Here at Hero and Leander we love an escape from the city to somewhere cosy and traditional. A bolt hole away from it all, where you can get back to the simple life and really see what Britain does greatest – a traditional pub. We’ve selected 10 pubs from around our Isles that are well worth a stay.
Applecross Inn, Scottish Highlands
The Scottish Highlands is a stunningly beautiful place to visit. Those views are bought into your room at Applecross with all 7 ensuite bedrooms overlooking the sea. Beautiful food is served using local produce alongside an extensive drinks menu offering wonderful Scottish whiskies. If that’s not enough for you, then there’s even live entertainment to make sure your stay at Applecross is distinctly authentic.
Wester Ross, IV54 8LR
t: 01520 744262
The Bell, East Sussex
A warm and cosy, quirky hotel in Ticehurst awaits you at The Bell, where they pride themselves on creating long fun evenings. 7 bedrooms are available with an additional 4 unique rustic lodges. The pub ensures they have a widely ranging diary on live entertainment, showcasing comedy, music and debates. With Hastings, Tunbridge Wells and Rye all a nearby hop away, you’ll be sure to be having a great time at The Bell.
The Bell, High Street,
Ticehurst, East Sussex, TN5 7AS
t: 01580 200234
Bushmills Inn, Northern Ireland
Bushmills Inn certainly has some impressive heritage to go with it. History dating back to 1608, you’re not going to be disappointed that this place has no soul that’s for sure! There is a good choice of bedrooms and suites for you to choose from with great features such as a four poster bed. If you’re here for the Giants Causeway, then this is an excellent place from which to explore and then return to the wonderful restaurant and gas bar (a bar still lit by gas). Enjoy the local authentic finest malt with some Irish craic at a live music evening. Other nearby sites that are definitely worth a visit are the Old Bushmills Distillery and Dunluce Castle. For fans of Games of Thrones, this pub in our list should definitely be on your list.
Bushmills Inn, 9 Dunlace Road,
Bushmills, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland
t: 028 2073 3000
Churchill Arms, Gloucestershire
Another 17th century establishment has made it to our list, this time in Gloucestershire. There’s boutique rooms, wonderful food with wine and ale. What’s not to like with the sound of that. We’d like to be there right now. A great deal of effort has been put in to the menu creation by head chef Nick Deverell-Smith, with dishes such as cornish cod, Todenham mallard or venison pie, we’re not sure that you’ll want to eat anywhere else whilst you’re in the area. The pub has blended its rich history with beautiful decor that you’d expect of a top rated English pub, and the result is wonderful.
The Churchill Arms, Paxford
Chipping Camden, Gloucestershire, GL55 6XH
t: 01386 593159
Devonshire Arms, Derbyshire
The Devonshire Arms in Pilsley sits within the Chatsworth Estate and offers visitors Inn rooms and rooms within its adjacent farmhouse. With four poster beds and options to enhance your stay, such as hampers in your rooms or bottles of wine or champagne. With food in the restaurant locally sourced on the Estate the food will not leave you dissapointed especially when dishes such as Chatsworth Lamb and Mint burgers, or gammon steaks are on the menu.
Devonshire Arms is of course fantastically placed for those that wish to explore the nearby Chatsworth House.
The Devonshire Arms at Pilsley, Pilsley,
Chatsworth Estate, Derbyshire, DE45 1UL
t: 01246 583258
The Felin Fach Griffin, Brecon
The Griffin is the longest established of the three sites in the small, family owned group of coaching inns under the EATDRINKSLEEP banner. This multi-award winning dining pub with seven bedrooms lies in a Welsh valley between the Brecon Beacons and The Black Mountains, and near the market towns of Hay-on-Wye and Brecon.
Under Head Chef Ben Ogden, the kitchen delivers a short menu, changing daily and grounded in the game and meat from the surrounding farmland of the Welsh Borders. The Griffin is the 2017 Good Pub Guide’s Dining Pub of the Year for Wales and continues to be the only establishment in Wales to hold a Bib Gourmand from the Michelin Guide.
The Felin Fach Griffin,
Near Brecon & Hay-on-Wye
t: 01874 620 111
The Greyhound on The Test, Hampshire
The Greyhound located on the very famous river is an award winning establishment, having won accolades such as Michelin Pub of the Year, AA Rosettes and Sunday Times Pub of the Year in 2015. A beautiful 10 rooms ensure that you’re well rested and can explore the beautiful local scenery and wildlife. Nearby attractions include a riding school, golf clubs or a shoot within the surrounding countryside.
The Greyhound on the Test
31 High Street,
Hampshire, SO20 6EY
The Gunton Arms, Norfolk
Set in Cromer, North Norfolk, The Gunton Arms is 8 bedrooms in a traditional style. Set on a stunning 1000 acre deer park alongside Gunton Hall, the menu takes full advantage of this, with Head Chef Stuart Tattersall ensuring the finest venison is served up alongside other delicious local produce. Dishes range from, Gunton venison sausage roll to a mixed grill of Fallow deer served with rowanberry jelly. The nearby sea at Cromer ensures that fresh seafood is served seasonally.
The Gunton Arms, Cromer Road,
Thorpe Market, Norwich, NR11 8TZ
Gurnard’s Head, Cornwall
The Gurnard’s Head is one of three sites in the small, family owned group of coaching inns under the EATDRINKSLEEP banner (see also The Felin Fach Griffin and The Old Coastguard). This multi-award winning dining pub with seven bedrooms sits in very special location on the edge of the moorland overlooking the Atlantic on the West Cornwall coast, half way between St Ives and Land’s End and on the South West Coastal Path.
Under Head Chef Max Wilson, the kitchen delivers a short menu, changing daily and focused on the fish from nearby Newlyn and meat and game from around West Cornwall. Fixed price menus at lunch and supper are £18 and £26.50 respectively. The Gurnard’s Head was recently a finalist in the 2016 Taste of the West Awards as well as being the runner-up as Best Tourism Pub at the 2016 Cornwall Tourism Awards.
The Gurnard’s Head, Nr Zennor
St. Ives, Cornwall, TR26 3DE
The Red Lion, Somerton
A thatched inn in Somerset. Does it get any more British than this? Sunday roasts, wood fired pizzas, it creates a wonderful thought in the mind and we’re pretty sure that The Red Lion won’t disappoint. There are six beautifully designed boutique bedrooms to choose from and the award winning pub is open everyday of the year. There’s a great selection of ales to enjoy your meal with, from local breweries such as Teignworthy and Otter. Enjoy the fresh air in the pub garden and we’re sure that you’ll be whiling away the hours, relaxing in this beautiful Somerset establishment.
The Red Lion, Babcary
Somerton, TA11 7ED
The Wheatsheaf, Gloucestershire
Last but not least on our list is the Wheatsheaf and its 14 beautiful rooms. The roaring fire is sure to welcome you in to the pub’s inviting honey coloured, 17th century old, walls. Explore The Red Lion’s beautiful tiered gardens designed by Max Asknew must be explored whilst you’re staying here.
“In the village itself, there is a butcher, a baker but no candlestick maker and then a little further afield, some of our favourite things to do:”
There’s of course the wonder of The Cotswolds to also explore, that offers visitors so much such as nearby Cheltenham, Cotswold Water Park, the local Wildlife Park or Sudeley Castle to name but a few! The pub’s restaurant prides itself on serving top quality simple food, that celebrates local produce and will leave you with a memory that has you urging to come back.
The Wheatsheaf, West End
Northleach, Gloucestershire, GL54 3EZ
t: 01451 860244