Take three: UK brewery pub hotels for beer lovers

Ever wished that your hotel was just that little bit closer to the pub? Of course you have. Which is why we've picked three of our fave brewery hotels across the UK, from the Lakes of Windermere to Britain's smallest town. Stay in one of these perfct choices for pub accommodation, enjoy a few home-brewed beers and your room is just a stone's throw away...

The Neuadd Arms Hotel, Llanwrtyd Wells

The tiny Welsh town of Llanwrtyd Wells is Britain's smallest town (it has a population of just 600). Surrounded by the majestic Cambrian Mountains, the Neuadd Brewery and Hotel sits right at the heart of it.

This family run, 21-room, 19th century gem boast a farmers' Bell Bar, featuring the original servants' bells and a wood panelled Lounge bar serving Real Ales. Beer fanatics will be happiest around the back of the hotel where the Neuadd Brewery can be found in renovated stables.

The Neuadd Arms is now running Brewing Weekends, where visitors can stay at the hotel and learn all about the brewing process and the chance to make a case of your own beer, complete with personalised labels. A double room in the hotel with breakfast starts from £77.

The Watermill Inn

​The Watermill Inn & Brewery Co, Ing, Windermere

This pretty pub, brewery and hotel all in one has been raking in the brewery accolades of late: it was recently awarded the National Own Brew Pub of the Year in 2013. Located in the village of Ing, two miles south of Lake Windermere, The Watermill is ideally situated for forays into the Lake District, but if it's beer you're after then head to the onsite microbrewery where the owners have created an ale lover's paradise.

The pub has open log fires, up to 16 Real Ales on traditional hand pulled taps at one time and a viewing window into the brewery and beer cellar where you can see the home-brewer ales being made.

Double rooms start from £36 per night and the tariff includes a full English breakfast. Some rooms are dog friendly.

The Old Cannon, Bury St Edmunds

The Old Cannon Brewery, Bar, Brasserie and B&B is the only independent brewery pub in Suffolk where you can see the home-made ales brewed on premises. You can also and sample a selection of in-house ales as well as guest beers and bitters from around the country.

The stainless steel brewing barrels sit in the bar itself and brewing takes place twice a week, which means guests who time their visits right can sup the latest concoction while the next is brewed in front of you. The cosy brewery bedrooms are nestled in the converted old brewhouse and each of the six double rooms comes with a breakfast made with locally sourced Suffolk ingredients.

The brasserie serves dishes made with The Old Cannon's own ales like beef and ale pie and Black Pig ale, wild boar and apple sausages. Double occupancy, including full English breakfast starts from £110 per night with single occupancy from £85.

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The Anchor Inn in Lower Froyle, Hampshire. This pub may date back to the 16th Century but it boasts all you can desire in terms of modern comfort, including one room with a beautiful outdoor terrace. This little gem boasts log fires, a classic English menu which changes with the seasons, plus five chic vintage-inspired bedrooms (with power showers, flat screen TVs and fine linens), each named after the great war poets. Visit anchorinnatlowerfroyle.co.uk.

The Bell Inn, Bramshaw, Hampshire. Built in 1782, this pub combines period features with contemporary style. Located in the heart of the New Forest National Park in the tranquil hamlet of Bramshaw, yet only one minute from the M27, The Bell Inn has been a popular free house for over 200 years, and offers a fine selection of real ales, West Country ciders, and wines from around the world.

The Fox & Anchor in chic Clerkenwell, London. Renovated, restored and now returned to its former glory, this Victorian pub is faithful to its English origins and has been pulling pints for the workers of Smithfield market, which sits opposite the building, for more than 100 years. Bedrooms have original fireplaces, lattice windows and en-suite bathrooms with claw-footed bathtubs and enormous copper hand basins. Visit foxananchor.com

A cosy retreat in a peaceful setting on the edge of Dartmoor with stunning views, the Elephant's Nest Inn in Dartmoor, Devon boasts an oak-beamed bar with log fire, hearty seasonal fare and three luxury ensuite guest rooms. The Elephant's Nest is one of only three pubs in Devon to feature in every edition of The Good Pub Guide since it began publication 27 years ago.

The Lamb at Hindon, Wiltshire. Stay here and you'll find quirky, stylish rooms in the tiny village of Hindon, Wiltshire. In honour of the Scottish owners, each room is decorated in tartan and named after a different brand of whiskey, offered for you to try in the room. Visitors are welcome to drink it for a small honesty box charge. Visit lambhindon.co.uk.

The Bull and Swan, Burghley, Lincolnshire. This coaching inn dates back several hundreds of years and is a one off. Rooms with names such as Wild Horse and Badger, after the pseudonyms of some of the members of the Honourable Order of Little Bedlam, a drinking club which dates back to 1684. Visit thebullandswan.co.uk.

The Rose and Crown, Romaldkirk, County Durham.

This multi-award-winning 18th century coaching inn is situated in the middle of three village greens in a village less than 30 minutes from the centre of Durham. The bedrooms are luxurious and all individual. The Rose and Crown features in the Good Food Guide and is also an Inspector's Favourite in the 2011 Michelin Eating Out in Pubs Guide. Visit rose-and-crown.co.uk

The Crown at Whitebrook, Monmouthshire, South Wales

Set in five acres of tranquil, landscaped gardens in the heart of the Wye Valley, The Crown at Whitebrook is one of Wales's first restaurants with rooms and one of a handful of restaurants in Wales to boast a Michelin star. With eight luxurious bedrooms and a stylish but comfortable restaurant, it has lovingly been described as a 'romantic auberge'.

Open the doors of the General Tarleton in Ferrensby, North Yorkshire, and you'll find log fires, Yorkshire ales, cracking wine, amazing food and 14 luxurious and well-equipped bedrooms with a supply of home-made biscuits and facilities for making tea, coffee and hot-chocolate, plus flat-screen TVs and wireless internet connection.


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