Great British Pub Week kicks off this Friday and what better way to celebrate than with a pint of Bishop’s Finger or a cherry beer at one of these cosy English pubs, recommended to us by local experts around the country.
The Fleece Inn in Bretforton is one of the only pubs in the country owned by the National Trust. It holds the annual British Asparagus Festival, serves local food and drink produce and is only a few miles from Honeybourne station on the London Paddington Cotswold Line. Nearby by is the beautiful honey-coloured village of Broadway.
The Lindsey Rose is a 15th-century Suffolk inn and one of the country’s oldest pubs. With a warm and friendly atmosphere and located in the scenic and peaceful village of Lindsey, it welcomes families and dogs and can be relied upon for a tasty meal and a refreshing pint of local ale. Seasonal menus and fresh ingredients make this a top pub and a Suffolk hidden gem. There’s lots of cycling and walking routes in the area too and this pub is great for rewarding yourself afterwards!
The Phoenix is a great little corner pub just along from the Kings Theatre in Southsea, Portsmouth. Great beer, great atmosphere and always buzzing like a street party in a pub! Very friendly and full of Kings Theatre memorabilia and a local hangout for performers and production crews at the Kings. I cannot praise it highly enough!
The Ship Inn in Alnwick is a great place to cosy up with your other half while sipping a pint of ale and tucking into fresh seafood like local hand-picked crab sandwiches and The Ship Inn’s famous fish pie while gazing out to sea.
Katie Rowe, VisitEngland
The Fur & Feather Inn sits opposite Woodforde’s brewery and is situated in the pretty village of Woodbastwick in Norfolk. Renowned for its quality food, Woodforde’s ales – available by the pint and also used in the menu – and relaxed atmosphere, it features in The Good Pub Guide and is referred to as ‘a legend in Norfolk’ by locals and tourists alike. Sit outside on a sunny day or cosy up by the log fire with a drink or two in the winter.
The Gipsy Moth is one of my favourite pubs in Greenwich, which sits right next to Cutty Sark in the centre of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site. It’s atmospheric and cosy inside and there’s a fantastic garden which looks out at the famous old clipper ship which was re-opened, after a long conservation process, in the spring. The pub serves excellent food and drink and it’s an instantly relaxing place to chat the afternoon, or evening, away. Whenever you go, and you really should, you’ll come across groups of friends doing just that. Try it!
The Turf Tavern in Oxford lies hidden behind high walls, down St Helen’s Passage (real name Hell’s Passage) and has been frequented by town and gown for hundreds of years. ‘Tis said young students from New College would lower baskets over the wall to haul up tasty victuals and liquid refreshment. Bob Hawke, former Prime Minister of Oz, still holds the record for downing a yard of ale here. With a fine range of local beers and foods it’s a great place to see and be seen – as well as eat and drink – right in the heart of Oxford’s heritage.
Ye Olde Trip to Jerusalem may not look like one of England’s oldest pubs at first glance – the brick and timber exterior dates from the 17th century – but step inside this Nottingham institution and you’ll find yourself in a cave. Yes, a cave! People have been brewing and drinking in these caves since 1189 and they’re just as cosy today. Order a pint and settle down on one of the padded leather benches that line the soft sandstone walls, as generations of people have done before you. A drink here is like stepping out of time.
The White Hart on Great Suffolk Street in London is a lovely old Victorian pub that’s worth a visit after a trip to Tate Modern or great for that after-work pint. The pub offers a traditional pub menu along with a selection of real ales. The landlady Veronica has been there for 26 years and has seen all the transformations that have taken place in Bankside. It’s great all year round – in the summer there is plenty of outdoor seating and its lovely cosy atmosphere is perfect for those winter months. It’s the perfect retreat from the hustle and bustle of the city.
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