Top pubs and hotels for summer dining
In the summertime, what diners want from an eatery often changes. They tend to desire a place with a relaxed atmosphere where they can enjoy the (hopefully) warmer weather. Of course, good food, fine wines and real ale are a priority, as is the case year-round. Up and down the country, there are many such hotels, pubs and restaurants that can make for the perfect summer day.
Try these top pubs, hotels and restaurants
- The Boat Hotel is located in Aviemore in the Highlands of Scotland. There are few more beautiful places to enjoy a summer's day than the Scottish Highlands, and at the top restaurant of this hotel, you can indulge in fresh local produce such as venison, grouse and West Coast scallops. As well as sampling from the good wine list, try the beer from the nearby Cairngorm brewery.
- There’s nowhere better to enjoy the British summer than at the seaside, so why not head to The Pilchard Inn on Burgh Island in Devon? If the tide is in, you will need to reach this island by sea tractor. Famous visitors include Winston Churchill, Noel Coward and the Beatles. But with the 1920s art deco-style décor, the famous guest most vividly called to mind is Agatha Christie. Fortunately, murder is most likely not on the menu!
- Summer in the city can be relaxing, as The Garden Gate in Hampstead proves. The pub has an attractive outdoor area with a bar, and available beers include Siren Soundwave IPA. For food, enjoy the British barbecue tradition or find out when they are hosting a hog roast.
- The Charles Bathurst Inn in the North Yorkshire Dales National Park is the perfect spot to spend an afternoon following a walk. Award-winning food can be savoured with local Yorkshire beer such as Black Sheep
- The West Highland Hotel in Argyll has recently been refurbished. Eat at the Terrace Restaurant with its stunning views over Skye, and try fresh local seafood with a pint of Skye Ale or Loch Ness Brown.