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Off the booze? 9 of our favourite pubs for great value dining

Are you sober for October but pining for the pub vibes? Not to worry, here’s 9 of our favourite pubs for delicious dining that’s kind to your wallet. Digby Tap, Dorset A fine example of an old-fashioned town pub, you’ll find customers from all walks of life enjoying the well kept beers and marvellously cheap… View Article

Are you sober for October but pining for the pub vibes? Not to worry, here’s 9 of our favourite pubs for delicious dining that’s kind to your wallet.

Digby Tap, Dorset

A fine example of an old-fashioned town pub, you’ll find customers from all walks of life enjoying the well kept beers and marvellously cheap food. The atmosphere is lively, chatty and warmly welcoming and the straightforward flagstoned bar with its cosy corners is full of understated character.

Sherborne, Dorset

Yew Tree, Hampshire

As ever, you can be sure of a genuinely warm welcome from the hard-working, hands-on landlord in this particularly well run pub. A small flagstoned bar area on the left has pictures above a stripped-brick dado, a ticking clock and a log fire. A bustling country pub with a superb choice of food.

Lower Wield, Alresford, Hampshire

Red Lion, Preston

In 1982, this became the first pub in the country to be owned by the local community, and they’ve never looked back. It’s busy and cheerful and the main room on the left, with grey wainscoting, has sturdy, well varnished furniture, a generous window seat, fox hunting prints and a log fire in a brick fireplace. A homely village local with fair priced food and a neat colourful garden.

Preston, Hitchin, Hertfordshire

Church Inn, Lancashire

You’ll always find a cheerful crowd of happy customers here – despite its remote setting – all keen to try the wonderful own-brewed ales and incredible value food. The big, unspoilt, L-shaped main bar has a cheerful, friendly atmosphere, high beams and some stripped stone, settles, pews, and a good individual mix of chairs.

Uppermill, Oldham, Lancashire

Rose & Crown, Oxford

For 35 years, the long-serving licensees have given this straightforward-looking pub a great deal of atmosphere and individuality. The front door opens into a passage with a small counter and shelves of reference books for crossword buffs. This leads to two rooms: a cosy one at the front overlooking the street, and a panelled back room housing the main bar and traditional pub furnishings.

Oxford, Oxfordshire

Old Castle, Bridgnorth

It’s so popular here that you need to book a table in advance to enjoy the generously served food. There’s an open-plan low-beamed bar of proper character with tiles and bare boards, cushioned wall banquettes and settles around cast-iron-framed tables, and bar stools arranged along the counter.

Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Queen Victoria, Priddy

The various rooms and alcoves in this popular pub have a lot of character and plenty of original features. There’s both an open fire in a big grate and a woodburning stove (in a back bar), flagstoned or slate floors, bare stone walls (the smarter dining room is half panelled and half painted), horse tack, farm tools and photos of Queen Victoria.

Priddy, Wells, Somerset

Blue Boar, Wiltshire

The heavily beamed bar here has a relaxed, chatty atmosphere helped along by cheerful staff and plenty of regulars. You’ll find built-in wooden window seats, tall farmhouse and other red-cushioned pubby chairs on flagstones or bare boards and a woodburning stove in an inglenook fireplace.

Aldbourne, Marlborough, Wiltshire

Crown & Trumpet, Worcestershire

In a handsome, much-visited town this is an unassuming, old-fashioned golden-stone pub with plenty of cheerful customers. The beamed and timbered bar has a bustling, easy-going atmosphere, antique high-backed dark settles, large solid tables and a blazing log fire.

Broadway, Worcestershire

 

 

 

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