When it comes to cosy pubs you simply cannot beat the British countryside’s offering. Whether you’re looking to escape the city, or are planning your next weekend away, these sophisticated pubs offer the perfect mix of stylish relaxation and delicious fare to rival any jet-set holiday.
Spanning trendy farmhouses to renovated townhouses, these are our picks for the best pubs with rooms.
The Bower House
Sitting at the centre of the especially quaint Shipston on Stour, Bower House has made a lovingly restored home out of the beautiful Georgian building it encompasses. All five of its bespoke rooms are stylishly decorated with modern, mid-century touches and kitted out with Nespresso machines, Roberts radios, retro phones, porcelain crockery, and cocktail trays. The bathrooms are beautiful, complete with bath and shower, and stocked with Ila organic products made in the Cotswolds. After a soak in your claw-foot tub, make tracks for the restaurant, which boasts an impressive menu designed by Sukhjinder Aujla, who previously worked at Nobu, The Savoy, and The Metropolitan in London.
The Rose Deal lives up to its 200-year history, providing chic comfort and artistic charm on the Deal seaside. Set amongst boutiques and vintage shops, its eight unique bedrooms perfectly combine luxury with bold-coloured interiors that are totally Insta-worthy. When it comes to dining, guests are treated to seasonal menus served with the finest local ingredients. Enjoy a meal in the cosy dining room, or opt for a table on their gorgeous patio and sip on one of their deliciously designed cocktails whilst you soak up the fresh sea breeze.
The Bradley Hare
Situated in the beautiful village of Maiden Bradley in southwest Wiltshire, The Bradley Hare is located on the Duke of Somerset’s Estate. Launched by James Thurstan Waterworth, ex-European Design Director for Soho House, interiors are (as you might expect) swoon worthy – think 18th- and 19th-century antique furniture and distinctive fabrics strewn across imposing headboards. Comprised of twelve homely bedrooms – seven in the main house and a further five in the Coach House – entry to The Bradley Hare is via a traditional pub space. Operating on a ‘dine anywhere’ basis, guests can choose from pub classics as well as more refined dishes from the à la carte menu – we’ll be ordering the smoked haddock, barbequed asparagus with ricotta, and wood-fired shallots. Post- (or pre-)feasting, we’d prioritise a little R&R at the Potting Shed, a private and secluded boutique beauty studio hidden within the grounds of Bradley Park.
Mr. Hanbury's Mason Arms
Boutique hotel group Artist Residence idyllic country retreat, Mr. Hanbury’s Arms is a fun and friendly spot. The 16th-century inn in Oxfordshire has five stylish bedrooms, three luxurious suites located in outbuildings, and a Shepherd’s Hut perfect for a cosy stay for two. Design-wise the Mr. Hanbury’s Mason Arms has a bohemian flare, expect unique features such as high-pitched ceilings, log-burner fireplaces, and eclectic artwork. Some rooms even feature roll-top baths. On the main floor, The Mason Arms is a welcoming country pub where guests can relax and unwind in front of the fire and enjoy a sumptuous menu with food sourced from nearby farms and produce from the kitchen’s own onsite garden.
The Wheatsheaf Inn
This 17th-century coaching inn showcases the best of the English countryside. The bedrooms at The Wheatsheaf are stylish, elegant, and homely. With calming, neutral tones, printed wallpaper, and industrial-style lighting, for a touch of modern flare, each one of the 14 bespoke rooms provides a perfect space to unwind. It’s the small, personal touches that set the Wheatsheaf apart, including handwritten welcome notes, fluffy bathrobes, and organic toiletries from Bramley, plus, there’s an onsite treatment room providing a host of relaxing massage treatments for guests to refresh and recharge. Simple, rustic food is served in the restaurant and, of course, the Sunday lunch is not to be missed.
The Duke William
Eating and drinking well is at the heart of The Duke William’s vision. From their celebrated Sunday roasts, to their daily pub menu accompanied by beer and ale from the finest local breweries, and a diverse and eclectic wine list, your taste buds will not be disappointed when visiting this friendly and fashionable pub. Situated just ten minutes outside the historic town of Canterbury, and located on the beautiful, rolling plains of Kent, relax and unwind in one of the four beautifully designed modern bedrooms after a long walk in the countryside. Cosy king-sized mattresses are encased in stylish iron bed frames surrounded by colourful, contemporary accents. DAB radios and wood and leather furniture provide the ultimate design features for a comfortable stay. End each day with a fireside sundowner in their beautiful beer garden, meticulously arranged with hanging plants, olive trees, and herb boxes in full bloom. It’s no wonder past guests have described The Duke William as “the perfect little getaway”.
The Pheasant Inn
A short trip from London on the M4 will take you to The Pheasant Inn. This Berkshire bolthole is the perfect weekend retreat, given its close proximity to the capital, and characterful, cosy quarters. After checking in, head to the bar and order a Pheasant Ale before hunkering in for the afternoon/ evening; plop yourself fireside or in the bar’s adjoining cosy snug. The Pheasant Inn’s offering peaks in the kitchen, serving up A-grade pub grub. We’d suggest you order includes the mushroom wellington and the zingy lemon posset.