From traditional inns to stylish gastropubs – the 10 best boozers to spend the night in

It may be chilly outside, but the start of autumn means cozy pubs with crackling fires are back on our weekend diaries.

From traditional inns serving local ales to stylish gastro pubs in the countryside, Britain does them best.

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We visit some of the best UK boozers, each with roomsCredit: Getty

Jane Knight selects some of the best pubs in the country, each with rooms.

  • The 46th edition of The Good Hotel Guide is now available, priced at £20.

THE TALBOT INN, SOMERSET

ENTER this 15th century inn in Mells through an arched causeway and find a bar serving local ales and fine wines, the dining rooms warmed by blazing fires.

Feast on chic fish and chips, meat and game from local farms, and sleep in bright, light bedrooms, some with four-poster beds.

Enter this 15th century inn through an arched causeway

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Enter this 15th century inn through an arched causeway

Double bed and breakfast costs from £120.

Call 01373 812254 or visit talbotinn.com.

ALICE’S HAWTHORN, NORTH YORKS

THIS chic pub in Nun Monkton, halfway between York and Harrogate, blends modernity and tradition to perfection.

The bar is a refined affair with plush green seating and wooden beams, the rooms are stylish and Scandinavian-inspired, while the dining room offers much-loved cuisine, including exquisite steaks.

This chic pub in Nun Monkton mixes modernity and tradition to perfection

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This chic pub in Nun Monkton mixes modernity and tradition to perfection

Double bed and breakfast costs from £150.

Call 01423 330303 or visit thealicehawthorn.com.

ROSE AND CROWN, NORFOLK

EVERYTHING you want in a pub is here – the cheery interior has cozy nooks, window seats and dogs snoring by the fire.

Rooms have comfortable beds with crisp linens, books, and sleek bathrooms.

The Rose & Crown in Norfolk is everything you want in a pub

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The Rose & Crown in Norfolk is everything you want in a pub

There are real ales, good food and the pub in the village of Snettisham is family friendly.

Double bed and breakfast costs from £120.

See roseandcrownsnettisham.co.uk or call 01485 541382.

THE CAT INN, WEST SUSSEX

An EXCELLENT base from which to explore the South Downs, this local in the village of West Hoathly offers oak beams and cantoues, real ales and attractive menus.

The rooms in pretty country houses are equipped with coffee machines and sumptuous Bramley toiletries.

The Cat Inn is an ideal base for exploring the South Downs

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The Cat Inn is an ideal base for exploring the South Downs

Double bed and breakfast costs from £160.

Call 01342 810369 or visit catinn.co.uk.

THE OLD COAST GUARD, CORNWALL

OUTSIDE, the garden slopes down to the sea, while inside, Cornish seafood is on the well-priced menu at this Mousehole pub.

There’s a wooden bar and soft sofas, while bedrooms have sea views, Cornish artwork and plaid blankets.

The former Cornwall Coastguard has a garden that slopes down to the sea

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The former Cornwall Coastguard has a garden that slopes down to the seaCredit: Paul Massey

Double bed and breakfast costs from £172.50.

For more information call 01736 731222 or visit oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk.

BELL IN SKENFRITH, WALES

THIS pub ticks all the boxes – 17th century whitewashed exterior, enchanting location, stylish rural interiors.

Dine on Brecon fillet of beef and Welsh cheeses before retiring to rooms with pretty fabrics, comfy armchairs and views of the river or countryside.

Skenfrith's Bell ticks all the boxes

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Skenfrith’s Bell ticks all the boxes

Double bed and breakfast costs from £175.

For more information call 01600 750235 or visit thebellatskenfrith.co.uk.

THE BONNIE BADGER, SCOTLAND

CHEF Tom Kitchin and his wife Michaela run an award-winning, top-notch operation with a traditional bar, rustic-chic interiors and an ever-changing menu featuring down-to-earth pub classics.

Rooms at this inn in Gullane, near the coast, are stylish, with exposed beams and retro touches.

The Bonnie Badger has a traditional bar, chic rustic interiors and an ever-changing menu

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The Bonnie Badger has a traditional bar, chic rustic interiors and an ever-changing menu

Double bed and breakfast costs from £195.

Call 01620 621111 or visit bonniebadger.com.

THE ANGEL INN, NORTH YORKS

The incredible interiors of this pub in Hetton match the very good food – the restaurant has been awarded its first Michelin star.

It’s not cheap, but you can dine on Michael Wignall’s exquisite dishes before sleeping in cool, crisp rooms, some with freestanding baths and views of Rylstone Fell.

The Angel Inn has amazing interiors that match the really good food

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The Angel Inn has amazing interiors that match the really good food

Dinner, bed and breakfast cost from £430 for two.

Visit angelhetton.co.uk or call 01756 730263.

THE RED LION, WILTSHIRE

THIS charming thatched cottage with wooden tables and a wood-burning stove in East Chisenbury was awarded a Michelin star in 2013 and serves everything from homemade Scotch eggs to Wiltshire chateaubriand beef.

Bedrooms have premium mattresses and wooden decks overlooking the Avon.

The Red Lion is set in a charming thatched cottage with wooden tables and a wood-burning stove

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The Red Lion is set in a charming thatched cottage with wooden tables and a wood-burning stove

Double bed and breakfast costs from £195.

For details see redlionfreehouse.com or call 01980 671124.

THE FEATHER’S NEST, COTSWOLDS

ENJOY real ales by the fireside or in the flower-filled garden of this Nether Westcote pub, which overlooks the Cotswolds countryside.

Chef Matt Weedon is known for his good food — the wine list is well chosen, and the bright, cottage-style rooms offer fresh fruit, cookies, and coffee machines.

Sip real ales by the fireplace or in the flower garden at The Feathered Nest

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Sip real ales by the fireplace or in the flower garden at The Feathered Nest
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Double bed and breakfast costs from £195.

See thefeatherednestinn.co.uk or call 01993 833030.

EXTRAORDINARY ROOMS GUIDE

MAKE your next hotel stay in Britain a little different.

The latest Good Hotel Guide is out and reveals its most unusual suggestions.

THE OLD RAILWAY STATION, WEST SUSSEX: Sleep in a Pullman car in this old train station.

There’s even a “platform” service so you can have breakfast in bed. B&B doubles from £150. Call 01798 342346 or visit old-station.co.uk.

THE DIAL HOUSE, NORFOLK: Choose to stay at the Italian Palace if you want a clawfoot tub at the foot of the bed or Days of the Raj for a carved Indian bed and mother-of-pearl inlaid furniture.

Double B&B costs from £130. See thedialhouse.org.uk or call 01603 879900.

25 SHOP, DEVON: The masculine rainbow-striped mannequin lamp in reception sets the tone and a fluffy swan in a crown adorns the lounge.

Expect a touch of deco here, and a touch of space-age glitz there.

The double B&B costs from £177. Call 01803 297517 or visit the25.uk.

THE ROOKERY, LONDON: Georgian London lives behind the 18th century facade of three trading houses.

There’s mahogany paneling, antiques, portraits, shutters, silk fabrics, and a sense of being lost in time — except for essential comforts like high-end mattresses and walk-in showers. powerful jets.

Double rooms only from £269. Call 020 7336 0931 or visit rookeryhotel.com.

LOW MILL GUEST HOUSE, NORTH YORKS: Give a whole new meaning to the word mill by staying in this 18th century water mill.

The living room houses the old millstone, with the mill machines in the rafters of the Workshop room.

B&B doubles from £125. Call 01969 650553 or visit lowmillguesthouse.co.uk.

THE FIFE ARMS, ABERDEENSHIRE: Victorian camp opulence meets contemporary whimsy at this trendy five-star Cairngorms hostel.

The extensive art collection includes a Bruegel in the dining room, a Picasso in one drawing room, and a Lucian Freud in another.

B&B doubles from £462. Call 01339 720200 or visit thefifearms.com.

The 46th edition of The Good Hotel Guide is now available, priced at £20

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The 46th edition of The Good Hotel Guide is now available, priced at £20

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