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 heart of the picturesque Chiltern Hills, this well-run village pub offers fresh, locally produced food that you really want to go out for, and an excellent range of drinks.
A Lewes gem that you won’t want to miss! Tucked away on the edge of town down by the boat dock overlooking the chalk cliffs, this is the perfect place to finish a hike, particularly as many trails...
This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings and open fires, dating back to the 1830s.
Claiming to be the only pub in the UK called The Polecat, this rather smart rural pub supporting a partial timber frame, dates back to the 1600s and is housed in an attractive former hunting lodge.
The Griffin is a proper local pub with a truly authentic feel that is matched by few other establishments. Family run with great passion, a devoted crowd flock to the well-stocked bar for real ales...
This unsung little gem of a pub, set in a delightful village in the heart of the Chilterns with a vineyard directly behind, brings back fond memories of what a real English country pub should be.
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
This is horse-racing country and it’s not just the stables that house pure-breeds; this picturesque 18th-century inn is as authentic as they come.
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.