What a fantastic day! Everyone out for a long walk in the glorious sunshine, blue skies and dry feet - sorry, this is British summertime, let’s be a little more realistic - you’ve been for a long walk, it only rained for half an hour and the skies brightened when you stopped for lunch, the horizon almost ablaze with colour.
It was gorgeous but now you’re absolutely gasping for a drink (gin, obviously) and you want something decent despite being in the middle of nowhere.
We can’t tell you about all of the gin joints, in all the world, in just one post but we can definitely pick a few of the best places to drink gin in the beautiful, UK countryside.
The Feathers Hotel
There are some seriously beautiful places to visit in Oxfordshire, beyond the eponymous city, from Blenheim Palace to Waterperry Garden and Oxford Castle (or simply a punt along the river). The Feathers Hotel is the perfect place to rest your weary feet and peruse their gin menu (featuring more than 280 gins) whilst sipping on what they call “the perfect G&T”.
The Old Bell Inn
If you’re approaching the end of the Pennine Way or simply fancy a trip to the pub with a Gin Emporium that holds the Guinness Record for most amount of gins commercially available get yourself over to the Old Bell Inn, Saddleworth. With an astonishing 430 different gins available, making your mind up could take some time.
The Cotswold Plough Hotel
Recover from the strains of a long weekend in the Cotswolds (or traversing the Cotswold Way) in this, delectable Gin Pantry! The Cotswold Plough Hotel has a great range of over 100 gins from craft and artisan distillers from all around the world. They, quite rightly, also have a wide range of tonic waters for you to feast upon!
Brown Horse Inn
The Lake District, the resplendent jewel in the crown of the English countryside, seems to be quite a fan of gin with a number of pubs and hotels having a healthy range of gins; one of the best being the Brown Horse Inn who have a choice of 60 gins for you but have plans to almost double this by Christmas. Why not call in after exploring the idyllic hills around Ambleside and Windermere?
Scotland has some of the most breathtaking scenery and walks anywhere on these fair isles and none so lovely as the Highlands. At the edge of Upper Loch Torridon, The Torridon offers over 50 gins with a particular emphasis on that wild and wonderful beast - Scottish gins.
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