Upham Pubs are on a roll – or should we, in this case, say ‘on a fast track’? Latest in the successful pub group’s portfolio is The Station House, which opened its doors in autumn 2016 and is already a steaming success. Food and drink, of course, take pride of place, with a centre-stage, double-sided bar, a lovely brasserie-style restaurant in the original Victorian part, a café and bar on the first floor and even an outdoor terrace for open air dining. Expect really good food: perhaps pan fried foie gras with port and grape compote, followed by honey and herb-crusted shoulder of lamb and a delicious warm almond torte to finish. As for the 16 bedrooms, they’ll do very nicely as a lovely base for exploring the rolling Surrey hills and beyond, with stylish furnishings and splashes of bold colour. Half are in the original Victorian building, the rest in the new coach house. Quick, jump aboard. Doubles from £79.
Name to Know: John in the reservations team, who can provide you with information on the hotel and arrange any delights for you during your stay.
See: Petworth House & Park a National Trust 17th century mansion set in a 700-acre deer park.
Eat: Enjoy alfresco dining and watch the world rush by as you sit and relax on the roof terrace.
Buy: Indulge in a pint of Tipster, a delicious, easy to drink blonde bitter. It has a light golden colour and refreshing citrus notes that complement the smooth bitterness derived from a blend of Northdown and Goldings hops.
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