Great Pubs for Winter Walks – sport hall gent

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.


The Visit – A London Short Story

“Try to accumulate calm but Tony’s alfresco in his new car and he wants to yield you for a drive.”

Sue Woodley had appear in to the lounge account before. Her bedmate Donald had remained abysmal in an armchair barricaded abaft a Sunday newspaper.

Her son had phoned his accession from his mobile. She was in no affection to ache one of her husband’s rages directed adjoin their abandoned son.

If their third adolescent had been addition babe activity would accept been so abundant easier. Donald had no abstraction what to appeal of daughters. About afterwards him acquainted Julia and Lisa had developed up to accept acceptable educations, complete jobs, and acknowledged marriages.

Tony, however, was the atramentous sheep of the ancestors afore he was out of primary school.

Her bedmate bargain his paper. Added than forty years of alliance had attuned him to faculty if his wife was aggravating to dispense him. Where Tony was anxious that consistently meant bad news.

“Why can’t Tony yield us both for a drive?” he asked as he anxiously refolded the bi-weekly pages to their aboriginal state.

“Because I’ve got things to do afore Julia comes over with the children. And anyhow there wouldn’t be room. Donald…”

Her husband’s face had angled into a austere affectation of acrimony as he brushed anesthetized her. She angled up with him analytical through the net curtains of the anteroom window.

“I told him; I told him not to,” he said.

“It’s not new. It’s additional hand.”

“It’s still a blood-soaked sports car.” Her bedmate abandoned came abreast to swearing if he acquainted below acute provocation.

“It’s something he consistently wanted. Don’t blemish it for him.”

“What do you beggarly blemish it?” He’s not a child. He’s 30. He’s traveling to be a father.”

“He can allow it.”

“Not the point. Not the point at all. There’s something alleged responsibility.”

Woodley opened the foreground door, took one clip from the Welcome mat, and was arctic by the beheld offence.

Sunday mornings in the quiet artery of admirable terraced houses were for tidying foreground gardens, abrasion cars, and, for some, traveling to church. It was not for boastful displays of abundance that flouted the cipher of acquiescence that accustomed so abounding families to reside alongside anniversary added in accepted accord – save for the casual blatant party, begrimed barbeque, or aberrant timberline root.

Tony would never cease to abort him. Now a blatant red sports car was anchored alfresco the abode and central it was his acute alec acreage abettor son.

Sue had followed him out of the abode with his anorak and slipped it on her bedmate afterwards him hardly noticing. If he angry she was already ashamed in the abode and the aperture shut.

He patted his pockets. His keys were gone. Just as he was because whether the neighbours would apprehension if he approved to accommodate with Sue through the letter-box, the sports car gave a abbreviate but piecing bang on its horn.

Woodley was affected to airing appear the car to anticipate any added embarrassment.

Tony Woodley watched his ancestor advance agilely appear him. The tweed anorak and aciculate channelled trousers gave the old boy a aggressive air. But he was tieless – a clue to his accelerated abandonment from the house.

To his sisters, his appellation for their ancestor was The Colonel – it seemed to fit his abbreviate atmosphere and careful dress sense.

His wife Jo had warned him not to go over to his father’s dressed in T-shirt and shorts. “He’d acquisition accountability if it was top hot and tails,” he had replied.

Tony had got out of the car and opened the commuter aperture by the time his ancestor accomplished him. The old man looked fit to explode.

“What’s this?” he spluttered.

“A Porsche, dad.”

“I apperceive it’s a blood-soaked Porsche. I was active afore you were born.”

“Dad, you were over 40 if I was born.”

“Don’t get able with me. I told you to get a alive car. You’ve got a ancestors on the way. What did Jo say?”

“She said I should get it out of my system.”

“Typical. But afresh if she’d had any faculty she wouldn’t accept affiliated you.”

For an burning Tony anticipation of arduous the insult but absitively to let it ride. He had suffered worse.

“I bought it clay bargain off a guy at the office. I’ll run it until Jo’s too big. Afresh I’ll advertise and at the actual atomic get my money back.”

“Hello, Tony. Nice motor.” Both men turned. Bill Anderson, Donald Woodley’s eavesdropping neighbour had appear out of his house.

“Thanks, Mr. Anderson.”

“Come annular to yield your dad for a spin?”

“That’s the idea, isn’t it, pop?”

Woodley acquainted trapped. Escape lay in abandoned one direction. With a balance he approved to get in to the car.

Tony was afraid how annealed his ancestor had become. He had to beacon his waist to get the dip and alongside drag appropriate so the old boy’s abaft hit the average of the commuter seat. As he pulled the assurance belt about his father, he noticed too he was thinner than he anytime remembered.

Any accord evaporated with his father’s bane attending that said ‘get me abroad from here, you section of shit.’

Mr. Anderson coiled them off. Through the nets of the top attic window, Sue Woodley fabricated a bashful adoration for both the men in her life.

The endure time Tony Woodley collection as anxiously was on his active test. Rather than go into boondocks he headed for the motorway, which was abandoned a few minutes’ drive from his parent’s house. He articular there would be below befalling for his ancestor to acquisition accountability with his driving.

They collection on in silence. For all the affliction in his knees, Donald Woodley was adequate the awareness of acceleration that came from getting so abutting to the alley surface.

“So what do you think, dad? Goes like a dream.”

“You said it. If are you traveling to deathwatch up?”

“I told you it was a abundant deal. I’ll appearance a profit.”

“That’s your acknowledgment to everything. Is that how you’re traveling to accompany your adolescent up to consistently attending for the angle?”

Tony kept quiet. He knew about annihilation he said now would ablaze his father’s abbreviate fuse.

He took the next exit, adjourned the roundabouts, re-joined the motorway angled to get his ancestor home as fast as he could and afresh put as abundant ambit as accessible amid him and his parent’s house.

But at the anticipation of accepting to explain to Jo why he had bootless in his mission, he absorbed the council caster and accustomed himself to accumulate his own temper.

“Dad, it’s about the baby.”

“What about the baby? What’s the amount with it?”

Tony was taken ashamed by his father’s concern. “There’s annihilation amiss with it. It’s fine. It’s fine. It’s just, well, if it’s a boy me and Jo would like to alarm it Donald.”


“Because it’s your name, dad.”

“Huh. What’s amiss with Jo’s father’s name?”

“It’s George.”

“I see what you mean.”

“Donald is like an in-name now,” he said acquisitive he wouldn’t be asked why.

“Do what you like. You consistently do.”

You afflicted old sod, you’re declared to be flattered, anticipation Tony.

His ancestor couldn’t accomplish faculty of the suggestion. Addition Donald Woodley? His thoughts were abashed – until he saw a administration assurance he recognised.

“Are you in an any hurry?”

“I’m sorry,” Tony said automatically afore blockage his speed.

“Can you yield the next axis off?”

“Sure, sure,” said his son affairs over acutely and earning a agreeable from the car abaft for the abrupt manoeuvre.

Please, please, don’t let him get ill in the car. He recalled his mother’s abstruse bulletins about his dad’s declining health. He had never listened actual anxiously assertive of his father’s immortality. Now he’d be punished by accepting him taken ill in his car.

“What is it, dad?”

“I anticipation so. The cemetery’s signposted. Your nan’s active there.  I’d like to see we’re not getting awash abbreviate on the aliment for her grave.”

His abatement that he wouldn’t be alleged aloft to attack mouth-to-mouth outweighed his acrimony at addition archetype of his father’s apprehensive nature.

Tony accomplished the cemetery. The car esplanade was about full. A big burial was advancing to an end. A ample amount of mourners were starting to acknowledgment to their cars. He acclaimed how adulatory atramentous can be on adolescent women even if they’re weeping.

“Shall I appear with you?” he asked as he helped his ancestor out of the car.

“Not dressed like that you won’t.”

It ill-fitted Tony to let the old man set off for the cemetery access alone. He had addicted memories of his grandmother but he didn’t charge to be reminded of his aboriginal burial and the abandoned time he saw his ancestor cry.

He burst admitting the sunshine and got ashamed in his car to wait.

“Sorry, mum, I haven’t been to see you for a while. But I’ve not been too well. Not able-bodied at all. I’ve got what dad had but you apparently apperceive that.”

Donald Woodley stood in foreground of his mother’s grave. The words were announced silently. “The girls are able-bodied and so’s Sue. Tony? Able-bodied you apperceive Tony.”

He couldn’t anticipate of annihilation abroad to say. The assignment wasn’t helped by a growing charge to urinate. He had rushed out of the abode and afresh not anticipation to accept a pee in the Gents at the cemetery gates.

The grave looked able-bodied abundant cared for. He pulled out a few blades of grass. “Bye, mum, I’ll be seeing you, one way or another.”

He had advised to acknowledgment to the car via the toilets but he had a abrupt ambition to see his father’s grave.

“Bury me as far abroad from your dad as you can,” had been his mother’s dying wish. So it wouldn’t be easy. His ancestor had died abounding years beforehand and Woodley had abandoned been ashamed already before.

At about the aforementioned time that his ancestor was branch added into a acreage of headstones, Tony Woodley was finishing a buzz alarm to his wife.

He had told her he’d brought up the accountable of their baby’s name with his dad.

“I acquainted a bit bad about it – but not that bad.”

Tony and Jo had been accustomed every acumen by the ante-natal dispensary to apprehend that their babyish would be a girl. She would be christened Catherine afterwards Jo’s backward mother.

The deception with his ancestor had been a anticipation advised to stop the old man axis awful over the allotment of their babyish already it was born.

Several times Tony had just chock-full abbreviate of breaking with his ancestor over Woodley’s causticity about his wife and her family.

His mother feared a row over the baby-naming ability be the could cause of the final rift. It was she and Jo who had dreamed up the angle acquisitive that by adage the babyish would be alleged Donald if it were a boy ability appease the old man.

Tony had been reluctant. But his mother had begged him to go forth with the plan.

Donald Woodley begin his father’s headstone. It was weather-stained and moss-covered. Could he absolutely accept been asleep added than 30 years if his shout, his scorn, his algid aloofness were still so beginning in his son’s memory?

Woodley knew he would never return. He fought to acquisition the appropriate words but none would come. Yet he couldn’t leave with annihilation said.

There was no one abroad in sight. He apart his flies. Unlike the aching old men’s’ distill he had appear to expect, his urine created a absolute arc bath the rock and the grave beneath.

It glistened in the sun and the words came. “Why couldn’t you like me?”

He absolved a few paces if he had to acknowledgment to the grave. “Our Tony’s car is a Porsche and he’s traveling to alarm his boy Donald.”

“You alright, dad?” asked Tony Woodley as he helped his ancestor ashamed in the car.

“Everything’s fine; acknowledgment for demography me.”

Thank Christ, I can do something right, anticipation Tony adequate to be branch ashamed to his parent’s house.

When he accustomed he anchored abaft his sister’s Golf and afresh hauled the old man to his feet. This time his ancestor winced with pain.

The two men faced anniversary other. Ancestor and son.

“Coming in?”

“No, I bigger be off. Jo’ll be waiting.”

Donald Woodley watched his son go annular to the driver’s aperture and ascend in to the car. He knew he should say something about allotment the babyish afterwards him.

He broke on the glass. Tony bargain it. His ancestor angled abominably to face him through the accessible window.

“Yes, dad?”

“I capital to say. The car. It’s a acceptable runner.”


Tony watched his ancestor bending boring up the aisle ashamed appear the house. The foreground aperture opened and out raced his nephew and niece, Julia’s children.

For a moment he anticipation they were advancing to adore the Porsche but to his abruptness they affective easily with the old man and acclaim led him ashamed home.

– sport hall gent