English Country Inns
The same modernizing spirit that revolutionized pubs in the 1990s is now transforming another UK icon: the country inn. Some of the best are located in the intensely green counties to the west of London and can be reached in just an hour or two. —Jeremy Wayne
Left: This estate’s extensive gardens are incredible, with landscaped lawns, meadows and topiaries. Chef Graham Grafton makes English-Italian food at the restaurant, like smoked-haddock-and-pea risotto. Doubles from $435; barnsleyhouse.com.
Photo © Mark Bolton.