The Old Inn – Northern Ireland
Set in the charming village of Crawfordsburn just 15 minutes’ drive from Belfast, The Old Inn (sister hotel to Galgorm in County Antrim) is a lovely rural retreat full of character. A black-and-white Tudor-style building, it has a wood-beamed bar with a crackling fire in winter and intimate nooks for whiling away the evening with a glass of wine. In the restaurant, the seasonal menu marries homely classics with French-inspired touches – think pub grub favourites (pork and sage scotch egg, pie of the day or a Ploughman’s) and dishes such as sizzling dry-aged rib-eye steaks. Individually decorated with their own traditional style, rooms range from cosy Petite options to a suite which has a hot tub on the balcony overlooking Crawfordsburn Country Park, and a stand-alone cottage. There is live entertainment every weekend and, coming soon, a new Tree Top Spa with a steam room, sauna and hot tubs – ideal for kicking back after a day exploring the surrounding countryside or a trip to the nearby seaside town of Bangor.
Doubles from £150
+44 (0)28 9185 3255; theoldinn.com
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