Stay in a pub for a perfectly British Staycation

24 July 2017

If you are still trying to decide what to do this summer, why not book a stay in a pub and experience some great British hospitality?  More and more pubs are adding rooms for holidaymakers and at the best of these you will find so much more than you might expect!

All of the inns we showcase on Inn Places have bags of personality, an informal, welcoming atmosphere and are also at the heart of their local community with a good knowledge of their surrounding area, from places to walk, to recommendations for shops and visitor attractions.  Food and drink will also be sourced locally and unlike many other accommodation options there will always be a big welcome for children and dogs, making it easier than ever to getaway.

Here are some of our recommendations for a perfectly British staycation but you will find many more at

Best Pub to take your Bucket and Spade

Terrific food, quirky, boutique style bedrooms and the 10-minute saunter to magnificent Brancaster beach draw foodie families to The Ship atBrancaster, a stylish country inn smack on Norfolk’s beautiful north coast. Kids can expect a fabulous welcome, their own menu of freshly cooked dishes, including a mini homemade burger and roast dinner on Sundays – perfect for a brilliant beach holiday.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Norfolk

Best Pub for Souvenir Hunters

Timbrell’s Yard in Bradford on Avon is a stunning riverside property, explore the independent shops in the town, or take the train to Georgian Bath for some serious retail therapy.  Lovingly transformed into a very stylish inn, there’s a passion for local producers – good modern food is served all day, and comfortable rooms are quirky and fun.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Wiltshire

Best Pub for Blowing Away the Cobwebs

The Gurnard’s Head on the wild Penwith peninsula is an iconic cliff-top inn, a real beacon on the Cornish coast and sets the standard for relaxed, convivial hospitality, with cosy-rustic rooms and the kitchen championing seasonal Cornish produce. The scenery is stunning and dramatic coast walks will certainly blow the cobwebs away – walk the cliffs to St Ives and bus back to Treen for a reviving supper.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Cornwall

Best Pub to Switch Off (At!)

Set in the glorious open country of the North Tyne Valley and Kielder Water in Northumberland, The Battlesteads in Wark is a sustainable eco-pub with a wood-chip boiler, solar panels and its own market garden. Swap wi-fi for dark skies and take advantage of the pub’s own ‘Dark Skies Observatory’ or stay in luxury lodges with controllable roof lights in the pitched ceiling and lie in bed watching the magical night sky.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Northumberland

Best Pub for Catching a Crab 

The Anchor in Walberswick 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 and contemporary rooms in cedar-clad chalets suit the setting perfectly.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Suffolk

Best Pub for Serious Foodies

Chef-owner Andrew Pern won the first Michelin star for Yorkshire at the Star Inn at Harome, a 15th century pub perched on the edge of the North Yorks Moors, and has been delighting us ever since. His ever-changing seasonal menus are sensational, drawing on the rich larder of local produce – it’s hard to leave the Star, so book one of the quirky, super comfortable rooms across the road and explore the wine list.
Read more about this pub with rooms in North Yorkshire

Best Pub for Keeping the Family Amused

Ponies roam past the rambling 18th-century Bell Inn at Bramshaw, 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 next door (owned by the Bell Inn) for dads to enjoy a cracking round of golf.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Hampshire

Best Pub to Stretch your Legs

Set on the banks of the River Hodder, in splendid isolation amid the wild and breathtaking beauty of Lancashire’s Trough of Bowland, the Inn at Whitewell is the perfect resting place following invigorating moorland rambles. It oozes warmth, personality and a pleasing quirkiness and you can savour the spectacular views from almost every room. Dogs are very welcome.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Lancashire

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