Join the Inn crowd

Dis­cover Inn Places, a hand­picked col­lec­tion of the best pubs with rooms in Eng­land and Wales cu­rated by in­dus­try ex­pert DAVID HAN­COCK

EDP Norfolk - - Food & Drink -

NOT SO long ago the thought of stay­ing overnight in a pub would con­jure up vivid im­ages of cheaply fur­nished bed­rooms, the smell of stale beer and bath­rooms that had seen bet­ter days. How things have changed – now you can stay in lux­u­ri­ous rooms, full of home-from-home com­forts, where chil­dren and dogs are wel­comed too.

Recog­nis­ing this grow­ing trend of pubs with smart rooms and high qual­ity food and drink, has in­spired in­dus­try ex­pert, David Han­cock to cre­ate In­nPlaces., a niche website that show­cases a care­fully cu­rated col­lec­tion of Eng­land and Wales’s most stylish pubs with rooms. David (who pre­vi­ously edited Saw­day

Pubs & Inns and AA Room At The Inn) says: “I hand­picked my per­sonal favourites to launch www.In­, to en­sure cus­tomers can find the best inns and pubs with rooms that Eng­land and Wales has to offer. Some are posh with bou­tiquestyle rooms while oth­ers ooze tra­di­tion and rus­tic coun­try house charm.

“We look for rooms with a ‘wow’ fac­tor that will draw guests back time and again, but mostly for a win­ning com­bi­na­tion of won­der­ful food, real ales and wine, com­fort­able bed­rooms, and a gen­uine wel­come from hands-on own­ers. Also im­por­tant are in­ven­tive menus that brim with lo­cal pro­duce, en­thu­si­as­tic staff and ex­cel­lent house­keep­ing.”

How­ever, Inn Places is so much more than just a col­lec­tion of fab­u­lous inns. Delve deeper into the website and along­side in­for­ma­tion on places to visit, lo­cal walks and in­de­pen­dent shop­ping, you’ll find fas­ci­nat­ing food trails that will give you a real flavour of the area you are vis­it­ing.

Each food trail show­cases lo­cal ar­ti­san pro­duc­ers, mi­cro-brew­eries and vine­yards of­fer­ing tours, qual­ity farm shops and delis plus other good pubs and eater­ies within a 20-mile ra­dius of the inn – ev­ery­thing you need to know to help you craft the per­fect break away.

To find out more about Inn Places, visit www.In­ or to buy the Inn Places Guide to Pubs with Rooms (Dis­cover the Best Inns of Eng­land and Wales, hand­picked by David Han­cock), £8.99.

Above left: The White Horse

Be­low left: The Gun­ton Arms Right and be­low: Nor­folk sees nine of its best inns fea­tured in­clud­ing The Crown at Wells-next-the-Sea (right) and the Ship at Bran­caster (be­low), owned by Kiwi master chef, Chris Coubrough.

Above: The Kings Head

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