When adventure calls and the countryside beckons, strap on your walking boots for an expedition to utterly remote British pubs that are worth the journey.
Down winding country lanes lined with hedgerows, along Cornish coastal roads bound for the sea, into the depths of Exmoor Country Park, or over boundless Chiltern Hills – the journey (and views!) will be as rewarding as the warm welcome at these brilliant Sawday’s pubs.
You’ll work up a stonking appetite and be ready to reward yourself with real ale and handsome homemade pies at these tip-top isolated pubs.
Trust us, these places are worth getting lost for.
Utterly remote British pubs that are worth the journey
St Ives – Cornwall, England
From the Gurnard’s Head you’ll hike along otherworldly coastline with expansive sea views . Walk at low tide to see the exposed secret beaches, marvel at vivid wild flowers, march to the top of high cliffs before retreating to the earthy pub of colour-washed walls and log fires. Feast on rustic dishes of confit duck and crab gratin, washed down with a hand-pulled Cornish ale.
Dartmoor – Devon, England
With generous ploughman’s lunches calling, be sure to stroll out to this remote 200-year-old Dartmoor Inn on the outskirts of Widcombe in the Moor. Few visitors make it out of the idyllic village, but the classic food and local farm cider of Rugglestone Inn make it a worthy expedition. Recline on the lawn, listen to the babbling brook, gaze out to peaceful Dartmoor moorland and rolling hills.
Luxborough – Somerset, England
Used by many as a homely stop-off along the Coleridge Way, head into the heart of Exmoor’s deep green valley to stoke up on the perfect steak and ale pie. Walk the dog across moorlands and hunker down beside the Royal Oak’s roaring wood-burner. You’re spoilt for choice for lunch – smoked trout and lemon risotto, or the chicken and leek pie? There are fresh flavours galore as ingredients are sourced as locally as possible.
Maidensgrove – Oxfordshire, England
Escape city life for the vast horizons and fresh country air of the Chilterns. Perched high on rolling hills, the remote Five Horseshoes pub harbours the finest view (and menu) in Oxfordshire – top motivation to climb those hills! Get stuck into seasonal dishes, all locally sourced or foraged from their doorstep. Don’t miss the weekend roasts – the perfect ending to a Sunday stroll.
Llanarmon Dyffryn Ceiriog – Denbighshire, Wales
Jump on your bike and wind through splendid Welsh countryside. Popular with walkers and locals, this cosy 16th-century drovers’ inn serves food that brings many in from the hills. From pub grub favourites to inventive dishes (try the masala marinated pork loin steak), fill your boots and while hours away with plentiful books in the sitting room.
Ravenstonedale – Cumbria, England
Delve into the Eden Valley and discover a gem of a remote pub lost in the green hills. Walk the Lake District, tread the Yorkshire Dales, pause at the Howgill Fells and then roll into The Black Swan. Energetic staff will sort you out with decadent sandwiches and pan-fried sea bream. Play a game of Scrabble as you digest, then head back out to the exhilarating hills.
Fritham – Hampshire, England
Ale-lovers rejoice for this small, thatched haven tucked away in the depths of the New Forest National Park. Tread the Fritham walk and follow fellow ramblers into the ancient Royal Oak for unpretentious, yet flavoursome pub lunches and brilliant beverages. Embrace barbecue season in the large garden, enjoy a beer and food festival in Autumn, linger by the fireside in winter.
Bashall Eaves – Lancashire, England
Meander along intertwining lanes in the picturesque Ribble Valley between tall fells and quaint towns. Climb Pendle Hill, stalk miles of footpaths and slip in a visit to this elegant country inn. Sip cask ales on the south-facing terrace among the tumbling flowers, and get stuck into the rich and hearty menu. Stumble upstairs to bed and wake to hearty Irish breakfasts to fuel a new day of hiking.
If these remote British pubs have piqued your interest, then explore the many handpicked watering holes in the new Sawday’s guide: Pubs & Inn’s: England & Wales.
Set out and discover Britain’s landscapes safe in the knowledge that you’ll never be far from a top ale… no matter how lost you feel.