Country pubs with rooms make ideal venues for business meetings

24 October 2017

A growing number of our top pubs with rooms are renovating barns or creating spaces in lofts and lounges to diversify the business and meet the demand for private rooms not just for family celebrations and intimate small weddings, but for business meetings too. So, if you’re in need of a sanctuary away from the office to discuss important business matters, or simply want somewhere offering a more informal atmosphere, then take a look at some of our recommendations that have quirky and unique meeting spaces. Some are close to towns or motorways; all offer great service, delicious food and cosy rooms for those who need to stay overnight.  For many more options click here.

Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, Northumberland

Restored historic inn set in a timeless moorland village and worth seeking out for fantastic seasonal food and gorgeous country-smart rooms. The impressive Gatehouse across the lane is a stunning meeting space (max 30 people) replete with flagstone floors and open fireplaces – outdoor fun on the moors can be arranged.
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The Bell Inn, Bramshaw, Hampshire

Refurbished in country-chic style with comfortable rooms, a great bar and private dining areas, this classic New Forest inn is located just off the M27 and provides an ideal meeting/team building venue (two meeting rooms). Build in time for forest walks from the door or enjoy a cracking round of golf next door.
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The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland

Well-loved village inn close to the A1 and Stamford offering seasonal menus that bristle with local produce, and country-chic bedrooms in Beech House opposite. Book the renovated barn for informal business meetings (max 16 people) – it has a wood-burning stove and direct access to the garden – then break out into the bar.
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The Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire

Hidden away in a lush valley a world away from the hubbub of Halifax over the hill, this unspoilt 17th-century inn makes the perfect country meeting venue. Swap the city office for a private business meeting in the intimate Wine Loft (seats 12), then eat and drink well downstairs; great rooms too for those who need to stay over.
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The Packhorse, Moulton, Suffolk

Cool country inn close to Newmarket and worth the detour from the A14 for innovative cooking, gorgeous interiors and chic bedrooms. Great location too for a business meeting in the fully equipped and very swish Club Room (max 40 theatre-style), replete with state-of-the-art multimedia and audio facilities.
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The Wheatsheaf, Northleach, Gloucestershire

Expect boutique bedrooms, a contemporary menu, gorgeous gardens and a chilled out vibe at this stunning Cotswold inn. It’s a brilliant venue for business too, located just off the A40 close to Cheltenham, with a fully equipped private room seating 18 boardroom style, while the Poker Room is an intimate space for 6 people.
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The Swan, Wedmore, Somerset

Cool, contemporary village inn with quirky, individual bedrooms and River Cottage chefs delivering exciting food all day. With the M5 and Bristol within easy each, the fully equipped Club Room (max 30) is a popular space for corporate meetings with its own kitchen, and French doors lead directly out into the garden.
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The Bell Inn, Ticehurst, East Sussex

Be wowed by the eclectic décor, the quirky bedrooms and the seasonal food at this 16th-century Sussex bolthole. Equally fabulous is The Stable with its sunken table seating 20, well equipped for business gatherings, and The Snug is perfect for small meetings. Team building and training packages can be arranged.
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