Cheers! Here’s 5 local pubs that we love
Whether you’re after a post-work drink with colleagues, a relaxing Sunday pint or some pub grub with the family, the region has plenty to offer. We’ve done our research and hand-picked some of our favourites (it’s a tough job, but someone has to do it!) Here are 5 local pubs that we love to visit:
Best for families – The Globe Inn, Leighton Buzzard
Sitting on the banks of the Grand Union Canal, the Globe Inn is a firm favourite with families. When the sun’s out, you can sit by moored barges on the towpath and watch the canal boats pass through the locks, while the little ones entertain themselves in the outdoor play area. There are a number of menus to choose from – including one just for the kids – so a meal out at The Globe Inn suits all budgets.
Best local – The Seven Stars, Dinton
This 16th century traditional pub and modern British restaurant with a French twist welcomes everyone from families and walking groups, to ladies who lunch and local gents. What makes this place stand out is that it’s a local in the truest sense, having been bought by a co-operative of village investors in 2011. Just two years later, and after a full refurb and an injection of community spirit, The Seven Stars was voted overall winner in the Aylesbury Vale Village Pub Competition 2013/14.
Best for food – The Swan, Salford
An Edwardian pub in a pretty village location, The Swan offers a hearty, sophisticated menu to satisfy all tastes. À la carte options include steak, day-boat fish and an enviable selection of cheeses, and staff fire up the barbecue for al fresco dining in summer. Theme nights give patrons the chance to try something a little different: why not enjoy the bounties of the sea and some hand-picked wines at Sumptuous Seafood night on Thursday 30 June? This is a small chain pub with a real sense of individuality.
Best for canine companions – The Rusty Gun, Hitchin
Dog lovers and their furry friends can relax after a long walk in the welcoming surroundings of this modern country pub. In addition to its own shop and an extensive menu of locally sourced wares, the outdoor seating area and fire pit are a draw. And while the dog enjoys a snooze in the corner, you can sample the Rusty Gun bitter made exclusively for the pub by the Old Cannon brewery.
Best all-rounder – The Station Tavern, Woburn Sands
This local has it all, including a games room where you can while away your time playing pool or darts. An extensive wine list and a selection of Cask Marque-accredited ales complements a fine food menu, which you can enjoy in the comfort of the separate dining area or, if the weather allows, the beer garden. The Station Tavern is known for its ‘Famous Breakfast’, so it’s a morning perfect pit stop before a day out.
We have plenty more eating and drinking spots to give a shout out to, so keep your eyes peeled for another follow up blog. Do you have a favourite pub? Tell us about it via our social media channels, and give them a mention!