HOT (!) AUGUST NIGHTS – ESCAPE THE CITY
13 August 2017
Holiday planned for when the kid’s go back to school, yet keen to escape the heat of the city for some fresh country air during August? Then take a look at these recommendations for a relaxing couple of days away at a fantastic pub with rooms. Expect to find a comfortable room with a smart bathroom, imaginative menus brimming with local produce, a cosy bar or gorgeous garden with tip-top beers and eclectic wines, and great walks from the front door. All within an hour’s drive of a major city – Leeds, London, Liverpool, Birmingham, Manchester & Bristol. For many more choices visit Inn Places.
The Roebuck Inn, Mobberley, Cheshire
Expect the unexpected at this spruced up village inn located just a short drive south of Manchester. A peaceful retreat, revamped in quirky rustic French style, it offers an authentic café/bistro feel, a cool, relaxed vibe, a great drinks menu, exciting Mediterranean food, a gorgeous terraced garden, and six very special rooms – they ooze the WOW factor…! There’s great walking at nearby Alderley Edge, or enjoy the walking and jogging routes from the Roebuck, or the special deal with the local health club/spa.
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The Cholmondeley Arms, Cholmondeley, Cheshire
Within an hour’s drive of Liverpool, via the Mersey Tunnel and The Wirral, you’ll find the smartened up Cholmondeley Arms, deep in rural Cheshire close to the entrance of Cholmondeley Castle. Originally a Victorian schoolhouse, the ‘Chum’ retains an old school atmosphere with high-roofed halls, large windows and huge radiators, yet offers a relaxed vibe, modern pub food and five cosy rooms in the converted headmasters house. Step up to the huge sideboard bar and you’ll find yourself in gin and beer heaven.
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Shibden Mill Inn, Shibden, West Yorkshire
A renovated 17th-century corn mill hidden in the folds of the wooded Shibden Valley, overlooking the babbling Red Beck – a truly peaceful spot just minutes from the hustle and bustle of Halifax and only 30 minutes drive from Leeds, less from Bradford. Expect to find a fabulous terrace for summer alfresco sipping, exciting food from a gifted young chef, a very cosy room, and the breakfast, one of the best, will set you up for a fine day’s walking on the surrounding moors.
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The Townhouse, Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire
Revamped in 2017 with an informal, elegant feel, this striking, historic and castellated building in the heart of Stratford offers an eclectic décor, contemporary-smart rooms and good classic pub food. It might be in a town, but it’s a world away from Birmingham and there’s plenty to do – follow the Shakespeare Trail, take in play at the famous theatre, enjoy a riverside walk beside the Avon, or venture a few miles south and explore the Cotswolds for the day.
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The Swan, Wedmore, Somerset
The 300-year-old Swan is a true community local with elegant, boutique rooms and exciting seasonal menus that brim with locally sourced ingredients. Period character and quirky design combine successfully throughout and the place buzzes from breakfast through to dinner. Just 45 minutes drive south of Bristol, it’s a beacon in the Somerset levels with bird-rich nature reserves to explore, breezy Mendip walks on the doorstep, and Glastonbury and its famous Tor close by.
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The Queen’s Inn, Hawkhurst, Kent
Within easy reach of London and revamped with panache, this ancient inn on the Kent/Sussex border is invitingly close to Rye, Camber Sands and some great gardens. With a clutch of funky and stylish rooms, a cosy bar and contemporary-smart new dining room, and imaginative menus, it makes the perfect base for visiting famous Sissinghurst Castle Gardens (NT), the exciting and colourful gardens that surround historic Great Dixter, and stunning Pashley Manor Gardens in nearby Ticehurst.
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The Inn, West End, Surrey
In an area not renowned for decent pub food and good rooms, Gerry and Ann Price’s recently spruced up Inn West End comes as a big surprise. Expect a stylish, yet informal set up, noted for a top notch wine list, great food, and twelve smart bedrooms in a new-build stable block to the rear. The Inn is worth escaping to for a few days – it’s close to Windsor, the racing at Ascot and some retail therapy in Guildford.
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