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10 of the perfect pubs with a view

The Angel on the Bridge, Henley-on-Thames

House favourites
Brakspear Bitter, Three.four%
Slow-roast stomach pork, £13.50

For these who want their views extra landscaped than wild, this pub is subsequent to Henley’s elegant Georgian bridge, on the level the place Oxfordshire meets Berkshire. The river is placid, the geese entertaining, the air clear, and sunsets and mist preserve the view various all 12 months spherical. The Angel should be a snooty vacationer lure however stays a correct pub, with correct ale – Brakspear is a real Oxfordshire traditional. The pub even has its personal moorings for folks with boats – or you’ll be able to simply put on deck sneakers and faux.
•, daily 11.30am -10pm (closes 7pm Sunday)

The Grain Barge, Bristol

House favourites
Bristol Beer Factory Nova, Three.Eight%
Chicken, gammon & leek pie, £12.50

Photograph: Sam Frost for the Guardian

Permanently moored at Hotwells, west of the town centre, this retired industrial vessel, in-built 1936, is now certainly one of Bristol’s brightest, airiest pubs, providing a view of the magnificent SS Great Britain throughout an expanse of water at all times teeming with exercise. There’s a spread of attention-grabbing native beers in cask and keg, with a selected emphasis on the reliably first rate Bristol Beer Factory. Sit on a stool by the window and watch dinghies swoop and switch and water taxis glide by, whereas historic ships the Matthew and the Mayflower (not that one) make their rounds. And you might often see a canine on a paddleboard.
•, noon-11pm (11.30pm Thu-Sat)

The Cary Arms, Torquay, Devon

Aerial veiw of the Cary Arms on the water, Babbacombe Beach, Torquay

House favourites
Bay’s Topsail, four%, cask
Brixham fish and chips, £15

Like many licensed premises in engaging settings, this outdated pub is now extra hotel-restaurant, however at its coronary heart stays a welcoming stone inn, decked out with nautical relics. It’s nonetheless wonderful to show up in mountaineering boots and have a pint with out consuming, both on the terrace on a sunny day or on the bar subsequent to the wood-burner (eating is extra formal within the night, with lighter fare at lunch). In the best climate, Babbacombe Bay does a satisfactory impression of the Mediterranean, with the ocean simply the best shade of turquoise. Inland, the wooded slopes and crimson Devon sandstone are stunning too. To keep the night time is expensive, with rooms from £245.
•, noon-11pm

The Crown, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire

House favourites
Black Sheep Best Bitter, Three.Eight%
Suet-crust meat & potato pie, £9.15

Popular with hikers who huddle right here to heat up and dry off (“Please Do Not Block the Fire As Others Around You Also Like to Feel the Heat”) the Crown is a no-nonsense pub with no-nonsense old style beer and warming, filling meals. Looming over the plain stone constructing is Pen-y-Ghent, the smallest of the well-known Three Peaks, however a surprise nonetheless, particularly with the shadows of fast-moving clouds enjoying over its green-grey bulk, or snow on its sides.
•, Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm , Sat noon-11pm (10.30pm Sun)

Three Tuns Inn, Chepstow, Monmouthshire

Housing and castle in town of Chepstow

Photograph: Alamy

House favourites
GWB Hambrook Pale, four%
Scotch egg, £2.50

The view from this pub is dominated by the city’s citadel, a relic of the Norman invasion. Beyond that’s the steep wooded reduce of the twisting Wye Valley: you’ll be able to’t see it from the pub, however a brief stroll between pints will get you there. The Three Tuns is an outdated pub with a contemporary makeover that works reasonably effectively – it’s idiosyncratic and has pleasant bar workers. There’s a line-up of strong ales from Wales and south-west England.
• On Facebook, Mon-Fri noon-11pm, Sat-Sun 10.30am-11pm

Rambler Inn, Edale, Derbyshire

House favourites
Rambler’s Gold (Marston’s), four%
Ham, egg & chips, £Eight.95

The begin of the Pennine Way, simply exterior the village of Edale, is barely a brief prepare journey from Manchester or Sheffield, however feels a lot additional, providing a deep nation ambiance with out an excessive amount of effort. This pub makes a degree of welcoming these with muddy toes and is surrounded by darkly looming however nonetheless manageable hills. The beer is provided by Marston’s and its subsidiary manufacturers (Wychwood, Banks’s) and tastes like heaven after an hour or two in solar, or rain. The beer backyard is unusually pretty by English requirements, too.
•, noon-11pm (Sun 10.30pm)

Free Trade Inn, Newcastle

View of Tyne and bridges from Free Trade Inn, Newcastle

House favourites
Fyne Ales Jarl, Three.Eight%
Scream for Pizza meals truck, each Wednesday, £5-£Eight

Moors and oceans are nice, however trying up the Tyne in the direction of the town’s bowed bridges from this pub in Ouseburn is one other sort of delight. It is particularly thrilling at sundown, because the Instagrammers and novice photographers of north-east England have found – metropolis lights gleaming in opposition to Miami Vice skies. The pub cleverly treads the wonderful line between craft beer hipness and down-to-earth backstreet native ambiance (the traditional tables have Scottish & Newcastle blue star logos). Imperial stouts and double IPAs sit alongside sessionable cask ales, aspirational avenue meals alongside native meat pies.
• On Facebook, 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight

The Sloop, Porthgain, Pembrokeshire

House favourites
Brain’s Rev. James Original, four%
Welsh rarebit, £7.95

This old style harbourside pub generally feels able to weigh anchor and set sail itself, due to nautical fixtures, maps and memorabilia. Views are of Porthgain’s picturesque working harbour, the Celtic sea, and hillsides dramatically strewn with the ruins of hoppers that when held crushed stone from close by quarries, for highway constructing. In summer time, the inexperienced in entrance of the pub is full of vacationers and excited kids, however out of season the pub is a heat, protected spot for watching waves break over the harbour wall.
•, 9.30am-10pm (midnight Fri-Sat)

The Harbour Inn, Southwold, Suffolk

The Harbour Inn, Southwold

House favourites
Adnams Broadside, four.7%
Grilled sardines on sourdough toast, £10

This a part of Suffolk rolls away ceaselessly, with a sky that’s by some means greater than anyplace else. The Harbour Inn, by the River Blyth amongst boat sheds and jetties, is a pub designed in opposition to flood: within the decrease bar, power-points are on the ceiling, pints are handed down by way of a hatch, and the flooring are tiled for the benefit of sweeping away mud. In summer time it’s the right spot for watching clear white clouds float over the marshes, whereas at night time there’s the alternative of a view – blessed blackness, and muttering estuary winds that recall to mind the ghost tales of MR James.
•, daily 11am-11pm

Driftwood Spars, St Agnes, Cornwall

Driftwood Spars, Trevaunance Cove, Cornwall

House favourites
Lou’s Brew, 5%
Cornish mussels, £14.95 a kilo

This is a rambling, cosy pub with two beer gardens, its personal affiliated microbrewery, and a sigh-inducing view of Trevaunance Cove between cliffside stretches of the South West Coast Path. It by some means looks like a secret regardless of being a brief stagger downhill from the centre of the village, and usually heaving with vacationers, cyclists, and motorcyclists. For the perfect view, clamber up previous the terrace to the cast-adrift larger beer backyard. In foul climate, stare out on the gales, mist and mizzle till you’re drenched, then retreat to steam by the hearth within the entrance bar.
•, 8am-11pm most nights

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10 of the perfect pubs for Sunday lunch

The Felin Fach Griffin, Powys

The Felin Fach Griffin, Powys

A keep right here means attention-grabbing modern meals, tastefully adorned bedrooms (doubles from £135 B&B), and many nice walks. It’s additionally close to Llangorse Lake. The again bar is linked to 2 smallish eating rooms, with fashionable prints on brilliant blue and ochre partitions, leather-based sofas and blended stripped chairs round scrubbed tables. Choices for Sunday lunch embody native beef or lamb with cauliflower cheese and yorkshire pudding (£16), or vegetarian Glamorgan sausages of girolle mushrooms and spring onions (£16). There are 18 well-chosen wines by the glass and carafe, a spread of sherries, three native beers, and Welsh spirits and cocktails.
•, meals noon-2.30pm, 6-9pm

Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk, County Durham

This good-looking outdated inn faces the inexperienced of this Teesdale village, the place you’ll be able to nonetheless see the unique shares. The beamed bar has numerous brass and copper, a grandfather clock and outdated farm instruments and old style seats by a hearth; the cosy comfortable has a wood-burner. Tables in oak-panelled restaurant should be booked. Sunday lunch contains native lamb shoulder with braised crimson cabbage (£17); for vegetarians there’s baked aubergine with mushroom and caramelised onions topped with native cheese (£16). At the bar, there are three actual ales, an excellent wine listing, over 20 malt whiskies and a rising gin listing. The entrance terrace has seats and tables, High Force waterfall and the Bowes Museum are close by.
•, meals noon-2.30pm, 6-Eight.30pm (not Mon lunch)

Assheton Arms, Downham, Lancs

Assheton Arms, Downham, Clitheroe

Photograph: Shaw & Shaw for the Guardian

The two-level restaurant on this good-looking stone pub has views over the village and Pendle Hill, and wonderful bedrooms make an excellent base for exploring. Drinking and eating areas have large flagstones, rugs on naked boards, wood-burners and a wonderful kitchen vary, cushioned pews and pictures, drawings and work on pale partitions. Non-trad Sunday lunch choices are miso-glazed pork stomach with child pak choi and sesame sauce (£15.95), and a vegetarian imam bayildi with couscous and fattoush salad (£11.95). There are native ales available pump, a dozen wines by the glass and farm cider.
•, meals noon-9pm (Fri and Sat 10pm, Sun 8pm)

Burts Hotel, Melrose, Borders

This pub and resort has been run by the identical household for years and the little bedrooms (doubles from £140 B&B) are an ideal base for exploring the Scottish Borders, and the abbey ruins are just a few steps away. The bar has a mixture of locals and guests and serves Orkney Red Macgregor beer, a dozen wines by the glass and round 80 malt whiskies. The extra formal restaurant must be booked: its fantastically offered meals is far in demand: slow-cooked feather blade of beef with crispy haggis nuggets and mustard sauce (£17.25), or roast pumpkin with beetroot and mozzarella crumble (£13.95). There are seats within the backyard and booklets of walks marked out by the Melrose Paths Group.
•, meals noon-2pm, 6-9pm

The Cock, Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire

The Cock, Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire

Despite its distinctive meals, this pub has a correct public bar for these who merely need a drink and a chat. Here there’s a wood-burner, 20 wines by the glass (specializing in France’s Languedoc-Roussillon area), three altering actual ales and cider made within the village. Other bars have white or darkish beams, a mixture of outdated picket furnishings on naked boards and one other wood-burner; the trendy restaurant should be booked upfront. Favourite Sunday dishes embody guinea fowl with braised turnip and leek and sherry sauce (£20), and a vegetarian alternative resembling honey and thyme beetroot press with ricotta and spinach tortellini (£15). There are walks around the pleasant village on the River Ouse, and additional afield.
•, restaurant noon-2.30pm, 6.30-9pm (9.30pm Fri, Sat), Sun 12-8pm; pub meals noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm

The Punch Bowl, Crosthwaite, Cumbria

In a fold of the Lythe Valley, this slate-roofed inn has been welcoming clients for the reason that 16th century. It’s fashionable but relaxed, with a busy public bar the place there are Barngates and Bowness ales, 15 wines (together with champagne and prosecco) by the glass, malt whiskies and native damson gin. Two linked beamed rooms have an open log hearth and a wood-burner, recent flowers, candles and day by day papers; a separate restaurant is gentle and ethereal. Food is faultless with dishes that embody roast lamb loin and braised shoulder with crispy haggis, onion purée and hotpot greens (£25.50), and veggie choices resembling beetroot gratin with wild mushroom and gruyère crust (£14.50). Windermere is close by and walks from the pub are many.
•, meals noon-4pm, 6-9pm

The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Cornwall

The Old Coastguard, Mousehole, Cornwall

Photograph: Paul Massey

The pretty backyard right here has palm timber, a path resulting in rock swimming pools and seats overlooking St Michael’s Mount and the Lizard. Inside, there are seascapes on daring paintwork, vintage chairs and deep sofas, an open hearth and one big window. Food is nice up-to-date brasserie fare, and there are native Cornish ales, 14 wines by the glass or carafe and a wonderful alternative of gins and vodkas. Sunday dishes embody roast rib of Cornish beef with kale, beetroot, roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding and crimson wine gravy (£16), and a vegetarian alternative resembling mousseron and leek cannelloni. Comfortable bedrooms overlook the ocean (doubles from £160 half-board).
•, meals 12.30-2.30pm, 6.30-9pm (Fri and Sat 9.30pm)

Three Chimneys, Biddenden, Kent

This old style cottage has a low-beamed bar and eating rooms, vintage settles and picket furnishings on flagstones, stripped-brick partitions and log fires. The bare-boards restaurant has French home windows opening on to a conservatory. The menu contains rack of lamb with dauphinois potatoes (£19.95), and a vegetarian dish resembling couscous with aubergine, tomato and courgette ragout and grilled halloumi (£13.95). There are native Harveys ales plus visitors, cider from down the highway and 14 wines by the glass. Well-appointed bedrooms (doubles from £140 B&B) have their very own terrace, and there’s a holiday cottage to let. NT-owned Sissinghurst is shut.
•, meals noon-2.30pm, 6.30-9pm

Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hants

The Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hampshire

In this immaculately stored nation inn, the meals cooked by the owner is king – they develop their very own greens, rear livestock and preserve bees. The menu contains partridge ragout with currants, foraged ceps, white wine, pappardelle and pecorino (£16), and, for non-meat eaters, baked gnocchi with garlic, butternut squash and walnuts (£16). Locals pop in for a pint of Longdog Bunny Chaser or West Berkshire Good Old Boy, 10 wines by the glass and a farm cider. There are cushioned chairs round polished tables on terracotta tiles, a wood-burner and a pleasant backyard. Public footpaths lead from the automotive park, and Silchester Roman partitions and Vyne House are shut by.
•, meals noon-1.30pm, 6-Eight.30pm, Sun noon-3pm

The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland

As a civilised break from the A1, this inn is tough to beat: a former labourers’ cottage, with small and engaging bar rooms, a pleasant ambiance, darkish beams and a log hearth in a stone inglenook. There’s a beer named for the pub and 25 wines by the glass or carafe. Favourite Sunday lunch selections embody native venison with dauphinois potatoes and crimson wine sauce (£22.50) with vegetarian dishes resembling leek and potato pie with hazelnuts (£14.50). A store sells the pub’s personal jams and chutneys, plus takeaway meals. Outside is a terrace with large flowering pots and seats on the garden. Bedrooms are in the primary constructing and a Georgian property reverse (doubles from £120 B&B). There are walks from the door, and Clipsham Yew Tree Avenue is a group of 150 yew timber, some 200 years outdated.
•, meals noon-2.15pm, 6.30-9.30pm, Sun noon-2.45pm, 7-9pm

By Fiona Stapley, editor of the Good Pub Guide 2019 (Ebury Publishing, £15.99). Available on the Guardian Bookshop for £13.75

10 of the perfect community-run pubs

Fox and Goose, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

The Fox & Goose, Hebden Bridge, Yorkshire

Photograph: Sarah Mason

House favourites
Pictish Brewers Gold, Three.Eight%
Pork pie (£2), vegan pasty (£2.50)

They like their cask beer at West Yorkshire’s first community-owned pub, which reopened in 2014. There are at all times six hand-pumps within the compact bar, providing beers that change as frequently because the climate on this a part of the world (breweries embody Nomadic and Wild Child). The pub additionally hosts beer tastings, meet-the-brewer nights and an annual harvest pageant. During the 2015 flooding, the pub, sitting on larger land, acted as hub and fireside for these affected by the deluge. This is a well-pubbed a part of the world, however the atmopshere and beers mark it out as particular.
•, Mon 2pm-midnight, Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-2am

Duke of Marlborough, Somersham, Suffolk

House favourites
Adnams Dry Hopped Lager, four.2%
Braised beef cheek, £13.50

Time has a behavior of leaving its hint on village pubs and the Duke isn’t any totally different. Originally constructed as a medieval corridor home, it turned an inn in the course of the 17th century. Old beams may be seen above the bar, and the ghost title of a former brewery proprietor is simply seen on an out of doors wall. Reopened with the assistance of what’s clearly a really lively neighborhood (volunteers additionally run the village store), this can be a energetic place attracting drinkers, foodies and households with occasions together with pizza nights, beer and meals evenings and a common sense of an excellent time. Help your self to canine biscuits in case you deliver your greatest good friend.
•, Wed-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-6pm

The Anglers Rest, Bamford, Derbyshire

Sign reading community-owned hub, Anglers Rest, Bamford, Derbyshire

House favourites
Abbeydale Moonshine, four.Three%
Steak & ale pie, £10.95

The good folks of Bamford thought large when saving their pub in 2013: in addition they took over an adjoining cafe and put up workplace, so you’ll be able to ship a postcard, have a cup of tea and a scone and, when the solar is over the yardarm, into the pub you pop for a pint or two. Flagstones, naked stone partitions, picket beams and settles set the scene for the inside, and within the winter you’ll be able to sip your beer by the log-burner. There is nice sturdy, home-cooked meals and a way of belonging, and after a day strolling within the Peak District, foamy Black Sheep bitter is a perfect contemplative pint.
• anglers.relaxation, 11am-11pm (Sun 10.30pm)

The Hope, Carshalton, Surrey

House favourites
Windsor & Eton Knight of the Garter, Three.Eight%
‘Hot pot’ chilli con carne, £6

Opened because the Hope Beer House within the 1870s, this pub acquired its mock-Tudor panelling between the wars. In 2010, closure loomed, however locals clubbed collectively and acquired the lease (including the freehold in 2015). Now it’s an award-winning pub with two bars and a conservatory on the again. The temper is comfy and cosy, with loads of outdated pictures, considerate beers from the likes of Siren, Vibrant Forest and Magic Rock and a hum of dialog within the air – all of which demonstrates wherever there’s a energetic neighborhood, hope is at all times current.
•, Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun 10.30pm. No kids

The Bevy, Brighton

women entering the Bevy in Brighton.

Photograph: Linda Nylind for the Guardian

House favourites
Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter, four%
Sunday roast, £7.95 (if pre-booked)

In 2010, what was then the Bevendean pub was closed by the police because of a sequence of delinquent incidents, leaving this housing property near the South Downs and Brighton University with out its hub. Four years later it reopened because the Bevy, after locals purchased it and carried out important works (the vicar spent a day sanding). The result’s a brilliant, ethereal, chilled-out and chatty pub that’s greater than only a place for a pint and one thing to eat (breakfasts are highly regarded). There’s a restaurant, assembly house for golf equipment and organisations, quizzes and music nights. The complete challenge is an instance of how an city pub in an retro space may be saved.
•, noon-11pm

Y Pengwern, Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd

House favourites
Purple Moose Cwrw Glaslyn, four.2%
“Legless” sausage casserole, £Eight.95

This a part of the world is made for considering: the mountains of southern Snowdonia brood, whereas the slate mines of neighbouring Blaenau Ffestiniog are lengthy silent. But at Y Pengwern (the Pengwern Arms) there’s laughter, the clink of glasses filled with copper-hued beer brewed in close by Porthmadog, and the strum of guitars on music night time. Seven years in the past villagers purchased the final pub within the village, which had been closed since 2009, and saved this former drovers’ inn, the place Victorian author George Borrow as soon as had just a few ales. The new kitchen makes use of as a lot native produce as doable. There are additionally rumours of a ghost, Martha, who as soon as owned the pub. She can now relaxation simple.
•, Mon-Thu 6-11.30pm, Fri 5pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11.30pm

The Old Crown, Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria

The Old Crown, Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria

House favourites
Doris’s 90th Birthday Ale, four.Three%
Cumberland sausage with onion gravy, £10.50

The beer at this stone-built pub in an exquisite fellside village doesn’t have to travel far – it’s made subsequent door. Community possession of Hesket Newmarket Brewery got here first, in 1999, and it was solely a number of years later that the villagers (together with long-time common Chris Bonington) clubbed collectively to purchase the pub. There’s an actual hearth, black-and-white prints on the wall and mugs and jugs hanging from picket beams. This is ale territory, with not a creme brûlée porter in sight, although American hops make an look within the Brim Fell IPA.
•, Mon-Thu noon-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm

Rose & Crown, Slaley, Northumberland

House favourites
High House Farm Nel’s Best, four.2%
Pie of the day with veg, £10.50

The Rose & Crown was taken below neighborhood possession in 2013, the primary of its variety within the north-east. Built within the 17th century, it’s a comfy little hideaway in a village near Slaley Forest. The decor is conventional (settles, picket beams and a strong bar), the beer from quite a lot of native breweries together with Allendale and High House Farm (all cask beers come from inside a 10-mile radius). The menu displays the blended tastes of a rural neighborhood, from black bean vegetable stir fry to a whale of a battered fish with chips. There’s a disused nuclear bunker shut by, however the Rose & Crown is a way more life-affirming attraction.
•, Mon-Thu and Sun noon-10.30pm, Fri and Sat noon-11pm

Stoke Canon Inn, Stoke Canon, Devon

Pub garden full of people at Stoke Cannon Inn, Exeter

House favourites
St Austell Tribute, four.2%
Curry of the week, £10.95

If there’s nobody behind the bar once you arrive, likelihood is somebody in your aspect will serve you, such is the fraternal nature of this compact village pub simply exterior Exeter. The neighborhood at present leases the pub and is elevating funds to purchase it outright because the constructing’s proprietor desires to promote. It can be a disgrace if it was lost, as it’s a true neighborhood hub, internet hosting a e-book membership, gin tastings, quizzes and bingo; it’s additionally welcoming inside, with horse brasses, beams, a wood-burner and the sort of patterned carpet all village pubs aspire to. Three cask beers can be found, in addition to Sandford Cider, made in close by Crediton. Here’s hoping the villagers meet their goal.
•, Mon-Thu 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm, Fri-Sun 11.30am-11pm

The Red Lion, Preston, Herts

House favourites
Tring Side Pocket for a Toad, Three.6%
Fish pie, £12.50

Red brick, strong, implacable – the Red Lion has stood reverse the village inexperienced for the reason that 18th century. In the early 1980s, then proprietor Whitbread determined to promote, and it was rumoured it will develop into a steakhouse – banishing any sense of localism. But the villagers rallied spherical and the UK’s first community-owned pub got here into existence. Cricket is large in Preston, and the Red Lion is sort of like a membership home for the 4 groups that end up in the summertime. There are cosy log fires, darts, nice meals and, in early November, a fireworks show. No surprise it’s at present Camra North Hertfordshire’s Pub of the Year.
•, Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm, Sat noon-Three.30pm, 5.30-11pm; Sun noon-Three.30pm, 7-10.30pm

By Adrian Tierney-Jones, member of the British Guild of Beer Writers

10 of the perfect historic pubs

Square & Compass, Worth Matravers, Dorset

Square and Compass Village Pub with people and chickens outside, Worth Matravers, Dorset, England, UK

Photograph: Alamy

House favourites
Moonlite, Hattie Brown’s Brewery, Three.7%
Cheese & veg pie, £Three.90

On a limestone cliff overlooking the Jurassic coast, this was initially a pair of cottages and has solely been a pub since 1793. It boasts a museum of stonemasonry and native fossils, and the large stone slabs used as beer backyard tables make it really feel like there’s been a pub right here for the reason that stone age. There’s no bar: you queue exterior the scullery door. This is certainly one of a handful of pubs to have made it into each single version of Camra’s Good Beer Guide.
•, summer time noon-11pm, winter noon-3pm, 6-11pm

Three Horseshoes, Warham, Norfolk

House favourites
Moon Gazer Ruby, four%
Homemade pies, £10

Wander into the small village of Warham and you possibly can consider you’ve stepped again into the 1950s. The inside of the pub does its greatest to keep up this phantasm. One room resembles a Victorian sitting room, with a portrait of her imperial majesty and one other of native lad Lord Nelson flanking an outdated piano. Another room is a scullery filled with outdated posters promoting Oxo, mustard powder and bile beans. This inside is probably not strictly “authentic” – the owner is a eager collector – however that basically doesn’t matter. It’s nonetheless an absorbing escape from the 21st century.
•, Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Sun noon-10pm

The George, Southwark, London

Drinkers in courtyard, the George Inn, Southwark

House favourites
George Inn Ale, Three.6%
Braised beef & bone marrow pie, £12.99

London’s final galleried teaching inn is hidden inside a former railway items yard: you possibly can work on busy Borough High Street for years with out recognizing this National Trust-owned pub. Tourists from the US and Japan cross the river looking for its historical picket balconies that stand in defiance of the Shard, looming overhead. Dickens undoubtedly drank right here; Chaucer started the Canterbury Tales within the Tabard, which stood subsequent door till the 1880s; and Shakespeare virtually definitely noticed performs carried out in its courtyard – a predecessor of, and inspiration for, the primary purpose-built theatres.
•, Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight, Sun noon-10.30pm

Britons Protection, Manchester

House favourites
Britons Protection, Three.6%
Pie of the day, £7.95

During the 1819 Peterloo Massacre, the 15th Hussars and the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry – consisting largely of native businessmen – rode previous this pub on their method to slaughter unarmed civilians. The place had a unique title then, however based on legend it acquired its new one when it sheltered folks from the carnage. The story is advised in murals on the pub’s partitions, and alongside corridors which at all times appear to result in comfortable corners you by no means observed on earlier visits. A lone survivor of long-demolished streets, this hulk of a constructing nonetheless appears to succour the exhausted workplace employees who hunch by way of its doorways.
• On, Mon-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Sun noon-11pm

The Sunflower, Belfast

Exterior of The Sunflower Bar in Belfast, Northern Ireland

Photograph: Paul McErlane for the Guardian

House favourites
Yardsman Double Stout, four.Three%
Wood-fired Boxing Hare pizza, from £6

As locations the place communities collect, Belfast pubs have been simple targets in the course of the Troubles, and the Sunflower wasn’t the one one to be attacked. It is, nevertheless, the one one which retains a monument to these instances within the form of the iron cage exterior the door, the place folks may very well be checked for weapons. Today, the cage stays unlocked. A slogan on the wall beside it, copied from long-gone graffiti simply up the highway, reads: “No topless bathing. Ulster has suffered enough,” reminding drinkers that humour was at all times a defence in opposition to adversity.
•, Mon–Thu midday -midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Sun 5pm-midnight

The George Inn, Norton St Philip, Somerset

House favourites
Wadworth 6X, four.1%
Beer-battered fish & chips, £14

Purpose-built as an inn within the 14th or 15th century, the George has been endlessly remodelled since (latest work revealed 15 sorts of plaster on the highest flooring alone). Its visible attraction lies in additions which might be clearly very outdated sitting atop stone so historical it virtually appears to be melting. Inside, the open fires, candlelit tables and leaded home windows really feel unchanged reasonably than artificially preserved or restored, evoking centuries of individuals sitting right here consuming, consuming and laughing. Upstairs, the creaking bedrooms will present a problem for even probably the most sceptical disbeliever in ghosts.
• Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Sun noon-10pm

The Bartons Arms, Birmingham

Dining room and stained glass, the Barton Arms, Birmingham

House favourites
Oakham Citra, four.2%
Green rooster curry, £9.95

This red-brick Victorian pub is a traditional instance of designs which might be way more stunning than they strictly wanted to be. Joyless reformers used to complain that options like tiles, stained glass and snob screens, all fantastically preserved right here due to a Grade II itemizing, used to maintain folks in pubs spending cash they didn’t have. There was additionally a view that the poor merely didn’t deserve environment like this: it will give them concepts. Laurel and Hardy drank right here when performing in Birmingham, and even served behind the bar.
•, Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Sun noon-10.30pm

The Canny Mans, Edinburgh

House favourites
Deuchars IPA, Three.Eight%
Smorrebrod open sandwiches, from £7.45

Many pubs supply the promise of stepping again in time. The distinction with the Canny Man’s is you can’t be fairly positive what time you’re stepping again into. At first look it’s Victorian, however the 1940s crooning from the jukebox, the plush Venetian crimson stools, the collections of parasols, pictures, musical devices and several other lifetimes price of random stuff, imply that in case you have been born any time between 1930 and 1980, this place will remind you of visiting an historical aunt. She by no means had a drinks listing this good although.
•, Sun-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am

Whitelocks, Leeds

Interior of Whitelocks Pub, Leeds with stain glass windows

Photograph: Gary Calton for the Observer

House favourites
Timothy Taylor Landlord, four.Three%
Beef & ale pie, £13

Hidden down a again alley (like every self-respecting historical tavern), Whitelocks is the oldest pub in Leeds. Built in 1715, it’s lengthy and slender with low ceilings. You’re inevitably pressed up near a bar that appears crammed with extra drinks than you possibly can have thought doable. The eight-inch step up behind the bar means the workers gaze benignly down on you, making you’re feeling like a grown little one in a magical, alcohol-infused candy store. The beer choice is timeless reasonably than old style: the sister bar subsequent door is filled with craft beer, however in locations like this, first rate ale by no means went away.
•, Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-11pm

Tafarn Sinc, Rosebush, Pembrokeshire

House favourites
Cwrw Tafarn Sinc, Three.6%
Homemade faggots with onion gravy & mash, £10.25

The easiest pubs function extensions of the publican’s character, and should even be manifestations of their passions and pursuits. High within the Preseli hills, and constructed of pinky-red corrugated iron, Tafarn Sinc was thrown up shortly as a prepare cease connecting the slate mines within the hills to the cities within the valleys under. There’s no motive why it ought to now be a pub with a backyard that includes mannequins on an outdated station platform and steam prepare sound results. But there’s no motive why it shouldn’t, both.
•, day by day 11am-late (closed Mon in winter)

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10 of the perfect craft beer pubs

Port St Beer House, Manchester

barmaid pouring craft beer as blokes wait

House favourites
Track Sonoma (Three.Eight%)
“Manchester egg” (scotch egg with black pudding sausage), £Three.50

Pub traditionalists might want the Smithfield, and beer nerds the Cloudwater brewery faucet, however by a number of key standards – heat, energetic ambiance, terrific smoking terrace, staggering alternative – Port Street stays the benchmark Manchester beer expertise. From a well-kept pint of progressive northern cask (Magic Rock, Pomona, Squawk), to obscure keg collabs – for instance, Mutants, a 9% imperial porter/IPA mix from Lisbon’s Dois Corvos and the Bulgarian White Stork – this Northern Quarter bar covers all bases. Craft completists will geek out over the bottle menu. Others will gasp at its costs. Look out for occasions with breweries from Belfast (Boundary) to Estonia (Pühaste).
•, Sun-Fri noon-midnight, Sat noon-1pm

City Arms, Cardiff

House favourites
Brain’s Reverend James vary
Celtic Sandwich Co New York deli sandwich, £Three.95

As you stroll up Westgate Street from Cardiff station, you cross beer bars galore (Tiny Rebel, Brewdog, Zerodegrees). But for one thing uncommon, press on to the City Arms, an Edwardian-style boozer that Brain’s, the massive Welsh brewer/pub operator, remodeled right into a de facto freehouse-cum-craft beer haven eight years in the past. Its cask choice blends trad and fashionable breweries (Moor, Bad Seed, proficient newcomer Loka Polly), the keg traces up the ante (Wild Beer, Wylam, Wild Weather), whereas the City Arms’ bottled rarities – Thornbridge’s 10% imperial Jaipur X, Atom’s 11% triple rye IPA, Mars – will blow your thoughts.
@cityarmscardiff Mon–Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-2am, Sun noon-10pm

Salt Horse, Edinburgh

Exterior with lighted windows, Salt Horse Edinburgh

House favourites
Thornbridge Lukas (four.2%)
Meat Stack, Plucky cheeseburger, £Eight.50

Despite its location between Cowgate and the Royal Mile, this bar and 350-strong bottle store stays cool, calm and civilised, even in Edinburgh’s busiest seasons. Twelve keg traces pour revolutionary beers from breweries as distant as Leith’s Pilot and London’s Partizan (in pints now too, not simply schooners!), and you’ll drink something from the store within the bar (£2 corkage). Tap takeovers with the likes of Burning Sky or Malmö’s Rocket add additional curiosity.

•, Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Sun 12.30pm-midnight

The Shakespeare, Sheffield

House favourites
Redwillow Weightless (four.2%)
Cheese and ham sandwich, 80p

In this plainly adorned former Georgian teaching inn, the cask ale choice begins out conventional (Stancill’s Barnsley Bitter, £2.60 a pint), however its keg traces are dedicated to wild, modernist beers from global leaders resembling Manchester’s Cloudwater, Copenhagen’s Warpigs and Barcelona’s Garage Beer. Its cask beer festivals (the subsequent is 29 Nov-1 Dec) are a riot of one-off brews, as are the Shakespeare’s personal out-there collaborations (horseradish and beetroot stout, anybody?). Similarly, its Stupidly Delicious Beer occasions showcase uncommon, aged imperial stouts alongside just-released, super-fresh double IPAs.
•, Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1pm

North Bar, Leeds

Hipster barman pours dark beer from bottle, North Bar, Leeds

House favourites
North Brewing Co Sputnik pale ale (5%)
Air-dried ham and gruyere toastie, £four

Opened in 1997 – when the very idea of a European-style cafe-bar was a novelty, “specialist beer” meant Belgian and the cool children have been nonetheless consuming Red Stripe – North has developed into one of many UK’s foremost beer hangouts. It has additionally spawned six sister bars and North Brewing Co (which launches its personal 24-tap bar in Leeds this November). North’s minimalist, wooden-slat inside – it’s like consuming within the stomach of a whale – feels timelessly fashionable and its cask/keg traces showcase modern beers from the northern craft powerhouses alongside worldwide trendsetters resembling Brus or Basqueland. Decent, snacky scran and late-night DJs, too.
•, Mon-Tue 11am-1am, Wed-Sat 11am-2am, Sun noon-midnight

Hand Beer Bar & Bottle Shop, Falmouth, Cornwall

House favourites
Augustiner Helles (5.2%)
Duck noodles, £Three.50

In a area dominated by St Austell brewery pubs, Falmouth is one thing of craft beer sanctuary (see additionally, pub-bookshop Beerwolf). A natty bar within the historic Old Brewery Yard, Hand is an 11-tap setup (two gravity-dispensed cask beers are stored within the cellar), which flies the flag for cutting-edge Cornish breweries Harbour, Verdant, and Black Flag, in addition to sourcing from far and broad. It lately held a faucet takeover with New York brewery Equilibrium. Note: £1.50 corkage to drink in from the bottle store.
• On Facebook, Mon-Thu 1pm-1am, Fri-Sun noon-1am

The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle

Fish pasty with pickle

House favourites
Wylam Jakehead IPA (6.Three%)
Flat iron steak, smoked bone marrow butter, triple-cooked chips, £13.50

Head out into Ouseburn and there are grittier (Free Trade Inn) and quirkier (Cumberland Arms) pubs which might be equally important, however this surprisingly swanky brewpub below the Tyne Bridge – half post-industrial craft bar, half gentleman’s membership – is a comfy winter bolthole. It is carefully related to the superb native Wylam brewery, whose beers function prominently, as do experimental creations from the pub’s personal microbrewery. The Bridge’s meals is comparatively reasonably priced and reliably good.
•, Sun-Thu noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-1am

Northern Lights, Belfast

House favourites
Full Sail IPA (5.9%)
8oz Aberdeen Angus bacon cheeseburger and chips, £10

Since late 2017, the previous Brewbot – a hip, industrial house a half-hour stroll from city up the Ormeau Road – has been owned by Galway Bay Brewery (legendary in craft beer circles for his or her Eight.5% Of Foam and Fury double IPA). Naturally, Galway’s beers are entrance and centre throughout 20 faucets and 130 bottles, however that vary additionally takes in an unlimited array of high quality Irish and UK breweries (Northern Alchemy, Kinnegar, Redchurch and so forth). For its first birthday this weekend (Oct 27), Northern Lights is holding a celebration of Northern Irish breweries, from Beer Hut to Farmageddon
•, Sun-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Sun noon-10pm

Mother Kelly’s, London

New York taxi wall art, Mother Kellys Bethnal Green

House favourites
North Brewing Co/Mother Kelly’s pale ale (£5.20, keg)
Four-cheese cheeseboard, £10.50

The greatest beer bar in London? That is not possible to name. It is a large metropolis with quite a few choices which, both on alternative (Craft Beer Co, Euston Tap) or novelty for a beer vacationer (Crate, the Harp, the Rake), may simply fill this slot. A trendy railway arch bar in Bethnal Green, Mother Kelly’s will get the nod as a result of throughout its six fridges and 19 keg beer faucets, even probably the most well-travelled beer geek will discover one thing new and arresting. From a Three Floyds and Burning Sky collaboration to Metal Face, an aged mixed-fermentation saison from Oxbow Brewing (no, me neither), Mother Kelly’s is a feast of one-offs, experimental ales and uncommon collaborations from across the world – some eye-wateringly costly.
•, Mon 4pm-11pm Tue-Thu noon-11pm Fri-Sat noon-midnight, Sun noon-11pm

Ship & Mitre, Liverpool

House favourites
Flagship Sublime (Three.Eight%)
Scouse stew, £7

Down by the Mersey, sizzling new craft retailers come (Dead Crafty, Black Lodge brewtap) and go (RIP the 23 Club) however, fittingly, provided that its floor flooring is decked out to resemble the prow of a ship, the Ship ploughs steadily on by way of each new wave in beer. Originally, an actual ale pub, the Ship now has 10 cask pumps augmented by 14 craft-keg traces of regularly rotating pleasure. The Ship additionally runs a city-centre bottle store (Ship In A Bottle), the Flagship brewery and the Wirral Beer Festival (Easter 2019).
• Sun-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-midnight

By Tony Naylor, Guardian food and drinks author

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