We’d do just about anything to be sat in a cosy country pub right now. But if the roadmap out of lockdown goes to plan, punters won’t be popping out for a pint until April at the earliest. There will undoubtedly be ‘first pub trip post-lockdown’ photos aplenty on social media, but now the most Instagrammable country pubs in the UK have officially be revealed.
Some of us might start off by revisiting our local, but outdoor clothing retailer Hollands Country Clothing has done some digging on social media to find out which pubs across the nation are considered the most snap-worthy.
Mark Holland, managing director of Hollands Country Clothing, said: ‘If lockdown has shown us anything, it’s that green spaces and good company are essential for our mental health and wellbeing.
‘We hope this research will help the public explore the British countryside and find some truly hidden gems. We also hope that it will help highlight truly amazing country pubs that are often the heart and soul of their community.’
So where can we find these pretty pubs exactly?
The most Instagrammable country pubs in the UK
Taking the top spot is The Erbington Arms in Gloucester, which was also voted the UK’s number one village pub in The Times.
In second place is The Sportsman in Kent, known for the freshly caught seafood on the menu.
Killingworth Castle, located in the heart of the Oxford countryside, came in third.
The Clachaig Inn, situated in the mountains of the Scottish Highlands in Glencoe, was deemed the fourth most Instagrammable country pub. We can’t say we’re surprised with views like that.
In fifth place is The Star Inn, based in Harome, Yorkshire. It describes itself as ‘essentially a rustic gourmet bolthole’.
The Drunken Duck Inn sits on a crossroads in the middle of the Lowland Fells in Cumbria. Those magical views earned it sixth place.
In seventh place is 16th-century pub The Weeping Willow, found in Bury Saint Edmunds, Suffolk. The menu is known for using seasonal and locally sourced produce.
Another gem found in Oxfordshire is The Mason Arms, which takes eighth place. On the website, it’s described as: ‘fun, friendly and a little offbeat, with the warm welcome and hearty hospitality’.
Coming in at ninth place is National Trust-owned pub The Fleece Inn, in the heart of West Yorkshire.
The Oak Tree Inn sits on the east side of Loch Lomond in Balmaha, Scotland. The serene views have earned it 10th place.
Visit Britain has projected a 79% increase in domestic tourism spending this year, in comparison to 2020, so at least we’ll know where the most gorgeous pubs are when the time comes for another staycation. Our Instagram feeds could do with a bit of fresh content, too.
Until then, we’ll settle for one of these restaurant meal kits delivered to our door.