The British pub is an iconic institution and one that helps to define the country’s culture. The list of best British pubs is unending but a good place to start would be by taking a look at some of the lesser known, hidden away spots where you can enjoy both your favourite beverage and a beautiful landscape. The Noah’s Ark in Lurgashall, Sussex overlooks the cricket green, which doesn’t get more English than that! and is beside the village pond. The pub itself is a charming brick establishment with a beautiful garden for outdoor eating at the picnic tables. The pub, like many in England today, serves food and the emphasis on seasonal, local ingredients means whilst still traditional, food is of a high standard. Following on from The Ark and in keeping with the animal theme The Lamb Inn in Sandford, Devon is a little gem at the heart of the village. This old posting inn has three inviting fires for those winter evenings and a cheerful decor of animal paintings at the bar. The able chef has conjured up a bevy of award-winning dishes featuring local ingredients, from cheese to venison, so expect something a little more gourmet.
The inn of course provides accommodation too so take your pick from the seven rooms delightfully furnished in suitable country style. Way further north in Anick, Northumberland one finds the unusually named Rat Inn. Tucked away overlooking the Tyne Valley this cosy pub is a classic. The dark oak and traditional flagstones coupled with the essential fireplace invite you in. Local beers will quench your thirst whilst a selection of hearty dishes including Northumberland beef will satisfy the appetite. How about a view of the water?
The aptly named Shipwrights Arms in Helford, Cornwall delivers. This delightful thatched pub dating from the 17th century sits on one of the finest waterside locations in all of Cornwall. You need to walk through the village to reach the pub where the narrow main bar will be happy to serve you a pint of the Harbour ale or perhaps one of the many rums they have on offer. The outdoor space is also quaint and delightful with terraces that reach to the shore. What better way to enjoy a summer evening! Near the beautiful and dramatic scenery of lake Windemere in England’s famed Lake District is the beautiful village of Crosthwaite. The Punch Bowl Inn is nestled in a classically English, rural location surrounded by stonewall lined lanes. The views down the valley alone are sufficient reason to visit but the beautiful marriage of old beam features and new amenities ensures a pleasant stay. The food will also delight with an array of gourmet dishes on offer. Situated in an old corn mill, that has been lovingly renovated the Shibden Mill Inn in Shibden, Yorkshire is a serene find among the trees.
The outdoor space here is exceptional situated next to a stream and offering a heated area for year-round enjoyment. The local beer is sure to add to the experience and the warm and unpretentious atmosphere of the bar will leave you content. The Bridge Inn situated in Michaelchurch Escley, Herefordshire, lies as its name suggests by the river. The 16th century inn was originally a house but now offers a welcome stop for visitors to this beautiful location. Weeping willow trees hang over the water that flows past the attractive outdoor space. Inside traditional wood beams adorned with hanging bunches of hops and the pews and tables, also of wood, add to the Charm. Sample the local beer and the hearty food and you won’t be disappointed. Just a few of some of England’s finest country pubs, be sure to check them out!