If you're in search of some incredible hearty food this winter, look no further than our top 5 foodie pubs, brought to you by Fiona Stapley, editor of The Good Pub Guide 2015. From stunning seafood to locally foraged fare, we’ve got something comforting and delicious for all tastes; perfect for a lazy lunch after a crisp winter walk.
1. Pipe & Glass South Dalton, Yorkshire HU17 7PN
Our Dining Pub of the Year 2015, this is an attractive white-washed inn with a proper chatty bar, stylish bedrooms, a light, airy restaurant overlooking Dalton Park and exceptional food cooked by the chef/patron. Beautifully presented dishes include guinea fowl with crispy leg parcel, devils on horseback and sherry cream and rare breed potted pork with sticky apple and crackling salad and spelt toast.
(01430) 810246 www.pipeandglass.co.uk
2. Treby Arms, Sparkwell, Devon PL7 5DD
Run by MasterChef winner Anton Piotrowski, you’ll have to book some time in advance to get a table in this incredibly popular village pub. There is a small bar with real ales that is used by locals but most customers are here to enjoy the wonderful, contemporary food. Dishes include cocoa venison with colcannon, field mushroom with foie gras and salami and baby gem and roasted line-caught sea bass with sea spaghetti, parsnip purée and cider-braised mussels.
(01752) 837363 www.thetrebyarms.co.uk
3. Stagg, Titley, Herefordshire HR5 3RL
Although the food here remains some of the best you’ll find in pub cooking, the bar is at the heart of this top class place with an interesting range of drinks and a genuine welcome. Comfortable bedrooms, a two-acre garden and airy dining rooms with dishes like partridge, sweet and sour parsnips, kale and smoked mashed potato and duck breast and leg with crushed celeriac, carrot and cider potato fondant.
(01544) 230221 www.thestagg.co.uk
A first class, pretty pub with a traditional bar for locals, fresh flowers, church candles and contemporary paintwork in dining rooms and restaurant, lovely staff and impressive, seasonally inspired dishes that include slow-roasted goat shoulder with onion sauce and beef wellington with rosemary, garlic, orange and truffle dauphinoise with salt baked carrots and red wine sauce.
(01480) 463609 www.cambscuisine.com
5. Horse Guards, Tillington, Sussex GU28 9AF
A gem of a 300-year-old inn with beams, panelling and open fires in rambling rooms, cosy bedrooms and a lush, sheltered garden. Delicious food using home-grown and foraged products and dishes such as barbary duck with dauphinoise potatoes and blood orange sauce and sea snail, garlic and chilli linguine.
(01798) 342332 www.thehorseguardsinn.co.uk