A delicious meal followed by a short stumble up to a beautiful bedroom? Who wouldn’t love a weekend away in one of these gorgeous pubs?
The Fritton Arms, Norfolk
Set on the ridiculously pretty Somerlyton estate, this lovely pub boasts a fab menu (with mouthwatering classics such as cod fillets with triple cooked chips and slow-braised pork ribs) and 9 lovely rooms. There’s plenty to do (think walks along the lake, an adventure playground, the historic Somerlyton House to visit….), whilst adventurous types can chuck modern comforts in the air and embrace a new campsite by Fritton Lake. From £130 per night.
The Drunken Duck, Ambleside, Cumbria
When I read that the price per night includes afternoon tea with scones on arrival, I was sold (scones are so my weekend away thing), but there is much more to this well-known pub in the heart of the Lake District than just mainlining carbs and cream. Renowned for its gourmet menu, food is the big calling card for this 200 year old inn, although it’s location just above Lake Windermere is also pretty amazing. There’s an in-house microbrewery, a choice of rooms spread between the main pub and an outside building (the Garden room is best) and a low-key, country atmosphere inviting you just to relax…From £105 per night.
The Village Pub, Barnsley, Gloucestershire
Part of the brilliant Calcot Collection and only a stone’s throw from the heavenly Barnsley House, The Village Pub offers the perfect mix of cosy pub style and fantastic food, as well as access to Barnsley House’s wonderful spa (when a treatment is booked). Rooms are small, but beautifully styled, while the pub menu boasts delicious offerings such as Slow roasted old spot piri-piri pork belly, and Rosemary and garlic marinated Black Angus sirloin served with hand cut chips. There’s lots to visit close by, whilst the price (from £129 a night) is as attractive as the idyllic Cotswolds surroundings.
The Crab and Lobster, Sidlesham, West Sussex
Close to lovely Chichester, The Crab and Lobster is a year-round honeypot of gastro pub gorgeousness. There are 4 bedrooms inside (all Farrow & Ball muted tones, beams and fresh flowers) and the very sweet 2-bed Crab Cottage that’s perfect for friends’ or family getaways. Looking out over a salt marsh stretching down to the sea, this is perfect seafood country and it would be almost criminal not to sample some freshly-caught fish, or indeed crab and lobster. Come, eat, explore Chichester, head to the Witterings and remind yourself how seafood is just so much better when eaten by the sea. From £165.
Already been? Then how about The Wild Rabbit from super-stylish Lady Bamford or The Wheatsheaf in Gloucestershire, a hit with Cotswolds local Kate Moss?