Provide us with a pub and a pint and we’re happy. Add to the mix bedrooms with sleigh beds and freestanding roll-top bath tubs and we’re delighted. With that in mind, here’s our hotel of the week: The Kings Arms in Bath.
Style Hospitable historic hideaway
Setting Stony hillside hamlet
Our favourite bits A stone-walled wisteria-clad country inn in Bath, built on the rumour-riddled remains of an 11th-century monastery? What’s not to love? We like sitting in the restaurant eating fish fresh from Brixham market; we like sitting by the pub’s fire nursing a pint of Otter Amber; we love bedding down in Room 3’s super-king-size sleigh bed piled high with pillows.
Why this week? Take advantage of the Kings Arms’ hotel offer and claim 20 per cent off bed and breakfast between now and 30 November (excludes weekends).
Mr & Mrs Smith say ‘Ah, the country pub: something revered and idealised by the British – a term alone that can make a stiff upper lip tremble with emotion. Like buttered crumpets, Pooh-sticks or Hunter wellies, the very idea fills us with happy nostalgia.
And so it is that Mr Smith and I find ourselves driving down Wiltshire lanes, weekend bag on the back seat, Hunters in the boot, impatient for the Kings Arms to loom out of the inky darkness. It does. The swinging sign is of the modern type, all muted Farrow & Ball tones and modish font. The pub is built of those solid chunks of honey-toned stone, like giant slabs of Cotswold fudge. There are ancient vines twisted around the heavy oak front door, which pushes open to reveal a thick velvet curtain shielding the pub inside from the draughts. So far, so idyllic…’ Read the rest of our anonymous review of the Kings Arms…
You say ‘We really enjoyed our stay at this stylish pub, which was steeped in history and romance. The team running the pub was, without exception, charming, with a nothing-is-too-much-trouble attitude. The food in the restaurant was excellent, with a varied menu to suit meat-eaters, fish lovers and vegetarians alike. If you venture into Bath and fancy a glass of something special with or without food, I would recommend the Tasting Room, where we enjoyed a glass of the most gorgeous French fizz and tapas-style snacks. The surroundings are lovely and service was knowledgeable and always with a smile.’ (Matt, BlackSmith, stayed on 10 Aug 2011)