Here we choose 5 great country pubs worth travelling to if you want a long weekend away in the UK. Go for a change of scenery and expect cosy rooms, top end comforts and quirky design.
A pub in Sussex with all the features of a high end boutique hotel, The Bell in Ticehurst has plenty of design quirks, original artworks and plush luxuries throughout from it’s £2million makeover in 2011. It's a mishmash of tables for shelves, cutlery as clothes hooks, barber chair instead of chaiselong may have a pretentiousness about it, but don’t be fooled. This place is all about an escape to the country in comfy surroundings. Stay for a night or two and be treated to high class food from their menu of game and locally sourced produce. Address: The Bell, High Street, Ticehurst, East Sussex, England
A gem of a pub and place to stay near Lake Windermere, The Drunken Duck is a 200 year old pub that has private 60 acre grounds, an onsite micro brewery and perfect location between the picturesque villages of Ambleside and Hawkshead. It’s a firm favourite with walkers and rewards visitors with wonderful rooms with views across the valley below. Food here is also renowned so you can visit for a few nights and not worry about getting bored of the menu. Address: The Drunken Duck, Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria, England
A cosy bolthole full of charm, The Kingham Plough is perfectly located to explore the beauty of the local area and into the Cotswolds. Focusing on local suppliers and produce, the food here is classic and of proud heritage. The rooms are a great retreat when you return from wandering the local area, with cosy but airy and light rooms. This place is a great deal and a hidden gem in the area. Address: The Kingham Plough, Kingham, Oxfordshire, England
Proper escape to the country vibes at the Red Lion Inn in Babcary. Calling it a village is overdoing it, it’s just a collection of a few houses and a church. But that’s part of what makes this place somewhere to visit. A place to visit, unwind and not care about not doing much. Earmark this one for a bolthole to escape to when you need to switch off. Accommodation is in a converted former derelict barn with amazing rooms and beds. Visit in the summer and enjoy the pizza den the pub puts on. Address: The Red Lion Inn, Babcary, Somerset, England
Renowned for its food as much as its setting, the 14th century thatched building that is The Star Inn is a high quality establishment. Many come for the food here, but the accommodation is enough to make you want to stay. Set across the road in a converted farm building, it has the feel of an old hunting lodge. The rooms are classy, quiet and very comfortable. Breakfast continues the theme of the top notch food found for dinner. Address: The Star Inn, Harome, North Yorkshire, England