It’s Great British Pub Week and we can’t think of a more suitable way to celebrate than by clinking your pints of real ale and G&Ts together at one of these cosy English pubs.
The Lindsey Rose, Suffolk
The Lindsey Rose is just the kind of local we love: cosy, caked with charm and welcoming toddlers, dogs and horses alike – yes, there’s a spot for tying up horses. With its old crooked beams, roaring open fire and the likes of homemade sugared ring donuts on the menu, it’s a 15th-century inn we’d happily spend the whole day tucked away in, especially when it’s feeling nippy outside. If you’re brave enough to face the cold (and what British person isn’t) pull on your scarf and take the pooch for a wander through the quaint little village of Lindsey and the surrounding area, which is laced with footpaths, bridleways and cycling routes.
Ye Olde Dolphin Inn, Derby
Stop by Derby’s oldest pub. You’ll be greeted by curious little dolphins above the door and possibly a flying Scotsman… With its 482-year-old history there are more than a few spine-tingling ghost sightings and the bar staff will be more than happy to share the stories as you sip on a pint. Such as the macabre story of the grave robbers who delivered bodies into the pub cellar, which once belonged to a doctor. After having your appetite for all things morbid and morose well and truly whetted, pull on your cloak and top hat (imaginary is fine too) and meet ghost expert Richard Felix – you’ll know him by the black leather trench-coat on his back – for a ghost walk along the moonlit cobbles of Derby, if you’re brave enough that is.
The Square and Compass, Dorset
Pop by this Jurassic Coast gem to soak up views of the glittering sea peeking through the Purbeck Hills while sipping on a pint of home-brewed cider or tucking into a hot pasty. It’s been run by the same family for over a hundred years and is a charming seaside spot to while away a few hours. There’s also an on-site fossil museum full of fascinating local finds, theatre evenings and mini music festivals held during the summer months. And seeing as you’re right on top of a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Jurassic Coastline runs from Dorset to East Devon – you’d be silly not to explore nearby Lyme Regis, in search of Fool’s Gold, ammonites, and maybe even dinosaur teeth hiding in the sands and shingle. Just check the tide times before heading out.
The Gipsy Moth, Greenwich
Order a pint at The Gipsy Moth, plonked right next to one of Greenwich’s most iconic landmarks, the recently re-stored Cutty Sark. Perch in the garden and admire the tea clipper’s majestic skeletal frame or head inside as there is plenty to see inside this bohemian little local too. With William Morris-style wallpaper, tiled floors, sparkling chandeliers and daily specials teasing you from the chalk board, it’s easy to get sucked into this cosy drinking hole until closing time. But with a glorious 15th-century park filled with ancient oaks and frolicking deer, the Royal Observatory and the Painted Hall all on your doorstep, we’re sure you can resist the lure of another drink – well maybe.