Break your journey this Christmas
8 December 2017
Travelling to see family and friends this Christmas, then take the strain out of the journey by stopping at one of these fabulous country pubs with rooms just a short drive from a major road route – allow time for a relaxing lunch stop where you can rest and refuel in style or even delay your arrival by booking a room and staying the night! For many more inns close to major road routes, click here.
George & Dragon, Clifton, Cumbria
An estate-owned inn with a country-house feel and elegant rooms; renowned for its food, much of it sourced from estate farms and the owner’s kitchen garden. Worth noting if travelling the M6 through Cumbria – the pub stands beside the A6 just 2 miles from Junction 40.
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The Beckford Arms, Fonthill Gifford, Wiltshire
Everyone’s perfect country inn – a cool, relaxed vibe, rustic, seasonal food and simple rooms oozing style and comfort. Heading west from London, the Beckford Arms is a great A303 lunch stop but arrive early to bag a table.
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Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms, South Leigh, Oxfordshire
Sleepy village setting just minutes from the A40 west of Oxford for the Artist Residence rural outpost – a thatched gem with gorgeous rooms, informal quirky style, and sublime modern British food. A34 travellers with time for a relaxing lunch should also seek it out – 8 miles.
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The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire
Hidden foodie haven worth finding for chef Jason’s delicious modern British food prepared from local and home grown ingredients, and the four fabulous bedrooms. Great value set lunch – just 7 miles from M4 (J12).
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The Fleece Inn, Dolphinholme, Lancashire
Sleepy village location close to the Bowland Fells for this rescued and revamped community-focused pub with shop, country-smart rooms and good hearty cooking. The perfect M6 stopover – a short drive from junction 33 and Lancaster.
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The Northgate, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
Located in the heart of Bury St Edmunds just off the A14, the stunningly refurbished Northgate makes the perfect stop off point – bedrooms ooze style and comfort and whilst your passengers might enjoy a cocktail from the very cool list, there is an equally crowd pleasing all-day menu.
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The Fox & Hounds, Exton, Rutland
Set by the green in a timeless and very peaceful estate village close to Rutland Water, this fine old inn is worth the detour off the A1 for elegant Asia/Africa inspired rooms, real fires and eclectic modern British food. Or if you want somewhere even closer to the A1, don’t miss the Olive Branch at Clipsham, just two miles east of the A1 – renowned for its food.
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The Chequers, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Contemporary-smart rooms, a steak-focused menu and a traditional tap are the draw at this vibrant town-centre pub with rooms close to the Thames. Just off the A404 that links the M4 at Maidenhead and the M40 at High Wycombe.
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