The Woolpack Slad, Stroud
We went for the first time just recently and both fell in love. The pub is in a beautiful part of Gloucestershire set in one of the many valleys around Stroud with amazing views all around. The pub itself is quite small and has not been touched for a fair few years and has clearly seen some life. Wallpaper coming off the walls, old banquets and knackered furniture all add to the charm of a traditional boozy pub. The menu, however, is incredible: a perfect mix of pub grub with some more modern, simple dishes and plenty of local beers to help you sink back a bit further into your seat.
The Magdalen Arms, Oxford
We’ve both been a number of times to ‘The Maggy’, which is related to The Anchor & Hope in Lambeth. It’s a big old pub on the Iffley Road where you’ll always find a few boozers at the bar and a great restaurant at the back with a view into the kitchen. They also have a big St John influence present with plenty of offal, different cuts of meat to share and a superb wine list. It’s all very indulgent.
The King’s Head Inn, Bledington
The King’s Head Inn is our most frequent haunt and the best pub for a pint or five. A good classic British pub in a beautiful village, it has a low-lit bar with a few stools, a big fire roaring at all times, a great choice of beers on and a familiar face behind the bar. There’s a great set of locals propping up the bar – always with a funny story. It’s normally full, so it has a vibrant warmth to it.