Here, at the Princess Royal, the cuisine is strongly oriented towards the Mediterranean, with in particular the Sicilian pesce crudo, à la carte as a starter or served, accompanied by oysters and beef tartare, at the elegant Raw Bar, which is stretches out the back of the huge horseshoe. bar in the main room.
Tiled floor, horseshoe bar, tin ceiling… It is of course a construction (almost nothing of the original remains), but, in the hands of designer Georgie Pearman, a terribly good construction.
A surviving originality is the staircase, whose steps are too narrow and require you to walk on it like a duck, with your feet apart. They lead to two superb “party rooms” for private receptions and to the four guest rooms. Mine, Diana, featured a dreamy bed, a decadent deep soaking tub in the bedroom and a huge walk-in shower by Lefroy Brooks, botanical scents from 100 Acres, carefully chosen books, a spectacular wallpaper wall ( Osmunda Silhouette by Soane) and reflected lighting. .
Cubitt House started with the Thomas Cubitt in Belgravia, the Orange in Pimlico and the Grazing Goat in Marylebone. As a group it is faltering, but now it has major new investments and a new dream team guiding its ambitious renovation and expansion plans. This team includes Georgie and her husband, Sam Pearman, who have an excellent track record of creating warm, stylish and vibrant places to stay in the Cotswolds, including the Wheatsheaf in Northleach and No 131 in Cheltenham, and they still run the Double Red Duke in Clanfield and the Checkers in Churchill.