Sign of the Angel Hotel


There’s something about Lacock that makes you feel like you’ve been here before. Then you suddenly realise the charming village on the edge of the Cotswolds, is something of a regular in period TV dramas and hit movies such as Harry Potter. One of its leading lights is the 15th-century coaching inn Sign of the Angel.

Each of its five en-suite rooms have delightfully quirky features from its past, complemented by period and contemporary furnishings and a muted colour scheme.

The restaurant, with its huge focal fireplace and stone flooring, shows off the best in local, seasonal produce. Start with orange and tarragon-cured sea trout with almond and asparagus. For mains, you can’t go past the baked pork tenderloin, wrapped in pastry and served with peas, mint and a crackling crumb. And just when you think it can’t get any more British, out comes elderflower and rhubarb trifle and a West Country cheese platter laced with candied walnuts. To avoid a sore head, remember to duck on the way upstairs. Doubles from £120.

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