Wonderful Winter Escapes UK

I think we can all agree that 2020 has been a very strange year; leaving a lot of us feeling frazzled and desperate to travel again, or even just get out of the house for a few days! With just a few weeks left until 2021, I am already researching winter escapes in the UK for early next year! I don’t know about you, but I like to have something to look forward to, which is why I take joy in planning my next trip, especially when it involves a cosy little pub in an olde-worlde village somewhere.

There is no better and more comforting feeling than going to the pub when it is cold and miserable outside – which is why I particularly enjoy visiting pubs in the wintertime. I have put together some of the ultimate pubs to visit during the colder months and why they make for wonderful winter escapes in the UK.

The Maytime Inn, Burford, Oxfordshire

Nestled in the medieval town of Burford in the Cotswolds Hills, The Maytime Inn has welcomed guests since the 17th century. The quintessential English pub has kept a lot of its original features, such as its wooden beams and exposed brickwork. Upstairs, the pub has six cottage-styled bedrooms, which come with large, modern en-suite bathrooms.

Known for its old stone houses and three-arched medieval bridge, Burford is popular with visitors. The town’s high street sweeps downhill towards the River Windrush and has a fabulous backdrop of the Cotswolds Hills.

After a day exploring Burford, it is a wonderful treat to return to The Maytime and enjoy a drink by the roaring log fire, perfect for winter escapes in the UK.

The pub also has an award-winning garden that features an outdoor gin bar and boules pitch, which makes it a delightful place to visit during the warmer months too.

The White Hart, South Harting, West Sussex

The White Hart is a beautiful, rustic pub situated in the village of South Harting, just 15 miles away from Chichester and only a few minutes off the A3. The pub has all the traditional pub features such as log fires, beam ceilings and exposed brickwork.

Guests can expect a welcoming and cosy ambience at The White Hart, from little corner tables with fresh flower centrepieces, to faux fur covered leather chairs by the fire.

The White Hart has seven, wonderfully comfy bedrooms, with a choice of contemporary styling in the pub bedrooms and rustic lodge and family suite accommodation in the converted barn at the rear. They also welcome dogs, so you can bring your pet pooch along to stay the night with you.

The Coniston Inn, Coniston, Cumbria

The Coniston Inn is truly a spectacular place to stay whichever time of year you visit. Surrounded by hills, fells and mountains, The Coniston Inn is located on the shores of Coniston Water and is perfectly situated for exploring the Lake District National Park.

The inn is dog friendly, which means that you can spend the day exploring the beautiful grounds and surrounding fells with your four-legged friend, before retiring to one of the pub’s elegantly styled bedrooms.

Guests can choose from single, double, twin, and large family rooms that sleep up to six. They have two wheelchair accessible bedrooms with a wet room or lowered bath option.

Some of the Inn’s rooms come with outstanding panoramas of Coniston Fells, Old Man of Coniston, Dow Crag, and Wetherlam, while their lake view rooms look across mature grounds towards the picturesque Coniston Water, Grizedale Forest, and Pier Cottage.

Before stepping out into the great outdoors, guests can enjoy a delicious complimentary breakfast, which is included in the stay.

The Swan, Wedmore, Somerset

Situated in the large village of Wedmore, The Swan is a traditional pub, with a contemporary rustic feel to it. Complete with open fires, wooden floors and comfy seats, The Swan is a bustling village pub with a cosy ambience.

The sunlit dining room at The Swan creates a wonderfully cosy feeling and creates the perfect space to relax and unwind on a cold and crisp winters’ day.

The kitchen is considered the heart of the pub and Head Chef,Tom Blake and his team, produce a delicious River Cottage inspired menu that changes regularly and uses all the best local ingredients. The pub also produces its own bread and cakes, as well as a selection of cured hams and fresh fish, which is delivered 6 days a week from the South coast.

Upstairs, The Swan has seven en-suite bedrooms, six of which are on the first floor, whilst the seventh is a spacious loft room. All bedrooms have been individually styled and ooze elegance. Two of the large rooms feature roll-top, claw-footed baths in the bedrooms and all three large rooms have power showers in their en-suite bathrooms.

The Hand at Llanarmon, Llangollen, Denbighshire

Surrounded by picturesque sweeping hills and countryside, The Hand is situated in the village of Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog in Wales. Popular with locals and walking groups keen to explore the surrounding Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Hand at Llanarmon is an ancient hostelry with bags of character and a cosy ambience. The rustic pub comes complete with high beam ceilings, log burning fireplaces and oak interiors.

The Head Chef at The Hand has built a strong reputation for superb cuisine, freshly prepared with informal flair and generosity. This pub has been awarded two AA Rosettes for “culinary excellence” and they are delighted to also feature in the prestigious Michelin Guide.

One of the best things about The Hand is their spa, which offers massages, facials and nail treatments. They have tastefully restored an old pump house into a bespoke sauna and outdoor hot tub that overlooks stunning views of the Ceiriog Valley.

The Hand offers a variety of comfortable and individually styled bedrooms, which include two wheelchair accessible rooms and three dog-friendly bedrooms.

The Sun Inn, Dedham, Essex

Situated in Constable Country, The Sun Inn is nestled in the quaint village of Dedham and is within walking distance of Dedham Vale, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

As soon as you set foot inside The Sun, you are immediately greeted by a warm and cosy ambience. The low wooden beams, roaring log fires and comfy sofas provide the perfect setting to escape a cold winter’s day, ideal for UK winter escapes. The dimmed lighting adds an element of romance to the dining areas, making it a perfect place to break away with a loved one.

The Sun has seven cottage themed bedrooms, which have all been individually styled and offer a tranquil setting after a day of exploring the local landscape or boating on the Stour.

In keeping with the pub’s country theme, The Sun has a delicious menu that is influenced by the seasons and is grown locally; seafood from the Mersea day boats, meat from rare breed animals and wild game in season.

The Battlesteads, Hexham, Northumberland 

Nestled in the picturesque village of Wark, The Battlesteads is a hidden country gem in Northumberland. The pub is elegantly styled throughout, complete with tartan carpets, exposed brickwork and comfortable sofas.

They have 22 fabulous bedrooms, including large family rooms and luxury lodges. Their ground floor rooms have facilities for those with accessibility requirements and they also have designated dog friendly accommodation.

The real highlight to staying at The Battlesteads is the pub’s very own Dark Sky Observatory, which has been awarded Dark Sky Stay and Gaze status by Northumberland Tourism. The Dark Sky Observatory is an accessible, public astronomical viewpoint offering talks, activities, stargazing and astronomy courses to suit anyone from the absolute beginner to the professional.

On a cold starry night, don’t miss the opportunity to get a view of the Milky Way before warming up by the fire with a glass of something!



Written by Melanie Phipps

Marketing and PR Manager at Stay in a Pub