Nine of the best UK pubs to visit

Jenai Laignel / 20 April 2015 ( 08 March 2016 )

Whatever the season, there's something about a charming UK pub that makes them so appealing – in the summer, we can sit out in the beer garden eating salads and sipping on a spritzer.

In the winter we love cosying up next to a log-burning fire with a pint of real ale and some hearty grub.

Here are some of our favourite country pubs, all located within a stone's throw of some stunning rental holiday cottages and boutique city hotels.

9. The Poachers Inn, Piddletrenthide, Dorset

The ideal balance of modern and traditional, The Poachers Inn offers something for everyone. From light lunches and afternoon tea to a three-course meal, it's the perfect pub – whatever the occasion!

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8. The Rose & Crown, Snettisham, Norfolk

This 700-year-old pub (pictured) was named 'Pub of the Year' in the 2015 Good Pub Guide and can be described as a "proper" local watering hole.

Quintessentially English, it overlooks the cricket green, and has everything you'd expect from a village inn: old beams, tiled floors, log fires and nooks and crannies galore.

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7. The Warren House Inn, Postbridge, Dartmoor National Park

You can't really get more traditional than this gem of a pub, situated deep in the heart of Dartmoor. The welcome is certainly warm – not least because of the fire, which is said to have been burning continuously since 1845!

Mains include homemade steak and ale pie and prime Dartmoor fillet steaks. Dogs are welcome.

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6. The Sloop Inn, near Fishguard, Wales

While it may not look like much from the outside, its location is second-to-none; situated in Porthgain, the pub sits right next to a small, sleepy harbour that feels like you're in the middle of nowhere.

There is also a stunning coastal walk right next to it – perfect for a post-dinner stroll.

The menu is any seafood-lover's dream, featuring (very) locally-sourced crab, mackerel and mussels. Their fish pie is to die for.

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5. The Betjeman Arms, St Pancras, London

The Betjeman Arms at St Pancras International railway station - home of Eurostar - is the perfect place to have a pint either just before or after a journey beneath the channel.

Half gastro pub, half pub, this is a contemporary take on a traditional railway pub.

4. The Anchor, Walberswick, Suffolk

A quintessential English village pub, The Anchor stands out with its own distinctive style.

A sea-facing balcony is the ideal place for an alfresco pint on a crisp autumn day. The pub boasts an impressive wine list, real ales, and a menu featuring entirely locally-sourced produce.

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3. The Bricklayer's Arms, Putney, London

A stone's throw away from the Thames, this Victorian pub is cosy and atmospheric; old wooden floors, vintage photos on the walls, and a central bar.

The pub sometimes holds beer festivals, serves delicious evening meals, and showcases guest ales.

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2. Old Green Tree, Bath

There are many 'olde worlde' pubs in this beautiful Georgian city, but few are as cosy as the Old Green Tree, tucked away on a side street just off the main drag.

The building itself is 300 years old and the pub serves a great range of West Country real ales.

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1. The Royal Oak, Borough, London

This pub is situated near to the spot where Chaucer's 'The Canterbury Tales' supposedly stood, and is popular with both locals and tourists alike. It makes the perfect place for good conversation and great beer.

What’s your favourite UK pub? Leave a comment below.

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