Roaring fires, real ales and roast dinners – our guide to the best pubs in the UK

Best British Pubs

What’s your ideal Sunday? Does it involve a roaring fire, roast dinner and  a cheeky pint or glass of wine? Wait… does it have to just be Sunday for that? Wouldn’t have thought so!

For the good of you epointers I’ve undertaken the tough task of choosing my top 5 pubs across the country for just that kind of day – it was a hard job but someone had to do it.

So pour yourself a glass and let’s get going!

The top 5 pubs in the UK:

Number 5 – Tempest Arms, Elsack (Yorkshire)

Best Pubs in the UK

The Tempest Arms is set in rolling countryside close to the beautiful Yorkshire Dales and at the gateway to the pretty hamlet of Eslack. It’s a friendly inn with three log fires in stylish rooms, several real ales, good food and outdoor tables. Dreamy! With a good mix of locals and visitors it’s the perfect place to head to after a Sunday walk!

Number 4 – Potting Shed, Crudwell (Wiltshire)

Best Pubs in the UK

Cotswold dining at its best, The Potting Shed Pub is a top country dining pub situated in the beautiful Cotswolds’ triangle of Tetbury, Malmesbury and Cirencester. Rather than being just another pub restaurant, this highly enjoyable watering hole is a proper country pub where people and dogs are welcomed with open arms. Its traditional country tavern theme, fine choice of drinks and interesting food makes for the perfect visit.

Number 3 – The Cock, Hemingford Grey (Cambridgeshire)

Best Pubs in the UK

If you can enter without a cheeky snigger at the name, then you’re a better person than I. Once I’d got over my fit of giggles I found myself in a stunning pub and restaurant in the heart of the beautiful village of Hemingford Grey. Very deservedly The Cock Inn is the 2015 Cambridgeshire Dining Pub of the Year (Good Pub Guide) so you know you’re in for a treat if you’re peckish. At the end of the visit I found myself already planning when our next return would be… enough said!

Number 2 – The Olive Branch, Clipsham, Rutland

Best Pubs in the UK

The Olive Branch was originally three farm labourers’ cottages which were knocked together to make a pub in 1890 and it has been the heart of the village community ever since. With its relaxed country cottage atmosphere you’ll find the hours pass by all too easily at the various small but charmingly attractive bars in this thoughtfully run pub.

Number 1 – The Rose & Crown, Snettisham (Norfolk)

Best Pubs in the UK

This beautiful pub is everything you’d expect from a Norfolk village inn – twisting passages, hidden corners, low ceilings, old beams and pamment floors. It’s also got log fires, excellent beers, friendly staff and a lovely atmosphere. With roses around the front door and plenty of space for both drinking and dining, this pub is almost certain to please. With photos of the pub’s cricket team on the walls, you feel like you’re stepping into someone’s home and gain an instant sense of relaxation. Sit back and enjoy!

After my mini tour of Britain to find you the best pubs around (hic!) I think I might need a lie down… the keyboard is starting to spin. Which one will you go to first?

Head off on your own adventure and let me know your favourites – don’t take the car though, enjoy being chauffeur driven (kinda) and earn epoints for your travels!

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