To celebrate Valentine’s Day here are some ideas to enable couples to embrance their love at some of south east England’s best country pubs.
Not only will romance be the order of the day – with an almost endless choice of log fires, candlelit meals, excellent food and wine and stylish four-poster beds – but there are some great-value deals to be found at www.greatcountrypubs.com, too.
Now an endangered breed, it is more important than ever to recognise the pubs that go the extra mile to offer something special for all tastes and budgets.
A lovingly-prepared candlelit meal, a cosy setting in front of a crackling log fire, a dreamy bedroom for you and your loved one, a never-ending network of romantic walks through unspoilt countryside… all the ingredients for a romantic break can be found at a Great Country Pub in East Sussex, West Sussex, Kent, Surrey, Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
So, what are these lovely pubs offering?
Staying or eating, a lovey dovey evening for two awaits at the Woolpack Inn, a 600-year-old country inn near Canterbury. Those hungering for food, as well as each other, can ignite the flames of passion at The Bell in East Sussex with a menu featuring foods that inspire love, such as fresh mussels cooked with smoked bacon and cider – the perfect aphrodisiac!
The Oxfordshire Cotswolds make for a truly romantic setting but so, too, does The Feathered Nest Inn where couples can admire the views overlooking Evenlode Valley. Alternatively, the Fighting Cocks in Kent is where you can enjoy dinner in the intimate setting of its riverside conservatory.
There is something very special about marrying food and love and an abundance of award-winning chefs can be found at the helm of Great Country Pubs in the south east.
The Three Horseshoes, a Cotswold stone pub located in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in rural Buckinghamshire, draws walkers for ale and foodies for accomplished modern cooking from chef Simon Crawshaw who hails from London’s Michelin-starred Le Gavroche.
In a similar vein, The Queen’s Arms, a picturesque 18th-century country pub in Berkshire, boasts an internationally-trained chef who creates delicious yet simple dishes in an inventive way. Upstairs, there are eight beautifully-designed rooms adorned with Egyptian cotton sheets, striking artwork on the walls and state-of-the-art bathrooms with large walk-in showers.
So don’t delay; now is an ideal time to take that romantic interlude and escape to a Great Country Pub.
With such a huge diversity of choice, visitors can discover a whole host of boltholes in stunning rural locations. From family-friendly pubs, to dog-friendly pubs; gastropubs and those which offer real ales and idyllic settings; establishments with their roots planted firmly in history and those with comfortable three and four-star accommodation for visitors seeking a great retreat for a relaxing short break where scenic walks, cycling, horse rides, sailing trips – and more – are guaranteed to get hearts fluttering in a variety of different ways.