Mapped: our selection of the best UK pubs with rooms
In the 18th century, Samuel Johnson said: “There is nothing that has yet been invented by man, for which so much happiness is produced, as for a good tavern or inn.”
During the gloomy closing days, many observers looked wistfully in the direction of the locked doors and wondered when the citadel’s gates of good beers and wine (and pork scratches) would open again.
Well, that day in England is upon us – with rules of social distance, table service and no pests please.
This happened yesterday in Northern Ireland. Scotland is next on July 15. Although uncertainty obscures the situation in Wales.
Pubs in England can also accept overnight guests starting today.
So, here we selected some of the best pubs with rooms and some in Scotland and Wales before the rule changes.
All are in lovely locations and cost no more than £ 200 a night.
1. NORFOLK PLEASANT
The White Horse in Brancaster, pictured, overlooks the north Norfolk coast
New guidelines for reopening bars
Groups can consist of two families indoors and up to two families or six people from more than two families outdoors.
People from different families should distance themselves socially as much as possible.
You should not interact with anyone outside your group, even if you know them.
In table service establishments only, do not go to the bar.
Stick to a team member who handles your table; don’t call anyone else.
If the pub has an ‘application’ without orders, use it.
Use hand sanitizer regularly.
Provide contact details to the team, on request, for ‘testing and tracking’ reasons.
There are no live performances, including music, yet.
It has no cantonongs.
Tables two meters apart or one meter with ‘risk mitigation’ (protectors or plastic chairs, side by side).
Stay two meters away when lining up for take-away or toilets.
Follow the one-way arrows marked on the floors.
Pay by card, not cash, whenever possible.
Overlooking the north coast of Norfolk, the White Horse at Brancaster faces wide open skies and long sandy beaches. Do you like seafood? Cockles and Cromer crab are served.
What is happening? Reopens today. Reservations are required at main restaurants / bars, but not at the Marsh Side Container Bar. Social distance of two meters encouraged.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 160 (whitehorsebrancaster.co.uk)
2. WHAT A SCENE!
In the heart of Constable Country, The Sun Inn is in the picturesque village of Dedham, Essex – where John Constable (1776-1837) was very inspired. It is impossible to miss the mustard yellow pub.
What is happening? Bar reopens today; table reservation recommended, but some tables available. The bar menu starts on Wednesday; full menu July 17th. Reservations are recommended. Rooms reopening next Saturday.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 150 (thesuninndedham.com)
3. WESTERN SUSSEX
High on Sussex Weald, the charming Cat Inn, in the village of West Hoathly, is another solid choice for walkers. The menu offers locally sourced ingredients, including beef from Trenchmore Farm. The wine comes from the Bluebell Vineyard.
What is happening? Reopens today. Essential restaurant reservations. Bar tables must be reserved during restaurant hours. Glass partitions between tables. Social distance of two meters encouraged. Guests were asked to remove the beds on departure, placing sheets and towels in bags.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 130 (catinn.co.uk)
4. HARD DRINKS
Thomas Hardy introduced The Acorn Inn in Evershot village, Dorset, as the Sow-and-Acorn pub in Tess of d’Urbervilles. Great for exploring Wessex.
What is happening? Reopens today. Reservations recommended for bar / restaurant; OK walk-ins, if there is space. Guests offered masks. Buffet breakfast replaced by a la carte.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 125 (acorn-inn.co.uk)
5. DEVON DREAM
One of the rooms available at the Bayards Cove Inn, near Dartmouth, Devon. It is a 1.6 km walk from Dartmouth Castle
The Bayards Cove Inn, near Dartmouth, is a mile walk from Dartmouth Castle. Beaches are also close by. Canoeing, cycling, water skiing, sailing and fishing are among the numerous activities nearby. Then, enjoy a mug of Bitter Topsail Bays at the bar.
What is happening? Reopens today. Available rooms. Table reservations and bar restaurants are recommended; walk-ins accepted when room.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 156 (bayardscoveinn.co.uk)
6. CORNISH RAMBLES
On the coast near Penzance, the Old Coastguard at Mousehole is great for walkers as it is on the South West Coast Walk. Take a bumpy walk before you notice your wood-paneled ‘Humbug Bar’ for beers and fine wines. It has been renovated since a fire last year.
What is happening? Rooms available from July 21st; making reservations. The pub / restaurant reopens “a few days before” in the rooms. Follow your newsletter for more.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 155 (oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk)
7. WHEN IN WALES
There is still no date for the reopening of bars in Wales. But when there are, lovers of poetry, coastal walks and decent beer should head to Brown’s Hotel in Laugharne, Carmarthenshire. It was Dylan Thomas’s location.
What is happening? Closed. Awaiting further guidance from the Wales Assembly.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 115 (browns.wales)
8. WILTSHIRE WINNER
The Greyhound Inn in Letcombe Regis, pictured, is close to the North Wessex Downs. It reopens today at noon
With the 13-kilometer Ridgeway trail along the North Wessex Downs, appetite for great food won’t be an issue at The Greyhound Inn in Letcombe Regis. The rooms are elegantly decorated.
What is happening? Reopens today at noon. Reservations are required for tables in the bar and restaurant. It is necessary to enter via the backdoor. Pitches and pillows removed from rooms.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 105 (thegreyhoundletcombe.co.uk)
9. BRIGHT IN BUCK
Foodies love The Pointer, hidden in the village of Brill in Buckinghamshire. Expect venison pies, roasted lamb and “superfood” salads with avocados, chickpeas and nuts. Many great hikes.
What is happening? Reopens today. Reduced restaurant table numbers and disposable menus. Some plastic screens installed. Guests were asked to wear masks in the corridors.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 120 (thepointerbrill.co.uk)
10. START AHEAD
Kingham Plow in Kingham, Oxfordshire, pictured here, reopens today at noon. It is the quintessential Cotswolds stone pub
In the past few months, the owners of The Kingham Plow in Kingham, Oxfordshire have been striving – in cash to renovate their six rooms. This quintessential stone pub in the Cotswolds offers top-notch food. Many country walks.
What is happening? Reopens today at noon. Extra, covered, dining room in the garden. Advised to book a restaurant / bar table. Entries accepted if space is available.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 145 (thekinghamplough.co.uk)
11. RUTLAND READY
Tucked away on a peninsula in Rutland Water, The Finch’s Arms in Upper Hambleton is cozy, with lovely walks nearby. Pub favorites include sausages and Lincolnshire puree.
What is happening? Reopens today. Bar and restaurant reservations are preferred.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 100 (finchsarms.co.uk)
12. CLINKS IN LINCS
Checkers Inn, pictured, is located in the village of Woolsthorpe in Lincolnshire. It reopens today
Next to a cricket ground, where drinkers can have a picnic, Checkers Inn is in the village of Woolsthorpe, overlooking Belvoir Castle. It is popular with food lovers: excellent grilled fish.
What is happening? Reopens today. Restaurant and bar reservations are recommended.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 100 (checkersinn.net)
13. CHESHIRE CHEERS
The plow is in the small village of Eaton, in Cheshire. Double B & B are available from £ 90
Set out on an 11-kilometer round-trip hike to Boswell Cloud for a splendid view of The Plow at Eaton, a small village. You won your beer at the inn. Good pub grub, too.
What is happening? Bar, restaurant and hotel reopen today.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 90 (theploughinncheshire.com)
14. LOVELY ON LANCS
The Cartford Inn in Little Eccleston, Lancashire, is an old training inn, located beside the Wyre River. Go hiking near Bowland Fells. Ginger and pineapple daiquiris and negronis are £ 8.
What is happening? Reopening next Saturday. Taking reservations for bar / restaurant / hotel tables. Customers must enter the parking lot and leave their coats in the car.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 80 (thecartfordinn.co.uk)
15. TIPS IN CUMBRIA
Since 1689, regulars at The Mortal Man restaurant in Troutbeck, Cumbria, California
Regulars have enjoyed an alcoholic drink at The Mortal Man pub in Troutbeck since 1689, when a brewery was first opened in this wonderfully dramatic setting. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge stopped to cool off on one of their Lakeland walks. Think poetic while looking at Wansfell in the fantastic beer garden.
What is happening? Reopens today; you must book in advance to guarantee a restaurant table. Available rooms.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 100 (themortalman.co.uk)
16. WHISKY GALORE
One of the rooms at the Bushmills Inn, in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. It is close to the Giant’s Causeway
In the village where Bushmills whiskey is distilled, you can enjoy a drink or two at the dimly lit bars at The Bushmills Inn, County Antrim, North Island. The rock formation of Calçada dos Gigantes is close by. There are also great coastal walks.
What is happening? Reopened yesterday. Restaurant / bar reservations are recommended.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 140 (bushmillsinn.com)
17. HIGHLAND FLING
Expect good food, including haddock and freshly caught crayfish at the traditional Glenelg Inn in Glenelg, when in operation. Magnificent walks nearby, as well as sea bathing.
What is happening? Brewery reopening Wednesday. The rooms were “designed” to reopen on July 15.
Stay: B&B doubles from £ 120 (glenelg-inn.com)
18. THE LORD NORTH
The Lord Crewe Arms, in the photo, is …