassic Coast, is one of Devon’s best. It prides itself on serving local, seasonal Devon fare on a traditional pub menu – it even has a 'food sourcing map' detailing exactly where the produce comes from. There’s steamed River Exe mussels and fries, steak and kidney shortcrust pie, rump steak and a seafood platter. Ales, hand-pumped from casks, are just as local. On a sunny day, the action moves outside to the pretty suntrap terrace.
The White Star Tavern - Southampton
A characterful tavern with rooms on Southampton’s vibrant Oxford Street. The restaurant is a destination in itself, with a varied menu that caters to all comers. If you fancy a plate of fish and chips washed down with real ale, then you’ll get the crispest batter and a unique brew from Itchen Valley. But the real tour de force is the à la carte menu, where chef Matt Noonan serves up his creativity and innovation in dishes that linger long in the memory: a melt-in-the-mouth braised ox cheek with black bean glaze and oriental vegetables to start, perhaps, or a seared bass with a sauté of wild mushrooms, egg yolk ketchup, smoked and cured egg yolk, leek and fresh Dorset truffle as a main. The Death by Chocolate dessert is served up like a piece of street art and really is to die for.
Here is The Telegraph's full list of the loveliest restaurants with rooms to visit this Autumn.