Best Pubs | The North East of England

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The Star Inn, Helmsley

Some six hundred years have made The Star Inn the charming pub that it is today. And what a pub, with food inspired by the inn’s North York Moors location that has earned it a prestigious Michelin star. A title they have proudly held for four years in a row now.

The Lister Arms, Malham

The Lister Arms in Malham is a traditional coaching inn with captivating period features and an exterior embellished in vibrant green foliage. The inn’s interior has been modernised whilst retaining its rich history and features, from its beams and wooden floors to its original fireplaces.

The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

The Craven Arms in Appletreewick is a picture-postcard, old English pub, with a great reputation for its food and real ale. The ale is all traditionally cask-conditioned and the artisan dishes are lovingly prepared from local ingredients on the premises.

The Kings Head, Kettlewell

The Kings Head at Kettlewell is an exceptional and award-winning pub with national recognition for its food and accommodation. Surrounded by some of Yorkshire’s most scenic countryside, The Kings Head’s menu specialises in a modern approach to traditional British pub classics.

The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

A quintessential country retreat, one visit to the Lorde Crewe Arms and you will never wish to leave. The golden stone inn sits at the heart of sleepy, manicured Blanchland – a surreal contrast to the untamed beauty of the North Pennine Moors that cocoon it. Explore the wild Northumbrian surroundings and stay the night in one of the inn’s quietly charming rooms.

The Fountaine Inn, Yorkshire

The Fountaine Inn is a pub with personality. Situated in the stunning Yorkshire countryside, this inn is about community and great hospitality. Its stylish interior fuses modern with traditional, with a fun mix of textures, colours and patterns to create a vibrant atmosphere.

The Star Inn, York

Perched on the banks of the river Ouse in the medieval city of York, The Star Inn isn’t afraid to make a splash. Inside the former Engine House, a dramatic double-height space awaits that is eclectic and atmospheric in equal measure. The feel is warm, inviting and quirky. But don’t be fooled into thinking the copper beer tanks define the bar menu – with 26 gins alone, there’s plenty of choice.

The Goodmanham Arms, Yorkshire

The Goodmanham Arms is a cosy, red brick pub located 45 minutes from York in the village from which it takes its name. It’s an alehouse that feels at once as if tradition is bound into the building, while still welcoming customs new. The micro-brewery across the road is a testament to this.

The Feathers Inn, Stocksfield

The traditional stone exterior of The Feathers Inn in Hedley on the Hill packs plenty of appeal, but it’s the award-winning menu that draws patrons from far and wide. Owners Rhian and Helen have steered the Northumbrian inn to success and now, in addition to hosting a lively crowd of locals, the pub is also the hub for events and a cookery school.

The Duke of Wellington Inn, Stocksfield

Located a short journey from Hadrian’s Wall, The Duke of Wellington Inn has undergone a sympathetic restoration and now offers an atmospheric restaurant and seven uniquely styled bedrooms. Thanks to the pub’s elevated position, you can enjoy sweeping, bucolic views over rolling hills whether you’re sipping a pint, tucking into AA-rosette cuisine or dozing off.

Barrasford Arms, Hexham

Hexham’s Barrasford Arms ramps up the style stakes, offering a welcoming country inn with a distinctly modern, refined flair. A feature fireplace and large sash windows ground the dining room in a sense of history, while also making the most of the pub’s idyllic Northumbrian countryside views.

The Joiners Arms, Alnwick

Located just a stone’s throw from the water in Newton-by-the-Sea, The Joiners Arms promises a sense of theatre few inns can rival. From the moody, timber-clad bar to the gastro menu and dramatically decorated bedrooms, every moment here is an experience.

The Jolly Fisherman, Craster

First opened in 1847, The Jolly Fisherman has been serving the local community of Craster for over 150 years from its seafront perch. It only makes sense then, that the menu majors on freshly caught fish and seafood, headed up by high-flying chef Kevin Mulraney. Ingredients are locally sourced with their provenance often traced so that you can follow the journey from producer to plate.

The Ship Inn, Alnwick

The Ship Inn’s present-day incarnation stemmed from a spontaneous decision made by owner Christine Forsyth almost 20 years ago. In the time since, the pub has been lovingly renovated in an unassuming, country style – think exposed stone walls, hops hanging from the ceiling and a cosy log burning stove. It has also welcomed a micro-brewery, which for the last 10 years has kept the bar flowing with real ales – over 26 in fact.

The Pheasant, Hexham

A 400-year-old former farmhouse only a mile from Kielder Water, The Pheasant Inn has oodles of country appeal. Its honey-stone exterior is covered in rambling climbers, while the pub inside has a cosy atmosphere with dark beams, stone fireplaces and character tartans.
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