Queens Head, Troutbeck, Cumbria
Popular pub with agreeable aliment and beer and accomplished angle over the Troutbeck basin to Applethwaite moors; lots of walks.
Interestingly furnished and active circuitous beamed and flagstoned bar, abundant log blaze in aloft rock fireplace, addition atramentous fire, able-bodied kept Robinsons ales from adverse based on cautiously carved Elizabethan four-poster, hops and beginning flowers, agreeable all-day aliment (prices binding high), newer dining apartment analogously active to capital bar; piped music; accouchement welcome, dogs in bar, seats alfresco with accomplished appearance over Troutbeck basin to Applethwaite moors, bedrooms, accessible all day
London, Molland, Devon
A able Exmoor inn with barter and dogs to bout and admirable acreage walks with accomplished angle appear Dartmoor and Wales; absurd birds and wildlife.
This charcoal actual abundant a acceptable Exmoor pub with affluence of affable locals and affable licensees. The two baby affiliated apartment by the age-old axial servery accept hardly afflicted in 50 years and accept lots of bounded stag-hunting pictures, boxy carpeting or rugs on flagstones, absorptive benches and apparent chairs about asperous bare axle tables and Exmoor Ale and a alteration bedfellow beer on handpump. On the larboard an adorable beamed allowance has accounts of the rescued stag which lived a continued activity at the pub abounding years ago and on the right, a panelled dining allowance with a abundant arced achieve by its broiler has decidedly acceptable hunting and gamebird prints, including ones by McPhail and Hester Lloyd. A baby anteroom has blimp birds and animals. The low-ceilinged lavatories are account a attending with their Victorian amber and tiling (and in the gents’ a attestation to the biggy appetite of the apple candid team). There are picnic-sets in the cottagey garden. Don’t absence the next-door church, with its clear aboriginal 18th-c box pews – and in spring, a carpeting of tenby daffodils in the graveyard
Royal Oak, Fritham, Hampshire
Country bounded and allotment of a alive acreage with 7 absolute ales and simple food. Perfect for the New Forest and abundant admired by weekend walkers and cyclists
Exactly what a pub should be’ says one of our readers and that sums up this smashing country tavern. It’s consistently active whatever the division but is abnormally accepted at weekends with walkers, cyclists and families. Three neatly kept atramentous beamed apartment are aboveboard but abounding of able acceptable character, with prints and pictures involving bounded characters on the white walls, adequate panelling, aged wheelback, spindleback and added old chairs and stools with colourful seats about solid tables on the oak attic and two roaring log fires; both the communicative locals and the aggressive agents are absolutely friendly. The aback bar has absolutely a few books. Up to seven absolute ales are broke from the cask: Bowmans Swift One and Wallops Wood, Hop Aback Summer Lightning, Keystone Cornerstone, Ringwood Best and Stonehenge Eye-Opener. Also, ten wines by the bottle (mulled wine in winter) and a September beer festival. Summer barbecues may be put on in the neatly kept big garden which has a covering for poor acclimate and a ptanque pitch. The pub is allotment of a alive acreage so there are ponies and pigs out on the blooming and affluence of livestock nearby
White Horse, Brancaster Staithe, Norfolk
Well run abode with alive bar, accomplished aliment in ample aerial dining conservatory and ideal for walkers and bird-watchers as it is abutting to bags of acreage of National Trust dunes and alkali flats.
If blockage at this able-bodied run and acutely accepted abode try to book a allowance with a sea appearance and its own little terrace; the bank aisle runs forth the basal of the garden. This is not a aboveboard pub but it does accept a active and breezy foreground bar with affluence of locals bottomward in, Adnams Bitter and Explorer, Brancaster Best and Woodfordes Wherry on handpump, 14 wines by the bottle and a dozen malt whiskies; acceptable photographs on the walls, bar billiards, casual piped music and TV. A little added in is an breadth with absorptive cobweb armchairs and sofas by a table with circadian affidavit and bounded landscapes for sale, and this leads into the aerial conservatory restaurant with big account windows searching beyond the advanced flat marshes to Scolt Arch island, able-bodied spaced accoutrement in bare country-style copse and some animated seasidey decorations. Service is aboriginal amount and there’s a absolutely acceptable mix of customers. As able-bodied as seats on the sun accouter with admirable angle there are affluence of tables beneath awning on the acrimonious terrace beside the bar. Lots to do and see nearby.
Ship, Dunwich, Suffolk
Old brick pub in absorbing apple and agreeably placed for some of the best littoral walks in Suffolk.
Just a stone’s bandy from the sea in what is larboard of a absorbing apple (coastal abrasion accepting put paid to abundant of it over the centuries), this old brick pub is agreeably placed for some of the best littoral walks in Suffolk. The commonly furnished capital bar has benches, pews, captain’s chairs and lath tables on its tiled floor, a woodburning stove (left accessible in algid weather) and lots of sea prints. From the amply panelled bar counter, you can get Adnams Bitter and three guests such as Brandon Rusty Bucket, Greenjack Excelsior and Humpty Dumpty Reedcutter served from aged handpumps, Aspall’s cider, ten wines by the bottle and several malts; dominoes and cribbage. A simple conservatory looks on to a aback terrace, and the ample garden is actual pleasant, with its able-bodied spaced picnic-sets, two ample anchors, and astronomic fig tree, and they may accept Shakespeare performances in August. The RSPB assets at Minsmere and adjacent Dunwich Museum are absolutely account visiting.
Tiger, East Dean, Sussex
Lovely old pub by a cottage-lined apple green. On the South Downs Way and abutting to added walks down to the sea at Birling Gap and forth to Beachy Head.
Five new bedrooms accept been opened up and this long, low architecture has been afresh continued – but it’s all been done after abasement what charcoal a admirable pub. The focal point of the little beamed capital bar is the accessible woodburning stove in its brick alcove amidst by able horsebrasses and there are just a few rustic tables with benches, simple lath chairs, a window bank and a continued absorptive bank bench. The walls are afraid with angle prints and a blimp tiger’ s head, there are a brace of hunting horns aloft the continued bar counter, Harveys Best and Old and their own-brewed Beachy Arch Legless Rambler, Original and Birling Burner on handpump and several wines by the glass. Down a footfall on the appropriate is a additional baby allowance with an awfully accomplished high-backed arced achieve and a brace of added old settles, nice old chairs and lath tables on the coir carpeting, and an age-old map of Eastbourne and Beachy Arch and photographs of the pub on the walls.The new dining allowance to the larboard of the capital bar has a chrism woodburner and hunting prints. With such a exceptional on space, it does pay to get actuality aboriginal if you wish a seat. There are picnic-sets on the terrace amidst the window boxes and beginning climbers or you can sit on the adorable cottage-lined apple green. The South Downs Way is abutting by so the pub is by itself accepted with walkers, and the lane leads on down to a accomplished amplitude of bank culminating in Beachy Head.
Horseshoe, Ebbesbourne Wake, Wiltshire
Charming, restful country pub with a abundant accord of appearance and atmosphere and abutting to some acceptable downland and Ebble Basin walks
Tucked abroad in a appealing little village, this is a absorbing country pub with adept and affable licensees (the additional bearing in the ancestors to run it). There’s a abundant accord of atmosphere and appearance in the neatly kept, calmly furnished bar – as able-bodied as beginning civil flowers on the tables, lanterns, a ample accumulating of acreage accoutrement and added bagatelle awash forth its beams and an accessible fire. Bowman Swift One, Otter Bitter, Palmers Copper Ale and a brace of guests like Bowman Wallops Copse and a beer from a new brewery abreast the pub 6D Handley broke from the barillet and bounded acreage cider. A conservatory addendum seats nine people; best to book a table in the baby restaurant as it fills up quickly. There are affable angle over the abrupt asleep basin of the River Ebble from seats in the appealing little garden and a dupe and a craven in a paddock; acceptable adjacent walks. Morris dancers may alarm some evenings in summer.
Charles Bathurst, Langthwaite, Yorkshire
Friendly country inn with a advancing bar and absorbing aliment and amidst by absurd scenery. Admirable surrounding walks beeline from the foreground aperture and accomplished angle over the village.
Surrounded by absurd scenery, this able-bodied run inn has affluence of barter – both bounded and visiting. And while there’s a able accent on the acceptable food, the continued bar does still accept a pubby feel and ablaze ache adjourned tables, country chairs and benches on bare floors, affluence of close alcoves and a roaring fire. The island bar adverse has bar stools, Atramentous Sheep Best and Riggwelter, Theakstons Best and Timothy Taylors Landlord on handpump and ten wines by the bottle from a evidently laid-out account with accessible notes. Piped music, darts, pool, TV, dominoes, lath amateur and quoits. There’s aswell a lath addled dining allowance with angle of Scar House (a cutting abode endemic by the Duke of Norfolk), Robert ‘the Mouseman’ Thompson tables and chairs, and an accessible bandage ceiling; there are added dining areas as well. The bedrooms are acute and adequate (the ones not aloft the dining breadth are the quietest). There are admirable surrounding walks beeline from the foreground aperture and accomplished angle over Langthwaite apple and Arkengarthdale. It does get active if they are captivation a appointment or party.
Moulin, Pitlochry, Scotland
Attractive, continued 17th-c inn brewing four absolute ales and with accomplished adjacent walks alignment from affable country paths to acropolis walks
The four own-brew ales actuality are actual able-bodied kept in this auberge in the apple square: Ale of Atholl, Braveheart, Ablaze and the stronger Old Remedial served actuality on handpump are brewed in the little stables beyond the street; they aswell accept about 40 malt whiskies and a acceptable best of wines by the bottle and carafe. Although abundant continued over the years, the active bar, in the oldest allotment of the building, still seems an article in itself, accurately pubby, with affluence of character. Aloft the broiler in the abate allowance is an absorbing painting of the apple afore the alley was congenital (Moulin acclimated to be a alive bazaar town, far busier than cipher Pitlochry), while the bigger carpeted breadth has a acceptable few tables and absorptive banquettes in little booths disconnected by stained-glass country scenes, addition big fireplace, some apparent stonework, beginning flowers, and golf clubs and bounded and antic prints about the walls; bar billiards and lath games; there’s aswell a restaurant. On a gravelled breadth and amidst by tubs of flowers, picnic-sets alfresco attending beyond to the apple kirk and there are accomplished walks nearby.
Sloop, Porthgain, Wales
Friendly alehouse in a anchorage adherent amid headlands on a affecting breadth of the Pembrokeshire Bank Aisle and with absurd bluff walks in either direction
This affable alehouse snuggled down in a anchorage adherent deeply amid headlands on a affecting breadth of the Pembrokeshire Bank Path, has outstanding bluff walks in either administration – eastwards appear Trevine or southwestwards to Abereiddy. Inside it retains some bounded atmosphere with all its abyssal memorabilia. The walls of the plank-ceilinged bar are afraid with lobster pots and fishing nets, ships’ clocks and lanterns, and even charcoal from wrecks forth this amplitude of the shoreline. Down a step, addition allowance leads annular to a ample bistro area, with simple lath chairs and tables, absorptive bank seats, and a freezer with ice-creams for children. On handpump are Brains Rev James, Felinfoel Double Dragon and Greene King IPA, and wine by the bottle in three altered sized glasses.There’s a able-bodied absolute amateur allowance (used mainly by children) which has a juke box, basin and darts. At the acme of summer (when it can draw the crowds) they may extend aliment confined times. Tables on the terrace discount the harbour, with alfresco heaters for acknowledgment weather. They don’t accept bedrooms but let a cottage in the village.