10 fantastic inns just minutes from a motorway
2 August 2018
An estate-owned inn with a country-house feel and contemporary rooms just 2 miles from Junction 40 of the M6 – renowned for its food, much of it sourced from estate farms and the owner’s kitchen garden.
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The Fox, Willan, Hertfordshire
Cool, contemporary dining pub with rooms in a sleepy village, minutes from Junction 9 of the A1(M), worth the detour or stopover for modern British dishes on upbeat menus, and country-smart rooms.
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The Hawk Inn, Amport, Hampshire
Sleepy thatched village setting for this smartened up pub just minutes from the A303 – it’s the perfect pit stop for great pub food and summer sipping in the riverside garden. Comfortable rooms too for weary travellers.
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The Partridge, Stretton, Cheshire
Miss out the Services for this stylishly reinvented pub with rooms close to Junction 10 of the M56 – worth stopping for good pub food, contemporary-smart rooms, andthe fabulous front terrace
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The Lion at Wendlebury, Oxfordshire
A mile from Junction 9 of the M40 and just minutes from Bicester Shopping Village you’ll find this 18th-century Cotswold stone inn in a peaceful village location, refurbished with fabulous new rooms and great pub food.
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The Pheasant, Shefford Woodlands, Berkshire
Shun the M4 services in favour of this iconic racing pub in the Lambourn Valley – just two minutes from Junction 14 and 1.5hrs from London – stay overnight and get ahead of the holiday traffic out of town.
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The Packhorse, Moulton, Suffolk
A cool country inn overlooking the village green just minutes off the A14 near
Newmarket and well worth the short diversion for innovative menus, stylish
interiors and a buzzy bar.
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The Running Horses, Mickleham, Surrey
Set below Box Hill minutes from Junction 9 of the M25, stop at this North Downs treasure for its timeless, traditional feel, hearty food, top-notch Brakspear ales, and a good stretch of the legs.
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Red Lion Inn, Babcary, Somerset
A charismatic thatched pub with contemporary smart rooms tucked away in a sleepy village, just two miles from the A303, so the perfect stopover on the trek west. It’s a top choice to rest and refuel for regional ales, local ciders, and great food.
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The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex
Located just minutes off the A23, a couple of miles from the A27 and 15 minutes from Brighton, you’ll find real food, craft ales, candlelit bars and boutique-style rooms at this cracking inn beneath the South Downs Way.
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