UK's top accommodation named in Good Hotel Guide Cesar Awards

Roshina Jowaheer
Mells Somerset England UK
Mells Somerset England UK

Pubs and restaurants with rooms have been named some of Britain's best places to stay, according to the 2015 Good Hotel Guide.

Such establishments have made it into the latest guide, with The Talbot Inn at Mells in Somerset being included in the 10-strong Cesar awards list - named for famous hotelier Cesar Ritz.

Receiving the pub-with-rooms award The Talbot Inn was described as "a stylish former coaching inn" with "highly-praised bedrooms and food that always hits the spot".

Of the 400-plus entries in the guide, the publication's co-editors Adam Raphael and Desmond Balmer said: "Our choices reflect the changing face of hospitality: pubs - and restaurants with rooms - are listed alongside simple B&Bs, as well as many full-service hotels."

These other nine Cesar award winners are:

:: Family Hotel - Fowey Hall, Fowey, Cornwall - The inspiration for Toad's stately home in The Wind In The Willows. Described as "an indulgent treat for parents and a hit with the kids"

:: Dog-friendly Hotel - Overwater Hall, Ireby, Cumbria - A third generation family-owned Georgian mansion where "dogs are treated like people"

:: Small Hotel -Yalbury Cottage, Lower Bockhampton, near Dorchester, Dorset - Set in the heart of Thomas Hardy's Wessex, with just eight "immaculate bedrooms" and where you can get a "superb dinner"

:: Country House Hotel - Lords of the Manor, Upper Slaughter, Gloucestershire - "Unstuffy and impeccable"

:: Country Hotel - The Pear Tree at Purton, Purton, Wiltshire - Managed by "a dynamic mother-and-daughter duo" and "serving superb cuisine"

:: Newcomer of the Year - Moor of Rannoch Hotel, Rannoch Station, Perth and Kinross, Scotland - Blissfully isolated with board games and books replacing radio, TV and wi-fi

:: Scottish Hotel of the Year - The Green Park, Pitlochry. "Faultless" family hotel on the banks of the River Tummel

:: Welsh Hotel of the Year - Milebrook House, Knighton, Powys - Three-generation-run establishment with "well-varied" menu

:: Irish Guest House of the Year - Newforge House, Magheralin, Craigavon. A "Georgian gem" where guests are greeted with tea and cake

The co-editors said: "Hotels should be better than home. A good manager will have slept in every bedroom to ensure it's up to scratch.

"Breakfast is also a very good benchmark; it's the guest's last meal before check out, so good-quality coffee, freshly-squeezed orange juice and free-range eggs should be a given. Finally, the guest may not always be right, but they should always come first."

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