Boutique Bolthole

Maxine Briggs discovers a winning combo of stylish hotel and gastro dining at the Hand & Spear in Weybridge

The ever-popular Hand & Spear pub in the heart of Weybridge has now added 12 individually-designed boutique bedrooms complete with stylish bathrooms, sumptuous cotton bedding and a complementary decanter of vintage port. Originally built as a summer house in 1833 and converted to a hotel in 1838; the Hand & Spear’s rooms have been designed to offer real comfort with a lovely quirkiness that combines modern convenience with a nod to their Victorian heritage. Our bathroom had a generous rain-dance style shower with traditional white ceramic tiles, while the bedroom was themed around botanical illustrations and prints.

Located right next to Weybridge train station, it’s an ideal stopover for visiting Mercedes World, Brooklands or if you fancy a trip to nearby Sandown or the RHS garden at Wisley.

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But you don’t need to travel further than the downstairs pub and restaurant if you prefer your entertainment closer to home. We visited on a beautiful summer evening and the place was really buzzing. With a large bar and garden with multiple private areas plus a secret garden lit with fairy lights, it’s a great venue for big groups or a girls’ night out.

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The dining room menu features the full range of traditional pub favourites with much of the produce sourced from the local Surrey area. As it was a warm evening we opted for Australian Viognier, from a well-balanced list. For starters we shared the tasty Field Board with pesto bruschetta, tomato and mozzarella salad, blue cheese bonbon and rustic bread. The incredibly succulent pan-roasted rump of lamb and the substantial alebattered cod left us satisfied and very full. Even so, we had just enough room to finish off the evening with a shared summery panacotta and strawberry dessert. Good job our room for the night was only upstairs!

Old Heath Road, Weybridge, www.handandspear.co.uk

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