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.

Alternative Accommodations

Plan where you’re going to stay during your visit to Hathern!

During the busier times of the year, like when Wicked Hathern Festival is on during the summer, it can be really tough to find a place to stay in the area.

That’s why, if you’re thinking of taking a trip to see us here then you should consider booking your accommodation a month or so in advance. It always pays to be prepared!

There are a good variety of accommodation options open to you, depending on the kind of experience you’re looking for. Come during the winter and we’d recommend finding lodgings inside as temperatures can drop well below zero – not exactly what you’d describe as camping weather…

The following options are great alternatives for families and couples alike, looking for something a little different in their next holiday:

Kingsmill Caravan Park

Kingsmill Caravan Park is an independently operated caravan park and camp site, ideal for those holiday makers who are eager to enjoy the most of their time out in the fresh air. You can choose to bring your own camping stuff with you and pitch up. Whilst there are no Yorkshire static caravans for sale here, you can select from one of 20 tourers and 50 tents to hire.

Be warned during the weekend of Download Festival (8th-10th June 2018) this campsite and many others in the area are ram-packed with Heavy Metal music fans: you’ve been warned!


Old Hathern Station Bed & Breakfast

Ginger and Marilyn are your hosts at the Old Hathern Station Bed & Breakfast, a B&B that has a flawless record in Trip Advisor, thanks to the ‘spotlessly clean’ rooms and ‘excellent amenities’. A warm welcome and a hearty breakfast is the minimum expectation when you spend a few nights here and the central location makes it ideal for getting around the Hathern area.

You can find Ginger and Marilyn’s charming B&B over at TripAdvisor.co.uk


Dreamer’s Delight, Loughborough

The aptly named Dreamer’s Delight is a centrally located apartment in Loughborough, perfect for those looking for a peaceful night’s stay whilst staying right in the heart of the town. This is an ideal location if you’re looking to make the most of the summer time events in Hathern, but don’t quite fancy camping in a noisy field!

Host Tanvi keeps the apartment clean, making the most of the space and providing room for 4 to sleep at any one time.


Modern Room in Quiet Village

Set just outside the village, you might not be able to enjoy the freedom of an entire apartment but you can benefit from the local knowledge of your host Dom. You’ll be just a stone’s throw away from the centre of Hathern whilst staying with Dom, making this a good option if you were considering staying for Bonfire Night in November.

At only £30 p/night this is a great option for a solo traveller looking for a base to explore the rest of the area.


The Royal Oak, Long Whatton

Finally, for the traditional British inn experience you can choose to take the short walk from Hathern to nearby Long Whatton. The Royal Oak is a well-established pub and inn, providing food at a high AA Rosette standard and comfortable rooms for travellers. Spacious double rooms with breakfast start at £109 for two guests.

Although this attractive inn is commonly used as a stop over for those flying out to East Midlands Airport, it’s convenient location gives you good access to the surrounding area.

Upcoming 2018 Events in Hathern

There’s plenty to see and do in the Hathern area…

If you’re considering planning a trip then why not plan for it to coincide with one of these great cultural events taking place this year in Hathern and the surrounding areas.

We’re lucky enough to have a dedicated team of people who work tirelessly to pull together some truly memorable events every year. These range from traditional cultural events like the ever popular Bonfire night to more niche music nights, like the first one on our list:

Fred V & Grafix at DBE, Loughborough

If you had asked Devon-born Drum’n’Bass producers Fred Vahrman and Josh Jackson five years ago if they had thought they’d be playing stellar venues such as the DBE at the mere age of 26, they’d probably probably not know what to say.

Promoting their 2017 record, Cinematic Party Music, they’ll be playing a rare Loughborough date before heading to London for another packed out gig at Scala.

3rd Feb 2018/£15 + fees/2200-0400



Funhouse Comedy Club at Swan in the Rushes, Loughborough

Local compere Spiky Mike will be introducing the acts to the stage at the Swan in the Rushes for this night of comedy that you won’t want to miss! In addition to headlining comedian Simon Lomas, runner up in 2017’s ‘English Comedian of the Year‘, there’ll be support from Harry Sanders and American comedian Spring Day. It’s advisable to book your tickets well ahead of schedule as we can almost guarantee that this event will sell out: don’t miss out!

11th Feb 2018/£5.50/Starts 1930

Loughborough Rocks Mini Festival at Loughborough Town Hall

One of two major live music events in the Hathern calendar, Loughborough Rocks brings together dozens of local bands and acts in a Battle of the Bands competition.

The prize?

A supporting slot at Wicked Hathern Fest ‘18 in the Summer. Bands from across the area will be uploading their tracks for judging, but only five will be chosen to compete at Loughborough Town Hall – you’ll also have the chance to see last year’s winners, Rawkus Redz, performing again!

24th March 2018/£8/Starts 1900

Wicked Hathern Fest ‘18 at Dishley Grange Farm

One of the biggest dates in the Hathern calendar, this two-day festival brings together a heady mix of local bands, awesome tribute acts and chart-topping sell outs. Headliners at previous festivals have included Toploader and The Hoosiers; this year it’s the turn of Scouting for Girls. Keep an eye out on the festival site to see who else will be playing this year and head to Loughborough Rocks to see which local band will be supporting the headliners!

10th-11th August 2018/From £20

Wicked Hathern Fireworks & Bonfire at Dishley Grange Farm

Bonfire night at Dishley Grange Farm is a tradition that has been a fixture in locals’ calendars for a long time. Come and join in the fun this November and you’ll see that it’s a lot more than just a fire in a field. There’ll be live music acts, great food and even a ‘Silent Fireworks’ show for the young ones.

Book tickets in advance to avoid disappointment and make sure you arrive early if you’re hoping to get an up close look at the fireworks!

4th November 2018/From £6/From 1730