We may not be able to travel yet but that doesn’t mean we can’t look forward to when we can move freely again. Once restrictions ease, travel within the UK will be more enticing than ever before. Whether you’re looking for a rural hideaway, city break or riverside retreat, these are the new UK hotels worth planning ahead for.
The Pig at Harlyn Bay, Cornwall
Originally slated for an end of April opening, the seventh edition to The Pig hotel portfolio has just opened its doors to guests. Claiming an enviable coastal setting in Cornwall, the new property comes with far-reaching sea views and immediate access to a mesmerising stretch of the North Cornish coast. A Grade II listed mansion of 16th century origin now pairs original features from medieval, Jacobean and Georgian times with the homely aesthetic seen throughout all of The Pig properties.
Hunker down in the cosy Map Room with wood-burning stove and tuck into hearty cuisine championing local produce in a restaurant spilling throughout three dining rooms before retreating to one of the 11 bedrooms—some with freestanding bathtubs and many with sea views—upstairs. By day, explore the mansion’s five-acre grounds, dine in the alfresco Lobster Shed dining spot and retreat to one of the kitchen garden’s massage treatment rooms. With its position in an idyllic pocket of Cornish countryside, this hideaway places you a short stroll from Constantine Bay and in easy reach of Padstow.
Artist Residence, Bristol
When the Artist Residence Bristol opens in the coming months, it will become the latest property in the collection of art-led boutique hotels born from a guesthouse on Brighton seafront. The new edition is taking up residence in a Grade I listed—part Georgian townhouse and former boot factory—building on heritage-rich Portland Square, with its location within St Paul’s placing you minutes from the city centre and Stokes Croft.
Expect a mix of industrial, vintage and bohemian styling in the 23-bedroom hotel and neighbourhood hangout, with architectural features of the renovated building’s coffee shop, bar and kitchen reminding guests of its eclectic history. Described as a haven for the creative traveller, the hotel plans to showcase a spectrum of artworks, with cultural events also happening in The Boot Factory. Choose a room ranging from cosy Shoebox to luxurious Artist Studio then use the hotel as a base for getting to know this vibrant city. Artist Residence Bristol will open in November.
Crockers Henley, Henley-on-Thames
Crockers Henley follows in the footsteps of sister restaurant-with-rooms, Crockers Tring, dreamt up by former chef Luke Garnsworthy. The transformation of this Grade II listed property results in modern interiors that reflect the Georgian heritage of the building. Here you can dine at one of two 16-seat Chef’s Tables—The Thames Tables serving modern British tasting plates by chef Dean Westcar and Gardener Table offering the pan-Asian tasting experience of fellow chef Iain Dixon—or tuck into steak, fish and seafood cooked over a custom-built charcoal grill in the laidback Bar & Grill with chef Tom Westerland.
Understated luxury emanates from The Quarters’ seven guestrooms where roll-top bathtubs and statement light complement restored brick and woodwork. A highlight of any stay is likely to be the three-course Chef’s Table breakfast you’re treated to in the morning before heading out to explore the riverside town and wineries of its surrounding countryside.
The first NoMad hotel outside the U.S., this new London property promises to continue the resoundingly popular concept NoMad has honed to focus on gastronomy and style. The highly anticipated property takes up residence of the Grade II listed Bow Street Magistrates’ Court and Police Station in Covent Garden.
This 19th-century landmark will enter a new era as the 91-room hotel fuses modern styling with original architectural detail. The New York design firm Roman & Williams drew inspiration from the history of the building for the hotel’s interiors, while also exploring the relationship between the New York and London art scenes. The Magistrates’ Courtroom will now act as an event space and a museum will honour the history of the Metropolitan Police Force. As well as placing much of the attention on its culinary offering, the hotel will have the first-ever NoMad lounge for after-dinner drinks making it an ideal social hub for Londoners as well as urban retreat. No Mad London is accepting bookings from the 1st December 2020.
The Harper, North Norfolk
A former glass blowing factory is the one-of-a-kind setting for North Norfolk’s newest boutique hotel. Having postponed its 2020 opening, it’s now taking bookings for March 2021 but good things come to those who wait. Stanley’s restaurant will serve globally inspired dishes celebrating local ingredients, while produce from the land and sea is grilled in outdoor dining space, The Yard. Try a cocktail or two in the industrial-chic bar and head upstairs to cosy living space Ivy’s where large arched windows flood the interiors with light.
Guests can ride one of the hotel’s bicycles to nearby coastal village Blakeney and follow walking routes dubbed Harper Hikes developed to take guests into the surrounding countryside. By night, set out on The Harper’s own pub crawl transporting you between local inns by Land Rover with locally made ales and seafood specialities along the way.