Are you craving fine dining and getting away from home for a short break?
Whether you’re longing for retail therapy in a big city, the peace and quiet of the countryside or a coastal retreat, there’s a boutique hotel with your name on it.
If you love history and the buzz of a city, head for Scotland’s capital Edinburgh where The Witchery by the Castle is a much-loved dining destination.
Award-winning fare includes lobster and beef steak tartare. Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber said of The Witchery by the Castle: “Is this the prettiest restaurant ever?”
Nine lavishly decorated suites are perfect for those looking for a romantic place to stay after dining there.
Nestling in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales is the five-star Yorebridge House Hotel. This hotel in Bainbridge serves up award-winning fare with a menu offering Wensleydale lamb rump, Gigha halibut and Nidderdale chicken.
Some of the hotel’s contemporary bedrooms even have their own outdoor hot tub.
Onto the Peak District where The Peacock at Rowsley is a stylish boutique hotel dating back to the 17th century.
The Peacock’s a la carte menu includes Fleetwoodshire beef fillet with smoked oxtail and crispy snail, Goosnargh guinea fowl and stone bass with smoked eel.
Salcombe Harbour Hotel in Devon pairs stunning sea views with seasonal produce.
The Jetty restaurant offers diners fillet of cod with crab and herb crust, grilled catch of the day and a variety of meaty steaks.
Benedicts of Belfast boasts hearty food such as chicken breast on creamy champ or smoked haddock on champ with capers, ginger and spring onion cream sauce.
A reviewer praises Benedicts’ comfortable accommodation as “near perfection”.
(main photo: seafood platter at The Witchery by the Castle, Edinburgh).