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Award-winning Dining

From Michelin-starred restaurants to relaxed dining and much more in between, food is a real strength at all Pride of Britain properties. Enjoy an experience to savour at the two Michelin star The Dining Room at Whatley Manor. Grove of Narberth in Pembrokeshire, Wales, offers refined dining at The Fernery Restaurant with walls adorned with pressed ferns (picked by the owners) and casual dining at The Artisan Rooms (think Welsh cheeses, cured meats, local fish and fresh cocktails). Our member hotels all offer something unique, but if you’re looking for award-winning food then you’ll find a menu to delight your tastebuds at the hotels listed below.

Boats & Sailing

Sail the scenic Inner Hebrides archipelago in Scotland aboard the timeless Hebridean Princess which houses 50 guests and 37 staff. The luxury liner has a rich royal history with The Queen having chartered her twice for family celebrations. Also, in Scotland, Glenapp Castle’s boat can be chartered for day trips to Ailsa Craig or the Isle of Arran and at The Nare in Cornwall, guests can charter the hotel’s classic motor launch, Alice Rose, to discover creeks and hidden coves. In Central England, guests at Hambleton Hall can windsurf, sail and fly fish for trout at nearby Rutland Water.

Chef’s Table

Enjoy the best seats in the house at The Chef’s Table. At Northcote in Lancashire, up to 14 guests can enjoy a Michelin-starred meal in the heart of the action, any day of the week, devised by Executive Chef Lisa Goodwin-Allen. At South Lodge in West Sussex, flagship restaurant The Pass has a ‘Chef’s Table’ concept for up to 28 diners with six, eight and ten-course seasonal menus created by Head Chef, Ian Swainson.

City Breaks

There are many city break options at Pride of Britain Hotels. The Athenaeum, The Capital and The Goring are close to London’s world-class art galleries, theatres and museums. The Chester Grosvenor is based in the heart of the city overlooking the famous Eastgate Clock; Dunstane House is just a 15-minute walk from Edinburgh city centre and Middlethorpe Hall, a William III country house, is two miles from York. Our member hotels offer a range of fabulous experiences, but if you’re looking to escape to the city for an overnight stay then the hotels listed below will be just what you’re after.

Cookery Schools & Courses

Lucknam Park, near Bath, has converted a cottage on its estate into a Cookery School, offering a variety of courses including Go Vegan and Festive Baking. In Lancashire, Northcote’s Cookery School provides a wide range of culinary master classes such as Breadmaking and Dinner Party Secrets. At Judges, Yorkshire, guests can don chef’s whites and become part of the kitchen team for the day gaining experience in food preparation, cooking and presentation.

Country Pursuits

Bovey Castle’s stunning location on Dartmoor lends itself to a range of country pursuits which include falconry, cider and sloe gin-making, off-road driving and a new deer park. In Leicestershire, try clay pigeon shooting, archery and falconry on Stapleford Park’s 500-acre estate. At Glenapp Castle, on-site activities include the option to hold a private Highland Games event, plus mountain biking, stargazing, falconry, archery and Quoits.

For Golfers

Many member hotels have golf courses either on site or nearby. Bovey Castle in Dartmoor has an award-winning 18-hole course that meanders around the hotel’s impressive 275-acre estate, past rivers and valleys. In County Durham, Rockliffe Hall’s world-class 18-hole parkland course is one of the longest in the UK and includes a halfway house for snacks and a covered driving range.

Gardens Worth Visiting

In North Wales, Bodysgallen Hall’s plot includes a potager, knot garden, secluded pathways, statues and borders of magnolias, tulips and white spirea. In the Cotswolds, Barnsley House’s Rosemary Verey-designed gardens feature enchanting follies, a walled garden, herb parterre and rockery. For children, Rockliffe Hall’s Alice in Wonderland-themed Mischmasch garden includes a nature trail, eco adventure playground and water fountains.

Horse Riding

Lucknam Park, near Bath, boasts an on-site Equestrian Centre with 35 horses. Tuition in jumping, dressage and cross-country riding can be arranged and aside from a full-size all-weather arena, guests can ride out in 500 acres of parkland. In Newmarket, Suffolk, the ancestral home of British horseracing, Bedford Lodge is located adjacent to Newmarket Racecourse. Ellenborough Park overlooks Cheltenham racecourse and aside from race day events, the hotel can arrange family polo lessons.

Kitchen Gardens

Providing an abundance of fresh and seasonal produce for the restaurants including fruit, vegetables, salads, herbs and edible flowers, kitchen gardens are an integral part of many of the Pride of Britain Hotels. Notable examples included Gravetye Manor’s oval walled Victorian kitchen garden and The Torridon in Scotland’s two-acre kitchen garden and farm, home to Highland cows and Tamworth pigs.

Morgan Car Experience

Pride of Britain guests can now explore the great British countryside in a Morgan 4/4 sports car thanks to a special partnership. The Nare in Cornwall, The Torridon in the Scottish Highlands and Calcot Manor in the Cotswolds all have a classic Morgan car available for guests to hire for the day. Each vehicle has a rear-mounted picnic hamper making it ideal for summer picnics and days out.

On the Coast

The Headland Hotel in North Cornwall has its own Surf Sanctuary on Fistral Beach offering surf classes, coasteering, kite surfing and stand-up paddle boarding. Thurlestone in South Devon, has been family-owned since 1896 and offers everything from tennis to face-painting during the school holidays. For mind-blowing sunsets and seafood stay at Airds in Port Appin, Western Scotland, or head to Seaham Hall to explore the unspoilt Durham Heritage coast. In Sussex, Bailiffscourt is moments from Climping Beach and The Nare boasts a prime spot on Cornwall’s Roseland Peninsula.

Shopping

It’s hard to beat London for shopping. The Capital in Knightsbridge is the closest hotel in the world to Harrods and The Arch is convenient for Marylebone High Street’s boutiques and Oxford Street. For more eclectic tastes, Calcot Manor is close to Tetbury’s antique shops and Ockenden Manor is less than 30 minutes’ drive from Brighton’s quirky North Laines.

Spa & Wellness

Over half of Pride of Britain members offer spa and wellness facilities and the hotly-anticipated opening of South Lodge’s stunning new spa in Sussex will take place in early 2019. All Cotswolds’ hotels have spas with Whatley Manor offering a permanent Natura Bissé Pure Air Bubble Suite. At Gilpin Hotel’s Lake House in the Lake District, six spa suites have exclusive access to 100 acres of grounds which include a private lake, salt snug, hot tubs and spa treatments.

Wine Experiences

The Vineyard Hotel in Berkshire houses a 30,000-bottle wine cellar, a spa offering grape-themed treatments and guests can indulge in wine masterclasses, tastings and cellar tours. At South Lodge in West Sussex, the original subterranean Victorian cellar has been restored for wine-tasting sessions with the hotel’s Sommelier. The new Grand Siècle Tasting Room, created in partnership with Laurent-Perrier, is located within the cellars of Yorebridge House, North Yorkshire, and offers bespoke menus with wine flights.

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