English pubs conjure up images of whitewashed buildings with thatched roofs, worn doors that open into darkish rooms with heavy oak furniture, brasses on the walls, a roaring fire in the grate and genial host to beckon you in. Sure, quintessential English pubs like this do exist and are plentiful in quaint villages, but the English pub has gone up a considerable notch. Today’s English pubs might be a hotbed of the local music scene, or serve up rustic fare in smart dining rooms, in fact, English gastro pubs enjoy a good reputation and indeed one this year was awarded 2 Michelin Stars. Whether, you want a refreshing drink, or somewhere to meet friends, English pubs always offer a welcome. Here are 8 Essentially English Pubs:
1. The Thatchers Arms, Mount Bures, Essex
Right in the heart of the countryside so excellently and lovingly portrayed by artist John Constable, the Thatchers Arms is a typically rural English pub that enjoys stunning views of the Stour and Colne valleys. Food and ale is local and served up in two bars and a large garden. On Thursday evenings they have a movie club in the function room. Other facilities include a mini library and piano, and there’s also a golf society.