Last of the Summer Wine

Wine in pubs can be extraordinarily good and quite a few places have their own little wine shop on the premises. Summer ain’t over yet so why not enjoy the last few weeks of the holidays in any of our Top Wine Pubs. Woods, Somerset Winner of Wine Pub of the Year 2021 The marvellous…

Wine in pubs can be extraordinarily good and quite a few places have their own little wine shop on the premises. Summer ain’t over yet so why not enjoy the last few weeks of the holidays in any of our Top Wine Pubs.

Woods, Somerset

Winner of Wine Pub of the Year 2021

The marvellous drinks choice includes two or three beers tapped from the cask (such as Dartmoor Legend and Exmoor Ram), farm cider, many sherries and some unusual spirits ‘ but it’s the stunning wine list that draws the most attention. Mr Groves reckons he could put 1,000 different wines up on the bar and will open any of them (for a price) for just a glass. He’s there every night and will happily chat to tables of restaurant customers about any wines they might be interested in.

Griffin, Wales

There’s a good choice of ales from local breweries such as Brecon Brewing, Celt Experience, Montys, Rhymney, Waen and Wye Valley, plus a highly individual wine list with around 20 usually available by the glass and carafe (they also have their own wine shop) and a fine array of sherries, brandies and cider brandies.

The Unruly Pig, Suffolk

A highly rated dining pub, the Unruly Pig is also notable for its expertly curated wine list. With almost all of the 60 varieties available by the glass, including vegan and organic options, it allows for satisfying explorations and food pairings. There are a few classic bottles for the buffs, but in general it’s an eclectic and approachable mix ‘ as are the customers in this friendly and relaxed place.

The Olive Branch, Leicestershire

This perennially successful inn attracts a deservedly loyal following from both near and far, and has just celebrated its 20th anniversary. As well as a Grainstore beer named for the pub (Olive Ale), there are local Round Corner craft beers on tap, an enticing wine list (with at least 25 by the glass or carafe), a thoughtful choice of spirits, cocktails and several British and continental bottled beers.

The Inn At Whitewell, Lancashire

Drinks include a marvellous wine list of around 230 wines with 26 by the glass (there’s also an excellent on-site wine shop), 24 whiskies, eight gins, a fine selection of soft drinks, and Black Sheep, Moorhouses Blonde Witch, Timothy Taylors Landlord and Tirril Ullswater Blonde on handpump.

George & Dragon, Cumbria

On offer are 20 wines by the glass from a fine list sourced from small producers (including vegan and organic bottles) and interesting local liqueurs. Three changing local ales on handpump from the likes of Hawkshead, Hesket Newmarket, Keswick, Lytham and Tirril, plus a craft beer.

Old Bridge Hotel, Cambridgeshire

This lovely Ivy-clad townhouse hotel sits on the banks of the River Ouse, but also on the edge of the town centre. It’s a special place to stay, run with thought and great care, with 24 luxurious bedrooms (some overlook the river) and excellent breakfasts. They also have an exceptional wine list (up to 30 by the glass in the bar) and a wine shop where you can taste a selection of wines before you buy.