Real Ale and Roaring Log Fires

4 December 2016

What’s more satisfying than supping a pint of real ale and warming your toes by a roaring fire following an invigorating winter’s ramble along the South Downs Way or breezy Holkham Beach. For good walking, glowing fires and for quaffing top class beer seek out these superb pubs with rooms – all have tapped into the thriving craft beer revolution, offering local micro-brewery ales or mind-boggling bottled beer lists, or by simply brewing their own.
The Bull, Ditchling, East Sussex

Dominic Worrall’s spruced up village inn close to the South Downs draws an appreciative crowd for real food, real fires and cool boutique-style rooms. However, take a seat on a rather natty bar stool and be bamboozled by the array of fonts and pumps that dispense thirteen real ales, craft beers and ciders from near and far. There are always five cask ales on the go, perhaps Burning Sky brewed in nearby Firle, but Dominic’s very own and brilliant Bedlam beers, crafted in nearby Albourne, take centre stage, naturally.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Ditchling, East Sussex
 
The Crown Hotel, Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

It’s not just the terrific food and smart bedrooms that make this stylish inn, situated just 5-minutes from Holkham beach, stand out along the coast. Chef-owner Chis Coubrough’s commitment to all things local extends to the bar, where Jo C’s Norfolk Ale figures prominently, brewed near Fakenham by self-styled “alewife” Josie. Quaff her Norfolk Kiwi or Bitter Old Bustard ales at the Crown or at sister pub, The Ship at Brancaster along the coast, or buy some bottles and mini-casks of Jo C’s beer to take home.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk

 
The Ebrington Arms, Ebrington, Gloucestershire

At Claire & Jim Alexander’s community focused dining pub close to Chipping Campden and The Cotswold Way you’ll find cosy rooms, a rustic-smart interior, innovative menus, and three gleaming hand pumps on the bar proudly dispensing Yubby Ales. Yubby Ale, Yawnie & YAP are the tip-top ales brewed by North Cotswold Brewery for Claire & Jim’s Yubberton Brewing Company using recipes devised by Claire & Jim. Yubby Ales are also served at sister pub the Killingworth Castle in Wootton, near Woodstock.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Ebrington, Gloucestershire

 
The Anchor, Walberswick, Suffolk

Beer Academy founder Mark Dorber knows how to mature and deliver a pint of Adnams ale to the customer in perfect condition at his vibrant, foodie inn close to the beach. Expect three to five Adnams beers on tap and a mind-boggling choice of eight draught craft beers and lagers (and no corporate brands whatsoever). Aficionados can explore Mark’s amazing bottled beer list and when it comes to matching beer (and wine) to food, there’s genuine expertise in the house.
Read more about this pub with rooms in Walberswick, Suffolk

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