These days most inns will accommodate children with reduced-price, smaller portions on the menu – much appreciated by parents who are paying the bill – and highchairs are supplied for tiny tots, as well as nappy-changing facilities in a lot of establishments. Family bedrooms are becoming more common, while other establishments will add an extra bed on request. Most pubs have a beer garden suitable for kids to play safely, sometimes with an adapted play area, enabling parents to relax and enjoy their drink.
The rural surroundings of 'Great Country Pubs' encourage children to spend more time outdoors partaking in healthier activities, such as walking, riding a bike and horse riding - the perfect chance for a bit of family bonding.
Landlords can at their own discretion apply restrictions when it comes to minors in their pub and parents should respect this, and obviously all pubs have to conform to licensing laws. While children are becoming an accepted part of the landscape in and around pubs, and the UK has moved beyond the notion that ‘children should be seen and not heard’, there is still some opposition to kids in pubs, hence they should always be on their best behaviour.
Examples of Great Country Pubs that will go out of their way to welcome your offspring include: the Golden Pheasant in Etton (Cambs), which has a separate very safe play area. Children have their own menu at The Crown in Playhatch (Berks), and in the summer you can take advantage of the safe walled garden. At The Polecat Inn at Prestwood (Bucks) you will also find a children’s play area to keep the kids amused and safe.
Situated in the charming village of Granborough, this 1600 coaching inn has been completely refurbished since it came under new ownership 2013.
You’ll discover this quaint little building nestled in the Vale of the White Horse near Lambourn of race-horse fame.
This small endearing building is entered directly off the street through a low cottage-style door to a surprisingly elongated area. Standing in the centre of this lively market town, there is certain...
As pretty as a picture, this 16th-century, cottage-style pub, bedecked with flowers, lays nestled deep in the Chiltern Hills.
It’s a wonderful treat to find such a good, traditional country pub, where good beer takes centre stage. This is first and foremost a drinkers’ pub.
Nestled in the heart of the pretty village of Nettlebed, this delightful, red-brick coaching inn dates back to the 14th century.
The Ship Inn sits in a fabulous waterside position at the exact point where the Great Ouse and Little Ouse converge, offering striking panoramic views.
An enchanting grade II listed building dating back to the 16th century with a very distinctive eyebrow roof. Inside, it remains delightfully unspoilt retaining original features such as the inglenook...
When you pull up outside the Swan Inn you’re sure to ask yourself ‘what more could I want than this Georgian, wisteria-clad pub standing in a stunning village location?'