Mini tea cosies, freshly baked cupcakes and wonderful aromas greet you as you arrive at the Wellington Arms in Hampshire, one of Lulu's favourite boutique hotels in England. This charming little Chic Retreat is a little off the beaten track and well worth the find. Simon is the perfect host and Jason the perfect, award-winning chef who creates a daily-changing, mouth-watering menu using fresh, local and seasonal ingredients as well as vegetables straight from the garden. The 2 rooms and 1 apartment are bright and airy and have everything you would expect and more from even the large boutique hotels. It was love at first sight for Lulu who thinks the Wellington Arms is worth a 2 hour drive for lunch. We challenge you to leave without buying one of the tea pots covered in tea cosies - made by Simon's mother, Lulu hasn't yet been able to resist the temptation!
Any produce that doesn't come from the vegetable garden or polytunnel at the Wellington Arms is delivered by Sue and Jeff Fisher from Newbury ensuring that the provenance is always local. Jason is a gold medal winner for Australia in the Culinary Olympics and his focus is on organic English produce, slow food and slow eating. Rest assured the fat chips are scrubbed, peeled and chipped by Jason and his team which is why they taste so good! The water of choice is Belu the only UK brand to give all of its profits to WaterAid and all milk used is organic. Lunch in the garden in the summer is a must; tables draped in cushions and shaded by parasols make the perfect summer setting.