The GuardianA few weeks ago we invited Liz Boulter from The Guardian to come and stay in our new rooms and have supper with us in the pub. We’re pleased to say from today’s article that she seems to like us!

You can read the full article on The Guardian’s website. But here are a few snippets below.

“Helen is chief executive of the Soil Association, with an OBE for services to organic farming. Which is all very wonderful. What’s even better for us is that she and (especially) Tim love being hospitable. They took over the tenancy of Arkell’s pub the Royal Oak – in the village of Bishopstone, right in the middle of their land – 20 years ago and enjoyed selling their organic food to consumers rather than supermarkets. Earlier this year, they extended into the village’s other pub – also an Arkell’s house, by then closed but backing on to the Royal Oak. With investment from the brewery they have made 12 stylishly idiosyncratic bedrooms around a courtyard and “The Wallow”, a sitting room with tea, coffee, books, games and turntable for playing Tim’s old vinyl collection.”

“In our room we, too, have plenty of space – there’s a lovely wide bed and some eccentric furniture made from industrial piping. We’ll also be contented and clean thanks to a big bathroom with red tiles enclosing an impressive shower. The wifi is robust and – hurray – there are plenty of hooks. The rooms are all named after parts of the farm, and each room has a photo mural of the relevant field or wood: ours is Marral Woodland, and one wall is covered in a shot of its hazel and fruit trees in autumn red and gold.”

“In my starter of pork rillettes with sourdough, happy piggy lives are evident in each tender shred. Better than both, though, is the irresistible streaky bacon in next morning’s full English. I’d be telling porkies if I said I regretted a morsel.”