30 of the UK’s best pubs for spring (2023)

The New Inn

Near Ross-on-Wye, Herefordshire

On the fringe of the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, this old coaching inn, now scrubbed fresh, stands proud. Come for the weekend – it’s only two-and-a-half hours on the train from Paddington to Hereford – and spend your time eating well, rambling around the countryside and sleeping deeply in cloud-comfy beds.

Doubles from £160, à la carte starters from £8.50, mains from £19.95, puddings from £9.10, sawdays.co.uk/thenewinn

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Scourie Hotel

Lairg, Highlands

This is a wildly beautiful corner of Scotland all year round, but in spring you will be treated to spectacular walks, wildlife and undiscovered beaches. At this famous old fishing hotel there are two bars, a pretty garden and a path that leads down to the sea. Menus are fresh and always changing – so look forward to seasonal specialities, with plenty of local seafood.

Doubles from £170, bar meals from £10, sawdays.co.uk/scouriehotel

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The Fleece Inn

Lancaster, Lancashire

Look forward to a fresh and cheery welcome, with gleaming furniture, fresh flowers in jugs and helpful staff. Black Sheep Bitter and three other local beers are on tap, and chef Ian Manning creates honest dishes with minimal fuss. On sunny days spill out in to the well-tended garden, which has a good play area. If you stay, you will sleep in quiet bedrooms – and enjoy a hearty breakfast.

Doubles from £90, lunch from £5.95, mains from £9.95, sawdays.co.uk/thefleeceinn

The Crown at Pantygelli


On the edge of the Brecon Beacons National Park you will find this whitewashed building with tables and umbrellas outside and hanging baskets framing a slate-roofed porch. Bring the dog after a morning walk and warm up with hearty pub classics such as steak and ale pie or fish and chips.

Starters from £5, mains from £10, sawdays.co.uk/pubs/thecrownatpantygelli

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The Brisley Bell

Brisley, Norfolk

Amelia and Marcus have transformed a derelict 17th-century pub overlooking the village common into a handsome inn with two stylish dining rooms and a book-lined garden room. You’ll want to stay for lunch and dinner – the French chef’s hearty pub fare attracts plenty of locals. Settle in the snug or out in the garden with a good book and a coffee, or chat in the bar.

Doubles from £122, lunch/dinner from £17, sawdays.co.uk/thebrisleybell

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The Swan

Burford, Oxfordshire

Free-range bantam chickens strut in the garden, a pint of Hooky waits at the bar. This lovely old pub sits on the river Windrush, with the village cricket pitch beyond, while wisteria wanders across the golden stone in spring. Seasonal menus brim with local produce – perhaps game terrine with pear chutney, roast partridge with a red wine jus, rhubarb and apple crumble.

Doubles from £130, lunch from £5, sawdays.co.uk/theswanburford

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Lord Crewe Arms

Blanchland, Northumberland

Few inns can rival the scale and history of this former abbott’s lodge and kitchens. In a sheep-clad valley on the moors’ edge, inside you will find a treasure trove of ancient spaces – take your pick of where you’d like to dine, or on sunny days head outside to the garden. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, afternoon tea and bar snacks are all on offer.

Doubles from £189, lunch from £7, two-course dinner from £25, sawdays.co.uk/lordcrewearmsatblanchland

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Stackpole Inn

Pembroke, Pembrokeshire

Marooned in beautiful countryside, a few miles back from the sea, this is a lovely pub to stop at after a springtime walk along the coastal path. Stylish and welcoming with tasty rustic food – perhaps deep-fried whitebait or rib of local beef. Outside, the pub is drenched in honeysuckle and there is a small garden for a drop of Welsh ale. Super bedrooms have comfy beds, stripped floors and seaside colours.

Doubles from £125 ,lunch from £5, three-course dinner £25-£30, sawdays.co.uk/stackpoleinn

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The Inn at Loch Tummel

Strathtummel, Perth & Kinross

Come for deep beds, Scottish breakfasts, a generous welcome, great walking, cycle tracks and grand lochside views. You are in a magical spot and the garden drinks it all in. Inside, interiors mix contemporary flair with Highland charm – the very definition of rustic chic. After a day outside exploring the hills, at night you return for delicious food – perhaps calamari with chilli and lemon, rack of local lamb or an espresso brownie with beetroot meringue.

Doubles from £200, mains from £27, sawdays.co.uk/theinnatlochtummel

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The Olive Branch

Oakham, Rutland

Start the evening with a seasonal hedgerow cocktail. Move on to dinner – the menu changes daily. All the produce is lovingly sourced – eggs from the hens, vegetables from the garden, local meat and fish. The pub itself is 400 years old and stands at the end of a tree-lined avenue, next to a beautiful stone barn (the dining room). Everyone is welcome, including children and dogs.

Doubles from £120, lunch from £8.50, three-course dinner £28.50-£40, sawdays.co.uk/theolivebranch

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The Roebuck Inn

Knutsford, Cheshire

From the cobbled pavement planted with trees to the split-level terrace that catches the sun, you’ll believe you are in a French valley rather than an English village. Rustic shutters, shipped from France along with the beds, sit prettily on the pink-brick masonry. Café tables, wine-red leather settles, mirrors and a host of wine bottles make a colourful backdrop for tasty lunches and dinners with a classic bistro touch. Sample local craft beers and ciders, or let the wine list tempt you.

Doubles from £130, lunch and dinner from £8.95, Sunday lunch £16, sawdays.co.uk/theroebuck

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The Boathouse

Shrewsbury, Shropshire

Surely one of the best waterside pubs in the country, linked to the centre of Shrewsbury by a glorious riverside path, this huge historic pub stands on the banks of the Severn overlooking Quarry Park. The smart decked terrace and big garden draw the crowds for cool drinks, pretty views and top-notch bar food featuring the best of Shropshire ingredients, washed down with pints of Wye Valley.

Lunch and dinner from £12, sawdays.co.uk/pubs/theboathouse

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The Pheasant at Neenton

Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Opposite the pretty church, surrounded by picture-perfect Shropshire hills, is an 18th-century pub that has been remarkably reinstated. Today, The Pheasant is owned by the locals. John is co-op chairman, Mark is chef, Sarah does front of house. There is an orchard in the beer garden providing fruits for the kitchen, they tune their award-winning menus to the seasons and they seek out local suppliers.

Doubles from £90, mains from £12, Sunday lunch from £13.95, open Weds-Sun, sawdays.co.uk/thepheasantatneenton

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The White Hart

Somerton, Somerset

The White Hart – 16th-century bricks and mortar, 21st-century lipstick and pearls – is a beautifully refurbished inn sitting on Somerton’s ancient market square. Inside, old and new mix beautifully: In spring and summer, spill on to a smart courtyard or into the garden for views of open country. The vibe is set by the easy style, local food, good prices and happy staff.

Doubles from £85, lunch from £6, three-course dinner £25-£30, Sunday lunch from £15, sawdays.co.uk/thewhitehart

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The Sheppey Inn

Godney, Somerset

It’s a case of business in the front, party in the back: duck inside to find a cosy inn where locals clear the tables to dance to live bands and modern art is splashed on the walls. The small snug at the front is relaxed and homely and there is a long, light space for dining. Sample one of the natural wines (20 are available by the glass). Outside is a wooden terrace lit by festoon lighting, with background music.

Dogs are warmly welcomed too. Doubles from £110, starters from £6.50, mains from £13.50, sawdays.co.uk/thesheppeyinn

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The Talbot Inn at Mells

Frome, Somerset

An absolute stunner. Sitting in a timeless village lost in a tangle of country lanes, it is a 15th-century coaching inn reborn. Sweep under the carriage arch and you enter a cobbled courtyard. There is a tithe-barn sitting room which is an extension of the restaurant, then the Coach House Grill, a restored skittle alley and the main house. Delicious food flies from the kitchen and Butcombe is on draft. There’s a colourful garden and great local walks.

Doubles from £140, meals £12-£28, sawdays.co.uk/thetalbotmells

The Dog

Wingham, Kent

Enjoy a locally-sourced steak served at a table set with fresh flowers in one of the oldest pubs in Kent. This 15th-century building on the main road in Wingham offers a mix of old and new. Three talented chefs have put this pub on the map: people travel miles for the modern British food. The whole place buzzes with fresh-faced staff.

Doubles from £80, lunch and dinner (two to three courses) from £18-£22, sawdays.co.uk/thedogatwingham

The Howard Arms

Ilmington, Warwickshire

The Howard stands on Ilmington Green, eight miles south of Stratford-upon-Avon. It was built at roughly the same time as Shakespeare wrote King Lear and little has changed since. It is a lovely country inn. Outside, roses ramble on golden stone walls, while a pretty garden waits at the back. Good food comes as standard – perhaps ham hock terrine with homemade piccalilli, marinated duck breast with bok choy; there’s fish and chips and a good burger, too.

Doubles from £140, lunch from £9, dinner from £15, sawdays.co.uk/thehowardarms

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The Fox Bulmer Tye

Sudbury, Suffolk

The friendly Fox has been a pub since it was built in the 1850s. Now it is in the safe hands of David and Roxane Marjoram, who have made a habit of rescuing and restoring pubs to perfection. With five under their belt – and a microbrewery – they know exactly how to create a warm welcome, with wonderful food and excellent and affordable wines. Visit Thomas Gainsborough’s house, or explore the water meadows at Sudbury.

Mains from £13.50, Sunday lunch from £11.50, sawdays.co.uk/thefoxbulmertye

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The Cotley Inn

Chard, Somerset

A treat of a pub with such a good food ethos, and its position on the Cotley Estate means close relationships with the farmers and producers – meat is sourced directly from the estate. They raise chickens and pigs, nurture a bountiful kitchen garden, and award-winning head chef Dan follows the “nose-to-tail” cooking principle. Pick up the Wambrook Wanderings guide for suggested walks from the door; dogs will love it here.

Doubles from £125, starters from £8, mains from, kids’ menu £10, Sunday lunch from £16, sawdays.co.uk/thecotleyinn

The Golden Lion

Settle, Yorkshire

Generations of travellers have enjoyed the welcome at this 17th-century coaching inn, spruced up after a recent renovation. Return from Dales adventures to a menu which places its emphasis on comfort: try Settle Pudding (tender braised beef with a suet lid) and homemade fish pie with parsley mash. The sticky toffee pudding is a must. Lose yourself in cobbled alleyways in a town that is worth exploring.

Doubles from £75, lunch from £6.95, dinner from £8.95, sawdays.co.uk/goldenlionsettle

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Hare & Hounds

Newbury, Berkshire

With a vineyard, spa and gin distillery all nearby, you might not even have time to linger in the bar of this 17th-century coaching inn, but you should try to snatch a moment. The place gleams with rich wood and gold, while bedrooms upstairs have roll-top baths and comfy beds for steaming out and sleeping off whatever you got up to during the day.

Doubles from £125, starters from £5.95, mains from £13.95, sawdays.co.uk/thehareandhounds

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The Gurnard’s Head

St Ives, Cornwall

If you have a few hours, it is possible to hike along the coastal path from St Ives and watch as The Gurnard’s Head, perched on the promontory of the same name, creeps closer and closer. However you arrive, you will find a friendly atmosphere and a refreshing array of local ales and ciders waiting for you, as well as a short and seasonal menu.

Doubles from £155, lunch from £25, three-course dinner £45, Sunday lunch from £18, sawdays.co.uk/thegurnardshead

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The Black Swan

Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria

With a warm welcome for muddy boots, paws and children, this is a fabulous place to finish a walk through the Lakes or the Dales in the spring sunshine, with the stream which runs through the garden providing a trickle of background music to your lunch. Local sourcing and an innovative but not too artsy menu mean it will be a real treat.

Doubles from £85, lunch from £4.50, three-course dinner from £25, sawdays.co.uk/theblackswan

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The Cow at Dalbury

Lees Ashbourne, Derbyshire

This smart and stylish gastropub is a place of surprising contradictions. Despite the name and its setting as far from the coast as you can really be in the UK, it has a dedicated seafood menu that changes daily, a passion of head chef Nathan. Enjoy his latest creations before wandering across to the village green.

Doubles from £130, lunch and dinner from £12, sawdays.co.uk/thecowatdalburylees

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The Castle Inn

Lydford, Devon

This welcoming inn makes the most of its big garden, with bench tables sitting under a canopy strung with lights and views of the castle from the outdoor bar. They make their own gin and the menu is designed to bridge the gap between pub classics and gastro invention.

Doubles from £70, sandwiches from £7.50, mains from £15, sawdays.co.uk/thecastleinn

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The Turtley Corn Mill

Avonwick, Devon

One of the most photogenic pubs you will ever see, this old mill sits surrounded by trees in a quiet corner of Devon. The rest of it doesn’t let the first impression down either, with peacocks strolling the gardens, a fine breakfast available if you’ve stayed over and great pub lunches on offer if you’re just passing by.

Doubles from £130, starters from £7.50, mains from £13.95, kids’ menu from £6.25, sawdays.co.uk/turtleycornmill

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Coach & Horses

Bolton by Bowland, Lancashire

A smartly refurbished village pub with its own microbrewery; the ideal place to refuel after a sunny walk in the Ribble Valley – maybe after reaching the summit of Pendle Hill. It is run by cheerful James, a local lad and committed foodie, and there is a big garden to spill out into if the sun is shining.

Doubles from £95, sandwiches from £8.50, mains from £16.50, sawdays.co.uk/coachandhorses

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Wild Thyme & Honey

Ampney Crucis, Gloucestershire

Sixteenth-century on the outside, this old inn is very much 21st–century on the inside, with décor that draws on Scandi minimalism and natural-wood tones and a juice shot to start your day.

A breakfast of locally sourced ingredients and freshly baked pastry will set you up for classic country pursuits before a farm-to-table dinner and cocktails in the bar.

Rooms from £150, breakfast £25pp, mains from £13.50, sawdays.co.uk/wildthymeandhoney

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The Crown Inn

Andover, Hampshire

At the heart of a tiny village, this pub draws locals and hikers to its sunny restaurant, especially during the annual summer North Wessex Downs Walking Festival. Meals are tuned to the seasons and make use of the area’s fine local produce, with everything served up in a laid-back atmosphere perfectly suited to the peaceful pastoral setting.

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Lunch from £13.50, dinner from £15, pubs.sawdays.co.uk/britain/england/hampshire/the-crown-inn

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