12 fabulous pubs with rooms easily reached by train
26 February 2019
Don’t let the absence of a car hold you back from a weekend away or a mid week break – jump on a train and travel at speed and comfort to one of these excellent inns, all located within walking distance or short taxi or bus ride from the railway station. With much to see and do on the doorstep, from shopping and exploring fascinating museums, to enjoying relaxing country walks and cycle rides, you’ll not miss having a car. Here are a few ideas that you can book directly from Inn Places but for many more pubs with rooms with easy access to a train station click here.
With 34 fabulous rooms and suites spread across this rambling inn, all oozing detail touches, this stylish bolthole in the heart of Rye is further enhanced by its classic, atmospheric bar and informal Grill serving fresh, locally sourced meat and Rye Bay seafood cooked on the wood-charcoal grill in the open-to-view kitchen; special indeed.
Under a mile from the train station, this 500-year-old village inn oozes comfort, charm and informality, with a country-chic feel throughout. Good modern pub food and super comfortable rooms above the bar and in converted stables complete a very pleasing picture. Take in a visit to the Bombay Sapphire Gin Distillery in nearby Whitchurch.
A handsome riverside property, lovingly transformed into a very stylish inn where good modern food is served all day, and comfortable rooms are quirky and fun – the best have river views. The railway station is a stroll away, so spend time exploring the ancient alleyways in the fascinating town or walk or cycle the canal towpath to Georgian Bath and return by train.
The stunning Grade I-listed townhouse dates from around 1730 and retains many original features despite being refurbished from top to toe. The entire building is shot through with period charm, so expect a quirky interior and stylish bedrooms. Kick back and take your time, before striking out to explore the magnificent city. Walking distance from York railway station.
Stunning rooms ooze style at this impressive yet informal Townhouse conversion a short stroll from the Abbey and some great independent shops. Expect to find a cool cocktail list, an imaginative all-day menu and an amazing terrace – the perfect urban bolthole within walking distance of the railway station.
Stamford is England’s consummate Georgian coaching town, and the Bull & Swan is its perfect hideaway: a low-slung tavern from 1624, complete with honey-stone gables and mullioned windows. The location is perfect: just a five-minute stroll from the railway station, high street shops and the grounds of Burghley House. Spend time perusing the bookshops and neighbouring St Martins Antiques Centre, packed with curious booty.
The Bel & the Dragon in Reading is a cool urban bolthole in a beautifully converted former biscuit factory just off the ring road yet in a surprisingly peaceful canal-side setting. The country-chic rooms, modern menus, terrific terrace and trendy bar make it a great base for a quick weekend away – especially so as Reading is easily accessible by train from many parts of the country.
Revamped in 2017 with an informal, elegant feel, this striking, historic building in the heart of Stratford offers contemporary-smart rooms and good classic pub food. With direct trains from London Marylebone and Birmingham, this is an ideal base from which to take in the theatre and explore the sights and shops.
The Sun Inn is just a short taxi ride from Manningtree Station and it is most definitely worth the extra journey for a stay at this gem of a country inn set deep in the heart of Constable country. Along with a picture-book setting this historic inn is noted for delicious Italian-inspired food, decent wines, and charming period rooms – an ideal place to relax after a walk to Constable’s Flatford Mill.
Oxford brims with brilliant pubs but the Head of the River must surely boast the best location in the city – who can beat the stunning Thames-side frontage, the views of Folly Bridge, the fabulous alfresco dining area, and the central position, not to forget the super-comfortable rooms – a perfect base to explore this city of dreaming spires and within walking distance of Oxford train station.
The Half Moon stands in a cracking location between cool Brixton and leafy Dulwich Village, directly opposite Brockwell Park with its famous Art Deco Lido. Rescued from closure by Fullers in 2017 it is worth seeking out for cracking beers, the authentic bar, classic pub food, a fab terrace and very cool bedrooms – all within a few minutes stroll from Herne Hill Station.
With its rich history and imposing façade of honey-coloured stone, the White Hart Royal is the archetypal Cotswold inn, set in the heart of Moreton on the Marsh just minutes from the train station (hourly trains from London Paddington). The inn boasts ancient beams, stone walls and warming log fires, particularly in the snug bar, and there are two elegant lounges filled with antique furniture and comfy chairs.
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