Pubs have been a large part of British life for centuries. There’s a certain charm about the good, old-fashioned boozer with its solid wood furniture and cork bar mats. For many people, it’s their home away from home. It’s the place that they go to unwind after a day at work. It’s a place to either get some time to oneself or to have a laugh with friends.
Each year, the Good Pub Guide releases its list of the best pubs in Britain. So today we’re going on a hunt for the pubs that really deliver the best experience. These are the pubs that have taken the ancient business model of the public house and perfected it.
1. The Hand And Heart, Nottingham
Pubs aren’t just about the booze or the food. They’re about the atmosphere that they create. Top of the list for the pub with the most character is, without a doubt, The Hand And Heart. This pub is so successful because it blends classic pub furniture with interesting spaces. The pub hosts a large cellar area where guests can dine, and well as several Victorian style lounge areas. But perhaps the most impressive feature is the large glass conservatory that overlooks the rest of the city of Nottingham.
What’s more, the pub is home to a rather exceptional pianist, “Pete the Feet” who plays the piano every Sunday. Thus, The Hand and Heart is one of the moodiest pubs in the country.
2. BrewDog Camden, London
Camden has been famous for its pubs and bars for well over a century now. And thanks to this, the drink has become a big priority. The BrewDog has good drink in its DNA, thanks to being on the site of a brewery. And it attracts people from all over London to its crowded tables and bar area every day.
The pub isn’t your average country pub. It’s actually quite minimalist, staying simple on both furniture and decor. But, as with any pub, it’s the people who make it. And the BrewDog in Camden is no exception. You’ll find friendly service and customers here, as well as some of the best booze in the country.
3. The Crooked Billet, Leigh-On-Sea
Ever since pubs started to struggle to make money just from drinks, they’ve been diversifying. Many pubs have gone down the food route, giving us some great food and some food that’s not so good. One pub that really has been wildly successful on this front is The Crooked Billet at Leigh-On-Sea. This pub benefits from its location on the Essex coast and serves up some of the most delightful seafood in the area. Here you can grab a plate of freshly caught cockles, herring, and even sprats.
4. The Jolly Fisherman, Northumberland
The ancient region of Northumberland has been a traveler’s paradise for centuries. And what does any adventurer want after a long day of adventuring? A good pub and a hearty meal. That’s where the Jolly Fisherman comes in. This pub has everything the rambling adventurer would want. From it’s beautiful gardens to its cosy interior, this is the place to recover.