Cheers! Here’s 5 more local pubs that we love
Last month, we brought you our hotly contested rundown of our top five watering holes in the area. We scoured the length and breadth of the region to come up with a well-rounded selection to suit the most demanding of pub connoisseurs, but there were just too many to restrict our choice to just five.
So here is this month’s collection, hand-picked by our dedicated panel of researchers!
Best views – The Navigation Inn, Thrupp Wharf
This historic pub’s location overlooking the Grand Union Canal and the surrounding rolling countryside is what makes it one of our favourites. What’s more, the old cascading willow tree in the vast garden with its decked dining area allows patrons to really make the most of the stunning scenery. A perfect pit-stop when the weather is nice.
Best overnight stay – The Wild Rabbit, Kingham
Nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds, The Wild Rabbit offers a beautiful modern twist on a traditional English Inn, providing impressive accommodation alongside a fine eatery and classic pub. A small selection of individual and beautifully appointed rooms, and the self-contained Beehive Cottage, offer more than just somewhere to bed down for the night. And the Cotswolds Cottages provide a home away from home just a short walk from The Wild Rabbit itself.
Best for country walks – The Red Lion, Evenley
The beautiful village of Evenley is home to this lovely family-run pub, which, aside from a great selection of wines, ales and home-cooked food, provides a pretty backdrop against which to stretch your legs. Leading off from the cricket ground opposite the pub, you can follow a leisurely trail around the village, finishing off with a well-earned beverage in The Red Lion’s very own beer garden.
Best puddings – The Birch, Woburn
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, then look no further than this little gem on the outskirts of Woburn. This place serves desserts to die for, all freshly prepared from a seasonally changing menu. We love the honey and lavender crème brûlée, served with bitter lemon puree, crystallised ginger and star anise shortbread – yum! It’s no surprise The Birch won The Good Pub Guide’s accolade of Country Dining Pub of the Year 2016.
Best chips! – The Red Lion, Culworth
This category may be somewhat of a ‘hot potato’, but no pub countdown would be complete without a nod to the humble chip. This fine gastropub with its stylish interior and hearty welcome doesn’t sacrifice the basics in the pursuit of greatness. The chips here are a cut above, especially washed down with your favourite tipple. Note – the rest of the menu is also outstanding, but you’ll have to wait until the place reopens on 10th August after its summer holidays to sample its wares.
That’s not all – we’ve got one final blog instalment on our favourite local pubs coming soon. (There’s just too many to choose from!) Do you have a favourite pub? Tell us about it via our social media channels, and give them a mention!