It may have been the most farflung of our pubs (well, depending on your perspective – if you live in the little village of Applecross it’s your local), but that didn’t stop The Applecross Inn winning by a country mile. This is clearly a beloved and memorable pub.
Our expert Fiona Stapley, editor of the Good Pub Guide, agrees: "The Applecross is very special and the drive to it –well even though I saw it many moons ago, I will remember forever. The landlady Judith Fish is great!”
This pub has adherents from far and wide, who have crossed its threshold in sore need of refreshments after epic walks in the surrounding spectacular scenery, to be met with warmth and nourishment. This no-nonsense friendly bar, with its exposed stone walls, simple furnishings and woodburning stove, offers top quality fish, 50 malt whiskies and glorious shoreside gardens, along with seven en-suite rooms with sea views.
Runner up: The Pheasant Inn, Cheshire
This peaceful pub in the Peckforton Hills enjoys magnificent panoramas across the plains and is a rambler’s paradise. Attractive old tables and chairs squat under heavy beams, while a huge fireplace, great food and drink and comfortable rooms ensure all post-walk needs are met.