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!
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.
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.