Three fab inns to try over the holidays

We’ve just discovered The Epicurean Collection, all local to Bournemouth.The Epicurean Collection, a group of countryside inns and city pubs dedicated to the finest in British food, comfort and culture. Ideal for a relaxing day out with the family after the madness of Christmas.

The King John Inn, is a stunning country gem, nestled inside the beautiful Cranborne Chase on the borders of Wiltshire and Dorset making for the most idyllic country weekend. The King John Inn features an award winning restaurant and eight elegant rooms. Their passion lies in celebrating the heritage and sophistication of British countryside life from its food to its fine traditions and unforgettable experiences.

Their menu’s are rich in game and fresh ingredients straight from field-to-fork feature on their seasonal menu. Their close proximity to the coast also grants them access to the finest in British seafood.

The rooms are decorated with fine antique furnishings and feature en-suite bathrooms with roll top tubs and rain showers.

With views over the historic Lymington harbour, and the New Forest on the doorstep, The Mayflower is the perfect Hampshire base for those craving a relaxing retreat by the sea. This gorgeous Georgian port town is renowned for its sailing and has two marinas. You can charter a yacht and take to the Solent to find your sea legs, or catch a ferry to explore the Isle of Wight. Or if you would rather take on walking, cycling or horse riding adventures you can visit the ancient woodlands and heathlands of the New Forest.
The six nautical themed bedrooms are furnished to the highest standard awash with calming coastal tones. Each room has its unique charms and special touches, from indulgent roll top baths and reinvigoration rainfall showers, to in-room espresso machines and Egyptian cotton sheets.
In the restaurant expect classic dishes and locally sourced ingredients showcasing the country’s freshest fare from their one-rosette restaurant.

The Museum Inn is a quintessentially British country inn, set in the heart of the rolling Dorset downlands. Located in Cranborne Chase, a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, where Mother Nature provides a playground of ancient woodlands and chalk rivers valleys perfect for walking, cycling, riding and fishing. Plus, it is only a stone’s throw away from some of the best shooting in the country; Ashcombe, Rushmore and Tarrant to name a few.

A favourite of notable international royalty, from film gurus to football stars, The Museum Inn offers plenty of snugs and intimate corners to settle with a relaxing drink.

Four of the beautifully appointed en-suite rooms are in the pub with the other four in converted stables.



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