Experience Britain’s autumnal splendour from a cosy pub with rooms

24 September 2018

Autumn is a magical time to be out exploring Britain’s countryside, the landscape comes alive with reds and golden hues and it’s a favourite time for woodland strolls, moorland rambles and visiting our treasured landscaped parkland gardens and magnificent arboretums. It’s also the time to hunker down by the fire in a cosy pub, so why not escape for a few days to one of these fantastic pubs with rooms and experience Britain’s autumn splendour to the full.
Bel & The Dragon, Churt, Surrey

Restored country inn set deep in the wooded Surrey Hills offering contemporary rooms, an eclectic modern European menu, and a relaxed vibe. Great walking from the front door – enjoy the stroll to the Devil’s Punchbowl for sweeping views of Surrey’s ‘Little Switzerland’, a glorious walk in autumn.
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The White Buck, Burley, Hampshire 

The New Forest’s unique landscape will soon be ablaze, so escape to this striking Forest inn on the edge of Burley for stylish rooms, fresh food and roaring fires in the bar – the place to be following a fascinating fungi foray or a glorious heathland stroll. Don’t miss the Bolderwood and Rhinefield Ornamental Drives in autumn.
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The Dorset Arms, Withyham (Ashdown Forest), East Sussex

Estate owned treasure, worth finding for traditional charm, menus brimming with estate produce, and gorgeous rooms in the refurbished old school house. A cracking base for exploring the glorious Ashdown Forest, its heathland and woodlands are resplendent in October. Stroll through Five Hundred Acre Wood to Pooh Sticks Bridge or visit magnificent Sheffield Park Garden (NT).
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The Lister Arms, Malham, North Yorkshire 

Be quick and book one of the comfortable rooms at this 17th-century inn deep in the Dales, as it’s the perfect autumn retreat for jaw-dropping views and stunning moorland and valley walking – the colours are magnificent. Explore the paths around Malham Cove & Tarn, then settle down in front of the roaring fire with a pint and a plate of warming food.
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The Royal Oak, Luxborough, Somerset

Lovingly revamped Exmoor Inn tucked away in a fabulous spot close to moorland and coastal walks; worth seeking out for hearty seasonal food, country smart rooms and its timeless bar. Don your boots and enjoy an invigorating autumn walk through the glorious Barle Valley from Withypool to Tarr Steps on Exmoor.
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The Punch Bowl Inn, Crosthwaite, Cumbria 

Fabulous Cumbrian bolthole in the Lyth Valley – beat a path to the door for sublime food, romantic rooms, stunning views and great local walks for experiencing the changing autumnal landscape. Grizedale Forest between Lakes Coniston and Windermere is a great place to experience the Lakes in all their autumn glory.
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The Rock Inn, Haytor Vale, Devon

Set in a fabulous location on the edge of Dartmoor, perfect for an autumn break exploring the Bovey Valley and the woodland and moors close to Castle Drogo (NT), this traditional old inn comes with a classic bar to hunker down in, charming accommodation and top-notch dining.
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The Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk, Co Durham

The rugged moorland landscape of Upper Teesdale explodes with colour in late October and November and this striking old inn in idyllic Romaldkirk makes the ideal base, replete with log fires, local food, and character rooms.
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The Kilpeck Inn, Kilpeck, Herefordshire

Lost in glorious countryside between the Wye Valley and the Black Mountains, both magical in autumn, this rural local thrives as a contemporary country inn with simple country rooms, modern British cooking and a passion for local produce.
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Sleepy village location close to the Bowland Fells for this rescued and revamped community-focused pub with shop, country-smart rooms andgood hearty cooking. Savour the rich colours that swathe the moorland hills of the Trough of Bowland on a glorious drive to Dunsop Bridge, then enjoy a stunning stroll beside the River Hodder to the Inn at Whitewell.
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