The Stay in a Pub Guide to Enjoying January23/11/2015
January can seem a long, dark month after the hectic whirl of Christmas, so book in a few treats for yourself with family and friends. Wrap up warm for walks in wintry landscapes, or enjoy some of the festive activities that passed you by in December such as ice skating or pantomime. Whatever you do, think about adding a night in a great British inn from Stay In A Pub, www.stayinapub.co.uk the website that lists more than 1,500 pubs across the country.
Stay In A Pub also offer gift vouchers – minimum order £20 – which can be redeemed at any of their pubs for overnight accommodation, food or drink. So if you know someone in need of a January getaway, why not treat them to a night in the pub of their choice? Available from www.stayinapub.co.uk.
SKATING ON THICK ICE
Nothing says ‘winter’ better than skating, especially if you can do it outdoors and follow it with a hot chocolate or mulled wine. Many seasonal ice rinks close straight after New Year, but here are a few that stay open into January:
Suggested pub: Rashleigh Arms, St Austell (pictured below). Sink into the leather sofas in the welcoming lounge bar, enjoy locally-sourced food in the restaurant and sleep well in one of the eight comfortable bedrooms of this 150 year-old pub. From £55.
Brighton’s Royal Pavilion, open till 17 January. This rink, with the ornate Regency pleasure palace as its backdrop, is a great way to round off a day of sale shopping.
Suggested pub: The Bull at Ditchling: 450 year-old inn with open fires, cosy corners, a range of beers including ‘Bedlam’ from their own brewery and four newly-renovated, luxurious bedrooms. Double rooms from £100 per night.
Song, dance and cheesy jokes make a trip to the pantomime the perfect post-Christmas outing for all the family, so book now for one of the Stay In A Pub picks below.
Aladdin at Birmingham Hippodrome, till 31 January: Starring Julian Clary, Lee Mead and Marti Pellow, this panto promises sensational special effects, a magical 3D flying carpet ride and laugh-out-loud comedy.
Suggested pub: The Coleshill Hotel (below). Located in the market town of Coleshill, this friendly high-street pub and hotel has 24 bedrooms, including a couple of family suites. From £80.
Peter Pan at Wimbledon Theatre, till 10 January. Hollywood actor Verne Troyer is joined by comedians Jarred Christmas and Marcus Brigstocke, making his pantomime debut as Captain Hook.
Suggested pub: The Fox & Grapes, Wimbledon. Overlooking Wimbledon Common, this traditional pub offers award-winning food and three luxurious rooms. From £125.
HERE FOR THE BEER
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival, 20–23 January. Beer lovers will be spoilt for choice at this fest, held at the iconic former Manchester Central Station, offering more than 500 beers and ciders from the UK and, at the Bieres Sans Frontieres bars, brews from abroad.
Suggested pub: The Abel Heywood (below). Situated in Manchester’s central Northern Quarter, the Abel Heywood has 14 stylish bedrooms, and serves delicious food and a good selection of wines and beers. From £65.
RESOLVED TO RUN?
If getting fit is on your list of New Year’s Resolutions, then dust off your trainers and join one of the Winter Runs organised by Cancer Research UK. Last year’s inaugural 10K runs saw 15,000 people run through SnowZones and hug polar bears, and the city routes take runners past iconic landmarks.
Liverpool Echo Arena, 17 January.
Suggested pub: Bridge Inn, Port Sunlight. A Grade 11 listed pub, set in this picturesque village, originally built as a ‘temperance hotel’ by Victorian industrialist and philanthropist William Hesketh Lever in 1900. From £40.
Central London, 31 January Suggested pub: Sanctuary House, Westminster (below). Conveniently located for the Winter Run’s start and finish, this welcoming pub has 34 comfortable rooms offering a relaxing stay in the heart of the capital. From £130.
Bright skies and frost-tinged foliage make for striking winter landscapes, so wrap up warm for an invigorating walk. Many of our national parks and other outdoor spaces are well-served for pubs offering a warming pint, a bite to eat and a comfortable room for the weary walker!
New Year’s Day Holly Hike, Sheffield Park, Uckfield: Start the year as you mean to go on with this refreshing New Year’s Day walk on a beautiful National Trust property. The guided hike is led by Sheffield Park’s longest-serving member of the team and affords stunning views of the estate.
Suggested pub: Griffin Inn, Fletching (right). Lovely village pub with 13 individually designed bedrooms including some with four-poster beds, and fine food with influences from London’s famous River Café, which has family associations with the Griffin. From £70.
Yorkshire Moors: inspirational landscapes and beautiful villages make this ideal walking terrain.
Suggested pub: The Star at Harome: on the edge of the North Yorkshire Moors, a Michelin-starred inn with nine bedrooms. From £150.
Pembrokeshire Coastal Path: a 186-mile long path through a landscape of ragged coast and golden beach, backed by rolling hill and low mountains. No wonder it was voted the world’s second- best coastal destination by National Geographic magazine in 2012. Suggested pub: Stackpole Inn, near Pembroke: within the National Park, and close to hte Coastal Path and stunning Broad Haven beach, this inn has four comfortable rooms, two of them ideal for families. From £60.
CELEBRATE IN SCOTLAND
Whether you can claim Scottish lineage or not, Burns Night on 25 January is a great excuse for a party towards the end of a long month! Why not join the celebrations in Edinburgh, where the Bard penned many of his famous works. Poetry readings, supper of haggis, neeps and tatties and the sound of bagpipes make for an unforgettable experience.
Suggested pub: Sun Inn, Dalkeith. Award-winning pub with four individually styled bedrooms, including the Signature Suite with four-poster bed and copper bath – ideal for a romantic getaway. Rooms from £90.