Best Pubs | the Midlands of England

We have selected 200 of our favourite pubs in England. We visit every recommendation & take all our own photography. (It’s a tough job)

The Inn at Welland

The Inn at Welland offers magnificent views over the Malvern Hills. This award-winning pub and restaurant is nationally renowned with a menu focusing on fresh local produce, made from ‘scratch’ by a team with a vision and passion for quality food.

The Littleton Arms

The Littleton Arms, situated in the heart of Staffordshire, is an independently owned restaurant and pub with bedrooms. This 18th-century coaching inn has a reputation for excellent food, contemporary interiors and friendly staff. The menus are seasonal, designed by head chef Will Dean, using locally sourced ingredients from quality suppliers.

The Fuzzy Duck

With a double aspect fireplace, this contemporary Cotswold pub is the perfect spot to enjoy a lazy weekend lunch or romantic supper with the ability to roll upstairs to one of their luxurious bedrooms, each named after a species of duck which can be found on the lakes of Armscote Manor.

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The Haughmond

The Haughmond is a modern coaching inn situated in the peaceful village of Upton Magna near Shrewsbury. The team here has a passion for fabulous food with local provenance and work these ingredients into their highly-regarded menus. The relaxing ambience, comfortable dining room and welcoming service are combined with beautiful views over the Wrekin hill.

The Lion and Pheasant

Originally built in the 16th century, the Lion and Pheasant is a stylish house hotel in Shrewsbury with stunning views overlooking the River Severn and Shrewsbury Abbey. The elegant light muted interiors and textured details have a Scandinavian aesthetic, juxtaposed against the traditional original features from the oak beams to the roaring fires set within deep stone Inglenook fireplaces.

The Duncombe Arms

The Duncombe Arms is an 1850s inn serving classic and modern British seasonal food of fine-dining quality in the warm, relaxed surroundings of a local country pub. Family owned, this eclectic and rustic pub features roaring fires, leather banquettes, polished wooden tables and candlelight to create a wonderful ambience.

The Nags Head

Quietly tucked at the foot of a hill in Malvern, take a pew at The Nags Head and enjoy booze with a view. The beer garden is rustic and lushly planted, while inside the free house features a traditional timber bar, eclectic furniture and vintage accessories. Within touching distance of the Malvern Hills, it’s a wonderful Worcestershire watering hole.

The Bell Inn

A hidden gem in Warwickshire, The Bell Inn in the picturesque village of Ladbroke lies on the popular Millennium Way walking trail, making it a popular pit-stop for hikers and locals alike. There’s a pretty beer garden with plenty of outside seating, an atmospheric open fire and a cosy library to enjoy, so whether you’re meeting for a casual drink or have something to celebrate, there’s space to do it here.

The Cow

The Cow in Danbury Lees is a small 19th-century luxury boutique inn offering 12 new and beautifully decorated guest rooms and bathrooms. The casual dining restaurant and bar area have been stripped back to reveal the glorious heritage of the original building with its oak floors and beams, stone accents and fireplaces.

Hammer & Pincers

Situated in the village of Wymeswold, Hammer and Pincers is considered to be one of the region’s leading pubs for dining. Award-winning and respected by restaurant critics, the pub menu incorporates the finest local ingredients and everything is made from scratch in-house from the butter to the ice cream.

The Olive Branch

The pub was originally three farm labourers’ cottages which were knocked together to make a pub in 1890. Open fires, antique tables and chairs mixed with pine kitchen tables and benches create an informal atmosphere. Chestnuts are roasted on the fires in winter and homemade lemonade is served in the garden during summer.

Brownlow Arms

The Brownlow Arms is an award-winning 17th-century country inn providing traditional values and hospitality combined with contemporary style. This pub provides a country house ambience with dark inky colours set against a beautiful backdrop of brick interior walls, oak panelling, wooden beams and open fires.

The Bustard Inn

The Bustard Inn is an award-winning, beautifully restored pub featuring original stone walls and timbers. Light airy interiors, solid wood tables and porcelain tiled floors create a relaxed and modern environment. French doors open on to a pretty courtyard. The cuisine uses British ingredients with international accents.

The Woodhouse Arms

The Woodhouse Arms offers modern dining in a beautifully converted pub, with large arched windows allowing floods of natural light, high beamed ceilings and rustic stone interior walls. wood-burners and open fires keep the pub cosy during the winter and during the summer months, guests spill outside to eat.

The Martin Arms

Situated in the village of Colton Bassett in the Vale of Belvoir, The Martin Arms is a traditional English pub with landscaped gardens overlooked by the village church. Dark reds, dark wood, open fire, candlelight and traditional pictures of Victorian life and hunting scenes decorate the walls and create the interior of this popular pub.

The White Horse

The White Horse in Baston is an 18th-century country pub with a menu drawing from the finest seasonal and local produce, prepared by head chef Ben Clark. Popular pub classics are served alongside internationally influenced dishes, all incorporating the best of the what the season has to offer.

The Bull & Swan

The Bull and Swan is a 16th-century honey-stone pub in beautiful Stamford. The pub recently turned its courtyard into an abundant kitchen garden, with ranks of raised beds all planted up with herbs, vegetables and fruit trees. The pizza potting shed is another draw to the garden which between April and September hosts an outdoor cinema.

The High Field

Forget everything you think you know about pubs at The High Field in Edgbaston, because there’s no country idyll here. Instead, a staggeringly modern Art Deco building welcomes you inside, where luxe furniture, Scandi-style accessories and expanses of glazing give the wood-panelled walls a distinctly modern identity. A chic city oasis, there’s also a terrace and garden to explore so that you can enjoy draught beer alfresco.

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