Fabulous Pubs to Stay at Close to Water

17 July 2017

It’s holiday time, the sun continues to shine and it’s always special to spend time beside water, so head off to the seaside or seek out a riverbank or lake to relax beside. Build sand castles, stroll through the surf, explore riverside paths or reservoir trails on foot or by bike before rounding off the day at one of these top inns for a cool, relaxing drink and some great food on the way home. Why not book a room and make the most of your time close to some of Britain’s best beaches, rivers and lakes.  For further inspiration click here.

The Greyhound on the Test, Stockbridge, Hampshire

The Greyhound on the Test backs on to the River Test in Stockbridge, England’s fly-fishing capital. Transformed into a civilised country inn, you can expect warm, sophisticated décor, stylish and cosy bedrooms, and some innovative cooking. Guests can fish the Inn’s private half-mile beat and use the fisher’s hut, plus there are links with a fly-fishing company to offer fishing breaks at the Inn.
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The Cartford Inn, Great Eccleston, Lancashire

Transformed into a sophisticated eating inn with glamorous bedrooms by passionate owners, this quirky old building stands smack beside the River Wrye and oozes genuine personality and rustic charm, and there’s TOTI (Taste of the Inn), a fabulous little shop and delicatessen selling local goodies. An oasis away from the bling of Blackpool, it’s blissfully close to breezy walks along some of the best sandy beaches in Lancashire.
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The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk

For the most hauntingly beautiful views across the saltmarsh to Scolt Head Island, relax on the summer terrace with a glass of rose or head for the warmth of the conservatory dining room at this very special coastal inn. Menus focus on locally caught fish and seafood and the pick of the contemporary, beach-hut themed rooms is the ‘Room at the Top’, with fantastic marsh views. Dog-friendly garden rooms offer direct access to the coast path.
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The Gannet Inn, St Ives, Cornwall

Former run-down pub reinvented as an informal boutique inn by owners of the swish Carbis Bay Hotel just down hill. Worth seeking out for super stylish and cosy rooms, good traditional food, an informal atmosphere, the superb Spa facilities at the sister hotel, and the fabulous sandy beach at Carbis Bay. Follow the coast path into St Ives, visit Tate St Ives, explore the narrow streets and independent shops, and catch the bus back.
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The Swan Inn, Swinbrook, Oxfordshire

Dinky Swinbrook is as English as they come, with its church and cricket pitch, and the creeper-covered Swan, set beside the River Windrush. It’s everyone’s ideal country inn – magical setting, original cottage charm, bantams in the garden, great British food, soothing country-style rooms with rural and river views. Walk the riverside path to Burford for antiques and afternoon tea. The Swan is a great escape.
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The Bell Inn, Ticehurst, East Sussex

Expect to be wowed by the eclectic décor, the quirky, hugely individual bedrooms, and the hearty seasonal food at this revamped 16th-century inn tucked away in a thriving village on the Kent/Sussex border. Book one of the amazing garden lodges, take in a comedy act or a Sunday night film in The Stable, and visit nearby Bewl Water for beautiful waterside walks and cycle rides.
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The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, Co. Durham

Set in a timeless village lost in remote and wild country, the Lord Crewe Arms is one of England’s finest inns, once part of Blanchland Abbey and now a stunning blend of old and new spread across two restaurants, 21 bedrooms and an atmospheric vaulted bar. Fisher-folk will find it a cosy base for casting a line along the inn’s private stretch of the River Derwent (at the bottom of the garden), or Derwent Reservoir is on the doorstep.
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Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham, West Sussex

Given the gorgeous setting overlooking Pagham Harbour nature reserve, close to the open sea, there’s rightly an excellent showing of fish and shellfish on the menu at this aptly named inn on the Sussex coast. Period charm abounds, the rear garden overlooks fields, Crab Cottage next door is the ideal family retreat, and Room 4 affords big views of marsh and sky, all perfect following a memorable day on West Wittering beach.
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Competition Time with The Fleece Inn, Dolphinholme

To celebrate their inclusion on Inn Places, the Fleece Inn in Dolphinholme, Lancashire is offering you the chance to win a complimentary one night stay for two including 3 course dinner.  Don’t miss your chance to stay at this newly revamped country pub in fabulous walking country .
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