Much of England’s illustrious history has been lovingly preserved in its charming inns –what lies hidden behind those ancient walls and beneath those creaky floorboards? Visiting one of these historic country inns can be likened to an enthralling journey through the passage of time.
If it's ghost stories you’re after, the The Wiremill in Felbridge (Surrey) is reported to be haunted by the ghost of a worker who fell into the mill’s ‘lower mechanism’. The story may have been fabricated over time but when you’re here late at night you can feel something in the air!
In Danbury, Essex, The Anchor's resident ghost is believed to be a man who drowned in the pond at the top of the road after leaving the pub inebriated – occasionally he plays tricks by unlocking doors, switching the radio on in the middle of the night and has been heard running across the floor upstairs!
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.
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.
The Greyhound is a great example of a proper English village inn, where community comes together and all visitors from near and far are made to feel welcome.
Truly beautiful nestled in the historic surroundings of Nether Westcote the Feathered Nest has ale in its blood – its roots having grown from a Cotswold stone malthouse dating from around 1665.
Standing opposite the village green, The Roebuck will leave a lasting impression – painted bright yellow and green on the outside and full of quirky character inside.
Formerly a medieval hall house, The Cat’s tile-hung exterior fronts a delightfully pubby atmosphere buzzing with locals who are proud to share their hidden gem with visitors.
Set in the picturesque hamlet of Playhatch close to Henley-on-Thames and Maidenhead, this charming 16th-century coaching inn is the perfect place to get away from it all.