Pull up chairs at a cosy table for two in the dining room, request breakfast in bed, or enjoy it out on the terrace, weather-permitting.
Whatever you feel comfortable sipping tea and eating cake in. Factor in the Great Outdoors: bring waterproofs and wind-cheaters outside of summer (and perhaps even then; this is England, after all).
There’s no restaurant, but there’s also no chance you’ll go hungry, thanks to Graham’s hearty breakfasts. Begin the day with wild-boar bacon and venison and hedgerow-jelly sausages; there’s a veggie version featuring a creative take on ‘black pudding’, if you’re less meatily inclined. (You can also try lassi, home-made granola and other extras.) Light suppers rustled up on request for £35 a couple (excluding drinks); homemade soup, Graham’s bread, salads and locally sourced charcuterie from Stonehouse Smokery can be rolled out around 7.30pm Monday to Thursday, followed by a little something sweet. Book before arrival if you’d like to partake in the Friday feasts – three-course set menu dinners – past favourites have included braised lamb, crushed new potatoes and rhubarb and stem ginger creme brulee. One Thursday a month, the Malabar hosts an Indian supper club for two dozen guests; each home-style dinner includes a seasonal four-course set menu (£35 a person). There’s a selection of wines and craft beers to choose from too.
The honesty bar in the lounge is stocked with wine, whisky and a pleasing lineup of craft beer, some of which is local.
Breakfast almost anytime you'd like (within reason). Afternoon tea for two is served as an arrival treat – enjoy it in the lounge or dining room, from 3pm, on the day of your arrival. Light dinners can be arranged around 7.30pm from Monday to Thursday.
Staying in a suite? Let the owners know if you’d rather have breakfast in bed. Forget alarm clocks: here, days begin with a gentle knock on your door at an appointed time (you decide when) and a tray of just-brewed tea left outside your room.