15 Minutes from the Motorway

7 August 2016

The roads couldn’t be busier this August so if you are fed up with the crowded
and expensive eateries and faceless Travel Inns beside Britain’s car-choked
motorways, then escape the hustle and bustle in favour of a country pub with
rooms. Rest and refuel in style at these top inns, all just a short drive from
some of our busiest roads.  Many more can be found on Inn Places,

The Plough at Lupton, Cumbria

The Plough is a civilised roadside inn and a great M6 stopover if travelling long
haul to or from Scotland. It has the kind of pared-back authenticity that feels
timeless, with distinct cosy area with open fires, alongside feel-good food with
bold flavours, a warm hospitality from hands-on owners, and genuine warmth
to the six country-house style bedrooms. Well worth the 4 mile drive east of
Junction 5.

The Cartford Inn, Little Eccleston, Lancashire
The 17th-century riverside inn may be a full 15 minutes from the M6 (J32)
but the journey is worth the effort, especially if you’re staying over.
Transformed into a sophisticated eating inn with glamorous bedrooms,
the Cartford Inn oozes genuine personality via quirky (but tasteful) décor
and menus brim with artisan produce from across the region. Don’t miss
TOTI, the spanking new shop and deli, perfect for picking up that little extra gift.
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Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland

A legend in its own lunchtime, the Olive Branch is renowned for its food and
how it champions local suppliers. The interior remains true to the inn’s 17th
century roots, however: fires crackle picturesquely, settles and sideboards creak,
and sepia sunlight filters prettily through small-paned windows. Add a peaceful
summer garden and cosy rooms in Beech House opposite, it’s the best A1 pit stop
for miles (2 miles east).
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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 – the Packhorse is very much a smart gastropub with
polished floorboards and Farrow & Ball hues, but the atmosphere is relaxed and
friendly. If you’re looking for a very comfortable stopover then the choice of eight
stunningly chic rooms will not disappoint.
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The Sun Inn, Dedham, Essex

The 15th-century Sun Inn deep in Constable country presents a pretty typical look,
with beamed ceilings, old black timbers, several open fires and stripped wooden
floors. A laid-back pub serving local ales, a great place for lingering meals, and
smart rural-chic bedrooms, the Sun is a real gem, the best place to escape the
hustle and bustle of the A12, just a mile away.
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The Stapleton Arms, Buckhorn Weston, Dorset

Leave the A303 at Wincanton to locate this cracking country pub secluded away
down winding Dorset lanes in a sleepy village. Unpretentious and relaxed, with
leather sofas, roaring open fires, flickering fat candles and four smart rooms, it’s
a cosy bolthole on a winter’s drive west to rest and refuel on proper British pub
food and local ales. In summer you’ll find a great garden with rural views, perfect
for kids to let off steam in.
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