Adventurous pubs have created an all-new ‘vacation package’ from the countryside, cold drinks and home-cooked meals – by turning their beer gardens into pop-up campgrounds.
Faced with lost revenue from months of forced lockdown, a lifeline for hostels across the UK has been set up with permission to set up a temporary camp or campsite for up to 56 days a year, thanks to relaxing ‘permitted development’ rights.
With more than a third of property owners concerned about the survival of their businesses after the restrictions of Covid, vacationers who stay at their camp sites can save our hundreds of country bars from collapse.
It’s also a great way for tourists to help secure the future of this prized village pub, “said Dan Yates, founder of Pitchup.com.
Check out these bars with camping and caravans …
1. The Duke of York, Buxton, Derbyshire
What a great old site this! March to Duke of York if you’re looking for an adult-only Peak District pub location, with stunning views from every playground. Just six miles from Buxton, seven from Bakewell, and 15 from Ashbourne, the site is an ideal base for exploring the area before setting your feet at the dog-friendly bar.
The amenities are also excellent with a modern block of bathrooms with a hot shower and underfloor heating, as well as a washing area. The site also has downtime and chemical disposal facilities.
Pedestrian walkways that can be accessed directly from here lead to Limestone Road, Middshire Road, High Peak Trails, and Tissington Trails. It also has easy access to the Peak District for cycling.
Electric lawn, sturdy caravan and campgrounds from £ 25 per night, price based on 2 adults.
2. Holly Tree Country Caravan Park and Pub, Thorpe St. Peter, Lincolnshire
The dog-friendly location of the pub is located further away in the heart of the countryside, a 10-minute drive from Skegness for adventures by the sea. Fishermen take note – you will have access to a wonderful fishing lake, which is well stocked with big tots, carp and carp. The scenic site also features riverside walks along the banks of Steeping and is close to plenty of bike paths and country walks.
After busy days of exploring, enjoy relaxing evenings at the on-site pub. This traditional, family-friendly hostel dates back to the 16th century and has an open fireplace and outdoor seating area.
Entertainment is put in place like bingo, competitions, karaoke … and it’s well known for its magical racing!
Electric turf pitches are available from £ 17.65 per night, based on six people.
3. The Red Lion, near Newmarket, Suffolk
Escape to the countryside at this dog-friendly location with the comforts of home close in hand – the 450-year-old Grade II listed pub is only a few minutes’ walk away.
Known for its food made from scratch using local ingredients, you can book for breakfast, lunch or tea, or order packed lunches to keep you entertained when dealing with nearby Icknield Trail.
Set off a quiet area among the trees behind the pub, which is situated in a beautiful country setting right within neighboring Cambridgeshire, with an abundance of wildlife and ducks in the pond.
For guests looking for a little more excitement, Newmarket is just 15 minutes away and is home to the National Museum of Horse Racing, and early birds can hunt purebreds in sprint training throughout the city.
Non-electric lawn (tent only) starts at £ 16 a night, based on 2 participants.
4. The Halladale Inn, Malvitch, Sutherland, Scotland
Developed from an original old vintage house built in 1882, this friendly local pub is perfect for a lunch break, an evening drink or a good night out, as well as a place to rest your head.
Adjacent to the hostel is the North Coast Touring Park, which is an ideal stopover for anyone making the North Coast 500 (NC500) (northcoast500.com).
You can even pick up a map when you’re there.
Plug in your caravan or mobile home, set up your tent or set out in one of the spacious new caravans for up to seven people. Then stroll to the nearby sandy beach of Melvich to heighten your appetite for the generous portions on offer at the bistro.
Menus change daily, with notable features including scrabster haddock, haggis, neeps, and tatties. The lodge will also provide beer, wine, and local gin from the Dunnet Bay Distillery, right along the coast. In addition there is a pool table and a TV.
Four berths £ 60, £ 70 for the seven-berths. Camping from £ 10, motorhome / motorhome from £ 24.50. Find out more at thehalladaleinn.co.uk
5. Limeburners Arms Campsite, Billingshurst, West Sussex
This traditional 17th-century pub is well located for strolling through the countryside, including the South Downs National Park two miles away.
Guests do not need to travel far to get a drink as the grass fields are located directly behind the pub. Run by the same family for the past half century, it is a family-friendly place with a play area, beer garden and a welcoming atmosphere to enjoy home-cooked beer and food. It is suitable for tents, caravans, caravans and campers, as well as six wooden pods. Facilities include showers and toilets, a chemical disposal point, and guests have access to hot and cold water taps.
An optional electric lawn tent starts at £ 30 per night based on four people, and campgrounds from £ 120 per night based on four people.
6. Marlbank Inn, Malvern, and Worcestershire
This welcoming country pub offers a selection of barrel beers, craft beers, gins and single malts, along with great dining within its wood-clad walls.
Along with classic bars such as sirloin, fish and beer chips, he cooks high-quality North Indian food, tandoori grills, paris and street food in his outdoor kitchen.
The site features a sheltered campground, a good location for great views across the countryside, and an on-site playground to keep the little ones entertained. The many hiking routes around Malvern Hills are easily accessible from the site.
It is close to geocaching, treasures, fishing and cycling trails and the Worcestershire Golf Club for a gentle hike. Georgian Eastnor Castle and Croome Court Country Mansion, with grounds designed by Capability Brown, are both a few miles away.
Facilities include toilets and showers, a covered washing area, facilities for people with special needs, disposal of chemicals and freezing of ice bags. Dogs are welcome on site and at the pub.
A non-electric herb tent or camping yard starts from £ 20 a night for two adults.
7. The Ring, Rhosgoch, Anglesey Island
The Ring is a nice pub with a campsite near Llyn Alaw Reservoir and four miles off the coast in Bull Bay. With plenty of well-drawn trails on the Isle of Anglesey Coastal Path, guests can explore the countryside or take a car to the coastal villages near Moelfre and Lligwy to enjoy sea views.
After a day of fresh air and adventure, you can enjoy a delicious dinner in the pub, or relax with a homemade drink in the garden. There is a delicious menu featuring salt and pepper calamari, roast beef, onion chutney, ciabatta and excellent Welsh steak. Sunday barbecue is available from midday until tender.
With a total of 10 playgrounds for caravaning, caravaning or camping, there will be plenty of peace and quiet in this green country site. Also available wi-fi, loos, shower and other essentials for overnight guests, plus a well-stocked games room and kids play area.
Electrical rigidity and grass playground for camper, travel cart or motorhome from £ 16 per night based on 2 adults.
Book bars with campsites through Pitchup.com, Europe’s largest outdoor accommodation provider. Bar owners and managers can learn more about creating nearby camping facilities at: http://techup.com/how-start-campsite-caravan-park and Pitchup.com/join or phone 0203743 9975.
Check for any ongoing local restrictions before booking or traveling.
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