A winter walk is far more enticing when there is a charming pub in the countryside at the end of it.
In these pubs up and down in the country you can escape from the cold weather, warm your toes by the fire and dig yourself into a hearty meal that you have largely served outdoors.
This list has been compiled by our sister site 2Chill, and each site has been recommended by users on its Places to eat side – so you can guarantee that they serve a good draft beer and a terrific Sunday roast.
Here are seven pubs that are perfect for ending your winter hike this season.
Have dinner with your dog at the Cuckoo Brown Inn in Ambleside
Located in the heart of the quiet village of Far Sawrey, the Cuckoo Brown Inn welcomes hikers to sit by the fire after a long walk in the Lake District.
Surrounded by beautiful scenery, popular hiking and biking trails, this pub is just a mile from the National Trust’s home to Beatrix Potter.
With 14 renovated en suite rooms, the Cuckoo Brown Inn is the perfect place to come in for a pint or overnight stay, including visitors who want to take their dog with them.
2Chill uses Andrew judged Cuckoo brown inn five stars and said, “Maybe our favorite pub in the Lake District. Quirky and friendly, Gøgebrynet has a fantastic menu, which is now more and more vegetarian. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
“A popular place for people walking on the west side of the lake, it also has plenty of parking spaces.”
Far Sawrey, Ambleside, LA22 0LQ
Escape the cold at The Lazy Trout in Meerbrook
The lazy trout has been invented as “the perfect place for a pint after a walk”. And with fresh food, local ales and a toasty fireplace, there is no doubt about it.
This warm and welcoming pub is located in the small village of Meerbrook in North Staffordshire, near the Tittesworth Reservoir. So you can stroll the 4.5 mile long walk around the reservoir and end up at the pub for a winter lunch.
2Chill uses Bethan judged The lazy trout five stars and said: “After a walk by the water around Tittesworth Water, the only logical next step is a pit stop at The Lazy Trout in Meerbrook.
The country pub is just a five minute walk from the reservoir where you can enjoy a pint with spectacular views of The Roaches and Hen Cloud.
“It is dog-friendly both inside and out, and there are pork chops on the snack menu if you want a treat for your dog.
“The prices at the pub were typical of a rural quality pub, but the portion sizes are generous, the view – beautiful – and the servers were fast and friendly.
“It’s the perfect place for a pint after the walk.”
Meerbrook, Leek, ST13 8SN
Get into a carvery at Hare & Hounds in Sidmouth
Inside this traditional country pub you will find wooden beams, fireplaces, local ales and a warm welcome for the whole family.
Although Hare & Hounds is famous for its carvery, they also offer an extensive menu of freshly prepared pub classics.
Situated near footpaths and archeological sites, it is a very popular destination for dog walkers and the garden boasts a beautiful view down the valley to Sidmouth and the sea.
2Chill uses Faith recommended Hare & Dogs and said: “A dog-friendly pub between Sidmouth and Honiton, Hare And Hounds, is our go-to after a long walk in the hills.
“The cozy pub is perfect for recovering with a fireplace, a large beer garden and good beers.
“It’s the offering that’s the real show thief, with hobs in the middle of the restaurant, stacked high with lots of vegetables – including several types of potatoes – and lots of gravy.
“We usually have to wreck out, we’ve eaten so much.”
A375, Sidbury, Sidmouth, EX10 0QQ
Order sausage and mash at The George in Hope Valley
If you are hiking up Mam Tor, you will want to end your day at The George in Hope Valley.
This family-run, traditional British pub has stunning views of Peveril Castle and two traditional indoor rooms with wood-burning stoves.
Located in the heart of the popular Peak National Park, this beautiful country inn serves pies, freshly made pizzas and sausage and mash.
Stop for a warming meal, lovingly prepared by the chefs, or enjoy a hot marshmallow chocolate or Fever-Tree gin and tonic by the fire.
2Chill uses Owen judged George five stars and said: “This traditional pub is located right next to the historic Peveril Castle in Castleton. We have eaten here several times after a hike up the Mam Tor.
“Our favorite menu allows you to choose from a variety of sausages, sauces and mashed potatoes.
“Dogs are welcome and there are good gluten-free options.
“If you do not feel like hiking, there are caves to visit nearby and you can shop jewelry made from a rare mineral that is only found nearby.”
Castle Street, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WG
Watch the world go by at The Puffing Billy Inn in Exeter
Located in the pretty village of Exton, The Puffing Billy Inn has cozy, stylish interiors and serves traditional, fresh English food.
It welcomes customers who want to come in for a pint, watch the world go by with a cup of coffee or families in search of a great Sunday roast.
With bicycle parking for energetic players and an excellent play area, it is the perfect adventure pit stop.
2Chill uses Faith recommended The Puffing Billy Inn and said: “The Puffing Billy is located in the small village of Exton and has long had an excellent reputation as a foodie, which is being held up by their Sunday specials.
The pub also has plenty of seating – with a traditional indoor pub and a large patio.
“It’s also very popular with cyclists, as part of the Exe Estuary Trail runs past – and provides a fantastic pit stop.
“Since it’s owned by St Austell, there’s an ingenious mix of lager beer and ales on tap, including people like Proper Job and Tribute.”
Station Rd, Exton, Exeter, EX3 0TR
Rest your tired feet at The Old Nags Head in Edale
Are you planning to go on The Pennine Way? The Old Nags Head is located along this National Trail in England, making it the perfect place for winter hikers to rest their legs and fill their bellies.
Filled with lots of character and charm, The Old Nags Head is a stone-built, traditional inn dating back to 1577.
Inside you will find a beautiful warming fire among the many different rooms and living rooms.
2Chill uses Owen said: “This lovely, quaint pub in Edale is the start of the Pennine Way. The walking route stretches all the way to Scotland!
“Even if you don’t tackle the whole distance, Edale is a great place to go for a walk.”
Susan also recommended The old Nags head and said, “If you were to imagine the perfect country pub, this 16th-century Edale inn would tick off plenty of boxes, from the low ceilings and cozy alcoves to generous portions of food.
“Located at what is considered the official start of the Pennine Way, it is a charming place to rest your feet after a hard day of walking.”
Grindsbrook Booth, Edale, Derbyshire, S33 7ZD
Grave in giant Yorkshire puddings at The Fox in Chipping Norton
The Fox, which serves handmade beers in the Cotswolds, is a Hook Norton pub with a crackling wood burning stove and cozy rooms to stay overnight.
Expect stuffed burgers on Tuesday, giant battered fish on Friday and giant Yorkshire puddings on Sunday.
The perfect pit stop after a walk to Bliss Tweed Mill.
2Chill uses Jenny recommended The Fox and said: “The Fox is a lovely down-to-earth gastro pub in Cotswold’s Chipping Norton.
“Ales from the local Hook Norton Brewery and traditional pub food. Dogs are friendly, staff very friendly and if you are taking a mini break, the pub has lovely cozy rooms to settle in for the night.
“We came here after a walk to Bliss Mill in Chipping Norton.”
Chipping Norton, OX7 5DD
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