Champagne and oysters
BarChick has been banging on about this joint and it’s Michelin Starred grub forEVER and with good reason. Perched right next to the sea in Seasalter (yes, it’s a real place) this pub dating back to the 1600s is a true labour of love. The Michelin Star food is influenced by what’s around the pub so we’re talking about a blackboard menu scribbled with oysters, fish, game and homegrown veg. With a bottle of Pol Roger Champagne coming in at less than £50 and a 6 course tasting menu that’ll cost you less than your train fare from London - up your oyster game and get ready for a serious stuffing.
The Sportsman, Faversham Road, Seasalter, Whitstable CT5 4BP
For the dirty weekend
Hitting The Lake District for a dirty weekend of hikes and hip flasks? Forget awkward f*cking in a tent (save that for festivals) - these bedrooms will set you up nicely for a romantic weekend away. When you need a refresh these guys will blow your mind with their homebrewed beers you can try them all thanks to their handy beer bat tasters. The food is incredible too - all free range, sustainable and local - obviously.
Barngates, Ambleside, Cumbria, LA22 0NG
Can’t handle leaving London?
Like the idea of leaving London but don’t wanna keep the sick service and big bill too far behind? This is the spot for you. Brought to you from the family behind Dalesford (the famous organic farm down the road), this is the perfect pub to sink into for the night. Open fires set the scene and delicious food that’s gone straight from farm to the open kitchen will keep you, and your credit lender,with smiles on your faces.
Church Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, OX7 6YA
For the long-luncher
After a sleepy country pub? Move on honey as you ain’t gonna find that here. But you will find a rocking crowd of locals (with a customary splash of red trousers and tweed) and the best cheese souffle this country has to offer. They do cocktails depending on the season like a Sloe Gin Collins and a Pisco Sour and have guest beers and three changing cask engines. Want to do al fresco? They got it covered with a great beer garden. There’s even a bedroom upstairs if you wanna carry on the party. Over-cooked it? Book in for a massage and a facial in the morning.
West End, Northleach, Glos, GL54 3EZ
Less than an hour from London, and next to the famous Fat Duck you’ll find The Hinds Head. This is one of Heston’s haunts, so the food is worth the walk from London. We’re talking Scotch eggs (that have to pass a very strict standard test), hash of snails, wild mushroom macaroni, melt in the mouth steaks and mad takes on your favourite puds. Don’t go expecting boring beers as the cocktails are just as ‘Heston’; the Sweetshop is for those with a serious sweet tooth ( think skittles, marshmallows and candy floss) but if you’re keeping it classic the Rum Old Fashioned takes smoked to a whole new level.
High Street, Bray, SL6 2AB
For the seafood lover
With the sea just around the corner seafood doesn’t get much fresher; so this is the place for oysters, crabs and lobsters, or if you’re up for tasting it all (who isn’t) get the Norfolk Assiette. The wine cellar is where you'll find BarChick hiding out in her homeland, we’re talking seriously well stocked.The Green, Burnham Market, PE31 8HD
For beer lovers
After getting your history fix in Hastings head here; it's stone’s throw from the beach (always handy for walking off that lunch) and The Crown is a local favourite. Whether craft beers are your thing, or you keep it real with local ales they've got a mega selection. Get 'em in to wash down the big time bar snacks; potted wild rabbit, rye bay scallops, cumberland ring and bubble and squeak await.
64-66 All Saints' Street, Hastings, East Sussex TN34 3BN
For the history geek
No trip to Oxford is complete without a pint at the famous Turf Tavern, it’s so iconic it’s worth the journey. With the Bodleian Library behind you and The Radcliffe next door, you can really feel the history in its rabbit warren of rooms. Settle into a cosy corner with a pint and some pub grub, or roast marshmallows on sticks in the fires outside. Plus eaves dropping in on the conversations in here is worth the trip alone, oh those Oxford students.
4-5 Holywell Street, Oxford, OX1 3SU
For those at home by the sea
If you’re the kind of person who’ll only leave London for stripes, shells and a beach shack, this is your spot - it’s got nautical on lockdown. The exterior is covered in white washed planks with lobster pots, log piles and flower boxes dotted around, there’ll be no forgetting you’re by the sea. Catch some rays in the garden (because it’s always sunny by the beach you know?) and tuck into the food that comes fresh from farm, field and sea. More killer cocktails than scotch hen eggs? Order in an Espresso Martini of course.
10 Military Road, Rye, East Sussex TN31 7NX