Find Those Independently Owned Country Pubs You’ve Heard About
They may be becoming fewer and farther between, but the UK still boasts a wide variety of traditional, independently owned pubs; places where you can still get a decent pint of local ale, or some real pub food, places where you’ll find the constant buzz of live music or patron’s chatter. If the dull uniformity of chain-run bars, reheated dinners, and boring branded beers has started to leave you cold, the warmth of welcome and real personality of these independent pubs will help you to remember why the traditional British pub has been such a social hub down through the years.
London may not be the first location you think of when you think of country pubs. It’s been a long time since any part of the capital could be referred to as countryside. But there are still a number of pubs with that same country, home-owned feeling, right in the heart of the city. With a broad selection of hotels in London to suit every budget, taste and requirement, what better place to start your discovery of the UK’s independently run pubs?
One pub which fits the bill in London is The Rose Pub in Fulham; an independent pub with a variety of ales and beers, a great beer garden and a reputation for its roast dinners. Another is The Bell, near Brick Lane, with traditional British food and cask beer.
Among the many other interesting alternatives in London are those under the Shepherd Neame name. These may not be independently owned in the strictest sense, but they definitely have character, like The Old Doctor Butler’s Head in Moorgate, or The East India Arms on Fenchurch Street.
Outside the capital, it’s a little easier to find truly independent, charming little country pubs. Some of the best can be found in Yorkshire. There are some great York hotels which could be the perfect base for your independent pub tour of Yorkshire.
One place you should visit is The Shibden Mill Inn, a beautiful little inn in Halifax, West Yorkshire. The pub boasts a wide selection of ale and wine and the inn was recently named UK Food Pub of the Year. Alternatively, you could try The Leggers Inn in Dewsbury. A fantastically antique-looking pub housed in a converted stable, the pub has quite the reputation amongst real ale drinkers and comes complete with some fabulous views of the canal and wharf. And, if you’re in Dewsbury anyway, it would be a crime not to pop into The West Riding Refreshment Rooms. This interesting and award-winning pub is known for its huge beer and ale menu, and its support of local microbreweries. With its location on platform 2 of Dewsbury station, you have no excuses for not finding the place…
If you feel like heading a little more to the North, why not head to Scotland? And with so many different Glasgow hotels to choose from, your trip doesn’t have to break the bank. Plus, once in Glasgow, you don’t even need to leave the city, as one of the most famous independent pubs around is located right in the city centre. The Scotia Bar on Stockwell Street has been a Glasgow institution since the 1700s. The pub prides itself on being a cultural and literary hub, and has live music 4 nights a week.
Or maybe spend your holiday in one of the many hotels in Birmingham, where there are independently owned pubs aplenty, like The Bull on Price Street, celebrated for its fine ales and homemade food. Or try The Lamp Tavern on Barfield Street in Highgate, for some serious ale and the only illuminated Stanway Brewery sign in the world.
This is just a small selection of the many cosy, homely, and traditional independently owned pubs in the UK. There is a wealth of these fine establishments out there, with roaring fires, honest grub and a cracking pint all waiting on your arrival.