Visit a Christmas Market from the comfort of a pub with rooms
16 November 2018
In need of a quick break away and some festive cheer, then soak up the sights, smells and sounds of Christmas at one of Britain’s atmospheric Christmas Markets and combine it with a relaxing stay at a cosy pub with rooms. Choose one of these with fabulous inns close to traditional markets in Bath, York, Halifax, Leeds, Winchester, Cheltenham, Stratford upon Avon, Canterbury and one overlooking fairytale Leeds Castle in Kent.
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. So kick back and take your time, before striking out to explore the city’s magnificent St Nicholas Fayre and its 100 snug chalets (15th November to 23rd December).
Rambling 16-century inn re-opened in July 2018 following a stunning renovation by Brakspear with stylish rooms, a fabulous front terrace and good modern pub food. Perfect for exploring the Cotswolds and Cheltenham’s traditional Christmas Market, where 40 stalls under Christmas lights and located on the famous Promenade in the town centre (22nd November to 15th December).
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. An ideal base for appreciating Winchester’s famous Christmas Market, set in the atmospheric Cathedral Close (17th November to 20th December).
A renovated 17th-century corn mill hidden in the folds of the wooded Shibden Valley – a truly peaceful spot just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Halifax. Visit the Christmas Market (30th November – 2nd December) in the fabulous, newly refurbished Piece Hall in the town, or drive to Leeds to experience the city’s traditional German Christmas Market (9th November – 22nd December). Return to roaring fires, exciting menus and a cosy room.
Revamped in 2017 with an informal, elegant feel, this striking, historic and castellated building in the heart of Stratford offers an eclectic décor, contemporary-smart rooms and good classic pub food. Book a room for the weekend of the 7th-9th December to explore the historic Shakespearean attractions and savour the colours, sounds and aromas of Stratford’s Victorian Christmas market.
This cool, revamped riverside inn oozing quirky style, with swish bedrooms and an open kitchen serving good food all day is an ideal base from which to explore not just Bradford on Avon but Bath’s fabulous Christmas Market – with a ‘green’ theme this year will you find over 180 twinkling chalets set in the picturesque Georgian streets surrounding Bath Abbey (22nd November – 9th December).
This historic village inn restored with style by the Bridgen family offering inventive food and individually designed rooms is a great base for exploring Canterbury’s small traditional market where the colourful cabins offer up everything you’d expect from a larger market – German mulled wine, Christmas music and hand-crafted gifts (16th November – 24th December).
The stylishly refurbished Milk House has a laid-back vibe, brilliant staff and exciting food on crowd-pleasing menus. The four spacious and very relaxing bedrooms provide the perfect winter bolthole for exploring Kent and stocking up on Christmas gifts at the Leeds Castle Christmas Market, located on the Cedar Lawn overlooking the floodlit castle (weekends late November to mid December).
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