The Old Forge
Knoydart, Inverie, Scotland
P.1015 of The Good Pub Guide 2016
Located in Knoydart, Scotland, The Old Forge is officially mainland Britain’s most remote pub, having not one road that leads there. It can only be reached via a 15-mile hike or a 7-mile ferry journey, alternative sea and air-bound methods of transport such as kayak and helicopter are also possible. The landscape lining this extraordinary travel route offers a picture of nature that is inimitable in its beauty. Additionally, the locally sourced and sustainable food ranging from seafood to burgers is definitely worth the voyage and well-deserved.
Tan Hill Inn
Reeth, Swaledale, Yorkshire, DL11 6ED
P.943 of The Good Pub Guide 2016
The Tan Hill Inn is another record-holder on our list, bearing the title of Britain’s highest pub at 1,732 feet on the edge of Yorkshire Dales National Park. The menu offers something for all tastes, with international dishes such as Chilli con Carne and traditional Sausage in Yorkshire Pudding, as well as a varied choice of vegetarian dishes. Furthermore the Tan Hill Inn supports local breweries by serving the best ‘ales from the dales!’ It’s the perfect place to visit after a day of hiking on the Pennine Way Long Distance Footpath, which leads directly to the door step.
Wasdale Head Inn
Wasdale Head, Lake District, Cumbria
P.210 of The Good Pub Guide 2016
Not only does this Lake District Inn provide hearty food and good ale, but is also winner of the Great Outdoors Award for Walker’s Pub of the Year. Its location between England’s highest mountains and deepest lake Wast Water is ideal for climbers, (and) hikers, and friends of water sport. The demanding outdoor activities can be balanced out in one of the pub’s two bars or restaurant, which is specialised in Herwick Lamb & Mutton, but also serves all-time favourites such as burgers and soup.
Exminster, Devon, EX6 8EE
P.266 of The Good Pub Guide 2016
The Turf lies at the end of the Exeter Canal, overlooking the natural beauty of the Exe Estuary. The wide range of British food is largely locally sourced and reflects the culinary greatness of Devon. The way there will make you hungry, as The Turf cannot be reached by car but only by foot or water. Bicycles and kayaks are available for hire locally; boat and the Topsham Ferry are additional options for transport. Canoeing down the canal alone or with the family is the perfect preparation for a quiet evening meal and drink at this water-surrounded English pub.