Quality inns to stay at when travelling through the countryside

When travelling across the UK, you have a choice about what sort of accommodation you decide to stay in. You could just stay in a well-priced chain hotel, or you could make your next trip through the countryside a little bit more special.

Local inns tend to have better character and provide more than just a bed to sleep in and a roof over your head, they’re an experience.

We couldn’t pick one for every possible location in the UK, but here’s a few from popular countryside locations. Hopefully if you’re passing through and looking for somewhere to stay, these places can accommodate.

The Anchor Inn  


Bury Lane, Sutton Gault, Ely CB6 2BD

The Anchor Inn has over 350 years of history attached to it, but looks to cater to the modern family. Rooms are designed to accommodate mid-sized families consisting of 4 to 5 people. The Riverside suite is highly recommended. It’s a double bedroom, with a bathroom and a living room area.

Indulge in the Anchor Inn’s seasonal menu of British classics, which particularly celebrates its seafood options – they are called the Anchor Inn after all.

Rooms from £70 a night

Average Meal Price (incls. Main & Desert) £25 – 32


The Saracen’s Head


Market Place, Southwell NG25 0HE

Most famously renowned for housing King Charles I, this quaint little inn is snuggly nestled between Southwell Racecourse and the Orchards Golf Course. Whatever you decide to do during the day, you’ll be welcomed back by the Saracen’s Elizabethan décor. Everything down to the beds that you sleep in are styled with an old-fashioned flair, that will truly make you feel transported to another era in time.

For the wine aficionados the Saracen’s restaurant stores an eclectic array of affordable wines to accompany your meal. The menu is slightly less varied than some other places you could stay, but there is enough on it to fill the bellies of most hungry travellers. Hearty meals are served here including braised beef, thick risotto and even haggis

If you’re travelling with your canine companion they’re welcome too, but you will have to pay a little extra.

Rooms from £90 a night (incls. Breakfast)

Average Meal Price (incls. Main & Desert) – £23.50


The Belfry at Yarcombe


Yarcombe, Near Honiton, EX14 9BD

Originally a school, this transformed parish has ensuite bathrooms; a picturesque terrace that offers fabulous views; Wi-Fi for those who need to remain connected to world wide web or want to share a photo or two during their stay.

Reviews are warm and highlight the friendliness of the staff and the quality of the breakfast.

Rooms are each named after a renowned 19th century poet – with their full works available to peruse. Each room has a Samsung flat screen tv and the owners are known to leave you a cheeky flapjack every so often.

Unfortunately the dinner service is not currently available, but the hotel is not afraid to suggest a few quality restaurants in the local area. But, the great breakfast seems to still be running and there’s even a gluten free option.

Rooms from £55 a night (incls. Breakfast)

Average Meal Price (incls. Main & Desert) – currently unavailable 


The Old Orleton Inn 


Holyhead Road, Wellington TF1 2HA

If an overly Victorian style is not your thing, the Old Orleton (despite the name) is a modern inn with just a few touches of old school thrown in.

This whopping great big building has been regularly awarded 5-star ratings.

Their Christmas menu will be starting soon, with a number of delicious Christmas treats being served: including turkey, pork and sweet poached pears. Get a three-course meal and knock off some money during your stay with their discount offers – see website for details

Rooms from £99 per night

Average Meal Price (incls. Main & Desert) – £25 – 30


The Bell at Iden

East Sussex

Church Lane Iden, Near Rye TN31 7PU

A modern and comfy little inn that’s very popular with couples heading towards the coast of Sussex.

The onsite bar hosts a few select nights to keep your stay varied, should you decide to stay in, including free pool thursdays and Pub Quiz wednesdays (every 3rd wednesday of the month).

Food is well priced, supplying both a full menu and a kid’s menu – food is simple but delicious. Its restaurant is less opulently furnished and much more understated than some of the others on this list, however, it’s very comfortable and a good setting for a quick bite to eat. If you’d rather sit in your bed with your food, then just order room service.

Rooms from £75 per night

Average meal Price (incls. Starter & Main) – £18 – 24

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