It’s time for the big hotel chains to move over – there’s a hot new mini-break taking the country by storm, although it’s by no means a new idea. But the current trend for the ‘staycation’ is leading holidaymakers to seek out new holiday experiences, and they don’t come much better than the good old-fashioned country pub.
Stepping Back in Time
Country pubs have been part of the landscape for hundreds of years with a huge network of coaching inns across the length and breadth of Britain. Before the days of motorised transport, these coaching inns were the equivalent of our motorway service stations, offering the weary traveller a place to stop, partake of some much-needed refreshment and gain a few hours’ sleep before continuing their journey. Meanwhile, the coachman would either rest his horses or collect a new team for the next part of the route.
Nowadays, the horses may be long gone, but the coaching inns still remain as a reminder of former times. But although the mode of transport may have changed, the modern country pub still maintains its reputation for refreshing and refuelling travellers.
You can find country pubs with rooms all over the United Kingdom, but unlike the plethora of hotel chains, each country pub is individually owned and managed. The owners want their guests to enjoy the finest produce, which is why so many modern country pubs offer carefully considered menus packed with local produce. In fact, some country-pub chefs even forage for local ingredients for an even more authentically local taste. Freed from the corporate menus of the big chains, chefs are able to give free rein to their talent, changing menus as often as necessary to ensure that every meal is perfectly suited to the time of year.
And because country pubs tend to be located away from the busy motorways and dual carriageways, visitors get to experience rural life at its best, far away from the hustle and bustle of daily life. Guests can relax and restore their spirits with bracing local walks far from the ‘madding crowd’.
The Great British Countryside
Britain is packed with a fantastic array of scenery, encompassing rolling hills, stark mountain peaks, glorious meadows and wild moorland. Most people tend to head for soulless motorways as they travel, unaware of the beautiful scenery that they could be exploring on either side of these tarmac corridors. How much nicer to take a leisurely drive through peaceful country roads, stopping at leisure to enjoy the view, or take a walk or just breathe in the fresh country air.
So if you’re looking for a holiday with a difference, maybe you should think about exploring part of our rich national heritage. Staying overnight at a country pub with rooms, you’ll quickly realise the benefits of staying in a privately owned hostelry, where owners and staff want you to experience the best levels of hospitality that they are able to provide. You’ll find that nothing is too much trouble, and you’ll be greeted with a smile and plenty of advice about the best local places to visit.
Best of all, many country pubs with rooms also accept dogs, meaning that your four-legged friend can accompany you on your travels. Together you can explore the finest aspects of the British countryside in the knowledge that there’s a warm welcome, a comfortable bed and delicious food and drink waiting for you at the end of the day.