15 minutes from the motorway
Shun the motorway services and seek out one of these fantastic pubs just minutes from the motorway.
Shun the motorway services and seek out one of these fantastic pubs just minutes from the motorway.
In a Nutshell: Sleepy village setting for the Artist Residence rural outpost – a thatched gem with gorgeous rooms, informal quirky style, and sublime modern British food
In a Nutshell: Grand Georgian rectory transformed into an elegant and stylish destination venue; quirky rooms, great cocktails and crowd-pleasing menu. Family and dog friendly too
In a Nutshell: Period charm, eclectic modern menu, stylish contemporary rooms and a fabulous secret terrace at this ancient timbered inn close to the Thames
In a Nutshell: Beamed village inn revamped in country-chic style, popular with walkers and the racing set for the relaxed vibe, eclectic modern pub food and contemporary-smart rooms
In a Nutshell: Beams and timbers abound at this historic former coaching inn but expect modern menus and stylish contemporary rooms; comfortable M3 stopover
In a Nutshell: Cool urban bolthole with country-chic rooms, modern menus, a terrific terrace and a trendy bar; all set in a converted canal-side factory in the heart of Reading
In a Nutshell: A seashore hideaway, favoured for fabulous seafood and luxurious rooms, the best have serene views across marsh and sea
In a Nutshell: Glorious rural setting below Inkpen Beacon for this rustic-chic inn with stylish courtyard rooms, simple, modern British food, views from the garden, and a super little cafe
In a Nutshell: Riverside terraces and stunning views of Ullswater and the surrounding fells draw the crowds to this revamped pub in honey-pot Lakes village. Good classic pub menu and smart rooms too
In a Nutshell: Roadside pub revamped in 2017; now smart and stylish with new Orangery extension, quirky, luxurious rooms, great food and fabulous views
In a Nutshell: Grand stone inn set in a timeless estate village; worth the detour off A1 for elegant Asia/Africa inspired rooms; candles galore in the club-like bar; and eclectic modern British food
In a Nutshell: Estate-owned inn with a country-house feel and elegant rooms; renowned for its food, much of it sourced from estate farms and owner’s kitchen garden
In a Nutshell: Remote, country-rustic downland pub owned by a local organic farmer, renowned for its relaxed atmosphere, delicious organic food, and now for its smart new rooms
In a Nutshell: Thatched rural gem with winter fires, summer alfresco pizzas and boules, and gorgeous rooms – the perfect A303 pit-stop.
In a Nutshell: Unspoilt 17th-century country inn in a lush, hidden valley with unique rooms and food from a gifted young chef.
In a Nutshell: Truly unspoilt 15th-century gem in a timeless National Trust village, offering period charm, modern food and cosy rooms
In a Nutshell: Iconic pub rescued from closure and smartly revamped by Fullers with a cracking bar, modern pub food, and cosy rooms in a mews house across the road
In a Nutshell: Peaceful rural inn a world away from the hubbub of Colne over the hill, seek it out for fabulous far-reaching Pendle views, good pub food and comfortable country-smart rooms
In a Nutshell: Seek out this spruced up 16th-century pub for the beautiful hilltop village setting, the eclectic, crowd-pleasing menus and three cosy rooms; great walking too
In a Nutshell: The ideal stopover for weary travellers deep in rural Cheshire yet close to M6. Real ales, good food, a relaxed atmosphere (dogs & kids welcome), and smart, boutique-style bedrooms await
In a Nutshell: A cool, relaxed vibe, rustic, seasonal food, local ales, simple rooms oozing style and comfort - everyone's perfect country inn
In a Nutshell: Legendary 600-year-old Essex hostelry offering first-class hospitality; traditional bar, delicious modern food, timbered rooms to contemporary smart suites with Thames views
In a Nutshell: Ponies wander past this classic New Forest inn, refurbished in country-chic style and perfect for long walks, off-road cycling and a cracking round of golf next door
In a Nutshell: Handsome stone inn in beautiful Stamford, with log fires, interesting, stylish bedrooms and a menu to please all.
In a Nutshell: Sympathetic upgrade by Fullers at this tucked away 16th-century timbered pub, just a stroll from the Thames Path – beamed bars ooze traditional charm and cosy, contemporary rooms await upstairs
In a Nutshell: Renovated riverside coaching inn with stunning bedrooms and a menu reflecting Lancashire’s celebrated food culture
In a Nutshell: Beautiful village setting for this rejuvenated inn with smart rooms, an informal atmosphere and innovative menus.
In a Nutshell: In the lovely Vale of Belvoir, a pretty old pub with friendly service, a seasonal menu and sweet, comfortable bedrooms
In a Nutshell: Contemporary-smart rooms and a steak-focused menu are the draw for this vibrant town-centre pub with rooms close to the Thames
In a Nutshell: Visiting Blenheim Palace, then seek out this brilliant new bolthole a short stroll away for Italian-inspired food, a relaxed café-bar vibe, and special rooms
In a Nutshell: 16th-century pub with sleek, ultra-modern makeover - be wowed by the glitzy Riva Bar (drinks galore), the vibrant artwork and the rather swish and funky rooms
In a Nutshell: Informal hotel set in peaceful countryside close to A1M (J8) offering modern British food and comfortable rooms split between the old farmhouse and a magnificent restored barn, where you'll find the vibrant Cowshed Bar. It’s a cracking wedding venue too
In a Nutshell: Sleepy village location close to the Bowland Fells for this rescued and revamped community-focused pub with shop, country-smart rooms and good hearty cooking
In a Nutshell: Cool, contemporary dining pub with rooms in sleepy village minutes from A1; worth the detour or stopover for modern British dishes on upbeat menus, and country-smart rooms
In a Nutshell: Rambling 16-century inn re-opened in July 2018 following a stunning renovation by Brakspear – worth seeking out for the retro-smart décor, the stylish rooms and the fabulous front terrace; good modern pub food too
In a Nutshell: Former coaching inn and theatre in a fabulous central location within strolling distance of Warwick Castle – expect a boutique feel throughout, modern European food and stylish bedrooms
In a Nutshell: Sleepy downland village setting for this revamped pub, popular with walkers and foodies for local beers and modern British pub food; super cosy rooms too
In a Nutshell: Rejuvenated Test Valley inn, with riverside garden, fishing rights, great food, gorgeous rooms and a hands-on owner
In a Nutshell: A grand old inn, the thriving hub of Shaftesbury with a cool, contemporary feel, Mediterranean-inspired food, a secret alfresco courtyard and smart, spacious rooms
In a Nutshell: Sleepy thatched village setting for this smartened up pub just minutes from the A303 – it’s the perfect pit stop for great pub food and summer sipping in the riverside garden. Comfortable rooms too for weary travellers
In a Nutshell: Former warehouse in an idyllic Thames-side spot beside Folly Bridge, stylishly spruced up with beautifully refurbished rooms; good food and a fabulous riverside terrace
In a Nutshell: Shun the M3 Services for delicious food, good wine and impressive stable rooms at this unassuming inn. Handy base for Wisley Gardens, Windsor and Ascot too
In a Nutshell: Community focused dining pub with rustic-smart interior, innovative menus, great beer, and gorgeous rooms in a renovated barn
In a Nutshell: Grand old coaching inn worth seeking out for its ales, cocktails, freshly cooked food, authentic Neapolitan pizzas, and stylish bedrooms
In a Nutshell: Village setting below the North Downs for this vibrant pub with rooms, noted for its laid-back atmosphere, inventive food and drink menus (artisan producers), and simple, comfortable rooms
In a Nutshell: Fabulous new rooms, good pub food and a traditional feel at this refurbished 18th-century Cotswold stone inn, just a mile from M40 (J9) and minutes from Bicester Shopping Village
In a Nutshell: Stone and thatch treasure hidden away in an idyllic rural village; be wowed by its civilised country charm, the delicious food, the simple, country-house rooms, and the stunning gardens
In a Nutshell: Tardis-like town inn hiding historic beamed interior with timeless tap room, exciting food, hands-on hosts, and smart rooms
In a Nutshell: Stunning rooms ooze style and comfort at this impressive yet informal Townhouse conversion. A cool cocktail list, an all day menu and an amazing terrace complete the pleasing picture
In a Nutshell: Well-loved village inn close to the A1, with seasonal menus bristling with local produce and country-chic bedrooms.
In a Nutshell: Cool country inn, worth the detour from the A14 for innovative cooking, gorgeous interiors and chic bedrooms
In a Nutshell: Shun the Services for this stylishly reinvented pub with rooms close to M56 – worth stopping for good pub food, contemporary-smart rooms and the fabulous front terrace
In a Nutshell: Shun the M4 Services and seek out this stylishly refurbished old drovers’ inn for the relaxed vibe, modern British cooking and beautiful bedrooms
In a Nutshell: Smart roadside inn mid-way between Lakes & Dales with country-house style bedrooms, seasonal food and a big welcome
In a Nutshell: Fabulous foodie bolthole in dreamy hilltop village within easy reach of M40 and London – worth finding for innovative food, country-chic rooms and pub’s superb butcher’s shop
In a Nutshell: Former apothecary’s shop with great beers, an extensive gin collection, cosy corners, luxurious bedrooms to flop into, and a fresh, seasonal menu. The perfect remedy for weary locals and travellers alike
In a Nutshell: Attractive high street location for this historic inn, well placed for the M3 and worth the detour for the buzzy vibe in the bar, good modern pub food and contemporary-smart rooms
In a Nutshell: Rescued and revamped in quirky rustic French style with relaxed café/bistro feel, a great drinks menu, exciting Mediterranean food, and special rooms
In a Nutshell: In a cracking spot on Warwick’s central square, Peach’s flagship pub hums with life from breakfast till late, popular for its lively contemporary vibe, good all day food and comfy rooms – the best (& quietest) across the lane
In a Nutshell: Money has been lavished on this roadside pub, transforming it into a big contemporary dining pub with open kitchen, crowd-pleasing modern menus, and smart new-build rooms
In a Nutshell: Georgian town centre inn spruced up in elegant period style with opulent bedrooms and a crowd-pleasing menu; ideal base for exploring the Lakes and Dales
In a Nutshell: Spruced up inn with authentic bar, good food, cosy rooms and a snazzy Airstream serving Tex-Mex food in the garden
In a Nutshell: Once derelict, this thatched treasure has been revived with style, now a community hub offering modern food and cosy rooms.
In a Nutshell: Gorgeous village setting for Rob McGill’s historic inn that draws a discerning crowd for good food and wine, classic country-chic rooms and it’s walled garden – alfresco heaven
In a Nutshell: Seek out this North Downs treasure for the timeless, traditional feel, hearty food, top-notch Brakspear ales, cosy bedrooms, and wonderful walking from the front door
In a Nutshell: Unassuming traditional local rescued from closure and revamped in contemporary style; comfortable rooms, freshly cooked pub food and hands-on owners
In a Nutshell: The best A3 pit-stop for miles stands in a peaceful spot beside the River Wey – contemporary rooms, locally sourced food, ales and gin, and a cracking riverside terrace await
In a Nutshell: Picture-book setting for this historic inn noted for delicious Italian-inspired food, decent wines, and charming period rooms
In a Nutshell: Cool, contemporary village inn with quirky, individual bedrooms and River Cottage chefs delivering exciting food all day
In a Nutshell: Spruced up 16th century Thames-side gem; hunker down by fires in winter, spill out onto glorious riverside terraces in summer. Great rooms and pub food too
In a Nutshell: Rustic, authentic village gem close to South Downs Way – fabulous stop-over for cracking pub food, cool cabin rooms, and great pizzas in the stunning summer garden
In a Nutshell: Village local rescued and restored in 2018 and transformed into a cool rural bolthole with stylish interiors, inventive food and six cosy rooms.
In a Nutshell: Informal inn within a grand house deep in the New Forest; haven for country lovers looking for good pub food, a relaxed vibe and stylish country-chic bedrooms. Wonderful walking from the front door.
In a Nutshell: It’s contemporary country-chic all the way in this handsome town centre inn, with a menu that defines ‘local and seasonal’.
In a Nutshell: Wonderful old coaching inn offering a big welcome to all; come for good ales, cocktail menu, Mediterranean dishes and Neapolitan pizzas, and comfy, elegant rooms. Super summer courtyard too
In a Nutshell: 500-year-old village inn rescued, restored and reinvented with style by Upham Pubs; country-chic feel, good modern pub food, super comfortable rooms above the bar and in converted stables
In a Nutshell: Timeless and cosy 16th-century inn set below the South Downs and offering a big welcome to walkers, dogs and families. Expect great pub food, decent Upham beers and smart contemporary rooms.
In a Nutshell: Spruced up coaching inn set below the South Downs offering great pub food, stunning wines and quirky, individual rooms, popular with walkers and the shooting fraternity.
In a Nutshell: Vibrant foodie tavern with smart rooms, the hub the city’s trendy Oxford Street and close to good shopping and the cruise ship terminals
In a Nutshell: Perfect for those on the Shakespeare Trail – a 600-year-old timbered inn with fabulous ‘character’ rooms that ooze period charm, authentic beamed bars and fresh traditional pub food
In a Nutshell: Rambling bars (four fires), great pub food and fabulous revamped rooms await those who find this famous city centre gem tucked away in Winchester’s back streets close to the Cathedral and College