Hotels for foodies
Crankbrothers y12 Made up of 12 components, including eight wrenches and two screwdrivers, this sleek multitool is sturdy, simple to operate, and should fit in your pocket (£19.36; www.bikes24. co.uk).
Hiplok DX Y No lock is completely thief-proof, but the DX has a double-locking mechanism that makes it particularly tough to break. It’s designed to clip onto a strap or belt when you’re not using it – and if you lose the keys, Hiplok can make you a new set (£70; www.hiplok.com). The Forest Side, a Gothic mansion in Grasmere, Cumbria, does “a nice line in contemporary luxury”.The tasting menus in its Michelin-starred restaurant are “inspired” by the landscape (from £189 for a double; www.theforestside.com). The Barn at Roundhurst is an oak-framed, 17th century barn in West Sussex, done up in “rustic-chic” style. Candlelit dinners feature the farm’s own beef and pork (from £98; www.thebarnatroundhurst.com) The Whitebrook overlooks “a secluded sliver of the Wye Valley”. It’s essentially a Michelin-starred restaurant with rooms, and serves modern dishes with unusual ingredients (think lamb with kohlrabi and ramsons), and a great breakfast (from £223, half-board; www.thewhitebrook.co.uk). Glazebrook House, in Dartmoor, has unusual rooms (there are mirrors made from aircraft engines) and “dramatic” food. The chef, Anton Piotrowski, is a former winner of Masterchef: The Professionals (from £219; www.glazebrookhouse.com).