Gather Together This Festive Season

6 November 2017

Cosy pubs with rooms make fabulous meeting places for pre-Christmas gatherings with family and friends living far apart, so take a look at some of our recommendations – all are in great locations, either within easy access to major routes, or they are destination rural gems perfect for a relaxing overnight stay away before the crazy twelve days really kick in. Make time for a country ramble or enjoy some Christmas retail therapy, then wine and dine into the evening, perhaps in an intimate private dining room, before retiring to super comfortable rooms. For many more options visit

The Plough at Lupton, Cumbria

The Plough is a civilised roadside inn and perfectly placed for a gathering just off the M6 (junction 36). Close to the Lakes and the Dales, it has the kind of pared-back authenticity that feels timeless, with distinct cosy areas with open fires, alongside feel-good food with bold flavours, a warm hospitality from hands-on owners, and genuine warmth to the six very stylish bedrooms from only £85 B&B.
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Pipe & Glass, South Dalton, East Yorkshire

James MacKenzie cooks exciting pub food at his handsome 17th-century country inn tucked away in the Yorkshire Wolds. His inventive menus are built around Yorkshire produce and he has held a coveted Michelin star since 2010. Book the five gorgeous rooms for friends or family, splash out at the chef’s table or book the first-floor dining suite (seats 6-10) and tuck into a bespoke tasting menu before curling up by one of the roaring fires.
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The Pheasant, Neenton, Shropshire

Rescued and refurbished in country-rustic style, this community local is hidden deep in the Shropshire Hills between Bridgnorth and the foodie town of Ludlow. Offering a big welcome, good country cooking, and three comfortable rooms, it’s a cracking place for a friends or family pre-Christmas gathering on the Welsh Borders. Stay over (taking advantage of their special Festive DB&B offer), arriving early for a ramble up nearby Brown Clee Hill (fantastic views) – the perfect prelude to drinks by the fire and a hearty dinner.
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The White Hart, Somerton, Somerset

Today’s revamped incarnation of Somerton’s 500-year-old inn offers a contemporary vibe, a stylish, rustic-chic bar, rambling dining rooms, and very individual bedrooms. River Cottage chefs cook up a storm in the open kitchen, delivering hearty dishes from the wood-fired oven. Just minutes from the A303 for an east-west meet up and close to Wells and Clarks Village for some Christmas retail therapy.
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The Wiveton Bell, Wiveton, Norfolk

The stylishly spruced up Bell overlooks Wiveton’s peaceful green and church. A clutch of gorgeous rooms upstairs and in adjacent cottages make this rustic-chic inn the ideal bolthole for a family gathering with stunning beaches and bird reserves on the doorstep, Christmas festivities at nearby Blickling Hall (early December), and fantastic lights and shopping in trendy Holt. A blazing log fire and innovative seasonal menus await at the end of the day. You can even take home a Christmas tree from their very own Christmas Tree shop!
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The Swan Inn, Ascott-under-Wychwood, Oxfordshire

A rustic-chic revamp for this 16th-century Cotswold stone inn, the stylish sibling to the stunning Bull at nearby Charlbury, so expect a cool and quirky interior, fabulous individually designed rooms, and inventive monthly menus. Book the rooms at both and enjoy a fabulous family celebration in the swish private dining room at The Swan. You can arrive by train, footpaths radiate from the front door, and Burford and Stow offer great shopping.
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The Horse Guards Inn, Tillington, West Sussex

The 350-year-old Horse Guards Inn is a magnet for locals and foodies alike and it’s a topsy-turvy, quirky sort of place with original beams, low ceilings, cottage windows, an eclectic, eye-catching décor, and three cosy-chic rooms. December sees the pub festooned with tasteful Christmas decorations and homemade treats, all very Country Living, and fabulous for a festive family gathering. Petworth Park is opposite for pre-lunch or dinner strolls.
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The George Townhouse, Shipston-on-Stour, Warwickshire

A striking High Street inn spruced up in modern quirky style with fifteen contemporary and stylish bedrooms, seasonal menus offering good pub food, and top-notch Brakspear ales. Perfectly placed between the Cotswolds and Stratford upon Avon, The George in charming Shipston makes a great central location for a pre-Christmas gathering. Be sure to book the bijou carriage room (seats 12) for a private celebratory dinner.
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Great Christmas Gift Ideas
Take the hassle out of your Christmas shopping with our Gift Vouchers – an easy to buy and highly desirable gift.  Or take a look at our newly published Guide Book: “Discover the Best Inns of England and Wales”, which at just £8.99 (free P&P in the UK), makes the perfect stocking filler!

Competition Time

This month we are giving our readers the chance to win an overnight bed & breakfast stay at the superb Dabbling Duck in Great Massingham, Norfolkincluding a bottle of Prosecco and afternoon cream tea on arrival.  Terms & Conditions apply.  Enter here 

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