When you think of National Trust, you think sprawling country parks, stately manor houses and well-kept gardens, but do you think pubs? Turns out, the National Trust owns over 35 characterful and historic pubs and inns, scattered throughout some of the country’s most picture-perfect locations. Best part? Profits are filtered back into caring for the landscape. They’re also the ideal spot to end, or indeed begin, a countryside hike, offering delicious food and a place to regroup and recharge.
So without further adieu, let’s explore some of these exclusive National Trust pubs and take a look at the best pub walks this summer!
The George Inn, Lacock, Wiltshire
Dating back to 1361 and featuring a huge open fireplace, the George Inn encapsulates the spirit of old England. The National Trust looks after much of the historic village of Lacock, and there is a plenty explore on foot from the grounds of Lacock Abbey to village and riverside walks. After all that walking you’ll deserve a trip to Lacock’s second pub – the Red Lion. See more about the walk here.
The King’s Head, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
Set in the heart of this historic market town, the 15th century King’s Head is one of England’s best preserved coaching inns. Dating back to 1455, the building has many fascinating architectural features, including rare stained-glass windows, exposed wattle and daub and the original stabling for the inn. Take a walk in the nearby Chilterns countryside, and afterwards visit the pub for a refreshing drink. See more about the walk here.
The Fleece Inn, Bretforton, Worcestershire
The Fleece Inn at Bretforton was first licensed in 1848 but was originally built as a farmhouse. It’s just a stone’s throw from the walking wonders of the Cotswold Way National Trail at Chipping Camden, or take a trip to Hidcote for a peaceful garden stroll. See more about the walk here.
Gibside Pub, Rowlands Gill, Tyne & Wear
There’s not many pubs that are tucked away on an 18th-century estate and surrounded by over 600 acres of beautiful woodlands, gardens and historical buildings. At Gibside you can enjoy a walk and discover the history as you go then relax in the peaceful surroundings at Gibside Pub. Look out for late evening opening on Fridays and Saturdays until 30 September, when the whole estate, including the bar, is open until 9pm and there’s made-to-order stone-baked pizza on offer. It’s the perfect way to make the most of the summer sun and lighter nights. See more about the walk here.
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Tŷ Coch Inn, Porthdinllaen, Llŷn Peninsula
Porthdinllaen on the Llŷn Peninsula is a spectacular spot to enjoy a walk on the coast with magnificent views, fine sandy beaches, a chance to watch the comings and goings of local fishermen. The National Trust tenanted, Tŷ Coch Inn, is on hand to provide refreshments. See more about the walk here.