Pubs and Inns with Fabulous Private Dining Spaces

3 October 2018

With Christmas on the horizon, thoughts of gathering together with family and friends may be high on your agenda, so if you are looking for a private room to host a special family meal, or an intimate space to celebrate with family, friends and colleagues, where you can wine and dine into the night (and stay the night), or perhaps you need a sanctuary away from the office to discuss important business matters…then take a look at these recommendations of pubs and inns  with very comfortable private dining rooms or meeting spaces.  To see our full list of inns offering private dining click here

The Swan Inn, Ascott Under Wychwood, Oxfordshire

An elegant, relaxing and contemporary pub with rooms, (with 8 beautifully appointed bedrooms), that oozes original charm and home-from-home comforts, and offers sublime food. The stylish rustic charm extends throughout the grand new entrance, replete with wood-burner, and the informal bar/dining area, where you’ll find sofas hugging the log fire, jugs of flowers on old pine tables, and walls lined with striking original oil paintings.  A fabulous private dining space leading on to a spacious courtyard garden that can host up to 40 guests makes the perfect place to gather.
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The Partridge Inn, Stretton, Cheshire

Sympathetically restored and extensively refurbished, the contemporary smart Partridge with its ten spanking new rooms in the former children’s ‘Funhouse’ play rooms at the rear of the pub makes an excellent venue for business meetings or special occasion dinners. Ideally located just off the M56 (and 3 miles from the M6) the Darwin Room, named after the pub’s once frequent visitor, Charles Darwin, seats up to 14.
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The Crown, Stoke by Nayland, Suffolk

Aside from the super comfortable bedrooms and outstanding breakfasts, there are many good reasons to spend a few days at this civilised inn deep in Constable country. Make the most of the inn’s lovingly nurtured gardens, creative seasonal menus and the top-drawer wine list (not to mention the glass fronted wine shop where discounts are substantial for paying guests).  For private parties or business meetings there is a private dining room seating up to 14 guests.
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The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire

The Cartford Inn, pub with rooms in Little Eccleston, Lancashire

Patrick and Julie Beaume have worked wonders with this 17th-century riverside inn, transforming it into a sophisticated eating inn with glamorous bedrooms. They’ve kept the best bits like the open fires, wood floors and etched glass, and brought it bang up to date and added some genuine personality to the place via quirky (but tasteful) décor.  The revamped River House has private dining facilities for between 16 and 30 people where the windowed front, as well as letting in natural light, provides wonderful views of the serene riverscape and hills beyond.
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The Crown & Garter, Inkpen Common, Berkshire

Ideally located in Berkshire in a glorious rural setting below Inkpen Beacon this rustic-chic inn offers stylish courtyard rooms, simple, modern British food, views from the garden, and a super little café serving great coffee, delicious pastries and light lunches – and becomes the pub’s private dining room in the evening. The ten thoughtfully designed posh chalet-style bedrooms are tucked away behind the pub in an attractive, quiet, courtyard with its own stunning landscaped garden – just ideal for retiring to after dinner.
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Red Lion Inn, Babcary, Somerset

A charismatic thatched pub with contemporary smart rooms tucked away in a sleepy village, yet just two miles from the A303. Worth the trip for regional ales and local ciders, flagstone floors, real fires and real food, a small farm shop, and lots of nooks and crannies in rambling rooms.  The Den (a chic little converted barn) is an intimate space with rustic charm and contemporary vintage decoration perfect for private lunches and dinners for up to 20 people. For bigger affairs and weddings, take advantage of the pretty marquee which attaches to the Den.
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Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham, West Sussex

Crab and Lobster Sidlesham West Sussex - Seafood

The 350-year-old Crab & Lobster is a seashore hideaway, favoured for fabulous seafood and luxurious rooms.  Given the gorgeous setting overlooking Pagham Harbour nature reserve, close to the open sea, there’s rightly an excellent showing of fish and shellfish on the menu. Period charm abounds but placed with a well-judged modernity that embraces contemporary tastes while maintaining a sense of authenticity.   The rear garden overlooks fields, Crab Cottage next door is the ideal family retreat and the snug’, which adjoins the main restaurant, can also be used for private dining for up to ten people.
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The Grosvenor Arms, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Step off the street into this grand old inn and expect to be wowed by the glass-covered walkway that links the stylish, super comfortable bar area with the light, airy and spacious dining area.  The Mediterranean-style quadrangle courtyard is an unexpected surprise and a peaceful refuge from the hustle and bustle of the High Street.  The contemporary dining area comes with a cool deli area with huge marble-topped table (great for an informal party) and a wood-fired pizza oven.  16 bedrooms and two private dinings rooms complete the picture – The Library seats up to 16, whilst the Assembly Room with huge sash windows and views over Shaftesbury Town, seats up to 70.
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The Embankment, Bedford, Bedfordshire

The iconic black and white Victorian hotel dates from 1891 and stands proudly on the banks of the River Ouse in the heart of Bedford. Offering great beer and fresh seasonal food, there’s a cosy dining room with petrol blue walls and a larger, elegant restaurant with wooden floors, green botanical wallpaper and an open fireplace.  The Blue Room (seats 24) is the perfect place for parties and celebrations. Stay the night and admire the view of the River Ouse from some of the 20 comfortable rooms upstairs.
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The Durham Ox, Crayke, North Yorkshire 

Michael and Sasha Ibbotson’s unassuming 300-year-old inn stands on the hill of ‘grand Old Duke of York’ fame in the heart of beautiful Crayke, and affords stunning views across the Vale of York, taking in York Minster from the rear cottage bedrooms and the garden.  It draws the discerning for seasonal British cooking, fabulous wines and local beers, and its 6 country-chic rooms. There’s a fantastic private dining room upstairs (seats 10 -16), which comes with a relaxing sitting room (deep sofas, antiques, log fire, honesty bar) and fine views up the village street to the church. The Ox Barn is a great space for larger celebrations and makes a cracking wedding venue, replete with its own bar and blazing wood burning stove.
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The Old Stocks Inn, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire

Expect the unexpected at this boldly revamped Cotswold inn on Stow’s square – a modern and quirky hotel set within the original timbered framework and one that oozes fun, style and panache. Think, splashes of bold colour, leather banquettes, painted panelled walls, retro Scandi-style furnishings, trendy hanging light fittings, wooden floors, and a cool contemporary bar.  Sixteen stunning rooms, a secret terraced garden and Little Stocks, a super little coffee shop next door, complete the pleasing picture so either book the private dining room for a family celebration or if you really want to push the boat out, hire the whole show!
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Bell Inn, Bramshaw, Hampshire 

Surrounded by ancient woodland in the heart of the New Forest, yet just minutes from the M27 (J1), the Bell Inn is one of the oldest family-owned pubs in Hampshire.  The hub of The Bell is the fabulous bar, a haven for locals, walkers (& dogs), golfers and guests, with its warm heritage hues, cosy corners and sofas to sink in to, its blazing, double-aspect log fire and Ringwood ales on tap. The New Forest Lounge and the Garden Room provide flexible and spacious entertaining space whether for a private celebration or more formal business meeting – and with 28 smart, contemporary bedrooms, there is plentiful accommodation for guests to stay the night so build in time for forest walks from the door or enjoy a cracking round of golf next door.
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