Inn Places: Inns with a Difference

9 November 2016

Among our collection of very special country inns and pubs with rooms, there
are a few that offer something just a bit more quirky and different to wow their
customers and set them apart from the competition. Here are six inns doing
just that – a deli with a difference, a jaw-dropping drinks list, a stunning location,
and three making the most of amazing buildings.

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire

The Beaume’s have worked wonders with this 17th-century riverside inn,
transforming it into a sophisticated and quirky eating inn with glamorous
bedrooms. Don’t miss TOTI (Taste of the Inn), a gorgeous shop and deli in
a revamped outbuilding. It oozes characteristic style and rustic charm,
showcasing some of the best regional produce, the inn’s own artisan products,
and works by local artists and craftspeople.

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The Cholmondeley Arms, Malpas, Cheshire
Gin Shelf
Originally a Victorian schoolhouse, the ‘Chum’ retains an old school atmosphere
with high-roofed halls, large windows, huge radiators, and blackboards listing
up-coming events. Step up to the huge sideboard bar and you’ll find yourself in
gin heaven, with a mind-boggling choice of over 360 different brands and an
array of mixers on the menu. If Genever’s your thing, try the gin board, book a
gin-tasting class, and don’t miss ‘Gin Fest’ in July.

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The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, Co. Durham

Once the Abbot’s Priory, this historic village inn boasts ancient flagstones,
heavy oak doors, chunky trestle tables, wall sconces and medieval-style
chandeliers. The vaulted Crypt Bar, sculpted by thick stone walls and lit by
candles, is a cosy and atmospheric place to hunker down on wild winter nights
to sup Northumbrian ales. The original Abbey cloister garden is a Grade I-listed
space that comes complete with ruins and stunning views. Special indeed.

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The Gunton Arms, Thorpe Market, Norfolk

Expect the unexpected – a chic, hunting lodge-style inn set within a stunning
1,000-acre country estate. Deer roaming freely past the inn, a sight to behold
and best enjoyed from the comfort of the bar and dining rooms, which exude
a baronial feel, with warm red hues, antique furnishings, blazing log fires and
wooden floors. The vibe is relaxed and informal, and braziers and blankets
allow you to stay outside late to soak up the view. Bliss.

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The Sign of the Angel, Lacock, Wiltshire

A former 15th-century wool merchant’s house and coaching inn tucked away
in the timeless National Trust village of Lacock. Often used as a film location,
the inn oozes historic charm, with a stone and timbered façade, an impressive
original doorway and medieval layout, replete with creaking floors, ancient
latch doors, big stone fireplaces, and flickering candles on old dining tables.
Truly step back in time at this architectural gem of a building.

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The Talbot Inn, Mells, Somerset

Set within a cobbled courtyard, the ancient Talbot Inn oozes genuine charm
and character and fits perfectly into its feudal village setting. It’s a special place,
a warren of snug rooms and passageways and across the cobbles is the ‘Sitting
Room, perfect for watching a Sunday night movie, and the Coach House Grill
Room, where food is simply grilled over charcoal and served at long wooden
tables with pitchers of wine, just like in Tudor times.

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