M5, Junction 17; 8 minutes
Daily for breakfast, lunch, dinner and afternoon tea (call ahead)
Free WiFi for visitors
Vegetarian or vegan options
Parking available onsite
Electric car charging
Berwick Lodge is perilously close to the M5 yet achieves something extraordinary. It lures you in (via a sweeping, wrought-iron lamppost-lined driveway) and delivers you into an unexpectedly stylish boutique hotel and restaurant that feel a million miles from the motorway.
Its Hattusa Restaurant serves modern British cuisine accompanied by fireplaces, crystal chandeliers and first-class service. Call ahead to book afternoon tea or a relaxed brasserie lunch; go for the evening à la carte or 6-course tasting menu for something more formal. Chef scours the kitchen garden for the day's fresh and seasonal sides (the Head Gardener previously worked for King Charles at Highgrove House).
This grand, spiral staircase-wrapped building sits in 18 acres, with gardens, fountains and sculptures. In the dark wood hall you'll find friendly chatter, plush sofas and perhaps Monty the dog, keeping a watchful eye. Berwick Lodge really is one of Bristol's 'best kept secrets'.
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