Banyers House Pub with rooms in Royston, Hertfordshire

Prices from:
£119 per night

David Hancock says:

  • Georgian rectory; now a fab place to stay
  • Calm, stylish and elegant atmosphere
  • Crowd-pleasing menu; pizzas to grills
  • Quirky, comfortable rooms to curl up in
  • Kid and dog friendly
  • Good ales and special cocktails

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Overview

Banyers House Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 7BZ

The personal touch

Situated within easy walking distance of the town centre, this Grade II listed Georgian building has been transformed into a destination venue by the niche and innovative Oakman Inns. Formerly Royston’s Georgian Rectory and one of town’s most iconic buildings, it now draws the local faithful as well as worshippers of good food and drink from further afield. Inside an airy, easy, elegance sets the tone for drinkers and diners alike, the striking palm leaf and wild animal wallpapers adding a touch of Gentleman’s club in foreign climes, as lemurs and exotic parrots look down on the main bar. Here Fullers and local Buntington ales are on tap, but the bar stools are the perfect perch for cocktail enthusiasts who have a fabulous list to explore. In the elegant restaurant, with its smart orangery and alfresco terrace extension, diners can tuck into well-cooked dishes from a modern, all-encompassing menu, from classic burgers and steaks to super food salads, Josper grilled sea bass and ‘build your own’ pizzas from the wood-fired oven, where bases are tossed, twirled and topped on the open countertop. The nine bedrooms are peaceful, quirky and spoiling and individually decorated with crisp white sheets and Noble Isle goodies in spotless bathrooms. With a relaxing summer garden and cosy fires in winter, this is a place for all the family and the dog can come too.

Sticky fingers

From pizzas to a special kid’s breakfast menu, children are welcome in this family friendly atmosphere. Activity packs are also on hand to keep little fingers busy.

Muddy paws

Furry friends are well catered for with a Dog Drinking Station and jar of treats by the main door, and they are welcome in the bar, lounge and lobby. Upstairs, there’s a dog friendly bedroom for overnighting pooches.

Alfresco

Outside there’s table service on terrace for al fresco dining and picnic tables at the end of the pretty garden for the bar crowd.

 

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin £119 – £169

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 45)
  • Disabled access to lounge, bar and restaurant
  • Parking

 

Sleep

Banyers House Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 7BZ

Do not disturb

Elegant upstairs bedrooms boats airy Georgian proportions and all have been carefully and lovingly restored. From fun brass pineapple lamp stands, to Indian-style bedside tables, every room has its own character. Painted in soft, calm hues, with original features, panelled walls and crisp white linen, rooms pop with colour from the playful cushions, lampshades and throws. The bathrooms are all indulgent with spotless, walk-in power showers, deep tubs, fluffy towels, robes and Noble Isle smellies. Nespresso coffee and Fairtrade teas are on tap, and with room service guests are truly spoiled by staff whose care deeply about their guests.

 

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin £119 – £169

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 45)
  • Disabled access to lounge, bar and restaurant
  • Parking

 

Eat & Drink

Banyers House Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 7BZ

Mastering the menu

Whether eating in the cosy bar, elegant restaurant or Orangery, or alfresco in summer, the crowd-pleasing menu offers something for everyone. For traditionalists, there’s pork belly, slow-roasted for 12 hours in cider, or Josper grilled leg of lamb with Greek salad, whilst sharing platters bring Mediterranean sunshine with Antipasto Misto brimming with plump Sicilian olives, Milano salami and burrata mozzarella. For younger guests the selection burgers and Neapolitan pizzas created with flair at the open marble worktop are winners. Vegetarian and vegan options are just as delicious with portobello mushroom pie and gooey sticky toffee pudding for cold winter evenings, whilst ‘make your own salads’ with vegan toppings, vegan sorbets and ice creams are refreshing options for long lazy summer lunches in the garden. Don’t miss the Sunday roasts – rump of beef with duck fat roast potatoes and horseradish sauce. To drink, the long bar dispenses Fullers London Pride and local Buntingford ales, a raft of rums and boutique gins, interesting wines and plenty of bubbles, but Banyers House is a magnet for the cocktail crowd – the list of Bellini aperitifs, classic and signature cocktails is fab.

Time to Eat

Breakfast: 8am – 12 noon
Food all day: 12 noon – 9.30pm (10pm Friday & Saturday)

Time at the bar

8am – 12 midnight (1am Friday & Saturday)

What’s the Damage?

9 doubles/twin £119 – £169

What Else?

  • All credit cards taken
  • Alfresco dining
  • Private dining (seats 45)
  • Disabled access to lounge, bar and restaurant
  • Parking

 

Food Trail

Take it back home
Tour the brewery that brewed your favourite pint, visit the shop on the farm that reared your delicious Sunday roast beef, and seek out the roadside stalls selling the local crab and samphire on the inn’s menu, the Food Trail features the local artisan producers and suppliers where you can buy to enjoy at home.

Change of scenery
Looking for a pub for lunch following a country walk, a different venue for dinner, or a good café for coffee, light lunch or afternoon tea, then the best in the area are listed below. If you find a new and exciting eatery in the area that’s worthy of a mention on the Food Trail, then please to do let us know – gabrielle@innplaces.co.uk.

1 Inn Location - Banyers House

2

The Cricketers Damask Green Road, Weston SG4 7DA

Cracking community local serving up pizzas, pints and playgrounds – everyone is welcome from families and dogs to walkers, cyclists and cricketers. Good fresh pub food served all day, best enjoyed in the sheltered garden with country views.

3

Hermitage Rd Bar & Restaurant 20-21 Hermitage Road, Hitchin

Expect to be wowed by the bar and dining space hidden away above a coffee bar (all-day cakes and bagels) and gift and homeware store (Hermitage Rd & Co). Stripped back in New York loft style, the cavernous space offers a cool bar for some great drinking, and delicious modern British food is delivered from an open-to-view kitchen.

Out & About

1 Inn Location - Banyers House

Activities

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Hitchin Lavender, Cadwell Farm, Ickleford SG5 3UA

This farm visitor attraction has about 25 miles of lavender rows, which you can walk through, picking your own fresh flowers as you go. There’s also a 17th-century barn offering lunches and homemade cakes.

3

Lee Valley Park EN2 9HG

10,000-acre, 26-mile long linear park running through the northeast of Greater London, Essex and Hertfordshire, from the Thames to the town of Ware. Among the highlights are the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

4

Letchworth Golf Club SG6 3NQ

Established in 1905, Letchworth Golf Club lies in picturesque, undulating countryside. This is a classic parkland course with firm, fast greens and tight, tree-sided fairways. Regarded as a fair challenge for golfers of all abilities and skills.

5

Standalone Farm, Wilbury Road, Letchworth SG6 4JN

Situated in Letchworth Garden City, Standalone Farm is where you can find all your farmyard favourites, including sheep, cows, goats, pigs and ducks. Expect regular feeding, cow milking demonstrations and tractor-trailer rides. Great fun for the whole family.

Shopping

6

So Unique, High Street, Stevenage SG1 3DW

Independent ladies fashion boutique in Stevenage Old Town’s High Street. Expect fashion accessories, handcrafted giftware, arts & crafts, fragrances and fair trade products.

10

Rosita Lollipop Gift Shop, 2 Payne’s Park, Hitchin SG5 1EH

Hard to beat, Rosita Lollipop in Hitchin is where you’ll find beautiful vintage-inspired clothes, gifts for men and women, whimsical jewellery, handbags, shoes, greeting cards, books and toys. Rosita Lollipop is also an independent label and designer of children’s and women’s clothes.

11

Ruby Room, 23-25 Railway Street, Hertford SG14 1BA

Situated in Hertford, Ruby Room is a women’s fashion boutique based on the ethos of offering quirky, independent shopping, fun fashion accessories and gifting in an artistic, inspiring yet personal style.

Places to visit

12

Hatfield House, Hatfield AL9 5NQ

The present Jacobean house dates back to 1611 and was built by Robert Cecil, first Earl of Salisbury and Chief Minister to James I. Take a tour and you’ll find the estate includes extensive grounds and surviving parts of an earlier palace.

13

Cambridge

One of Britain’s finest cities and a world famous seat of learning, Cambridge lies on the River Cam. University colleges include King’s, noted for its choir and splendid Gothic chapel, and Trinity, established by Henry VIII. If time allows, take in the museums with their exhibitions on polar exploration and the history of science and zoology – among other themes.

14

Shaw’s Corner, Ayot St Lawrence AL6 9BX

This former rectory was the home of the celebrated Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw from 1906 until his death in 1950. Shaw wrote many plays at the house, now owned by the National Trust, and in the garden is the revolving hut where he could think and write without noise and interruption.

15

Greensted Church, Chipping Ongar CM5 9LD

The oldest wooden church in the world and possibly the oldest wooden building in Europe, St Andrew’s, near Chipping Ongar, is still used for services every week. The church was featured on a British postage stamp in 1972.

16

Howard Park, Letchworth SG6 1RY

A popular venue for picnics and very pleasant walks in the shade of tall trees, Howard Park is situated in the heart of Letchworth. The park was part of Ebenezer Howard’s plan to create the world’s first garden city.

17

Waterford Heath, Vicarage Lane, Waterford SG14 3LU

Former sand and gravel quarry near Hertford, work was undertaken in the early 1990s to restore it and create a community nature park. Expect a range of habitats, including grassland, scrub, plantation woodland and a small area of ancient, semi-natural woodland.

Walking

www.walkinginherts.co.uk
Hertfordshire is not perhaps the most obvious destination for walking, but take a look at the map and you’ll find a county packed with potential for enjoying the great outdoors. There’s everything from hidden valleys and large country estates to quiet villages and secret riverbanks.

Cycling

www.cycle-route.com
Hertfordshire is up there with the best of them in terms of cycle trails and off-road routes. Beyond the northern fringes of Greater London is a network of easy tracks and trails to enjoy. Try the off-road canal path between Broxbourne and Ware or St Albans northern route via Harpenden.

Events

www.visitherts.co.uk
Hertfordshire’s many festivals and events stretch right across the cultural calendar. There’s the Hitchin Beer Festival with over 100 ales; Rhythms of the World, when Hitchin plays host to musicians the world over for a very special festival; and world-class performances at the Cambridge Corn Exchange.

Getting there

Location, Location, Location

By Road: Melbourn Street is in the centre of Royston, just off the A10
By Rail: Royston Station (trains direct to King’s Cross) is within walking distance of Banyers House

Address:

16 Melbourn Street, Royston, Hertfordshire, SG8 7BZ

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