Pub of the Year 2015/16

BBC Countryfile Magazine Awards 2015/16: Our Pub of the Year shortlist.

 

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Our Pub of the Year shortlist, Nominated by Fiona Stapley, editor of the Good Pub Guide (Ebury Press, £15.99) www.thegoodpubguide.co.uk 

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THE PHEASANT INN BURWARDSLEY, CHESHIRE

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From the bar windows and the terrace, enjoy magnificent views across the plains (using the telescope, you can even see Liverpool cathedrals). Nice old tables and chairs under heavy beams, huge fireplace, smashing food and drink, comfortable rooms and lovely surrounding walks. www.thepheasantinn.co.uk

DUKE OF YORK IDDESLEIGH, DEVON

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Built for craftsmen rebuilding the church, this 15th-century inn has warm, homely character, simple furnishings, a huge inglenook, hearty food, cosy bedrooms and beautiful beach walks nearby. Author Michael Morpurgo was inspired to write War Horse after talking to WWI veteran Wilfred Ellis in front of the fire here. www.dukeofyorkdevon.co.uk

ROYAL OAK FRITHAM, HAMPSHIRE

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In the middle of the New Forest and part of a working farm (pigs and ponies wander the village green), this little gem has three traditional beamed rooms with antique furniture, roaring log fires, a fine choice of ales, wines and local cider and simple lunchtime food; you can rent shepherd’s huts for overnight stays. SO43 7HJ

HARP INN OLD RADNOR, WALES

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Beautiful hilltop spot for charming inn with views over Radnor Forest in perfect walking country. Rambling bars have venerable tables, a big inglenook and open fires, pub games, daily papers, local ales, spic and span bedrooms and great food. www.harpinnradnor.co.uk

APPLECROSS INN APPLECROSS, SCOTLAND

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Photo credit: Applecross Inn

Wonderfully remote inn reached through spectacularly wild scenery. The long- serving landlady welcomes customers to the no-nonsense, friendly bar with its exposed stone walls, woodburning stove and simple furnishings; top quality fish, 50 malt whiskies and glorious shoreside gardens. www.applecross.uk.com/inn 

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