A hip hotel meets gastropub concept has breathed new
life into this impressively reincarnated 14th-century
inn, which rose out of ashes like a phoenix following a disastrous
It provides all the charm of the country with modern, chic
Manhattan-style rooms and suites, all of which are superbly
appointed. Downstairs, there's a rustic-meets-contemporary bar area
with wooden floor, chunky scrubbed tables and chairs, leather sofas
and easy chairs fronting a blazing winter log fire, old village
photos and modern prints, and a long, sleek bar lined with gleaming
Upham Pubs have softened the look and feel of the place, adding
rustic wood panelling, upholstered wall bench seating and shelves
of books in the two informal dining areas. A cracking village pub -
the atmosphere is relaxed and it's the place to peruse the papers
over a pint of local ale.
11 doubles: £100
Good to know
All credit cards accepted
Private & alfresco dining
Disabled access to pub/dining area
Discreetly tucked away at the back of the pub is a beautiful
landscaped terraced garden - decked out with urns, teak tubs,
terracotta pots and upmarket benches and brollies it makes a
perfect alfresco dining option.
It was an upstairs function room that bore the brunt of
the fire and from this space eleven contemporary bedrooms have been
created, with 21st-century mod cons.
All the Standard, Superior and Executive rooms are individually
furnished and air-conditioned, plus you can expect muted, earthy
colours, plasma screens (Sky), big beds with upholstered
headboards, quality linen and colourful throws and modern
furnishings. Stylish tiled bathrooms come with walk-in showers or
power showers over baths, Algotherm toiletries, fluffy bathrobes,
slippers and posh basins - some have two basins.
Book the executive suite for a spacious lounge area, stairs to a
mezzanine level and the bed, and access to a balcony with super
views across the fabulous terraced garden.
Restaurant & bar
A seasonally changing menu is served throughout the pub
and makes sound use of fresh, local and seasonal produce and
successfully balances the traditional and modern.
You'll find beer battered haddock, classic burgers (chargrilled
short rib with smoked cheese, smoked bacon, chips, relish and
pickles) and 35-day aged steaks with all the trimmings and a choice
of sauces - try the tarragon bearnaise.
Share a baked camembert, studded with rosemary and garlic and
served with onion jam, for starters and If you have room for a
pudding, try the dark chocolate brownie with vanilla ice cream.
Delicious Sunday roasts, homemade breads and ice creams, tip-top
Upham beers, and a raft of boutique spirits and wines complete the
Things to do
Secretts Farm Shop at
Milford is crammed with fruit, vegetables, herbs and salads picked
in the market garden each day. The extensive delicatessen offers
300 cheeses, cooked meats, salads and delicious individual dishes
prepared in the kitchens.
Loose yourself in the tranquil hillside woodland, wander amongst
the award-winning collection of thousands of rare shrubs and trees,
and think yourself into New England in the fall - the National
Arboretum is most famous for autumn hues, but magnolias,
cherries, azaleas and bluebells ensure year-round colour.
Petworth's magnificent late 17th-century country
house, set in a 700-acre deer park, is home to The National
Trust's finest collection of pictures with numerous works by
Turner, Van Dyck, Reynolds and Blake. The servants' quarters
contain fascinating kitchens and outside, the grounds, which can be
enjoyed by walkers, were landscaped by 'Capability' Brown and
immortalised in Turner's paintings.