Reasons to Stay in a Pub: Drinks

Stuck for inspiration for your next getaway? Well, let our Reasons to Stay in a Pub series help you with some excellent holiday ideas!

This week, we take a look at the stunning array of drinks and drink-related experiences you can indulge in across our pubs during your stay! Best of all, you don’t even need to figure out how to get back to your accommodation afterwards – you’re already there! From signature cocktails to expertly-crafted coffees, there’s sure to be a tipple to suit your taste.

🍹Reason to Stay in a Pub: Cocktails

The Carpenters Arms, Great Wilbraham

Expert mixologists can be found in so many of our pubs, with The Carpenters Arms in Cambridgeshire showcasing this perfectly! You can enjoy their amazingly-crafted cocktails in a truly wonderful East Anglian setting – the pub itself is a 250 year old inn that recently re-opened after their historical interiors were sympathetically, but spectacularly, refreshed. The pub also features a new glass eatery, which wraps itself around the rear of the building, and above the pub there are four beautifully decorated bedrooms. They are situated just 15 minutes from Newmarket and seven miles east of Cambridge.

See inside the pub here: The Carpenters Arms

Black Ivy, Edinburgh

Or maybe you’ll like to try Black Ivy’s signature “Mai Tai on Paper” cocktail, purposefully created for Edinburgh Cocktail Week in October! You enjoy Black Ivy’s signature cocktail, and cocktails from 120 bars, pubs and restaurants dotted around Edinburgh for just £5 during the cocktail week. All you need is a special wristband, which can be found here.

Black Ivy itself is one of Edinburgh’s finest pubs, overlooking the leafy Bruntsfield Links Park. With 21 gorgeous bedrooms, each one of their luxurious rooms have been uniquely designed to tell a story, and there are options for both families and those guests bringing their dog too.

See inside the pub here: Black Ivy

☕️ Reason to Stay in a Pub: Tea & Coffee

Methuen Arms, Corsham

If alcohol isn’t your thing and you’re more of a hot brew connoisseur, we’ve got you covered. Just how inviting does this regal afternoon tea at The Methuen Arms in Wiltshire look?

You can enjoy a quaint pot of tea in quite grand surroundings – The Methuen Arms is a Georgian Coaching inn with oodles of charm and character. Located in the heart of picturesque Corsham, there are 19 stylish, boutique bedrooms to choose from and the pub sits proudly beside the stately home and beautiful grounds of Corsham Court, just ten miles from the enchanting city of Bath.

See inside the pub: The Methuen Arms

No. 38 The Park, Cheltenham

Sometimes all you need is the right sort of wake-up call to get your started for the day… and a barista-style coffee alongside a delectable breakfast at No.38 The Park in Gloucestershire might just be the one! You can make use of the tea & coffee making facilities in the pub’s 13 bedrooms, but nothing quite beats an expertly made cup of joe, complete with some wholesome latte art.

No. 38 The Park is a beautiful Georgian Townhouse, nestled in the leafy corner of Pittville, and just a stone’s throw from Cheltenham Racecourse. Their gorgeous, bespoke bedrooms are a sight to behold and feature one-off artworks, antiques and artefacts, together with plenty of little luxuries. Cheltenham itself is a historic spa town which sits on the edge of The Cotswolds.

See inside the pub: No. 38 The Park

🍸 Reason to Stay in a Pub: Gin

The Fat Badger, York

Overlooked by the stunning York Minster cathedral, you can soak up the sights while sipping on a G&T at The Fat Badger in York’s city centre! Within a Victorian setting, they have 12 four star AA rated bedrooms and serve a plethora of drinks together with classic and cosmopolitan food in a charming parlour style restaurant.

See inside the pub: The Fat Badger

The Merry Harriers, Hambledon

Gin lovers rejoice! Our friends over at the beautiful Merry Harriers in Surrey are running their outstanding ‘Overnight Ginfluencer Experience‘ in partnership with The Village Spirit Collective – a gin distillery located on the pub’s doorstep. The experience includes an overnight stay at the pub, Full English breakfast & continental buffet, 2 Course Dinner plus entry to the ‘Be a Ginfluencer’ Distillery tour – here you can go behind the scenes, taste-test and even create your own gin blends by exploring and blending individually distilled botanicals!

The Merry Harriers itself is a very special 16th century, dog friendly pub, situated in the picturesque village of Hambledon in the Surrey Hills. There are four serene en-suite double bedrooms on the first floor of the pub, six cottage chic garden rooms, (some with views of their Llama paddock) and five luxurious and colourful Shepherd Huts which are the epitome of the luxury “glamping experience”.

See inside the pub: The Merry Harriers

🍷 Reason to Stay in a Pub: Wine

The Gamekeeper’s Inn, Skipton

The colder weather is starting to make an appearance, so why not plan a stay and enjoy a glass of the good stuff in front of a crackling fire – The Gamekeeper’s Inn in North Yorkshire is a perfect example of this. Paired with their superb food menu, the wine list is an excellent addition to your dining experience here. Not only this, but the pub also has its own pool, jacuzzi and spa on site, meaning you can enjoy a glass after a relaxing visit to the wonderful facilities.

The Gamekeeper’s Inn was once a gamekeeper’s cottage for nearby Netherside Hall, and is surrounded by the panoramic Yorkshire Dales National Park. This country gem is the perfect Yorkshire retreat, with 11 stylish bedrooms and four spacious lodges to stay.

See inside the pub: The Gamekeeper’s Inn

The Howard Arms, Brampton

Have you got more of a sweet tooth? Then the delicious desserts at The Howard Arms in Cumbria should certainly be on your radar, perfect with a glass of wine in front of the fire.

The Howard Arms sits in the quaint market town of Brampton, and perfectly combines tradition with contemporary twists. This award winning, dog friendly gem has eight bedrooms, each coming with buckets of character and charm. They are located around ten miles from Carlisle, with walking routes along Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, beginning just six miles away.

See inside the pub: The Howard Arms

🍺 Reason to Stay in a Pub: Beer

And of course, last but by certainly no means least – the humble pint. The staple drink of Britain, you need no excuse to make beer your reason to stay in a pub! Many of our pubs are owned, operated and managed by popular breweries, meaning you can enjoy their signature ales during your stay, like St Austell, Butcombe or Youngs.

In fact there’s never been a better time to make beer your reason to stay in a pub, as the end of September sees the beginning of Cask Ale Week, a celebration of the mighty drink! Many pubs up and down the land will be taking part as it’s an opportunity for pubs and breweries to get involved and encourage their customers to try and promote real ale by organising events and activities throughout the week. Therefore it’s the perfect time to book your stay and get involved while you visit! Take a look here to find out more or use #caskaleweek & #standupforcask on socials see what’s going on and share your celebrations!

You can take a look at all our pubs right here, no matter what your reason for staying in a pub might be! Use our website for holiday ideas, destination inspiration and even more reasons to stay in a pub.

Written by Connor Davies, Head of Content at Stay in a Pub