Best Pubs | The North West 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 Drunken Duck, Ambleside

The Drunken Duck is located near Ambleside. Offering mesmerising views towards Windermere from its garden and terrace, the interior offers rustic country style with soft greens contrasting against chocolate leather armchairs, stripped oak floors and vintage artwork. With their own micro-brewery, the local ales and beers have a major appeal with locals and visitors.

The Cholmondeley Arm, Malpas

In the heart of the Cheshire countryside, adjacent to Cholmondeley Castle and within a former Victorian village schoolhouse, is the Cholmondeley Arms. The pub has earned a reputation for its freshly cooked, locally sourced food from artisan bakers, farmers, butchers, fishermen and cheesemakers.

The Roebuck In, Mobberley

The Roebuck is an award-winning inn in the village of Mobberley dating back to 1708. The interior of rich burgundy banquettes, cabinets full of wine bottles and glasses, brass mirrors, dark woods and candlelight create a cosy ambience. The restaurant is more bistro than pub and the quirky decor gives the inn an air of eccentricity.

The Fishpool Inn, Delamere

The Fishpool Inn in Delamere, Cheshire is a newly and sympathetically renovated sandstone gastro inn dating back to the 18th century. The innovative open kitchen prepares traditional and modern British and European dishes using only the finest locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

The Tan Hill Inn, Yorkshire

Tan Hill Inn is situated in Swaledale in an isolated position in the Yorkshire Dales. This historic inn dates back to the 17th century with its flag-stone floor, exposed beams and welcoming fire. Tan Hill Inn holds the title of Britain’s highest public house at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level.

The Black Swan, Yorkshire

Situated in the conservation village of Ravenstonedale in the Eden Valley below the Howgill Fells, The Black Swan focuses on a local Cumbrian menu using the seasons to inspire the locally available ingredients. The provenance of the food is key and they openly list the artisanal suppliers of their ingredients, from the dairy and bakery to the fishermen.

The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe

Sitting high on the banks of the River Hodder, The Inn at Whitewell began life in the 1300s as a small manor house, lived in by the keepers of the Royal forest. During the 1700s, the building began its life as an inn. The food ethos focuses on “”using only the best local ingredients, cooked simply to let the real quality shine through.

The Freemasons, Wiswell

The Freemasons at Wiswell is considered one of the best pubs in the country and is renowned for its impressive cuisine created by chef-proprietor Steven Smith. Nestled in the Ribble Valley, this country pub cleverly mixes a refined traditional experience with contemporary flair. The food is sophisticated and the ambience is homely.

The Red Pump, Clitheroe

With its origins dating back to 1756, The Red Pump Inn is an elegant rural country pub with rooms. The recently restored inn is quickly gaining a reputation as a fine steak restaurant. Stone flag floors, oak beams and cosy fires style the interior. The inn is proudly supplied by the famous Ginger Pig of London

The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe

Sitting high on the banks of the River Hodder, The Inn at Whitewell began life in the 1300s as a small manor house, lived in by the keepers of the Royal forest. During the 1700s, the building began its life as an inn. The food ethos focuses on “”using only the best local ingredients, cooked simply to let the real quality shine through.

The General Tarleton Inn, Knaresborough

Award-winning food is served at The General Tarleton Inn, close to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Proud of the provenance of their ingredients, dishes are innovative and strive to achieve the best of the local and seasonal produce available. The 18th-century inn has been decorated in a contemporary style with cosy touches from the vibrant velvet chesterfields to the wood burner.

Assheton Arms, Down

Multi-award winning Assheton Arms is a Grade II listed pub in the conservation village of Downham. With a great atmosphere in the evening, their chefs use only the finest ingredients, with fish sourced by Chris Neve (Fleetwood coast), meat from Roaming Roosters and vegetables from Lady Clitheroe’s garden.

Hare and Hounds, Levens

The Hare and Hounds is situated in a perfect position for visiting the Lake District and is a fully refurbished coaching inn dating back to the 17th century. They provide great home-inspired meals, using local ingredients where possible. The black slate floors and open fire create a cosy and convivial atmosphere.

The Pheasant, Cockermouth

The Pheasant in Bassenthwaite is stylistically stuck in a bit of a time warp but the quality of food and service remains popular today. Using a number of local ingredients in their dishes, you can choose to eat in the slightly more formal Fell Restaurant or the relaxed Bistro or bar.

Best Pubs | The North West 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 Plough, Cow Brow

The Plough Inn near Kirkby Lonsdale is a tastefully styled, contemporary restaurant and hotel situated inside a characterful old coaching inn. With beautiful original beams set against freshly painted walls and a neutral colour palette, the quality and attention to detail offer a little luxury in the countryside.

Fenwick Arms, Caton

The beautiful Fenwick Arms is over 250 years old and exudes historic and atmospheric charm. The stylish interior cleverly incorporates the beautiful features of the old building, with its stone walls, large open fires and oak floors into a luxurious, country chic aesthetic.

The Church Inn, Mobberley

Fully renovated in 2013, The Church Inn has been serving the local community since the 18th century in its rural setting 15 miles from Manchester. Under the current owners, the inn has been transformed into a tastefully different country tavern, featuring traditional tiled and timber floors, a wooden bar and stone fireplace, accented by candlelight. Join the crowd of locals in the pub, cosy up in an intimate corner or book one of two private dining rooms. There are also rustic tables on the terrace with a charming church view.

The Vicarage Freehous, Cranage

Grade II-listed elegance in the Cheshire countryside, The Vicarage Freehouse is a luxurious bolthole 30 miles south of Manchester and approximately 20 miles east of the Peak District National Park. The pub offers a stylishly historic setting to drink and dine – sink into the sofas surrounding the fireplace, pull up an antique chair or bag a spot at the bar.

The Wateredge Inn, Ambleside

Tan Hill Inn is situated in Swaledale in an isolated position in the Yorkshire Dales. This historic inn dates back to the 17th century with its flag-stone floor, exposed beams and welcoming fire. Tan Hill Inn holds the title of Britain’s highest public house at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level.

The Pheasant, Chester

The Pheasant enjoys one of the most impressive views in Cheshire, with uninterrupted vistas over lush countryside stretching all the way to Wales. This cosy, traditional, sandstone pub has occupied its prime position for close to 400 years and, thanks to sympathetic renovations, it’s now an atmospheric, warm and welcoming destination, packed to the rafters with character features.

The Fat Lamb, Kirkby Stephen

The Fat Lamb is a traditional stone inn situated in the untamed Yorkshire Dales National Park. Serving both the local community of Kirkby Stephen and the many walkers who come to explore the North’s wildest corners, the home-cooked dishes are hearty and filling – just what you need after a day on the hills or in the nearby Lake District.

Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale

Contemporary, charming and cool – Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery may only have opened in 2009, but it’s fast built a reputation for brilliantly brewed beers in a uniquely rustic, stylish setting. Now brewing 36 barrels a week, it’s firmly on the map.

The Punch Bowl, Crosthwaite

The Punch Bowl is a historic stone inn set in Cumbria’s picturesque Lyth Valley, a quiet corner of the Lake District with rolling, rural views. It’s ideal for a luxurious country retreat, with an elegant beamed dining room lit by candles and nine charming bedrooms featuring roll-top bathtubs. Each room offers a snapshot of local history, being named after vicars of the neighbouring church.

The Factory Tap, Kendal

The Factory Tap is the Lake District’s hippest real ale venue. Within its character stone walls, a cornucopia of craft beers awaits, which have been lovingly selected by landlord Les Brown. And while this is definitely a destination for hop-lovers, grape buffs will appreciate the range of wines on offer too. At the bar, there’s an intoxicating mix of international and local ales to enjoy, many of which the team will proudly point out, are created in Cumbria’s own 40 breweries.

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