Is there anything better than a quick pint in your favourite pub? Snuggled in the corner as the roaring fire warms your toes and you sip slowly on your favourite tipple.
To top that, a cosy country pub must be the ideal place to while away an hour or two as the nights draw in. Unfortunately, with the influx of chain bars and gastro pubs you’d be forgiven for thinking that these types of establishments are a dying breed.
For those of us living in big cities, the comfortable and cosy local seems to rapidly be becoming a think of the past, but, by looking further afield you can still find a country pub with friendly locals, good ale and locally sourced food. So why not check out our hotels in Norfolk or the Lake District, dig out those walking boots and explore four of the best country pubs this fair isle has to offer?
The Neptune, Hunstanton, Norfolk
If you’re looking for a country pub with a bit of class then The Neptune is certainly for you. It’s a foodies’ paradise with dishes such as lobster salad and veal but don’t worry, it’s also completely unpretentious (despite the Michelin star they boast.)
It is a little pricey but definitely perfect for big occasions, so why not check out our hotels in Norfolk and make a weekend of it down on the coast?
The Wheatsheaf Inn, Northleach, Gloucestershire
The very definition of cosy, The Wheatsheaf offers changing cask ales, over 400 different wines and plenty of pub grub classics. Think sausage and mash and hotpots all created with local ingredients, plus a warm, friendly atmosphere.
Why not stay in one of our Cheltenham hotels and enjoy the Wheatsheaf plus this beautiful nearby Spa town on a relaxing break in the Cotswolds?
The Brace of Pheasants, Dorchester, Dorset
Thatched roof? Check. Beamed bar? Check. Cask ale? Check. Need we go on? The Brace of Pheasants is a fantastic country pub with everything you’d expect from a friendly local boozer.
Tasty food in generous sized portions, a fine wine list and welcoming locals mean you’d be mad not to stay in one of our hotels in Dorset and check this pub out for yourself!
The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe, Lancashire
If you’re looking for stunning views then look no further than the Inn at Whitewell. Sitting on the river Hodder, this former deerkeepers’ lodge offers stunning vistas of Lancashire.
Couple that with great food and the likes of mulled wine to warm you while you’re taking in the scenery and this is one pub you’ll want to return to time and time again.
If you fancy making a weekend of it, we have a number of hotels in Lancashire that are perfect for resting your weary legs after a long country walk.
So there you have it, you don’t have to lament the extinction of the great British pub or be satisfied with a warm pint of lager in a generic chain pub. These four are just the tip of the iceberg. Every village, town and hamlet has at least one pub for you to enjoy – so why not get exploring?