Are you planning a Staycation this summer – one that involves a long cross-country drive on our car-choked motorways? Then shun the motorway service stations and their faceless budget hotels in favour of one these fabulous pubs with rooms. Break your journey, escape the hustle and bustle and rest and refuel in style, all are just a short drive from some of our busiest roads. For further suggestions click here
The Red Lion, Babcary, Somerset A charismatic thatched pub with contemporary smart rooms tucked away in a sleepy village, yet 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 and local ciders, real food and a small farm shop, flagstone floors and real fires in rambling rooms, and a chic little converted barn that serves pizzas from a wood-fired oven. Read more about this pub with rooms in Somerset
The Pheasant Inn, Shefford Woodlands, Berkshire Shun the budget hotels at the M4 services in favour of this iconic racing pub in the Lambourn Valley – just two minutes from Junction 14 – it’s the best pit stop for miles. Spruced up with panache and style, it’s a haven for good modern British cooking, rustic-chic charm in the informal bar, and super-cosy rooms. Stay overnight and get ahead of the holiday traffic out of town – 1.5hrs from London. Read more about this pub with rooms in Berkshire
The Packhorse, Moulton, Suffolk A cool country inn overlooking the village green just two miles 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. Read more about this pub with rooms in Suffolk
The Bull & Swan, Stamford, Lincolnshire Drop down off the A1 to locate the handsome Bull & Swan, Georgian Stamford’s perfect hideaway from the hustle and bustle of the Great North Road. It’s a super-cosy 17th-century inn with log fires, interesting and stylish bedrooms, a menu to please all and a cracking courtyard garden with a Pizza Potting Shed – great for the kids. If you have time, the high street shops, antique centres and the grounds of Burghley House are just a stroll away. Read more about this pub with rooms in Lincolnshire
The Roebuck, Mobberley, Cheshire Expect the unexpected at this spruced up village inn within easy reach of Alderley Edge, Manchester and the M6 – J19 is just 3 miles away. Revamped in quirky rustic French style, it offers an authentic café/bistro feel, a cool, relaxed vibe, a great drinks menu, exciting Mediterranean food, a gorgeous terraced garden, and six very special rooms – they ooze the WOW factor…! Read more about this pub with rooms in Cheshire
Shibden Mill Inn, Halifax, West Yorkshire A renovated 17th-century corn mill hidden in the folds of the wooded Shibden Valley, overlooking the babbling Red Beck – a truly peaceful spot just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Halifax and an short drive from the M62 (J24 & J26). Expect to find a fabulous terrace of summer alfresco sipping, exciting food from a gifted young chef, a very cosy room, and the breakfast, one of the best, will set you up for day’s journey ahead. Read more about this pub with rooms in West Yorkshire
Enter our competition….
The Sheep, Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire To celebrate their recent inclusion on Inn Places, The Sheep in Stow-on-the-Wold is offering one lucky reader the chance to win a complimentary overnight stay for two including 3 course dinner and bottle of house wine – how fantastic is that?! To enter, click here. Competition ends midnight 30th June 2017. Terms & conditions apply.
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