Crawl the British countryside’s best gastropubs

In the last decade country pubs have undergone a revival bringing back spectacular locally produced food, warm welcome and a comfortable stay. These fabulous gastro pubs with rooms will appeal to lovers of the British countryside in search of quaint villages, real ale, hearty meal, and a cozy bed for the night.

By JAY KAY
  • The Royal Oak

    The fresh white facade peering through the blossoming bushes of the front garden belongs to The Royal Oak, a welcoming inn that treats guests to a classically twisted menu and cozy elegant rooms.

  • The Wheatsheaf Inn

    The Wheatsheaf is a modern spin on a traditional Cotswold coaching inn, spruced up with an eclectic designer decor spanning different centuries and their eras.

  • The Crab & Lobster

    Using the slate floors, exposed brick walls and open fire as a traditional backdrop to a decor more contemporary, the Crab & Lobster defines the modern breed of gastropubs.

  • The Swan Wedmore

    Accolade after accolade is the usual way for the wonderful Swan Wedmore. With Tom Blakes, a former chef at River Cottage Canteen, and six stunning rooms, this is a tasty country getaway.

  • Lion and Pheasant

    If ever there was a time to use the word ‘boutique’ in the same sentence with a country pub, then The Lion & Pheasant presents that opportunity.

  • The Beckford Arms

    Book a room at The Beckford Arms and wake up to the sounds of the countryside, coming through the large window facing your bed.

  • The Peacock at Rowsley

    The backdrop at The Peacock at Rowsley is one of original features and antiques married remarkable well to a chic new-fashioned adornment.

  • The Falkland Arms

    Great Tew is a tiny picturesque village in the Cotswolds and what really makes it worth your while is the fantastic 16th-century inn - The Falkland Arms.

  • The Bell Inn

    In 2010 The Sunday Times picked The Bell Inn, a 15th-century coaching inn set in the heart of Essex, for their list of 10 best gastropubs in the UK. And this is only one of the many accolades collected over the years by this charming local belonging to the village of Horndon on the Hill.

  • The Gurnard’s Head

    Proud of its location, The Gurnard’s Head makes the utmost of the local produce, community, and of course the devastatingly gorgeous coastline of Cornwall.

  • The Wild Boar Inn

    Hiding amidst the beauty of Lake District very close to the famous Lake Windermere, the historic Wild Boar Inn prides itself on its individual design, restaurant, and a private woodland.

  • The Drunken Duck

    Located in the heart of the Lake District, the Drunken Duck nestles among 60 acres of beautiful private land from which it derives inspiration for its style and hearty menu.

  • The Anchor

    Standing proudly on the edge of the North Sea under Suffolk's huge skies, the regionally inspired Anchor has become known for its mouthwatering organic feast designed to marry well with the handpicked wine and beer.

Updated: 30 May 2013