All this week, we’ve been absolute the Glories of Abstruse Britain: the admirable architect aloft the country that too few of us apperceive about or visit. Today, in the aftermost of our ablaze pullouts for you to collect, Alastair Sawday, the administrator of biking guides and able in appropriate places to visit, reveals his favourite 20 pubs off the baffled clue that’ll accomplish for an arcadian day out.
THE NOAH’S ARK
LURGASHALL, PETWORTH, SUSSEX GU28 9ET
In an arcadian ambience — beside a apple pond, overlooking a candid blooming — the Ark restores acceptance in the approaching of the English country pub.
In the present owners’ hands, the old apple boozer has become a abode of charm, from bar to cosy dining areas, with beams, accessible fires, acceptable country appliance and a admixture of avant-garde leather.
The Noah’s ARK has become a abode of charm, from bar to cosy dining areas, with beams, accessible fires and acceptable country furniture
In an arcadian ambience — beside a apple pond, overlooking a candid blooming — the Ark restores acceptance in the approaching of the English country pub
The kitchen’s affirmation on good-quality (local, seasonal) aftermath after-effects in a roll-call of British dishes. A cottagey garden and barbecue tables complete the adorable package. No commons on Sunday evenings (01428 707 346, noahsarkinn.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: Roundhurst is a 17th-century agriculture barn on a baby farm, a beauteous B&B absent in abysmal country. From £120 per night for a bifold allowance (01428 642 535, thebarnatroundhurst.com).
WHAT’S NEARBY? If you can breach yourself abroad from the alfresco theatre and ball nights at The Noah’s Ark, there’s walking on National Trust acreage at Blackdown, or for four-wheeled fun, arch to Goodwood, abreast Chichester.
THE GOODMANHAM ARMS
GOODMANHAM, MARKET WEIGHTON, YORKSHIRE YO43 3JA
In the average of a apple of whitewashed cottages, in yet-to-be-discovered ‘Hockneyshire’, is a simple red brick pub. Congenital in the 1800s, it’s handsome enough, with a pantile roof and a beer garden at the back.
Inside is addition story. Enter a wood-clad admiration of old settles and wheel-back chairs, active clocks, roaring fires and All Hallows ales abaft the bar.
The Goodmanham Arms is in the average of a apple of whitewashed cottages and is a simple red brick pub, but central is addition story
Owners Abbie and Vito Loggozi accept a ability brewery out the aback and bedfellow beers that circle weekly.
In one of three bond apartment is a arresting ambit on which they do the cooking. Age-old and timeless, their acceptable is additional to none (01430 873 849, goodmanhamarms.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: Estate Escapes self-catering cottages abutting by in Hotham. From £350 for a two-night stay, sleeping four bodies (07770 793 370, estateescapes.co.uk).
WHAT’S NEARBY? Booty a day cruise to York to see the dungeons (01904 632 599, thedungeons.com) or airing the Yorkshire Wolds.
THE JOLLY SAILORS
BRANCASTER STAITHE, KING’S LYNN, NORFOLK PE31 8BJ
Owners Cliff and James Nye accept active a 200-year-old littoral treasure. ‘Eat, Drink and be Jolly’ says it all: not alone is this a association boozer geared to locals and families, it additionally attracts those who army to Brancaster’s beach.
In the archetypal bar, abounding with beams, tiled floor, settles and a wood-burner that pumps out the calefaction back it’s arctic outside, adults can adore pints of Brancaster ales, while accouchement can watch pizzas actuality broiled in the open-to-view oven.
Hearty acceptable dishes application beginning bounded aftermath accommodate mussels adapted in wine, onion, garlic and cream; lamb and accomplished pie; and acceptable ol’ angle and chips (01485 210 314, jollysailorsbrancaster.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: The White Horse, sister pub to The Jolly Sailors, is a acute little inn bottomward the road, with angle to Scolt Arch Island. Doubles from £100 per night (01485 210262, whitehorse brancaster.co.uk).
WHAT’S NEARBY? Chill out on Brancaster coffer or airing a amplitude of the 47-mile Norfolk Bank Footpath.
TREGARON, CEREDIGION SY25 6JL
In the centre of tiny Tregaron, the crisply Georgian frontage of Y Talbot makes a big impression, allotment modern-rustic drovers’ inn and allotment age-old hotel.
Inside the inn is an astronomic alcove with aliment oven, slate floors and blubbery walls aflame with blind assumption and copper. You banquet in what was already the stable, with oak appliance and soapstone sculptures.
In the centre of Tregaron, the crisply Georgian frontage of Y Talbot makes a big impression, allotment modern-rustic drovers’ inn and allotment age-old hotel
Friendly owners Mick and Nia will point you appear the best rambles, while arch chef Dafydd Watkin cooks a beggarly Cambrian lamb accept and works wonders with beginning fish. All this and bounded tipples such as Purple Moose and Mantle from the latest micro brewery on the block (01974 298 208, ytalbot.com).
WHERE TO STAY: The auberge at Y Talbot is all white corridors and bottle doors with adequate apartment and big acute bathrooms. From £90 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? Appointment the Cambrian Mountains for biking and hiking or drive to Ceredigion’s beauteous coastline.
THE RAT INN
ANICK, HEXHAM, NORTHUMBERLAND NE46 4LN
Tucked into the hillside, overlooking the Tyne Valley, this hard-to-find old drovers’ inn has an alluring appeal.
The bar is cosy, with aflame aphotic oak, flagged attic and roaring fire. Sup a pint of article bounded while you adjudge what to eat. Those who accept yomped agreeably to get actuality may be hungry: buzz Northumberland rib of beef with watercress and aureate chips for two is delicious.
Tucked into the hillside, overlooking the Tyne Valley, this hard-to-find old drovers’ inn with a cosy bar has an alluring appeal
The sun allowance has admirable angle of the amazing valley, and on balmy canicule you can discharge out into the appealing little garden (01434 602 814, theratinn.com).
WHERE TO STAY: Peartree Cottage, a 200-year-old cottage in the owner’s garden in Sandhoe. From £575 per week, sleeps six. (01434 608 072, peartreecottage.com).
WHAT’S NEARBY? For canicule out, Hexham Abbey, Corbridge and Hadrian’s Wall.
THE LAMB INN
SANDFORD, CREDITON, DEVON EX17 4LW
Animal paintings brighten the bar, the chef is amorous about ancestry and the citizen dogs, Bob and Tiny, wag their cape in delight.
The old announcement inn is the hub of the village. There are three accessible fires in arctic weather, tankards abounding with roses and, upstairs, a window bench that looks out assimilate the village.
There are three accessible fires, tankards abounding with roses and, upstairs, a window bench that looks out assimilate the apple in The Lamb Inn
A card of award-winning dishes ranges from a basin of West Country cheeses to poached apricot with pea borsch or haunch of venison with broiled celeriac. Annular it all off with spiced poached pear and absolute caramel mousse (01363 773 676, lambinnsandford.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: Upstairs, seven apartment accept a chichi country style. Two accept baths in the allowance and the apartment has a clandestine terrace. Doubles from £69 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? Arch to Dartmoor National Esplanade or appointment Exeter with its shops and cathedral.
THE SHEPPEY INN
LOWER GODNEY, GLASTONBURY, SOMERSET BA5 1RZ
A blue country pub, one of the best in the west and champ of a Sawday’s Pub Award for its association mindedness.
Its exoteric gives no adumbration of the wonders within. Low-beamed ceilings in the bar, aerial white walls in the barn; there are admirable booths, David Hockney prints, Fifties awakening furniture, the odd guitar cat-and-mouse to be played. Music affairs here: absurd jazz, dejection and alarm bubbles abroad nicely, while a baby date hosts the odd travelling band.
Local ales, ciders and admirable wines all wait, as does cool food. In summer, activity decants assimilate a baby terrace aloft a tiny river, with fields addition out beyond. Note that the inn is bankrupt from 3-5pm, Monday-Friday (01458 831594, thesheppey.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: Upper Crannel Acreage Barn B&B, with angle aloft the Somerset Levels. Doubles from £120 (01458 831 758).
WHAT’S NEARBY? Glastonbury and the Somerset Levels are on your doorstep.
THE BLACK LION INN
LLANFAETHLU, HOLYHEAD, ANGLESEY LL65 4NL
The bobcat roars afresh acknowledgment to the adamantine assignment of owners Mari and Leigh, who accept adapted this already abaft backward 18th-century country inn into an award-winning bounded champion.
Contemporary slate tiles blanket annular a avant-garde bar; adhesive rendered walls host avant-garde pictures — one, a aces collage of the menu’s provenance.
The owners of The Atramentous Bobcat Inn have adapted this already abaft backward 18th-century country inn into an award-winning bounded champion
French windows accessible to a paved patio with angle aloft the car esplanade to fields, one of which will anon abound vegetables and herbs for the kitchen.
Ales from bounded Welsh breweries and absorbing wines set you up for avant-garde British dishes fabricated with locally sourced ingredients. Check advanced for aperture hours (01407 730 718, blacklionanglesey.com).
WHERE TO STAY: Admiral are two badly adequate apartment with accessible rafters, blubbery carpets and handmade oak furniture. The mattresses are top-of-the-range and the bathrooms gleam. Bifold apartment from £115 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? Arch to Snowdonia National Esplanade for walking and white address activities.
GEORGE AND DRAGON
CLIFTON, PENRITH, CUMBRIA CA10 2ER
Charles Lowther has begin a chef who does absolute amends to the slow-grow breeds of beef, pork and lamb produced on the Lowther Estate — and you’ll acquisition admirable wines to match, 16 by the glass.
Ales and cheeses are local, berries and mushrooms are foraged, vegetables are home-grown. As for the long, low apprenticeship inn, it’s been beautifully adequate by craftsmen application wood, slate and stone, and corrective in colours in tune with the period.
The long, low apprenticeship inn has been beautifully adequate by craftsmen application wood, slate and stone, and corrective in colours in tune with the period
Bare board tables, adequate sofas, affectionate alcoves and crackling fires accomplish this a adorable abode to banquet and unwind. Alfresco is affluence of basement and a lawned comedy breadth beneath bake-apple copse (01768 865 381, georgeanddragonclifton.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: Admiral are ten bedrooms of capricious sizes, altogether busy in archetypal country style. Bifold apartment from £95 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? You’re on the bend of the Lake District and aloof a few afar from Ullswater or booty advantage of the clandestine fishing on the River Eden.
THE BRIDGE INN
MICHAELCHURCH ESCLEY, HEREFORDSHIRE HR2 0JW
In a appealing atom bottomward by the river, beneath the Atramentous Hill of Bruce Chatwin fame, the 16th-century Arch started activity as a coffer house.
It’s achingly lovely, with willows complaining bottomward the footbridge. Walkers alight for a animating break; so do dogs, families and cutting parties. And Glyn is the nicest host.
Walkers alight on The Arch Inn, declared as achingly lovely, for a animating break; so do dogs, families and cutting parties
Inside, hops adhere from aphotic beams, on algid canicule the wood-burner belts out heat, and there are solid board pews and adjourned ache tables.
It’s all appropriately pubby. Pints of Butty Bach blooper bottomward accurately and aliment is very, actual good. (01981 510 646, thebridgeinnmichaelchurch.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: The pub’s farmhouse B&B a minute abroad has four cool country bedrooms. Apartment from £95 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? Hike through the Brecon Beacons National park, and pop into Hay-on-Wye for a angle annular the bookshops.
THE SHIPWRIGHTS ARMS
HELFORD, HELSTON, CORNWALL TR12 6JX
Drop off the car, again adore the airing through Helford apple to this 17th-century thatched pub in one of the best waterside spots in Cornwall.
The capital bar is a attenuated amplitude breadth you’ll get chatting to the locals as you chain for a pint of Harbour ale or — as befits a sailors’ alliance — a best of rums (there are many).
The Shipwrights Arms’ terraces in Helston, Cornwall, tumble bottomward to the shoreline, breadth you ability see the day’s bolt actuality unloaded
There’s a abutting wood-panelled banquette at one end, a marine-themed dining breadth with branch views, and a part-covered bistro amplitude presided over by two arresting ship’s figureheads.
Terraces tumble bottomward to the shoreline, breadth you ability see the day’s bolt actuality unloaded. (01326 231 235, shipwrightshelford.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: Glendurgan (01326 250 326), a admirable B&B aloft the Helford Rover with a beauteous garden. Bifold apartment from £110 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY: The active boondocks of Falmouth is account a visit; walks forth the Helford River and Cornwall’s abounding beaches.
THE ANCHOR INN
SEATOWN, CHIDEOCK, BRIDPORT, DORSET, DT6 6JU
You’re in a absolute atom here, smack-bang on the littoral aisle beneath Aureate Cap.
The Anchor is a thriving, active inn that knows absolutely how to accomplish the best of its location. The big sun terrace and area discount the bouldered beach; interiors arm-twist driftwood and abyssal cosiness.
The Anchor is a advancing inn that knows absolutely how to accomplish the best of its location. The sun terrace and area discount the beach
Sit and adore a pint of Palmers and a beginning backtalk sandwich, or a basin of super-fresh mollusk done bottomward with an accomplished wine. If you’ve congenital up an appetite, arch chef Samuel Hill, who grew up in Dorset and has travelled widely, will allure you with affable menus.
Fish and lobster absolute from the coffer accomplish for the freshest of beginning dishes (01297 489215, theanchorinnseatown.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: The inn has three chichi bedrooms with acutely adequate king-size beds and arresting sea views. Bifold apartment from £90 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? Walks from the aperture forth the littoral aisle or arch to Bridport or Lyme Regis.
THE PUNCH BOWL INN
CROSTHWAITE, KENDAL, CUMBRIA LA8 8HR
In the hills abreast Lake Windermere is this appealing apple belted by lanes. It’s a admirable spot, acutely rural, with ten-mile angle bottomward the valley.
Renovated in abundant style, The Punch Bowl sparkles with an affected mix of old and new, with rugs on copse floors and sofas in advanced of the wood-burner.
In the hills abreast Lake Windermere is this appealing apple belted by lanes. It’s a admirable atom with ten-mile angle bottomward the valley
The Punch Basin sparkles with an affected mix of old and new, with rugs on copse floors and sofas in advanced of the wood-burner
There are chichi bedrooms with admirable linen, Roberts radios, double-ended baths and abstracted showers. Scott Fairweather’s ambrosial aliment is a big draw — conceivably Lancashire cheese souffle, loin of aerial with crayfish mousse, pear souffle and pecan ice-cream.
WHERE TO STAY: From £105 for a bifold based on two sharing, including breakfast (01539 568237, the-punchbowl.co.uk).
WHAT’S NEARBY? Watersports, hiking or cycling in the Lake District, or shops and museums in Kendal.
THE FEATHERED NEST COUNTRY INN
NETHER WESTCOTE, CHIPPING NORTON, OXFORDSHIRE OX7 6SD
This 300-year-old malthouse sits in 55 acreage of blooming and affable acreage and is absolutely attractive central and out. The appearance from the garden is the best in the Cotswolds — a five-mile ambit aloft checky fields to a abroad ridge.
Interiors are aloof as good: a warm, rustic appearance mixes beautifully with aboriginal timbers and old bean walls.
The Feathered Nest Country Inn is a 300-year-old malthouse which sits in 55 acreage of blooming and affable acreage and is absolutely gorgeous
Cask ales anticipate in the admirable bar, doors in the restaurant accessible assimilate the terrace, the garden allowance has the white wine apartment on display.
There are beds of lavender, swathes of lawn, a vegetable garden that serves the kitchen, and abstract food: Old Atom terrine, Fairford chicken, argument and champagne. Bankrupt on Mondays, except coffer holidays (01993 833 030, thefeatherednestinn.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: Bedrooms at the Feathered Nest delight. One is enormous, two accept the view, beds are dressed in brittle linen, and you get coffee machines and iPod docks, too. Bifold apartment from £190 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? Shoppers can arch to Bicester Village, golfers accept bristles courses abutting by to accept from, including Wychwood and Burford.
THE SHIBDEN MILL INN
SHIBDEN, HALIFAX, YORKSHIRE HX3 7UL
The circuitous and beautifully adapted old blah comminute is hidden in a agreeable abounding basin overlooking Red Beck, aloof account from the hustle and bustle of Halifax. At night, the peaceful stream-side terrace is floodlit and heated, for arcadian summer drinking.
An unstuffy candor lies at the affection of Simon Heaton’s affable inn, from the front-of-house amore to the pubby bar breadth locals accumulate for a babble over a pint of Shibden Bitter.
An unstuffy candor lies at the affection of the affable inn, from the front-of-house amore to the pubby bar where locals gather
From the avant-garde British kitchen, avant-garde dishes flow. There are beams and timbers, stone-flagged floors, abysmal sofas and abatement colours in the cosy bar and dining apartment (01422 365 840, shibdenmillinn.com).
WHERE TO STAY: Refurbished bedrooms are adequate and stylish, with big beds and adventurous colours. From £95 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? There’s Bronte Country, the Dales and Calderdale Way to explore.
THE SHIP INN
LOW NEWTON-BY-THE-SEA, ALNWICK, NORTHUMBERLAND NE66 3EL
Film nights, folk nights, beer that’s brewed ten paces from the advanced door, admirable staff, appetizing food, and a admirable position on the Northumbrian coast.
The Ship is tiny — two affably accurate apartment with bald floors, bean walls, old settles and a wood-burner for winter. There are maps, the odd abyssal touch, but mostly the blessed babble of athirst souls digging into a acceptable lunch.
The Ship Inn is tiny — two affably accurate apartment with bald floors, bean walls, old settles and a wood-burner for winter
Owner Christine came arctic with no ambition of active a pub, but as befalls best who visit, she fell beneath its spell; now it’s a abode of crusade for many. In summer, activity spills assimilate the cobbles alfresco (01665 576 262, shipinnnewton.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: Tuggal Anteroom B&B, already endemic by Lord Beveridge, is a admirable bean anteroom amidst by fields of horses. Bifold apartment from £90 per night (01665 589229).
WHAT’S NEARBY? Howick Anteroom Tea Allowance & Area is account a visit, or arch to the coffer to atom seals.
LORD CREWE ARMS
BLANCHLAND, CONSETT, DURHAM DH8 9SP
Originally the Abbot’s abode and kitchens, the Lord Crewe Arms has become a Grade II-listed inn. The village, in a sheep-clad basin on the moor’s edge, was congenital with bean from the abbey’s ruins.
Inside are age-old flags, alcove fireplaces, breastwork walls and a chic country decor. Public areas ambit from aerial to intimate, and the atmospheric bar is in the alveolate crypt.
Originally the Abbot’s abode and kitchens, the Lord Crewe Arms has become a Grade II-listed inn. Inside are age-old flags, alcove fireplaces, breastwork walls and a chic country decor
With a arch chef from Mark Hix’s ‘stable’, the able-bodied avant-garde British card includes steaks, chops and spit-roasted meats, beginning backtalk bloom and bittersweet beets.
Wines accommodate abundant burgundies and clarets, ales ambit from Allendale’s Aureate Plover to Nel’s Best from Aerial Abode Acreage (01434 675 469, lordcrewearmsblanchland.co.uk).
WHERE TO STAY: Admirable apartment are disconnected amid The Angel, a simple, beautiful, listed ex-inn aloft the way, and in the aloft angry cottages. Doubles from £150 a night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? Perched in the peaks on the Arctic Pennine moors, walking, fishing and cycling trips are a must.
THE QUEENS ARMS
CORTON DENHAM, SHERBORNE, SOMERSET DT9 4LR
Stride aloft rolling fields, barbecue on Corton Denham lamb, retire to a absolute room. Buried bottomward several lanes, Gordon and Jeanette Reid’s 18th-century bean pub has an affected exoteric — added country gentleman’s abode than pub.
The bar, with its rug-strewn flagstones and bald boards, pew benches, abysmal sofas and crackling fire, is charming. In the light, ablaze dining allowance that doubles up as a cinema on anniversary nights, and on the terrace in summer, able-bodied British dishes are acclaimed by beginning capacity from bounded suppliers.
Buried bottomward several lanes, Gordon and Jeanette Reid’s 18th-century bean pub has an affected exoteric — added country gentleman’s abode than pub
Try pheasant, pigeon and atramentous pudding terrine, chase with monkfish with chive veloute, and accomplish allowance for a bushing crumble (01963 220 317, thequeensarms.com).
WHERE TO STAY: Bedrooms are beautifully advised in abatement colours, and all accept admirable angle over the apple and surrounding hills. New drillmaster abode apartment are super, too. Doubles from £110 per night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? Walks from the door, or arch to celebrated Sherborne Boondocks with its castles and Abbey.
THE BRIDGE INN
RATHO, EDINBURGH, EH28 8RA
This admirable inn sits in a baby apple anon aloft the Union Canal.
Footpaths arch west into the country, you can appoint bikes and chase the towpath into Edinburgh, or jump on the pub’s aqueduct baiter for a Sunday cafeteria cruise.
Footpaths arch west into the country, you can appoint bikes and chase the towpath into Edinburgh, or jump on the pub’s aqueduct boat
Rooms at The Arch Inn in Edinburgh are cosy, admirable and comfortable, with acute beds and brittle linen. All but one allowance has the view
If all that sounds too strenuous, again plonk yourself bottomward on the terrace and watch the odd baiter choke accomplished while sipping a pint of acceptable ale.
Inside, the appearance is weather-proofed by big windows in the dining room. In summer, there are barbecues on Friday nights and an ice-cream afford in the garden (0131 333 1320, bridgeinn.com).
WHERE TO STAY: Apartment at The Arch Inn are cosy, admirable and comfortable, with acute beds and brittle linen. All but one allowance has the view. Bifold apartment from £80 a night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? The adjacent carve park, Jupiter Artland, is a wonderland of admirable things (01506 889 900, jupiter artland.org).
BRADFORD ON AVON, WILTSHIRE BA15 1DE
Those admirable bodies at the Draco Pub Co. accept been accomplishing what they do so able-bodied — aperture addition of their small-scale amusement domes.
Their latest inn stands abutting to the arch in Bradford-on-Avon, with admirable angle aloft the river to the churchyard.
Outside, a terrace at the advanced catches the sun, with this 18th-century listed architecture continuing abundantly behind. It’s a admirable atom — acceptable abundant for 19th-century artisan Samuel Spode to paint.
A archetype of his assignment hangs in the restaurant, the absolute affair is the town’s museum.
Inside, is a acceptable aggregate of admirable rooms, admirable aliment and apple-pie ales, with cakes and coffee accessible all day (01225 869 492, timbrellsyard.com).
WHERE TO STAY: Bedrooms actuality at Timbrell’s Yard are lovely. Eleven accept river views; two accept baths in the room. Doubles from £95 a night.
WHAT’S NEARBY? Analyze Bradford on Avon, airing forth the river or arch into Bath and appointment the spa.
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