10 of the perfect pubs with a view
The Angel on the Bridge, Henley-on-Thames
Home favouritesBrakspear Bitter, 3.4percentSlow-roast stomach pork, £13.50
For individuals who favor 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 hold the view assorted all 12 months spherical. The Angel should be a snooty vacationer entice however stays a correct pub, with correct ale – Brakspear is a real Oxfordshire traditional. The pub even has its personal moorings for individuals with boats – or you possibly can simply put on deck sneakers and faux.• theangelhenley.com, daily 11.30am -10pm (closes 7pm Sunday)
The Grain Barge, Bristol
Home favouritesBristol Beer Manufacturing facility Nova, 3.8percentChicken, gammon & leek pie, £12.50

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Completely moored at Hotwells, west of town centre, this retired industrial vessel, in-built 1936, is now considered one of Bristol’s brightest, airiest pubs, providing a view of the magnificent SS Nice 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 specific emphasis on the reliably respectable Bristol Beer Manufacturing facility. 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 it’s possible you’ll often see a canine on a paddleboard.• grainbarge.com, noon-11pm (11.30pm Thu-Sat)
The Cary Arms, Torquay, Devon

Home favouritesBay’s Topsail, 4%, caskBrixham fish and chips, £15
Like many licensed premises in engaging settings, this previous pub is now extra hotel-restaurant, however at its coronary heart stays a welcoming stone inn, decked out with nautical relics. It’s nonetheless nice 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 suitable climate, Babbacombe Bay does a satisfactory impression of the Mediterranean, with the ocean simply the suitable shade of turquoise. Inland, the wooded slopes and pink Devon sandstone are stunning too. To remain the evening is costly, with rooms from £245. • caryarms.co.uk, noon-11pm
The Crown, Horton-in-Ribblesdale, North Yorkshire
Home favouritesBlack Sheep Finest Bitter, 3.8percentSuet-crust meat & potato pie, £9.15
In style with hikers who huddle right here to heat up and dry off (“Please Do Not Block the Hearth As Others Round You Additionally Prefer to Really feel the Warmth”) the Crown is a no-nonsense pub with no-nonsense old school 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 taking part in over its green-grey bulk, or snow on its sides.• crown-hotel.co.uk, Mon-Fri noon-3pm, 6pm-11pm , Sat noon-11pm (10.30pm Solar)
Three Tuns Inn, Chepstow, Monmouthshire

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Home favouritesGWB Hambrook Pale, 4percentScotch egg, £2.50
The view from this pub is dominated by the city’s fortress, a relic of the Norman invasion. Past that’s the steep wooded lower of the twisting Wye Valley: you possibly can’t see it from the pub, however a brief stroll between pints will get you there. The Three Tuns is an previous pub with a contemporary makeover that works slightly nicely – it’s idiosyncratic and has pleasant bar employees. There’s a line-up of strong ales from Wales and south-west England.• On Fb, Mon-Fri noon-11pm, Sat-Solar 10.30am-11pm
Rambler Inn, Edale, Derbyshire
Home favouritesRambler’s Gold (Marston’s), 4percentHam, egg & chips, £8.95
The beginning of the Pennine Approach, simply outdoors 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 some extent of welcoming these with muddy ft 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.• dorbiere.co.uk, noon-11pm (Solar 10.30pm)
Free Commerce Inn, Newcastle

Home favouritesFyne Ales Jarl, 3.8percentScream for Pizza meals truck, each Wednesday, £5-£8
Moors and oceans are nice, however trying up the Tyne in the direction of town’s bowed bridges from this pub in Ouseburn is one other sort of delight. It’s 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 nice 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 Fb, 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight
The Sloop, Porthgain, Pembrokeshire
Home favouritesBrain’s Rev. James Authentic, 4percentWelsh rarebit, £7.95
This old school 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 street constructing. In summer time, the inexperienced in entrance of the pub is filled with vacationers and excited youngsters, however out of season the pub is a heat, secure spot for watching waves break over the harbour wall.• sloop.co.uk, 9.30am-10pm (midnight Fri-Sat)
The Harbour Inn, Southwold, Suffolk

Home favouritesAdnams Broadside, 4.7percentGrilled sardines on sourdough toast, £10
This a part of Suffolk rolls away ceaselessly, with a sky that’s one way or the other larger than wherever 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 a hatch, and the flooring are tiled for the convenience of sweeping away mud. In summer time it’s the proper spot for watching clear white clouds float over the marshes, whereas at evening there’s the alternative of a view – blessed blackness, and muttering estuary winds that recall to mind the ghost tales of MR James.• harbourinnsouthwold.co.uk, daily 11am-11pm
Driftwood Spars, St Agnes, Cornwall

Home favouritesLou’s Brew, 5percentCornish mussels, £14.95 a kilo
It 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 one way or the other appears like a secret regardless of being a brief stagger downhill from the centre of the village, and customarily heaving with vacationers, cyclists, and motorcyclists. For the perfect view, clamber up previous the terrace to the cast-adrift increased 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.• driftwoodspars.co.uk, 8am-11pm most nights
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10 of the perfect pubs for Sunday lunch
The Felin Fach Griffin, Powys

A keep right here means attention-grabbing up to date meals, tastefully embellished bedrooms (doubles from £135 B&B), and plenty of nice walks. It’s additionally close to Llangorse Lake. The again bar is linked to 2 smallish eating rooms, with fashionable prints on vibrant blue and ochre partitions, leather-based sofas and combined stripped chairs round scrubbed tables. Decisions 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.• eatdrinksleep.ltd.uk, meals noon-2.30pm, 6-9pm
Rose & Crown, Romaldkirk, County Durham
This good-looking previous inn faces the inexperienced of this Teesdale village, the place you possibly can nonetheless see the unique shares. The beamed bar has a number of brass and copper, a grandfather clock and previous farm instruments and old school seats by a hearth; the cosy comfortable has a wood-burner. Tables in oak-panelled restaurant should be booked. Sunday lunch consists of native lamb shoulder with braised pink cabbage (£17); for vegetarians there’s baked aubergine with mushroom and caramelised onions topped with native cheese (£16). On 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, Excessive Power waterfall and the Bowes Museum are close by.• rose-and-crown.co.uk, meals noon-2.30pm, 6-8.30pm (not Mon lunch)
Assheton Arms, Downham, Lancs

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The 2-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. Consuming and eating areas have huge flagstones, rugs on naked boards, wood-burners and a nice 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 readily available pump, a dozen wines by the glass and farm cider.• asshetonarms.com, meals noon-9pm (Fri and Sat 10pm, Solar 8pm)
Burts Resort, 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 Pink Macgregor beer, a dozen wines by the glass and round 80 malt whiskies. The extra formal restaurant must be booked: its superbly introduced 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.• burtshotel.co.uk, meals noon-2pm, 6-9pm
The Cock, Hemingford Gray, Cambridgeshire

Regardless of its distinctive meals, this pub has a correct public bar for individuals who merely desire a drink and a chat. Right 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. Different bars have white or darkish beams, a mixture of previous picket furnishings on naked boards and one other wood-burner; the fashionable restaurant should be booked prematurely. Favorite Sunday dishes embody guinea fowl with braised turnip and leek and sherry sauce (£20), and a vegetarian selection akin to 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. • cambscuisine.com, restaurant noon-2.30pm, 6.30-9pm (9.30pm Fri, Sat), Solar 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 prospects for the reason that 16th century. It’s trendy 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 fireplace and a wood-burner, recent flowers, candles and each day papers; a separate restaurant is mild and ethereal. Meals 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 akin to beetroot gratin with wild mushroom and gruyère crust (£14.50). Windermere is close by and walks from the pub are many. • the-punchbowl.co.uk, meals noon-4pm, 6-9pm
The Previous Coastguard, Mousehole, Cornwall

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The beautiful backyard right here has palm bushes, 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 fireplace and one big window. Meals is sweet up-to-date brasserie fare, and there are native Cornish ales, 14 wines by the glass or carafe and a nice selection of gins and vodkas. Sunday dishes embody roast rib of Cornish beef with kale, beetroot, roast potatoes, yorkshire pudding and pink wine gravy (£16), and a vegetarian selection akin to mousseron and leek cannelloni. Comfy bedrooms overlook the ocean (doubles from £160 half-board). • oldcoastguardhotel.co.uk, meals 12.30-2.30pm, 6.30-9pm (Fri and Sat 9.30pm)
Three Chimneys, Biddenden, Kent
This old school 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 consists of rack of lamb with dauphinois potatoes (£19.95), and a vegetarian dish akin to couscous with aubergine, tomato and courgette ragout and grilled halloumi (£13.95). There are native Harveys ales plus visitors, cider from down the street and 14 wines by the glass. Effectively-appointed bedrooms (doubles from £140 B&B) have their very own terrace, and there’s a vacation cottage to let. NT-owned Sissinghurst is shut.• thethreechimneys.co.uk, meals noon-2.30pm, 6.30-9pm
Wellington Arms, Baughurst, Hants

On this immaculately stored nation inn, the meals cooked by the owner is king – they develop their very own greens, rear livestock and hold bees. The menu consists of 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 Previous 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 Home are shut by. Charming rooms from £110 an evening.• thewellingtonarms.com, meals noon-1.30pm, 6-8.30pm, Solar noon-3pm
The Olive Department, 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 fireplace in a stone inglenook. There’s a beer named for the pub and 25 wines by the glass or carafe. Favorite Sunday lunch selections embody native venison with dauphinois potatoes and pink wine sauce (£22.50) with vegetarian dishes akin to leek and potato pie with hazelnuts (£14.50). A store sells the pub’s personal jams and chutneys, plus takeaway meals. Exterior is a terrace with huge flowering pots and seats on the garden. Bedrooms are in the principle 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 bushes, some 200 years previous.• theolivebranchpub.com, meals noon-2.15pm, 6.30-9.30pm, Solar noon-2.45pm, 7-9pm
By Fiona Stapley, editor of the Good Pub Information 2019 (Ebury Publishing, £15.99). Accessible on the Guardian Bookshop for £13.75
10 of the perfect community-run pubs
Fox and Goose, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire

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Home favouritesPictish Brewers Gold, 3.8percentPork 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 commonly because the climate on this a part of the world (breweries embody Nomadic and Wild Little one). The pub additionally hosts beer tastings, meet-the-brewer nights and an annual harvest competition. Throughout the 2015 flooding, the pub, sitting on increased land, acted as hub and fireside for these affected by the deluge. It is a well-pubbed a part of the world, however the atmopshere and beers mark it out as particular.• foxandgoose.org, Mon 2pm-midnight, Solar-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-2am
Duke of Marlborough, Somersham, Suffolk
Home favouritesAdnams Dry Hopped Lager, 4.2percentBraised beef cheek, £13.50
Time has a behavior of leaving its hint on village pubs and the Duke is not any completely different. Initially constructed as a medieval corridor home, it grew to become an inn through the 17th century. Previous beams could be seen above the bar, and the ghost identify of a former brewery proprietor is simply seen on an outdoor wall. Reopened with the assistance of what’s clearly a really energetic neighborhood (volunteers additionally run the village store), it is a vigorous place attracting drinkers, foodies and households with occasions together with pizza nights, beer and meals evenings and a common sense of an excellent time. Assist your self to canine biscuits should you carry your finest good friend.• thedukeofmarlborough.com, Wed-Sat noon-11pm, Solar noon-6pm
The Anglers Relaxation, Bamford, Derbyshire

Home favouritesAbbeydale Moonshine, 4.3percentSteak & ale pie, £10.95
The great individuals of Bamford thought huge when saving their pub in 2013: additionally they took over an adjoining cafe and submit workplace, so you possibly can 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 possibly can sip your beer by the log-burner. There’s good 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 (Solar 10.30pm)
The Hope, Carshalton, Surrey
Home favouritesWindsor & Eton Knight of the Garter, 3.8%‘Sizzling pot’ chilli con carne, £6
Opened because the Hope Beer Home within the 1870s, this pub received its mock-Tudor panelling between the wars. In 2010, closure loomed, however locals clubbed collectively and purchased 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 snug and cosy, with loads of previous images, 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 vigorous neighborhood, hope is at all times current. • hopecarshalton.co.uk, Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Solar 10.30pm. No youngsters
The Bevy, Brighton

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Home favouritesHarvey’s Sussex Finest Bitter, 4percentSunday roast, £7.95 (if pre-booked)
In 2010, what was then the Bevendean pub was closed by the police attributable to a sequence of delinquent incidents, leaving this housing property near the South Downs and Brighton College with out its hub. 4 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 vibrant, 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 entire mission is an instance of how an city pub in an retro space could be saved. • thebevy.co.uk, noon-11pm
Y Pengwern, Llan Ffestiniog, Gwynedd
Home favouritesPurple Moose Cwrw Glaslyn, 4.2%“Legless” sausage casserole, £8.95
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. However 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 evening. 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 a couple of ales. The brand new kitchen makes use of as a lot native produce as potential. There are additionally rumours of a ghost, Martha, who as soon as owned the pub. She will be able to now relaxation simple. • ypengwern.co.uk, Mon-Thu 6-11.30pm, Fri 5pm-midnight, Sat noon-midnight, Solar noon-11.30pm
The Previous Crown, Hesket Newmarket, Cumbria

Home favouritesDoris’s 90th Birthday Ale, 4.3percentCumberland sausage with onion gravy, £10.50
The beer at this stone-built pub in a wonderful fellside village doesn’t must journey far – it’s made subsequent door. Neighborhood 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 fireplace, black-and-white prints on the wall and mugs and jugs hanging from picket beams. That is ale territory, with not a creme brûlée porter in sight, although American hops make an look within the Brim Fell IPA.• theoldcrownpub.co.uk, Mon-Thu noon-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm, Sat noon-11pm, Solar noon-10.30pm
Rose & Crown, Slaley, Northumberland
Home favouritesHigh Home Farm Nel’s Finest, 4.2percentPie of the day with veg, £10.50
The Rose & Crown was taken beneath neighborhood possession in 2013, the primary of its form within the north-east. Constructed within the 17th century, it’s a comfortable little hideaway in a village near Slaley Forest. The decor is conventional (settles, picket beams and a strong bar), the beer from a wide range of native breweries together with Allendale and Excessive Home Farm (all cask beers come from inside a 10-mile radius). The menu displays the combined 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. • roseandcrownslaley.co.uk, Mon-Thu and Solar noon-10.30pm, Fri and Sat noon-11pm
Stoke Canon Inn, Stoke Canon, Devon

Home favouritesSt Austell Tribute, 4.2percentCurry of the week, £10.95
If there’s nobody behind the bar if you arrive, likelihood is somebody in your aspect will serve you, such is the fraternal nature of this compact village pub simply outdoors Exeter. The neighborhood at present leases the pub and is elevating funds to purchase it outright because the constructing’s proprietor needs to promote. It could be a disgrace if it was misplaced, 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. Right here’s hoping the villagers meet their goal.• stokecanoninn.com, Mon-Thu 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm, Fri-Solar 11.30am-11pm
The Pink Lion, Preston, Herts
Home favouritesTring Aspect Pocket for a Toad, 3.6percentFish pie, £12.50
Pink brick, strong, implacable – the Pink Lion has stood reverse the village inexperienced for the reason that 18th century. Within the early 1980s, then proprietor Whitbread determined to promote, and it was rumoured it might develop into a steakhouse – banishing any sense of localism. However the villagers rallied spherical and the UK’s first community-owned pub got here into existence. Cricket is huge in Preston, and the Pink Lion is nearly like a membership home for the 4 groups that prove 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 Yr.• theredlionpreston.co.uk, Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, 5.30-11pm, Sat noon-3.30pm, 5.30-11pm; Solar noon-3.30pm, 7-10.30pm
By Adrian Tierney-Jones, member of the British Guild of Beer Writers
10 of the perfect historic pubs
Sq. & Compass, Price Matravers, Dorset

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Home favouritesMoonlite, Hattie Brown’s Brewery, 3.7percentCheese & veg pie, £3.90
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 massive 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 outdoors the scullery door. That is considered one of a handful of pubs to have made it into each single version of Camra’s Good Beer Information. • squareandcompasspub.co.uk, summer time noon-11pm, winter noon-3pm, 6-11pm
Three Horseshoes, Warham, Norfolk
Home favouritesMoon Gazer Ruby, 4percentHomemade pies, £10
Wander into the small village of Warham and you can consider you’ve stepped again into the 1950s. The inside of the pub does its finest to take care of 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 previous piano. One other room is a scullery filled with previous posters promoting Oxo, mustard powder and bile beans. This inside might not be strictly “genuine” – the owner is a eager collector – however that basically doesn’t matter. It’s nonetheless an absorbing escape from the 21st century. • warhamhorseshoes.co.uk, Mon-Sat 11am-11pm, Solar noon-10pm
The George, Southwark, London

Home favouritesGeorge Inn Ale, 3.6percentBraised beef & bone marrow pie, £12.99
London’s final galleried teaching inn is hidden inside a former railway items yard: you can work on busy Borough Excessive Road for years with out recognizing this Nationwide Belief-owned pub. Vacationers 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. • greeneking-pubs.co.uk, Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-midnight, Solar noon-10.30pm
Britons Safety, Manchester
Home favourites Britons Safety, 3.6percentPie of the day, £7.95
Throughout the 1819 Peterloo Bloodbath, the 15th Hussars and the Manchester and Salford Yeomanry – consisting largely of native businessmen – rode previous this pub on their technique to slaughter unarmed civilians. The place had a distinct identify then, however based on legend it acquired its new one when it sheltered individuals from the carnage. The story is instructed 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 staff who hunch by its doorways. • On Fb.com, Mon-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Solar noon-11pm
The Sunflower, Belfast

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Home favouritesYardsman Double Stout, 4.3percentWood-fired Boxing Hare pizza, from £6
As locations the place communities collect, Belfast pubs had been simple targets through the Troubles, and the Sunflower wasn’t the one one to be attacked. It’s, nonetheless, the one one which retains a monument to these occasions within the form of the iron cage outdoors the door, the place individuals could possibly be checked for weapons. Right this moment, the cage stays unlocked. A slogan on the wall beside it, copied from long-gone graffiti simply up the street, reads: “No topless bathing. Ulster has suffered sufficient,” reminding drinkers that humour was at all times a defence in opposition to adversity. • sunflowerbelfast.com, Mon–Thu midday -midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Solar 5pm-midnight
The George Inn, Norton St Philip, Somerset
Home favouritesWadworth 6X, 4.1percentBeer-battered fish & chips, £14
Objective-built as an inn within the 14th or 15th century, the George has been endlessly remodelled since (current work revealed 15 kinds of plaster on the highest flooring alone). Its visible attraction lies in additions which can be clearly very previous sitting atop stone so historical it virtually appears to be melting. Inside, the open fires, candlelit tables and leaded home windows really feel unchanged slightly 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.• georgeinnnsp.co.uk. Mon-Sat 10am-10pm, Solar noon-10pm
The Bartons Arms, Birmingham

Home favouritesOakham Citra, 4.2percentGreen rooster curry, £9.95
This red-brick Victorian pub is a traditional instance of designs which can be rather more stunning than they strictly wanted to be. Joyless reformers used to complain that options like tiles, stained glass and snob screens, all superbly preserved right here due to a Grade II itemizing, used to maintain individuals in pubs spending cash they didn’t have. There was additionally a view that the poor merely didn’t deserve environment like this: it might give them concepts. Laurel and Hardy drank right here when performing in Birmingham, and even served behind the bar.• thebartonsarms.com, Mon-Sat noon-11pm, Solar noon-10.30pm
The Canny Mans, Edinburgh
Home favouritesDeuchars IPA, 3.8percentSmorrebrod open sandwiches, from £7.45
Many pubs supply the promise of stepping again in time. The distinction with the Canny Man’s is that you could’t be fairly certain what time you’re stepping again into. At first look it’s Victorian, however the 1940s crooning from the jukebox, the plush Venetian pink stools, the collections of parasols, images, musical devices and a number of other lifetimes price of random stuff, imply that should you had 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.• cannymans.co.uk, Solar-Wed 11am-11pm, Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am
Whitelocks, Leeds

{Photograph}: Gary Calton for the Observer
Home favouritesTimothy Taylor Landlord, 4.3percentBeef & ale pie, £13
Hidden down a again alley (like several self-respecting historical tavern), Whitelocks is the oldest pub in Leeds. Inbuilt 1715, it’s lengthy and slim with low ceilings. You’re inevitably pressed up near a bar that appears stuffed with extra drinks than you can have thought potential. The eight-inch step up behind the bar means the employees 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 slightly than old school: the sister bar subsequent door is stuffed with craft beer, however in locations like this, respectable ale by no means went away.• whitelocksleeds.com, Mon-Thu 11am-midnight, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Solar 11am-11pm
Tafarn Sinc, Rosebush, Pembrokeshire
Home favouritesCwrw Tafarn Sinc, 3.6percentHomemade faggots with onion gravy & mash, £10.25
The easiest pubs function extensions of the publican’s persona, and will even be manifestations of their passions and pursuits. Excessive 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 beneath. There’s no motive why it ought to now be a pub with a backyard that includes mannequins on an previous station platform and steam prepare sound results. However there’s no motive why it shouldn’t, both. • tafarnsinc.cymru, each day 11am-late (closed Mon in winter)
By Pete Brown, creator of Miracle Brew: Adventures within the Nature of Beer (Cornerstone, £9.99). Accessible at Guardian Bookshop for £8.59
10 of the perfect craft beer pubs
Port St Beer Home, Manchester

Home favouritesTrack Sonoma (3.8%) “Manchester egg” (scotch egg with black pudding sausage), £3.50
Pub traditionalists could favor the Smithfield, and beer nerds the Cloudwater brewery faucet, however by a number of key standards – heat, vigorous ambiance, terrific smoking terrace, staggering selection – Port Road 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). • portstreetbeerhouse.co.uk, Solar-Fri noon-midnight, Sat noon-1pm
Metropolis Arms, Cardiff
Home favouritesBrain’s Reverend James rangeCeltic Sandwich Co New York deli sandwich, £3.95
As you stroll up Westgate Road from Cardiff station, you go beer bars galore (Tiny Insurgent, Brewdog, Zerodegrees). However for one thing uncommon, press on to the Metropolis Arms, an Edwardian-style boozer that Mind’s, the big Welsh brewer/pub operator, reworked right into a de facto freehouse-cum-craft beer haven eight years in the past. Its cask choice blends trad and fashionable breweries (Moor, Dangerous Seed, proficient newcomer Loka Polly), the keg traces up the ante (Wild Beer, Wylam, Wild Climate), whereas the Metropolis 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, Solar noon-10pm
Salt Horse, Edinburgh

Home favouritesThornbridge Lukas (4.2%) Meat Stack, Plucky cheeseburger, £8.50
Regardless of 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 may drink something from the store within the bar (£2 corkage). Faucet takeovers with the likes of Burning Sky or Malmö’s Rocket add additional curiosity.
• salthorse.beer, Mon-Wed 4pm-midnight, Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Solar 12.30pm-midnight
The Shakespeare, Sheffield
Home favouritesRedwillow Weightless (4.2%)Cheese and ham sandwich, 80p
On this plainly embellished 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 international leaders akin to Manchester’s Cloudwater, Copenhagen’s Warpigs and Barcelona’s Storage Beer. Its cask beer festivals (the following 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?). Equally, its Stupidly Scrumptious Beer occasions showcase uncommon, aged imperial stouts alongside just-released, super-fresh double IPAs. • shakespeares-sheffield.co.uk, Solar-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1pm
North Bar, Leeds

Home favouritesNorth Brewing Co Sputnik pale ale (5%) Air-dried ham and gruyere toastie, £4
Opened in 1997 – when the very idea of a European-style cafe-bar was a novelty, “specialist beer” meant Belgian and the cool children had been nonetheless consuming Pink 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 up to date beers from the northern craft powerhouses alongside worldwide trendsetters akin to Brus or Basqueland. First rate, snacky scran and late-night DJs, too. • northbar.com, Mon-Tue 11am-1am, Wed-Sat 11am-2am, Solar noon-midnight
Hand Beer Bar & Bottle Store, Falmouth, Cornwall
Home favouritesAugustiner Helles (5.2%) Duck noodles, £3.50
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 Previous 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 extensive. It lately held a faucet takeover with New York brewery Equilibrium. Notice: £1.50 corkage to drink in from the bottle store. • On Fb, Mon-Thu 1pm-1am, Fri-Solar noon-1am
The Bridge Tavern, Newcastle

Home favouritesWylam Jakehead IPA (6.3%)Flat iron steak, smoked bone marrow butter, triple-cooked chips, £13.50
Head out into Ouseburn and there are grittier (Free Commerce Inn) and quirkier (Cumberland Arms) pubs which can be equally important, however this surprisingly swanky brewpub beneath the Tyne Bridge – half post-industrial craft bar, half gentleman’s membership – is a comfortable winter bolthole. It’s carefully related to the wonderful native Wylam brewery, whose beers characteristic prominently, as do experimental creations from the pub’s personal microbrewery. The Bridge’s meals is comparatively inexpensive and reliably sensible.• thebridgetavern.com, Solar-Thu noon-11pm, Fri-Sat noon-1am
Northern Lights, Belfast
Home favouritesFull 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 Street – has been owned by Galway Bay Brewery (legendary in craft beer circles for his or her 8.5% 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 enormous array of high quality Irish and UK breweries (Northern Alchemy, Kinnegar, Redchurch and so on). For its first birthday this weekend (Oct 27), Northern Lights is holding a celebration of Northern Irish breweries, from Beer Hut to Farmageddon• galwaybaybrewery.com, Solar-Thu noon-midnight, Fri-Sat noon-1am, Solar noon-10pm
Mom Kelly’s, London

Home favouritesNorth Brewing Co/Mom Kelly’s pale ale (£5.20, keg)4-cheese cheeseboard, £10.50
The perfect beer bar in London? That’s not possible to name. It’s a big metropolis with quite a few choices which, both on selection (Craft Beer Co, Euston Faucet) or novelty for a beer vacationer (Crate, the Harp, the Rake), would possibly simply fill this slot. A classy railway arch bar in Bethnal Inexperienced, Mom 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 Steel Face, an aged mixed-fermentation saison from Oxbow Brewing (no, me neither), Mom Kelly’s is a feast of one-offs, experimental ales and uncommon collaborations from world wide – some eye-wateringly costly. • motherkellys.co.uk, Mon 4pm-11pm Tue-Thu noon-11pm Fri-Sat noon-midnight, Solar noon-11pm
Ship & Mitre, Liverpool
Home favouritesFlagship Elegant (3.8%)Scouse stew, £7
Down by the Mersey, scorching new craft retailers come (Useless Artful, Black Lodge brewtap) and go (RIP the 23 Membership) however, fittingly, provided that its floor flooring is decked out to resemble the prow of a ship, the Ship ploughs steadily on by each new wave in beer. Initially, 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 Pageant (Easter 2019). • theshipandmitre.com Solar-Wed 10am-11pm, Thu 10am-midnight, Fri-Sat 9am-midnight
By Tony Naylor, Guardian food and drinks author