The summer holidays are in full swing and with (hopefully) long, hot August
days to look forward to, we highlight our enterprising owners who organise
summer food, drink and music festivals for all the family to enjoy. From
champagne and shucking oysters by a tidal creek to a brilliant beer festival,
a Milk Fest and a full-blown music festival in a day, here are some top inns to
seek out for summer fun.
The Milk House, Sissinghurst, Kent Be wowed by wood-fired pizzas, crowd-pleasing menus that brim with local goodies, and the laid-back vibe at this stylish inn, rescued and revamped in 2013. Come on August Bank Holiday weekend to experience Milk Fest, a four-day feast of fun for all the family, built around the inn’s favourite artisan suppliers, who sell their produce from stalls around the terrace, and live music from local bands. Read more about this pub with rooms
The Anchor, Walberswick, Suffolk Beer academy founder Mark Dorber’s reputation as a beer guru means his amazing beer festivals draw ale aficionados from far and wide. Seek out this vibrant, foodie inn close to the beach on 6/7 August to sample 30 tip-top cask ales and craft keg beers, served from the Terrace Bar and the Stone Barn. There’s fab food too – pizzas from the wood-fired oven and superb sausages chargrilled on the barbeque. Read more about this pub with rooms
The Queen’s Arms, Corton Denham, Somerset A laid-back local lost down lanes in great walking country, well worth finding for tip-top beers, seasonal food and special rooms. Expect to find a cracking range of beer and menus brimming with local produce, including fruit, vegetables and rare-breed pork from the owner’s farm. Don’t miss the summer Saturday barbeques, and the August Bank Holiday Jazz Festival, replete with New Orleans food and a Bourbon Bar. Read more about this pub with rooms
The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland, Co. Durham Set in a timeless village deep in remote and wild country near Derwent Reservoir, this is one of England’s finest inns, once part of Blanchland Abbey, with ancient flagstones, wall sconces and medieval-style chandeliers. Head for the original Abbey cloister garden on the last Saturday of August and September for the free Garden Gigs (3-5pm), some great barbecue food, and stunning valley views. Read more about this pub with rooms
The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk For the most hauntingly beautiful views across the saltmarsh to the coast, relax on the summer terrace or watch magical sunsets from the conservatory dining room at this slick seaside hostelry. Innovative menus are big on seafood and from 4pm on Friday 19 August you can wash local oysters and other foodie delights down with champagne at the pop-up Oyster Bar right on the edge of the marsh. Read more about this pub with rooms
Royal Oak, Tetbury, Gloucestershire A spruced up inn tucked away on the edge of gorgeous Tetbury, with an authentic bar, a simple rustic feel, good food and cosy rooms. With music and comedy sessions, regular quiz night and even a DIY Bloody Mary bar every Sunday, expect a good atmosphere. The summer of music culminates with Oakstock on Saturday 6 August, a musical extravaganza and fun-filled day for all the family, with Difford and Tilbrook (ex Squeeze) headlining. Read more about this pub with rooms
Thank you for visiting our blog – this is where we have the latest on what our pub industry expert David Hancock has been up to including his discoveries when searching for Britain’s best pubs with rooms. We’ve also got insider tips and extra updates to share about what makes our handpicked inns such wonderful – and individual/unique places – to help you find anything from the cosiest corner, to a special room with a view or even the heartiest breakfast.