Food Of The Week: Restaurants with Rooms

Can't be bothered to go home after eating that gourmet meal? Andy Lynes selects the top restaurants with rooms
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Relax: there's no need to clock- watch to make sure you get the last train home when you dine at a restaurant with rooms. Linger over coffee and calvados in the bar before making the delightfully short journey to bed.

Choose between a room with a mountain or sea view at Auberge du Vieux Chateau, Place du Panorama, Cabris (00 33 4 93 60 50 12; aubergeduvieuxchateau. com). With Cannes Bay just 15 minutes away, it is no surprise to find on the menu Mediterranean-influenced dishes such as fish roasted in olive oil and stuffed with vegetables and served with vinaigrette.

Learn how to make a classic Viennese Sachertorte with chef James Overbaugh of Chateau du Sureau, 48688 Victoria Lane, Oakhurst, Yosemite National Park (00 1 559 683 6800; chateaudusureau. com). Then dine on a herb-crusted rack of lamb with wild mushroom latke in the opulent restaurant dining room.

There's a Celtic Promise waiting for you at the end of your meal at Felin Fach, Brecon, Powys (01874 620111; eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk). It's just one of the range of Welsh cheeses available at this restaurant with rooms.

Chef Marc Latulippe serves local Canadian produce at the Kingsbrae Arms, 219 King Street, St Andrews, New Brunswick (00 1 506 529 1897; kingsbrae.com), including oven-roasted caribou served with hazelnut flour gnocchi, forest mushroom and sage jus.

For the perfect end to a meal try one of the glorious desserts on offer in the converted 18th-century villa of Locanda l'Elisa, Via Nuova per Pisa, 1952, Massa Pisana, Lucca (00 39 0583 37 97 37; locandalelisa.it). Eat Granny Smith terrine with cinnamon, chocolate sauce and crunchy nougat before retiring to your four-poster in one of the eight suites.

Sit on the waterside terrace overlooking the Rhine and sample sashimi of char with teriyaki lemon sauce from André Jaeger's Yin and Yang fusion menu at Rheinhotel Fischerzunft, Rheinquai 8, CH-8200 Schaffhausen, Switzerland (00 41 52 632 05 05; fischer zunft.ch).

The signature sea bream with citrus fruits and caramelised endive is the perfect dish to enjoy in the elegant and bright conservatory restaurant at Simpsons, 20 Highfield Road, Edgbaston (0121-454 3434; simpsonsrestaurant.co.uk).

After tasting 15 wines at Eveline Eselböck's wine seminar followed by six courses of husband Walter's food, you'll be glad you booked a room at Taubenkobel, Hauptstrasse 33, Schützen am Gebirge, Burgenland, Austria (00 43 2684 22 97; taubenkobel.at).

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