As one of the hottest British summers on record finally begins to fade, our thoughts turn to the cool, crisp days of autumn. Soon we’ll be swapping loose cotton t-shirts for cable knit jumpers and moving from the pub beer garden to the cosy fireside.
For me, autumn is all about the British countryside. From our glorious coastline to our magnificent mountains; lazy weekends spent walking through golden sunlit woodland and alongside placid lakes. It’s about cosy evenings spent curled up with a good book, or laughing with friends and family, sharing good food and wine.
If, like me, you feel like indulging your inner foodie this autumn, Bespoke Hotels have a selection of restaurants that pride themselves on memorable dishes that make the most of the best local, seasonal produce.
Located in Portloe, on the spectacular Roseland Peninsular provides an idyllic centre from which to walk, visit the nearby Lost Gardens of Heligan or the world-famous Eden Project, or skip further afield to the Tate at St Ives, St Maws castle and so much more. As well as dreamy walks, there’s kayaking, fishing, cycling (with bike hire delivery), as well as an open invitation to relax and indulge in a spa treatment, before dining in the two AA rosette restaurant with its emphasis on Cornish produce, including game, shellfish, lobster, and crab.
A historic 17th century former-coaching inn, fresh from a £4m refurbishment, set at the head of Dorking’s famed High Street with the rolling Surrey hills providing a transcendent backdrop. The hotel’s restaurant, The Dozen, showcases an assortment of local producers, with the menu striking a defiantly Surrey flavour: from Debbie’s local chutneys, to on-tap ales and lagers from the Dorking and Wimbledon Breweries, alongside a Dickensian-themed array of cocktails, in tribute to the esteemed novelist who regularly stayed at the Inn during the 19th century.
honey-stoned jewel set on the Cotswolds’ most picturesque high street, the Noel Arms is a gorgeous boutique hotel renowned for its delicious food. In fact, Head Chef Indunil Upatissa has been awarded the Great British Pub Awards for the Best Curry Chef on no less than three occasions.
Overlooking Scotland’s famed Loch Fyne and surrounded by 60 acres of woodland gardens, Stonefield Castle retains many of its original furnishings, including ornate ceilings and grand fireplaces, making it the ideal location for a cosy (and warm!) evening. Dogs are allowed in the bar and lounge areas, so there’s no excuse for not curling up with both pooch and a dram from the hotel’s extensive whisky selection. The perfect end to an activity-filled day!
A beautiful 5-star hotel situated in the bustling centre of Chester, steeped in historical charm. The black and white timbered façade of the Grade II listed building belies the opulent interior, which boasts 68 beautiful bedrooms and 12 stylish suites, a boutique spa and two award-winning restaurants, most notably Simon Radley at The Chester Grosvenor, which has retained its Michelin star since 1990, for 28 consecutive years, and was recently ranked amongst the top 40 restaurants in the UK by the Waitrose Good Food Guide.