Looking For A Cosy Pint?

Summer’s finally here: time to hit the pub garden!

When the summer days stretch out well past closing time there’s only one place you should be: the pub.

The British pub is an institution in of itself. Although it gets a bad rap from time to time (we’re looking at you inner-city Wetherspoons outlets!) we don’t think there’s any better place to relax on a hot summer’s day. With miles of stunning countryside to explore throughout the local area why not come for a walk and stop off at a pub for a relaxing half pint, or even a wholesome home-style cooked meal?

British institutions come in many different forms. Stephen Fry is considered by many to present the quintessential English gentleman’s spirit, but surely Fry’s Englishness is outweighed by the cup of tea? Then again, how does the cup of tea compare to a game of cricket? Or a pint of real ale? Whether you’re relaxing in a Lytham St Annes static caravan park, trundling along the banks of a canal or sat in one of these pubs, count yourself lucky to be in England.

For this list we’ve scoured the local area for the very best pubs. Give them a visit and tell us what you think!

The Otter

If you’re lucky enough to own a canal boat then you should definitely put The Otter on your ‘must-visit’ list. Although this is a chain-owned pub, the historic building has remained largely unchanged for decades.

Sat in an idyllic spot right on the river front, this is the perfect place to stop off after a walk along the riverside. Sit outside to enjoy stellar views of the river and sip from your drink whilst canal boats drift lazily by.

The Kings Arms

Manager Mark Fearn prizes service above all else at The Kings Arms. This well-run establishment is hugely popular with families and locals alike, stop by for a quick drink or choose from a menu that has every pub classic you could wish for…plus a few cheeky extras that you might not expect. Curries, roasts, steaks and prawn cocktails are the crowd-pleasers here, but it’s the Baked Camembert and other sharing platters that keep punters coming back for more!

The Three Crowns

It’s not every day that you get the opportunity to sit inside a 17th-century pub, so take your chance when you pass The Three Crowns in Barrow upon Soar.

Featuring regular events, as well as televised sports throughout the year, this is truly a community pub which is alive and kicking every day from 4-6 pm when Happy Hour brings in all the locals for a couple of quick pints after they’ve finished work.

The Anchor Inn

Right in the heart of our beloved Hathern, The Anchor Inn is a wonderfully presented example of a British pub that has truly been enriched by its locals.

Every Tuesday night you have the opportunity of entering the pub quiz, with a cash prize of £50 up for grabs you can be that the competition will be fierce! On top of that, the pub also puts on regular music events with plenty of cover bands and tribute acts gracing the stage throughout the summer.

Plough Inn

The Plough Inn is yet another riverside pub that deserves a mention, it’s homely character and Mediterranean decor might seem at odds with its surroundings but it makes for a fantastic stop-off after a long day’s walk and also happens to serve some of the very best ales in the area. During the winter you’ll be able to make the most of roaring log fires, but whilst the summer sun is glaring the only place to be is by the river with a lovely cool drink.

Investing in Hathern: Local Businesses Worth Your Time

Support your local businesses today!

After the great response we got to our Digital Businesses post, we thought we’d shine the spotlight on all the other entrepreneurial folks in the area who have built their businesses from the ground up.

Although we’re well aware that younger folks, who crave the bright lights of the city, are more attracted to getting investment in Birmingham, the dozens of wildly successful businesses in our backyard here prove that you don’t need to be based in a bustling metropolis to become the next Alan Sugar!

These local businesses prove that Hathern and the surrounding Charnwood area is positively buzzing with investment opportunities:

Hathern Nurseries

Starting off as a small nursery over 30 years ago, Hathern Nurseries has slowly expanded over the years, transforming into one of the most successful garden centres in the area. There’s everything here that a gardener would be looking for: plants, tools, bedding and at Christmas time you can even pick up a Christmas tree!

In addition to offering free local delivery within a twenty mile radius, you can also join their Shrub Club. For £15 per year you can get a 10% discount off all plants or products and more generous discounts throughout the year.

Oakley Grange Farm

Food doesn’t get much more natural or local than at Oakley Grange Farm. The Mee family have been farming their 600 acres of land since the 1940s and have been working towards gaining a complete organic status since 2001, no small challenge when you consider how much land they have to use!

The Mees use traditional farming methods to encourage natural ecosystems to co-exist with their herd and, best of all, they serve a selection of everything they grow and rear at their Cafe Kitchen – so you can taste their hard work for yourself.

Joey’s Cake Shop

Jo is based in Hathern and specialises in cakes of all kinds including: wedding cakes, cupcakes, sponges, lemon drizzles and cakes for every kind of celebration. Although she bakes out of Hathern she delivers her custom-crafted goodies as far out as Loughborough, Kegworth and even Sutton Bonington.

Just one look at her website is enough to see how much care and attention she puts into each of her bakes; the testimonials on her site attest to how good they taste too!

Browns Lane Restaurant & Bar

A solid choice for locals in the area and often touted as one of the best places to eat in the area, this is a classy restaurant that serves seasonal food from a British inspired menu that is sure to inspire the most curmudgeonly of foodies.

Their a la carte menu is a testament to their chef’s skills and versatility, choose from a wide range of starters including: cajun spiced calamari, braised ham hock and chicken liver parfait. Mains, starting from £11.95, include classic chicken kiev, pan-fried red mullet and a ‘lamb bun’.

Winged Ape

You’re almost guaranteed to find something to pick up at Winged Ape, Loughborouh’s primo vintage store. Amongst the bric-a-brac and furniture you’ll find all sorts of treasure; action figures, rare vinyls and penny skateboards are just a few of the things you’ll bump into.

This shop holds regular record days a boosted selection of vinyl is set out; no matter what you end up leaving with it’s likely to be the only one for miles around.

Eat Your Fill: The Best Food In and Around Hathern

Visit the Hathern area and dine like a King!

Although the nearby town of Hathern might not be considered a gastronomical hotspot, the surrounding areas are studded with well-respected pubs and fine dining restaurants that offer everything from family-style Italian classics to truly modern tasting menus.

It’s all about locally sourced food in our neck of the woods, with many restaurants pioneering a farm to table policy that gives the customer the satisfaction of knowing their food made as short a trip as possible to get to their plate.

Before you think about stopping here in Hathern, why not take a look at our list of the finest restaurants in the area and see if you can book a table before you get here:

Hammer & Pincers, Wymeswold

Wymeswold is the setting for forward thinking family-run fine dining restaurant, Hammer and Pincers. The restaurant has maintained their 2 Rosette standard for a number of years now and are frequently featured in the Michelin Guide.

The team at Hammer & Pincers offers a number of menus that cater to different budgets. A traditional a la carte menu main costs anywhere from £18 to £25, whilst their much raved about Sunday Lunch comes to a reasonable £27 for three courses.

Whilst a bit of a drive from Hathern, it’s well worth factoring a trip to this gem of a restaurant whilst you’re here.

John’s House Restaurant, Mountsorrel

Only two restaurant hold a Michelin star in Leicestershire and one of those is John’s House Restaurant. After growing up in rural Leicestershire, head chef John Duffin left his home to work in some of the most recognised restaurants in London.

The experience John picked up in Michelin-star restaurants such as Agnar Sverrisson’s Texture and Marcus Wareing’s The Berkeley was key in developing his unique style: modern cooking which puts the produce front and centre in every dish. He received his Michelin-star within a year of opening his doors in 2014 and has retained it ever since.

To fully appreciate the diversity of his menu opt for the tasting menu with wine tasting – it might set you back £115 per person, but it’ll be worth it!

The White Horse, Quorn

Whilst this pub might no be under consideration from The Michelin Guide or the AA, it offers a truly relaxed alternative for diners looking for a less stuffy approach to their food.

During the summer you can choose to dine inside or eat outside on the piazza, where you can order from an expansive menu that runs the gamut of pub classics: burgers, pizzas, pies and steaks. Of course, there’s nothing quite like a warming pub meal during the midst of winter and you’ll be able to find plenty of local ales here to wash it down with!

A main will cost you around £10-15 here, but you can also take advantage of great daily deals as well – make sure to check when you get there.

Caravelli, Loughborough

It might be a surprise to discover a truly authentic Italian restaurant so close to Hathern, but that’s what you’ll find if you step inside family-run Caravelli in Loughborough.

Opening its doors in 2010, Caravelli operates within the confines of The Old Manor a building that partially dates back as far as the fourteenth century – it’s considered to be one of the oldest buildings in Loughborough. Many of the original features are still present including a recently discovered fireplace which was damaged due to an infestation of knotweed. (Kindly clear up by KnotweedHelp.com)

On the menu you’ll find everything you’d expect from an authentic Italian restaurant: quality home-made pasta, fresh tasting fish and some truly divine desserts.