18th March 2019

The best pubs to stumble upon around the UK

We all love a good British pub. Who doesn’t? Whether it’s the main event for a weekend walk or a local tavern that ticks every box, we’re always keen to hunt down new haunts to stop for a drink and a satisfying meal.

Some of the more hard-core Yorkshire Provender fans may remember a few social media posts of ours from January when we asked for recommendations of people’s favourite pubs. Well, if you were one of the people who let us know your favourite haunt, it wasn’t for nothing!

Taking the best suggestions from our fans and adding some of our personal favourites (as well as a few that are on our pub visit wish list) we’ve put together this collection of the best pubs around the UK to visit.


The Bridgewater Arms, Winston (County Durham).

Sent in by Virgina Trotter, this beautiful village pub is featured in the Good Pub Guide for 2019 and the Michelin Guide for 2019, too. So it certainly sounds to have the food and drink covered!

Built in 1851 as a Church of England school this gorgeous listed Historical Building certainly stacks up as a fantastic pub to stumble upon around the delightful Teesdale. It’s also only a short walk from the magnificent Barnard Castle – so we’d definitely be planning a visit as part of a little country sightseeing stroll!


The Grain Barge, Bristol

This non-traditional pub is one from the Delicious HQ wish list! A converted barge moored in Bristol city centre has been transformed into one of Bristol’s coolest pubs. These guys have a strong focus on supporting independent, local businesses only using the best locally produced, seasonal ingredients – they certainly tick all of our boxes!


The Plough Inn, York

The Plough Inn came highly recommended from Becky Wilson. She congratulated their great food, friendly staff, lovely garden, lots of great decor and the Plough Inn pets – particularly their cat!

The team running The Plough are twin sisters Kim and Sue who put the care of their patrons at the heart of everything they do creating a welcoming and friendly atmosphere. With top eats and a solid selection of wines and ales, The Plough Inn is a fine addition to our pubs list!


Driftwood Spars, St Agnes, Cornwall

Nestled in the heart of the stunning Trevaunance Cove in St Agnes, the Driftwood Spars is another on the Delicious HQ pub wish list. For us Yorkshire-folk a weekend away by the sea is often quite the novelty, and the setting for this pub is everything you could want for a little UK-based holiday. Not only is the setting absolutely breathtaking, this pub boasts its own microbrewery to keep the beer fanatics happy as well as a delicious-sounding menu complete with local Cornish delicacies.

What’s more, the landlady, Louise Treseder studied Rural Environment Studies as well as Tourism and Social Responsibility so ethical practices and sustainability are at the heart of everything they do. There are so many reasons to visit the Driftwood Spars, we can’t wait to tick this one off the list!


Cow and Calf, Ilkley

The Cow and Calf in Ilkley is a pub that we at Delicious HQ team know rather well! Sent in by Lucinda Hirst, we had to include this as a personal favourite of the pubs in our native Yorkshire. The food here is spectacular (particularly the Sunday roast!) which coupled with the stunning views over God’s Own Country and warm, friendly staff, makes every visit to the Cow and Calf special occasion.


The Rambler Inn, Edale, Derbyshire

This pub nestled in the heart of the Peak District is one that comes highly recommended as a proper country pub. As the name and location may suggest it’s a pub that revels in the great outdoors and welcomes those with muddy boots who’ve earned themselves a drink and a hearty home-cooked meal. With local cask ales, a lovely large beer garden and views all around, The Rambler Inn is another one firmly on our ‘2019 pubs to visit’ list!


Coach Makers Arms, Marylebone, London

There’s no hint of Yorkshire rebellion in leaving this central London pub to the end of our list – honest!

Although this pub has a trendy London cocktail bar and is a little harder on the wallet than our pubs up North, (which can be red flags for many a pub fan in our nation’s capital) this is an establishment with an excellent reputation for producing pub classics of the highest quality. With a frankly gorgeous interior, this is definitely a spot that’s worth spending a little extra at for a really special pub experience.

Here ends our list of quality pubs from around the UK, if you have a favourite you think we should have included get in touch with us on social media – we’re always open to top pub recommendations!