Stay at a Great British Pub
23 April 2018
It’s St George’s Day – so celebrate by booking a stay at a Great British Pub and experience some great British hospitality.
Not so long ago the thought of staying overnight in a pub would conjure up vivid images of cheaply furnished bedrooms, the smell of stale beer and bathrooms that had seen better days. How things have changed – now you can stay in luxurious rooms, full of home-from-home comforts, where children and dogs are welcomed too – it’s clear to see that pubs are now very much in tune with today’s leisure aspirations and lifestyle.
All of the inns on Inn Places successfully combine a relaxing, informal atmosphere with good food, real ales, fine wines and smart en-suite accommodation, providing you, the discerning pub-goer, with a stylish alternative to a faceless budget travel inn, a faded town-centre hotel, or a large, impersonal and often expensive country-house hotel.
Escape for the weekend or a mid-week break at any of our inns and you’ll experience fine food and wine, a laid-back, informal atmosphere and swish rooms to chill out in. And if you are looking for things to do, as well as our detailed Out and About sections, our unique Food Trails showcase other quality food pubs, restaurants and cafés within a 30-mile radius, as well as local deli’s, farm shops and artisan producers, including many that supply the inn, for those all-important edible goodies and gifts to take home.
Here are a few of David’s recommendations of top places to stay with a truly British feel – for many more choices visit www.innplaces.co.uk
Emily Watkins has firmly established the Kingham Plough at the forefront of the Great British food scene. Her truly innovative modern British menus have transformed the pub into a destination food-driven inn. The ethos here is all about seasonal and locally sourced ingredients.
Glen Duckett’s unassuming roadside pub has been stylishly revamped in partnership with forward-thinking brewery Thwaites. Step inside to find a fabulous light-filled bar, a smart Orangery extension, great food, an ‘Incredible Edible Garden’, and five quirky, boutique rooms with fabulous views across the Rossendale Valley to Holcombe Moor.
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.
The stunning Grade I-listed townhouse dates from around 1730 and retains many original features – the entire building is shot through with period charm, from the flagstone floors in the cellar bar and the wood panelling in the gracious dining room to the monumental fireplaces in the ‘Character’ bedrooms. So kickback and take your time, before striking out to explore the magnificent city of York.
The 15th-century Sun Inn deep in Constable country presents a pretty typical look, with beamed ceilings, old black timbers, several open fires and stripped wooden floors. A laid-back pub serving local ales, a great place for lingering meals, and smart rural-chic bedrooms, the Sun is a real gem, the best place to escape the hustle and bustle of the A12, just a mile away.
A country pub reinvented for the 21st century, its chill-out atmosphere, great food and easy-going service making it the perfect weekend bolthole for city escapees. Rooms are simple, unmistakably modern, handsomely kitted out and feature a raft of cossetting extras. Book one of the two stunning estate lodges and a relaxing, pampering in-room massage – utter bliss.
The Anchor is a vibrant village inn, occupying a prime spot just a stroll from the sand dunes and beach on the Suffolk coast. It is the perfect spot to go a crabbin’ on the quay with a bacon-baited line, to dip your toes in the chilly water, or to walk the coast path down to Dunwich. Foodies flock from afar for daily menus, which brim with local ingredients, the elegant, earthy and full flavoured food, and the amazing beer and wine lists. Contemporary rooms in cedar-clad chalets suit the setting perfectly.
Ponies roam past the rambling 18th-century Bell Inn, family owned for 250 years and set deep in the New Forest National Park and surrounded by ancient forest and open heathland. Refurbished in country-chic style, it’s the perfect family retreat, with safe, off-road cycling trails, a vast network of footpaths, a riding stables up the road, and a challenging ‘forest’ 18-holes golf course next door (owned by the Bell Inn).
Riverside terraces and stunning views of Ullswater (often described as England’s most dramatic lake) and the surrounding fells draw the crowds to this revamped pub in this honey-pot Lakes village. For amazing lake and fell views climb the stairs to the upper terrace – the perfect place to relax with a pint and a ploughman’s platter – or book one of the spacious upstairs rooms that whilst beautifully refurbished retain the quirkiness and character of this old inn.
A legend in its own lunchtime, the Olive Branch is renowned for its food and how it champions local suppliers. The interior remains true to the inn’s 17th-century roots, however: fires crackle picturesquely, settles and sideboards creak, and sepia sunlight filters prettily through small-paned windows. Add a peaceful summer garden and cosy rooms in Beech House opposite, it’s the best A1 pit stop for miles.
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