I’ve been fortunate to travel to Great Britain three times. On each of those visits, pub life was a major part of our experiences. Some of those visits saw us linger over a few pints while other visits were long enough to stop in for a 20-minute break over half pints. And yes, we’ve had many meals in pubs. Before our first visit in 1998, I read in my Lonely Planet guidebook about how the best — and often cheapest — meals were in pubs. I have had many great meals in pubs. I have been to my share of pubs. Here are some of my favorite pubs of Great Britain.
For us, many of our greatest experiences have come in the East Anglia city of Norwich. My mother-in-law is from there, and so there are many cousins to visit. We’ve been in many great pubs in Norwich, most of which I never thought to take pictures in while enjoying my pint. But here are a few of our favorites.
There is the first pub we visited in the city, a building full of photos of the American servicemen who frequented the pub during World War II:
I like The Lawyer because of the name and the cool black style:
I’ve only had one pint at the Adam and Eve, but the oldest pub in Norwich deserves to be on my list.
OK, I have a little secret. Considering I enjoy beer as much as I do, I haven’t been to as many pubs in London as you’d think. We’re always so busy seeing the sights, we don’t slow down enough to enjoy pub life. But I have a few favorites.
We stopped in at this pub to get dry. We had just left the Tower of London and it began pouring rain as we walked across Tower Bridge. Just as we got across the bridge, we happened upon this pub. It was a perfect pit stop.
This East London pub had some great beers, and was a nice break after hitting some of the markets in the neighborhood. I like the old worn look. It shows that not all great pubs are posh. Some have old smoky Las Vegas casino-style carpet, or at least that’s what I think of when I see this photo.
When we were in York, I did my own version of a pub crawl. I should stress how family friendly pubs in the United Kingdom are. We’ve had many meals at pubs, including a nice traditional British meal in one pub in York. After dinner, Stacey took Colby back to our B&B for the evening while I sampled a few pubs.
The pubs in Scotland were welcoming to my son. We found The Last Drop Tavern in Grassmarket, Edinburgh, to be a great spot. One of the servers did a great job of flirting with Colby. For months after our trip, he referred to her as his girlfriend.
When we visited Stratford-Upon-Avon, Stacey toured the Shakespeare Birthplace while Colby and I sat at this cool pub. The photo from the inside is at the top of this story.