Horses can mean compromise (missing friends' birthday parties, saying no to holidays to save the pennies...) But just when you think you might have to wave goodbye to a social life altogether, along come these horse-friendly pubs...
The Cricketers (pictured, above)
What to expect: with a dedicated area to tie up horses outside and water and hay on hand so that your mount can fuel up, The Cricketers provides a picture-perfect pit-stop for thirsty riders. And with the outdoor seating adjacent to the tethering area, riders can bask in the sun enjoying lunch — while keeping one eye on their horse.
Find out more: www.cricketerscobham.com
The Six Bells
What to expect: this boutique pub and dining room is in the heart of the Suffolk countryside and features a fully equipped outdoor space, with special tethering rings and water to refresh the horses. And while your horse takes a breather, you can tuck into your own refreshments — from house-cured salmon to a hearty Angus beef burger.
Find out more: www.thesixbellspreston.com
The Feathers Inn
What to expect: the stone-built Feathers Inn’s tie up point for horses means that you can make the most of chef Rhian Cradock’s menu, which focuses on Northumbrian produce. And while you’re there, take a moment to soak up the far-reaching views, across Northumberland, Cumbria, Tyne & Wear and County Durham’s dales beyond.
Find out more: thefeathers.net
What to expect: set in the heart of the Brecon Beacons, Chris and Lyndsey will give you — and your horse — a warm welcome, with two tie up points on either side of the car park, water available and a designated area for riders to put tack and hats.
Find out more: www.the-farmers-arms.com
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The New Inn
What to expect: The New Inn calls itself “a child, dog and horse friendly pub”, which means that while you cool yourself off with a cider (the pub is a two-times winner of the Gloucestershire cider pub of the year award), your steed can have a drink from the trough at the top of the garden. And if you overindulge in The New Inn’s tempting menu (think fish pie or a ploughman’s), there’s a mounting block to help you on your way.
Find out more: thenewinnwaterleybottom.co.uk