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Eat, drink and fall into bed: incredible UK restaurants with bedrooms for the ultimate food break

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If you're the kind of person who immediately checks out the food options after booking a holiday, who arranges entire weekend breaks around particular gastronomic experiences and who very possibly carries handbag cutlery, then friend – you are welcome here.

We've found eight of the UK's best restaurants with rooms, the kind of restaurants you go out of your way to visit and then need a lie down after that fabulous tasting menu and terribly indulgent matching wines.

Perfect for special occasions or treat weekends, with boutique hotels, huge manor houses and cosy cottages all mere steps away from Michelin-starred cuisine, you'll never book any other kind of break again. Happy eating...

Prices are start rates for one night's stay, with dinner where stated

  • Forest Side

    Cumbria

    This 19th-century Lake District hotel has emerged from an 18-month renovation costing £4 million, resulting in a luxury getaway with no detail overlooked. Furnishings and artwork are locally sourced, including a frankly impressive showing from Herdwick wool (in the carpets, beds and even insulation).

    Former L’Enclume chef and foraging maestro Kevin Tickle heads up the kitchen: menus change daily depending on what's available in the 46 acres of land, and Tickle spent much of the restoration time curing, preserving, pickling, distilling and fermenting in preparation. Expect beautiful, arty plates and rooms ranked by ‘Cosy’, ‘Jolly Good’ and ‘Superb’.

  • Forest Side

    Double room with breakfast from £209, with dinner from £299.
    theforestside.com

  • The Hand & Flowers

    Buckinghamshire

    Tom Kerridge’s Marlow pub came about from the desire to create somewhere where he and his wife Beth “would like to go to on their days off”. Turns out they created a place that loads of people want to go on their days off, as in 2011 it became the first pub to be awarded two stars by Michelin.

    Enjoy modern British and rustic French dishes, such as duck liver parfait, beer-roasted chicken and milk toffee tart, before rolling into one of eight cosy cottages nearby: think free-standing copper baths and oversized dressing gowns.

  • The Hand & Flowers

    Double room with breakfast from £140.
    thehandandflowers,co.uk

  • Restaurant Sat Bains

    Nottinghamshire

    The two-star Restaurant Sat Bains offers “refined, highly original dishes with distinct, carefully balanced flavours” according to the Michelin Guide, and the eponymous chef-proprietor has carefully picked UK producers to supply his kitchen, run by John Freeman, as well as using salad and herbs from the restaurant’s urban garden.

    There’s a bench for four diners to sit in the kitchen and see the creative hub first-hand. Meanwhile, the eight rooms have been individually designed, but commonly feature roll-top baths and luxurious beds to flop onto when you’ve had your fill of the seven- or ten-course tasting menu.

  • Restaurant Sat Bains

    Double room packages from £145,
    restaurantsatbains.com

  • L'Enclume

    Cumbria

    Simon Rogan’s masterclass in foraging, L’Enclume, has two Michelin stars and a 12-acre farm near Cartmel, supplying vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers for the tasting menu. You’re treated to plate after plate of beautifully presented, innovative and, importantly, delicious creations (flamed mackerel in onion ashes, dishes simply labelled ‘anvil’), with the most innocuous-looking bites packing an unbelievable punch of flavour.

    Rooms are in three different buildings across the historic village (all walking distance) and breakfast is in the nearby Rogan & Company.

  • L'Enclume

    Double room with breakfast from £129, dinner packages from £450.
    lenclume.co.uk

  • Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

    Oxfordshire

    Chef Raymond Blanc OBE opened his first restaurant, Les Quat’Saisons, with wife Jenny in 1977, before falling in love with the manor house hotel and its 30 acres in 1984.

    The lush lawns, flowers and orchards provide a picturesque setting, but the gardens also provide the hotel with fresh, organic ingredients (including 90 types of veg and 70 different herbs) for the acclaimed restaurant, the seasonal, French-inspired cuisine of which has ensured it’s held on to its two Michelin stars since the hotel first opened its doors.

  • Belmond Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons

    Double room with à la carte, five- or seven-course dinner and breakfast from £950.
    belmond.com

  • Boath House

    Highland

    The team at Boath House in Nairn describe themselves as avid followers of the slow food movement, and thus adhere to sustainable and environmental practices. The growers, breeders, producers and foragers used are largely local, the hotel has its own kitchen gardens and there’s even honey from its very own bee hives.

    The restaurant has been awarded a Michelin star, its modern British cuisine described as having “great finesse”, while the Georgian mansion itself was originally a family home and as such has only eight bedrooms.

  • Boath House

    Double room with breakfast from £295, with dinner from £380.
    boath-house.com

  • Northcote

    Lancashire

    This country house hotel sits on the edge of the Ribble Valley and is home to the stellar culinary team of Nigel Haworth, Lisa Goodwin-Allen and Aled Williams, who use regional foodstuffs to create seasonal Lancastrian cuisine with a modern twist (scallop tempura with roast garlic and sorrel aioli, for instance).

    There are 26 chic, individually designed rooms, including a garden lodge with master suite and pantry kitchen, and charming gardens supplying organic salads, veg, herbs and fruit. There’s also a cookery school offering half- and full-day courses.

  • Northcote

    Double room with breakfast from £260, packages including five-course dinner from £325.
    northcote.com

  • Kinloch Lodge

    Isle of Skye

    Former 17th-century hunting lodge Kinloch Lodge currently holds the island’s only Michelin star and boasts a daily changing menu from head chef Marcello Tully, using local and seasonal produce.

    Expect Scot-sourced dishes like Speyside beef fillet with Strathdon blue cheese mousse and Mallaig cod with Drumfearn mussels, explore the “particularly interesting wine list” and then retire to bed with a view of Loch na Dal and a cosy sense of history from the portraits of the owners’ ancestors dotted about.

  • Kinloch Lodge

    Double room with breakfast and five-course dinner from £340.
    kinloch-lodge.co.uk

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Amy Swales is a freelance writer who likes to eat, drink and talk about her dog. She will continue to plunder her own life and the lives of her loved ones for material in the name of comedy, catharsis and getting pictures of her dog on the internet.

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