10 of the top pubs with rooms for Christmas
Christmas conjures images of family time, cold weather and roaring fires. Even today it continues to conjure thoughts of Victorian London and historic idylls. In the UK’s top pubs with rooms that picture perfect festive season is exactly what you get – a warm atmosphere, a welcome with open arms, historic architecture and a plentiful…
Christmas conjures images of family time, cold weather and roaring fires. Even today it continues to conjure thoughts of Victorian London and historic idylls. In the UK’s top pubs with rooms that picture perfect festive season is exactly what you get – a warm atmosphere, a welcome with open arms, historic architecture and a plentiful supply of good food and drink (that you didn’t have to prepare). Here, the Good Hotel Guide shares 10 of the top pubs with rooms for Christmas.
Cuckoo Brow Inn, Far Sawrey
An 18th-century inn with views of lakes and countryside, Cuckoo Brow Inn is unpretentious, welcoming and dog-friendly. In a small village, it is the epitome of a country pub with rooms, and it’s the ideal location for a picture-perfect Christmas. You will find a log-burning stove and comfy sofas, garlands of hops and hearty fare. Ales are local, and over Christmas they have special offers and packages for the season including a three-night getaway complete with a five-course Christmas Day lunch, local ales, fine wines, and plenty of music.
The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe
Visit the White Horse, Brancaster Staithe for a tranquil festive treat this winter. Surrounded by north Norfolk marshland, it has an award-winning restaurant, and 15 rooms to roll to after a day of eating and drinking. This peaceful environment is a wonderful place to spend Christmas, combining long walks, beautiful food, and a convivial atmosphere.
The Howard Arms, Stratford-upon-Avon
A 400-year-old pub in the Cotswolds, The Howard Arms brings together history and modern luxuries. Modern furnishings sit alongside antiques, they have spa toiletries in the rooms and the trays of gingerbread and coffee set the tone for the holiday season. For Christmas they traditionally use it as an opportunity to celebrate all the best things about the location, especially the food. Past favourites have included Jerusalem artichoke tarte tatin, free-range turkey with apricot stuffing and Chocolate and cherry tart with cherry ice cream.
The Rose & Crown, Snettisham
This ultra-popular 14th century pub-with-rooms is just a short distance from the sea, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get some fresh air and work up an appetite before Christmas lunch. It’s a favourite amongst locals and travellers alike, thanks to its warm atmosphere and touches of humour scattered about. The food has gone from strength to strength in recent years, so we can’t wait to see what they have in store over the festive season.
The Punch Bowl Inn, Kendal
The Punch Bowl Inn in the south of the Lake District is well known for its food. It has an award-winning chef and traditional values when it comes to ingredients, celebrating local, seasonal produce. A focal point for the pretty village of Kendal, it’s chocolate-box territory come Christmas. Each bedroom is named after a past vicar of neighbouring St Mary’s parish church and rooms with views of the Lyth valley are everyone’s favourite.
Beech House and Olive Branch, Clipsham
Formerly three separate farm labourers’ cottages that date back to the 1890s, the Beech House and Olive Branch is a village pub/restaurant down a picturesque tree-lined lane. For those who want to visit before Christmas and get their gifts in order, it has a shop selling wines and hand-made chocolates. Food is served in the bar and restaurant, using locally sourced, home-grown, or foraged ingredients including herbs and salads from their polytunnel. Dog friendly and relaxed, it’s won awards for its hospitality, making it a treat to get into the holiday spirit.
The Sun Inn, Kirkby Lonsdale
A five-star inn, The Sun Inn has a strong history of hospitality dating to the 17th century. Foodies delight in the dining experiences, which have won two AA Rosettes, so it’s ideal for having the perfect Christmas dinner. Meanwhile, while its 11 rooms offer contemporary style in contrast to the historic exterior. The village location adds to the sense of seasonality, and those seeking a little exercise before a day of indulgence will enjoy the short walk through the churchyard to the river and woodlands.
The Bay Horse, Ulverston
On the water’s edge by the Levens estuary, The Bay Horse is a favourite amongst nature-lovers and dog-walkers. Bird watching, cycling, and walking are the order of the day, while evenings are spent in convivial bliss, playing board games, and watching the tide roll in. The dramatic landscape is the perfect backdrop to celebrating the season, enjoying dinner by candlelight, and retreating to cosy rooms at the end of the day.
The Lamb Inn, Burton
The Lamb Inn has been welcoming guests since the 1750s, and with its location in the historic market town of Burford you could almost fancy yourself in the pages of a Dickens novel. This Cotswold inn combines modern hospitality with its palpable history, offering comfy armchairs, books, and papers to read, board games to play and good food to eat. There’s always a homemade flapjack or two close by and interiors are stylish and luxurious at the same time. All you need to do is bring the presents and it’s sure to be a Merry Christmas.
The Acorn Inn, Evershot
Dating back to the 16th-century, The Acorn Inn in Dorset is all historic details and rich atmosphere. Interiors are characterised by old beams, oak panelling, roaring fires, and an original skittle alley. The 10 bedrooms are named according to a Hardy theme because it features in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, and each is styled in a manner that makes you feel as though you’ve stepped back in time. It’s perfect for the festive season, when you can be sure to gorge on local delicacies such as Glastonbury Twanger Cheddar, Dorset Horn lamb and baked goods from the village bakery.