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WHY? It’s the fu­ture of pubs. Out with stale ale, stained fur­ni­ture and aver­age food, and in with a shiny main bar (built from one piece of gor­geous re­claimed elm), pic­turesque court­yard and river­side ter­race. The cosy Whisky Bar looks like it should be in Man­hat­tan, the kitchen gar­den’s where fresh pro­duce for the menu is grown (ex­pect rus­tic bread with roast pep­pers, cherry-vine toma­toes and basil) and the 12 mod­ern, in­di­vid­u­ally de­signed bed­rooms are all re­claimed pal­let head­boards, colour­ful geo­met­ric cush­ions and ex­posed brick walls, with a nod to mid-cen­tury thrown in (case in point: the Lords Mead room – book it for the pri­vate pa­tio). Also, it’s close to Bris­tol and the per­fect stop-off on the way to Devon or Corn­wall. Plus ev­ery­one on TripAd­vi­sor is crazy about it, and as we all know, no­body is ever happy on TripAd­vi­sor.

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