The Alice Hawthorn – Nun Monkton, Yorkshire
Named after a local racehorse, this charming Grade II-listed pub in Nun Monkton has long had an outstanding reputation for its Michelin-plate food. Now, it has added 12 new rooms too, four above the pub with exposed beams and a restful colour palette (two also have lovely views of the village green). The garden rooms made from home-grown Douglas fir with corrugated iron roofs – a nod to the area’s agricultural heritage – and exude contemporary style. Whichever you choose, all come with supremely comfortable super-king beds, crisp bed linen, and a hearty or healthy breakfast. In the kitchen, chef John Topham (who manages the pub with his wife Claire) creates seasonal dishes that celebrate the best produce from Yorkshire, including fish from the East coast and game from nearby shoots. This summer, weekend diners can also tuck into wood-fired pizzas in the garden. There are many stunning walks that can be enjoyed from the pub itself as well as being an ideal location from which to explore York and Harrogate, both around a 25 minute drive away.
Doubles from £120
+44 (0)1423 330303; thealicehawthorn.com