Superb British cuisine reigns supreme at this Grade I listed hideaway in the charming village of Timble. Housed within its cosy confi nes are 9 en-suite bedrooms, all of which are decorated to exacting standards and bear all the hallmarks of out-andout luxury, including 400 thread count Egyptian cotton sheets. Set in the beautiful Washburn Valley, this 18th-century building is perfect for a get-away-from-it-all break, with a number of amazing appetite-building walks which begin and end at the front door. Which brings me to the food.
Known for its superb menu of expertly composed modern British food, the Timble Inn is a hit with locals and visitors alike. The lunch menu includes pub favourites executed with aplomb. Beer-battered haddock fillet with hand-cut chips, minted peas, bread and butter, and pheasant breast, Dauphinoise potato, pancetta, wild mushrooms, baby vegetables and red wine jus are just two of many options. If dining in the evening, the menu has a more sophisticated feel, offering such indulgent starters as king scallops, and there’s a delicious vegetarian option of roasted beetroot with goat’s curd and hazelnuts. Main courses are equally tempting, utilising the best of local ingredients in the likes of trio of lamb, plus a delicious Chateaubriand steak for two. Then finish with bitter chocolate torte or forego a sweet in favour of the exceptional cheeseboard with a glass of fi ne Port.
Decadent and unpretentious, once found, the Timble Inn won’t be forgotten.