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The Fat Lamb Claimed

The Fat Lamb Country Inn offers high quality bed and breakfast accommodation and good food... and loves classic cars and their owners!

3.7/5 3 Reviews Add Review
Medals Gold

Visited by us, highly recommended by people we trust and run by a great Petrolhead supporter of Petrolheads Welcome.


We can’t resist a pub/hotel whose website has a dedicated classic cars section and includes the phrase “In addition to managing The Fat Lamb Hotel for almost forty years, I have more recently been able to indulge my other great passion – owning, maintaining and driving Classic Cars.”

Lots of car clubs meet there and owner Paul Bonsall is very active in car events and car-related charity work (the Sporting Bears). Here’s a summary of Paul’s conversation with us:

“We don’t just welcome classic car owners to the Fat lamb – we thrive on them, car tours forming a very large part of our business these days. We host over thirty visiting car and motorbike meets per year, mostly residential, and offer a full tour planning service to event organisers – planning routes, printing off tour notes or tulip books, booking lunch/tea/coffee stops, arranging visits to a variety of interesting venues en-route and designing and supplying personalised rally plates. We even have a fully equipped workshop complete with four post lift to keep everyone on the road.
Danny Hopkins, editor of Practical Classics magazine has dubbed us ‘The Ultimate Classic Friendly Inn‘ and the PC team have stayed with us on many occasions. Our bar is full of petrol pumps, old oil cans, fuel cans and other motoring memorabilia.
We offer individual members of any Classic Car club an immediate 10% discount off our standard room rates for two nights just for putting a nice car on our car park whilst larger groups qualify for our special group rates if taking nine rooms or more.”

Read here our blog about owner Paul Bonsall and his prize draw win.

See our video that features a stay at the Fat Lamb (here) and read our blog about that trip (Oct 2020).

Additional Details

  • Good for club gatherings, Club discounts or offers
  • OK to clean cars in car park
  • 12
  • Level, No speedbumps, Suitable for low cars, Tarmac, Loose surface, View of parked car(s) from (some) rooms

3 Reviews for The Fat Lamb

bgbg 1 Reviews

OK, so the room was clean. The food was plentiful, the breakfast excellent. And it’s in a great spot, with lovely views and fabulous driving – specially on almost empty roads at the time of our visit. Lots of car related memorabilia to prove the owner’s petrolhead pedigree BUT if he was the morose non-communicative individual who ‘greeted’ us, then my guess is he only bothers to engage if you have actually turned up in a classic. We didn’t, we’d left ours at home on this occasion, although we had told him we’d booked his place because of his Petrolheads listing. As for the room; certainly clean and possibly recently decorated, but the WC seat was loose, the wardrobe door wouldn’t close properly and rattled such that we ended up wedging it with a towel and next door’s TV was either on far too loud or the walls are paper thin. I think the latter. The bed was rock solid, so if you’re thinking of driving the next day beware – you’ll get no sleep! I’m sure this place is fabulous as a lunch stop on a rally/tour or a drive in the country, and great for car club meets. But I couldn’t possibly recommend an overnight stay.

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NickR 1 Reviews
This Inn has got the lot

Having spent two weekends here with our car club I can honestly say that this is some of the best driving country in the UK. Add to that a very welcoming host, good beer, decent food, and great value it is about time you guys paid a visit and upgraded this to Gold! Paul is great company and always willing to help out with route planning and recommend places of interest.

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dwell 5 Reviews
A lovely pub with rooms and food

Great pub in the middle of nowhere, quiet, tranquil, safe parking, good beer and homely food – what’s not to like! Dave (via iPad)

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