Good Hotel Guide Editor’s Choice Award 2022

Goldstone Hall Hotel, near Market Drayton, North Shropshire, has been named as a winner of the prestigious 2022 Good Hotel Guide’s Editor’s Choice Award for Gardens. The recent 45th edition of the 2022 Good Hotel Guide is the U.K.’s leading accommodation guide with independent advice and reviews of luxury and boutique hotels, B&Bs and Inns.

The Editor’s Choice Awards highlight the top 10 hotels in selected categories. Goldstone Hall Hotel has been recognised in the gardens category as one of the best, alongside nine other prestigious hotels including Gravetye Manor, Le Manoir aux Quat’Saisons, Ballymaloe House, The Pipe and Glass Inn, Barnsley House, The Falcon, Longueville Manor, Gliffaes & Glenapp Castle.

The hotel guide review describes Goldstone Hall Hotel and Garden as:

“There are many special things about John and Sue Cushing’s red brick Georgian manor house in Shropshire dairy country, from the ‘excellent food’ to ‘spotless, spacious and well-planned bedrooms’, but the flower-filled borders and vast kitchen garden are truly remarkable. Open to the public from March to October under the Royal Horticultural Society Partner Garden scheme, they supply much of the produce for Liam Philbin’s tasting menus. Garden-to-plate dishes might feature venison loin, faggot, parsnip, pine, cavolo nero, elderberry sauce; for vegetarians, beetroot, goat’s cheese mousse, truffle honey, sourdough crackers. Of the wide choice of bedrooms, one has an impressive antique four-poster, while a garden room with a massive bath and power shower looks out over resplendent rose beds, through an ancient acacia. All have a fridge, milk and home-baked cookies. A ‘delicious breakfast with freshly squeezed juices’ is served in the orangery. ‘The gardens are beautiful, but the overwhelming memory is of the proprietors and the friendly yet totally professional staff.’ (Christopher Smith, and others).”

“We thoroughly enjoyed a long weekend at Goldstone Hall. The hotel was spotlessly clean. The rooms are spacious and well planned, the food is excellent – as is the wine list! The gardens are beautiful. But the overwhelming memory is that of the helpful proprietors and staff. The service was friendly yet totally professional. – Christopher Smith.” – August 2020

The Editors’ of the Good Hotel Guide select winners purely on merit, based on visits by a team of experienced inspectors and reports from trusted readers. The awards and guide are held in high esteem amongst the industry for being one of the only truly independent guides with independent opinion.

Owner of Goldstone Hall Hotel, John Cushing, said: “We are thrilled to have received Editor’s Choice Award in the Garden Category for 2022 of Good Hotel Guide – the ultimate guide to the best hotels in the UK.  We are particularly pleased that the judges placed a focus on our ‘vast kitchen gardens’ which underpin our commitment to providing guests with a menu of varied seasonal & fresh Goldstone produce. Many of our home-grown cultivars of fruit, vegetables and herbs cannot be found elsewhere allowing us  to deliver a uniquely seasonally inspired daily menu, which not only delights but educates too. We aim to deliver excellence in a friendly, personable and professional manner and our mature, immaculate and plentiful gardens are testament to this.”

The gardens at Goldstone Hall Hotel were initiated by John Cushing’s mother, Helen Ward, who channelled her passion for gardening into transforming the wilderness that was. The garden is now managed by head gardener Nick Huxley who has been tending to and managing the garden at Goldstone for over 12 years, and is particularly passionate about Goldstone’s 1 acre kitchen garden.

Garden Admissions and Opening Times 2021

Goldstone is an affiliated RHS partner garden.  The garden is open to guests of Goldstone whether they are staying overnight or simply in the restaurant for lunch, dinner or afternoon tea.

For those who are not staying or dining, admissions to the garden will be charged at £6.00 per adult and children are free.  RHS Members receive free entry (member 1 only) between 10am and 5pm every Monday to Thursday, March to October excluding Bank Holiday Mondays, private event days and NGS charity days when all entry admission are donated to the NGS charities.  Please check the website ahead of visiting for notifications about closed days due to special events.

 The multi award winning, Goldstone Hall, is a country house hotel and restaurant with a magnificent garden. It is also the perfect location for wedding ceremonies, celebrations and parties for which guests can have exclusive use. The venue is also a suitable setting for business meetings and presentations throughout the week.

Awards and accreditations

Good Hotel Guide 2021, Editor’s Choice Good Hotel Guide 2022, 2020, 2019, 2018 & 2017; Gold for Small Hotel /Townhouse of the Year; Waitrose Good Food Guide 2018; AA 2 Rosettes for culinary expertise 2020, 2019, 2018; AA 3 Star Hotels 2019, 2018 and a member of Discover Shropshire, Enjoy Staffordshire, and Visit Cheshire.


For more information on the recent award of Goldstone Hall Hotel, or to enquire about bookings or any further information, please contact them on 01630 661202 or email

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