The best caravan parks offer great facilities, picturesque views and plenty to do in the surrounding area. After a day’s exploring, taking a trip to a pub and relaxing with some delicious food – and maybe a tipple or two – can be the ideal way to spend the evening. There are plenty of caravan sites near pubs, so in this guide, we’ll run through 10 of our favourite locations, as well as nearby parks to stay at…
1 Old Success Inn, Sennen Cove, Cornwall
If ever a village were worthy of a really good-looking pub, it’s surely charming Sennen Cove, on the western edge of Cornwall a mile north of Land’s End.
The Old Success fulfils that role most admirably and is suitably welcoming and dog-friendly, with roaring open fireplaces.
The views across the cove are simply breathtaking and it’s a great place to stop for walkers on the South West Coast Path, where they can enjoy good quality pub dishes, including locally sourced mussels, and, of course, a pint of Proper Job!
2 The Angel on the Bridge, Henley-on-Thames
Perfectly positioned to enjoy the many delights of the Thames at Henley, this fine old Grade II-listed pub, which dates back to 1728, is frequently selected as one of England’s best boozers.
Inside, it’s all comfortable Chesterfields, oak tables and open fireplaces, but the location, directly on the river, will drag you outside even on the coolest of days.
During the regatta, the Angel is packed to the rafters – the place to be seen! But it is a proper pub, with good food – the pies are exceptional – and a wide range of beers.
Stay at: Swiss Farm Touring and Camping
3 The Half Moon, Kirdford, West Sussex
Okay, so it’s 15 minutes by car from our suggested campsite to this tucked-away pub halfway between Petworth and Billingshurst, but call a cab to take you there and you’ll find it worth your while.
This dog-friendly Grade II-listed pub dates to the 15th century and has beautiful gardens and a great offering of fine foods and wines.
The Half Moon was bought by model and racing car driver Jodie Kidd in 2017, and has become popular with foodies. It’s also a great stop for those exploring Petworth House and its surroundings.
Stay at: Sumners Ponds Fishery & Campsite
4 Blakes of the Hollow, Enniskillen
Simply oozing its great heritage, with traditional live music and well-kept Guinness, this Victorian bar, which dates back to 1887, is an established Northern Ireland institution and one of the best known pubs in the area.
Enniskillen itself is the largest town in Fermanagh and becoming increasingly popular with tourists, who have discovered that it makes an excellent springboard for visiting other parts of the county, such as Lough Erne. Your first stop should be the Hollow on a busy Friday night.
5 The Mishnish, Tobermory, Isle of Mull
Visitors to Tobermory won’t be able to miss this iconic pub, which sits right on the harbour edge, resplendent in yellow and adorned with attractive red and blue buildings on either side.
This is an enormously popular spot with tourists (famously the setting for CBeebies programme Balamory), and understandably so – the waterside position and colourful exterior make for Instagram heaven.
The bar area has a comforting traditional atmosphere, with chairs made from barrels and a beautiful fireplace – a snug getaway from the cold outside.
Stay at: Tobermory Campsite
6 Ship Inn, Red Wharf Bay, Anglesey
Anglesey is, of course, totally surrounded by water, so it should come as no surprise that we are featuring a waterside pub here. And what a pub the Ship Inn is!
Originally a row of cottages built in 1740, with a small pub within the cottage on the left, its Welsh name, Traeth Coch, means ‘red beach’ and dates all the way back to a Viking battle that took place in 1170.
Fortunately, you’ll find no such trouble brewing in this peaceful and charming spot these days – just a chocolate box location that is right on the water – and you must try the famous Welsh Dragon pie!
Stay at: Pant y Saer Caravan Park
7 The Mortal Man, Troutbeck, Cumbria
Serving great hand-pulled cask ales, such as Wainwright Golden Beer and Sally Birkett’s Ale, The Mortal Man is a traditional inn that certainly has the Lakes flowing through its veins.
It’s just 2.5 miles from Lake Windermere and in a wonderful position to explore the Kentmere Round, a 12-mile horseshoe hike that includes seven Wainwright fells.
For fine days, there’s a delightful beer garden, with stunning views over the hills and valleys, and nearby, the walk that takes you from Wansfell to Ambleside is said to be just perfect for beginners.
Stay at: Skelwith Fold Caravan Park
8 The Falcon Inn, Arncliffe, North Yorkshire
We’re not sure you could get any more Yorkshire than this traditional Dales pub, which doubled as the original Woolpack in early episodes of what was then known as Emmerdale Farm before filming moved to Esholt back in 1975.
Outside, ivy climbs the walls of this delightful brick building, and there’s easy access to tourist hotspots such as Malham Cove, which is a 20-minute drive away.
Visitors will no doubt be charmed by the fact that ale is still being poured out of the jug, alongside more modern pumps.
9 The Old Neptune, Whitstable, Kent
This unique venue is a Whitstable favourite and sits on the shingle – that’s correct, not near the beach, but right on it!
Known affectionately as the Neppy, the pub dates back the early 19th century (replacing a wooden beer house that was damaged in a storm and then gradually washed away) and has been a hotspot for locals and visitors ever since. It can get very busy in summer. Today The Old Neptune a popular music venue and serves typical pub grub.
Stay at: Primrose Cottage Caravan Park
10 The Rambler Inn, Edale, Derbyshire
A hikers’ delight, this fittingly named stone inn, found in Hope Valley, sits at the start of the Pennine Way and offers easy access to the Peak District National Park.
You’ll find good quality grub with pub favourites such as locally made pies, fish and chips, and a Rambler fish finger butty.
There’s a good selection of cask ales from Marston’s. In the summer months, The Rambler Inn has an attractive beer garden is packed full of walkers in search of refreshment.
Stay at: Greenacres Campsite
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