A winter walk is much more appealing when there is a charming country pub at the end.
At these pubs across the country, you can escape the cold, warm your toes by the fire, and indulge in a hearty meal you deserve al fresco.
This list was compiled by our sister site 2Chill, and each location has been recommended by users on its Places to eat page – so you can guarantee they’ll serve up a great pint and a great Sunday roast.
Here are seven perfect pubs to end your winter walk this season.
Dine with your dog at the Cuckoo Brown Inn in Ambleside
Located in the heart of the peaceful village of Far Sawrey, the Cuckoo Brown Inn invites walkers to sit by the fire after a long stroll through the Lake District.
This pub is surrounded by beautiful scenery, popular hiking and biking trails, and is only a ¾ mile walk from the Beatrix Potter National Trust Home.
With 14 renovated en-suite bedrooms, Cuckoo Brown Inn is the perfect place to grab a pint or stay the night, including visitors wishing to bring their dogs.
Andrew, 2Chill user assessed Coucou Brun Auberge five star and said: ‘Possibly our favorite pub in the Lake District. Unusual and friendly, the Cuckoo Brow offers a nice menu, more and more vegetarian. Indoor and outdoor seating available.
“A popular place for people walking on the west side of the lake, it also has plenty of parking lots. “
Far Sawrey, Ambleside, LA22 0LQ
Escape the cold at Lazy Trout in Meerbrook
Lazy Trout has been called “the perfect place for a pint after the ride”. And with fresh food, local beers, and a roaring fire, there’s no doubt about it.
This warm and welcoming pub is located in the small village of Meerbrook in North Staffordshire, near the Tittesworth Reservoir. So you can walk the 4.5 mile walk around the reservoir and finish at the pub for a winter lunch.
Bethan, 2Chill user assessed Lazy trout five stars and said: “After a waterfront walk around Tittesworth Water, the only logical next stop is a pit stop at The Lazy Trout in Meerbrook.
“The country pub is just a five minute walk from the Reservoir, where you can enjoy a pint with spectacular views of The Roaches and Hen Cloud.
“It’s suitable for dogs indoors and out, and there are pork scratchings on the snack menu if you want to please your dog.
“Pub prices were typical of a quality country pub, but the portions are generous, the views – magnificent – and the waiters quick and friendly.
“It’s in the perfect location for an after-walk pint.”
Meerbrook, leek, ST13 8SN
Enjoy cut-to-size meat at Hare & Hounds in Sidmouth
Inside this traditional country pub you will find wooden beams, log fires, local beers and a warm welcome for the whole family.
Although famous for its cut-out meat, Hare & Hounds also offers an extensive menu of freshly made pub classics.
Situated close to trails and archaeological sites, it is a very popular destination for dog walkers, and the garden offers wonderful views across the valley to Sidmouth and out to sea.
2Chill Faith User advised Hare & Dogs and said: “A dog friendly pub between Sidmouth and Honiton, Hare And Hounds is our meeting point after a long walk in the hills.
“The cozy pub is perfect for recovering with log fires, a large beer garden and good beers.
“It’s the grill that’s the real show stealer, with hotplates in the center of the restaurant, filled with tons of veg – including several types of potatoes – and lots of gravy.
“We usually have to waddle, we’ve eaten so much.”
A375, Sidbury, Sidmouth, EX10 0QQ
Order sausage and mash at The George in Hope Valley
If you are hiking to Mam Tor, you will want to end your day at the George in Hope Valley.
This traditional, family-run British pub offers fantastic views of Peveril Castle and two traditional interior rooms with wood-burning stoves.
Located in the heart of popular Peak National Park, this beautiful country inn serves pies, freshly made pizza, sausage and mash.
Stop for a comforting meal lovingly prepared by the chefs or enjoy a hot marshmallow chocolate or Fever-Tree gin and tonic by the fireplace.
Owen, 2Chill user assessed The Georges five stars and said: “This traditional pub is located right next to historic Peveril Castle in Castleton. We ate here several times after hiking up to Mam Tor.
“Our favorite menu option lets you choose from a variety of sausages, sauces and mashed potatoes.
“Dogs are welcome and good gluten-free options are available.
“If you don’t feel like hiking, there are caves to visit nearby and you can buy jewelry made from a rare mineral that can only be found nearby.”
Castle Street, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WG
Watch the world go by at the Puffing Billy Inn in Exeter
Located in the beautiful village of Exton, the Puffing Billy Inn has comfortable and stylish interiors and serves traditional and fresh English cuisine.
It welcomes guests looking for a pint, watching the world go by al fresco over a coffee, or families looking for a superb Sunday roast.
With bicycle parking for energetic punters and an excellent playground, this is the perfect stop for adventure.
2Chill Faith User recommended The Puffing Billy Inn and said: “Located in the small village of Exton, The Puffing Billy has long had an excellent gastronomic reputation, which is confirmed by its Sunday offering.
“The pub also has plenty of seating – with a traditional indoor pub and a large patio garden.
“It’s also very popular with cyclists, given that part of the Exe Estuary Trail runs past – and makes a great pit stop.
“As it is owned by St Austell, there is a brilliant mix of lagers and draft ales, including the likes of Proper Job and Tribute.”
Station Road, Exton, Exeter, EX3 0TR
Rest your tired feet at The Old Nags Head in Edale
Planning to walk the Pennine Way? The Old Nags Head is located along this national trail in England, so it’s the perfect place for winter hikers to rest their legs and fill their stomachs.
Filled with lots of character and charm, The Old Nags Head is a traditional stone-built country inn dating back to 1577.
Inside you will find a beautifully warming fire among the different rooms and comforters.
Owen, 2Chill user said: “This lovely quaint pub in Edale is the start of the Pennine Way. The walking route extends as far as Scotland!
“Even if you don’t go the whole distance, Edale is a great place to take a walk.”
Suzanne also recommended The old head of Nags and said: ‘If you had to imagine the perfect country pub then this 16th century inn in Edale would tick many boxes, from low ceilings and cozy alcoves to generous portions of food.
“Tucked away at what is considered the official start of the Pennine Way, this is a lovely place to rest your feet after a hard day’s trek.”
Grindsbrook Stand, Edale, Derbyshire, S33 7ZD
Dip into giant Yorkshire puddings at Fox in Chipping Norton
Serving craft beers in the Cotswolds, The Fox is a Hook Norton pub with a crackling log burner and comfortable rooms to spend the night in.
Expect loaded burgers on Tuesday, huge breaded fish on Friday, and giant Yorkshire puddings on Sunday.
The perfect stop after a stroll at Bliss Tweed Mill.
Jenny, 2Chill user advised Fox and said: “The Fox is a lovely down-to-earth gastro pub in the Chipping Norton of the Cotswolds.
“Beers from the local Hook Norton Brewery and traditional pub food. Dogs welcome, very friendly staff and if you take a short break the pub has lovely cozy rooms to settle in for the night.
“We came here after a walk to Bliss Mill in Chipping Norton.”
Norton Grinding, OX7 5DD
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