Pubs and restaurants a short walk away
Trying out new places to eat and discovering new favourites is one of the best things about going away. It’s all part of the fun of staying at our adults only campsites. If you really appreciate having a pub or restaurant within easy walking distance of your pitch or accommodation, we’ve researched our parks’ locals for you in this blog.
Only a few of our parks have onsite clubhouses, cafes or restaurants (see below). So having a pub on the doorstep can be a big plus if you prefer not to drive every time you go out to eat. Some Tranquil Parks are within walking distance of towns or villages that have several pubs, restaurants and cafes. It’s also worth pointing out that many parks can help you organise a taxi if the local eateries are just a bit too far for you to walk to, or if you want to walk there and get a ride back.
(This article was researched in January 2020 – establishments may have changed due to COVID-19)
Two locals close to Brookside
Brookside Country Park near Scunthorpe has a local pub just 150 yards from the entrance. It’s called The Ferry House Inn and is in a great position overlooking the River Trent, although it only offers food on Friday and Saturday evenings, plus a Sunday afternoon carvery. The other pub in Burton-upon-Stather is the Sheffield Arms, which does serve food every day at lunchtime and in the evening, and also has a carvery on Sunday afternoons. Check out the Brookside events page for details of upcoming events at the pubs. Both pubs are dog friendly.
Savour the flavours of Somerset in Chew Valley restaurants
It’s just a few moments’ walk from Bath Chew Valley Caravan Park to the Red Lion Inn at Bishop Sutton, where you can expect a warm welcome from landlord Duncan. Locally brewed beers and ciders are offered as a choice from the national brands, though these are also available. Traditional pub favourites top the pub’s menu, each dish prepared from local produce by house chef Scott Lucas. Don’t be surprised if your dog guides you towards the tables by the pub’s log fire during the darker months!
Chew Valley boasts a remarkable choice of 10 restaurants and pubs offering menus for every taste and occasion. No sign of pub chains here. Each restaurant can be reached within 10 minutes’ drive from the caravan park. Almost all are dog-friendly. Salt and Malt lakeside fish restaurant is particularly popular with guests. It’s one of two with lake views. In Summer, Salt and Malt is within walking distance for an evening meal, but check opening times in winter months.
For a special occasion, The Pony and Trap is a Michelin Starred restaurant two miles from the park. Resident Chef Josh Eggleton is a well-known TV personality who champions locally produced ingredients, including vegetables from the restaurant’s own gardens. Sunday lunch is a popular option. Diners with dogs are welcome to eat in the cosy pub or stop for a drink on the garden patio.
Pub and Chelston Motorhomes close to Greenacres, Somerset
The Skylark Pub is approximately 600 metres from Greenacres Touring Park near Wellington in Somerset. You can reach several other handy establishments within 10 minutes on foot, including a garage with a supermarket, a gym, a Costa Coffee, a bus stop and the Chelston Motorhomes centre with the Chelston Leisure Store accessory shop.
Visit the village by foot from Llwynifan Farm, South Wales
From South Wales Touring Park, it’s a 15-minute walk downhill to the local village of Llangennech. The two pubs in the village are The Bridge and Tafarn Morlais. Many guests at the park walk down to the village and catch a local taxi back up the hill, usually costing around £3. Information about the local pubs and taxis is in the Welcome Pack that guests receive on arrival.
The nearest dog friendly pubs, however, are a bit further away in Llanelli. The park has compiled a list of all the dog-friendly pubs in the area which you can see here.
Red Kite’s historic market town
The small Welsh market town of Llanidloes is is within easy walking distance of Red Kite Touring Park in mid-Wales. The walk takes 15-20 minutes and it’s all downhill on marked footpaths. In the town you’ll find a good choice of pubs (some of which are dog friendly), cafes, restaurants, takeaways and a weekly market.
The ancient town of Llanidloes dates back to the 12th Century. It still has buildings from the 17th Century, including the famous timbered market hall – the only one of its kind in Wales. Having kept its relaxed atmosphere, this is a perfect place for a leisurely lunch and a stroll around the shops.
Charming village walkable from Overbrook
Overbrook Caravan Park in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park is located near the picturesque village of Thornton le Dale. The village has a wonderfully quaint and nostalgic feel, with a duck pond and village green complete with ancient market cross and stocks!
Two pubs, the The New Inn and The Buck Inn are both less than half a mile walk from the park and both are dog friendly, with fresh home cooked food and great beers available. Also in the village is the Brandysnap Bistro which the Overbrook team describe as being ‘a little bit special’.
Nearby carvery in York
York Caravan Park has a Toby Carvery pub serving food all day long within walking distance. It takes 15-minutes along a bridleway, although horses don’t use it anymore. It can still get a bit muddy though, so walking boots are recommended in wet weather. Dogs are allowed in the beer garden, but not inside the restaurant. Two local dog-friendly pubs with bars and restaurants are less than two miles away – The Walnut Tree and The Fox. The City of York has many popular pubs, two of which are shown below.
Greendale’s magic local
The White Lion Inn is a pleasant 0.8 mile walk from Greendale Farm Caravan & Camping Park in Rutland. The walk takes you along the park’s quiet lane and then through part of the local village, Whissendine. Do take a torch if you’re doing the walk at night!
At the White Lion, you’ll find a warm welcome from landlords Chris and Yolanda, plus a touch of real magic as Chris is a talented magician. He’s a member of the Inner Magic Circle and has won many awards. You can take away the excellent fare, which includes fish and chips. The beer’s good too – the pub was named Rutland’s CAMRA pub of the year 2019. Dogs are welcome and likely to be made a fuss of, but are only allowed in the bar or garden, where there are also pétanque pistes.
There’s also a café-bistro in the village, Wookies. It’s about 0.7 miles from Greendale and provides great breakfasts, lunches and afternoon teas. The village also has a working windmill, a shop and post office as well as plenty of cycling and walking opportunities.
Somers Wood golf club and village
There’s a golf club with a bar and restaurant right next door to Somers Wood Caravan Park in the village of Meriden, Warwickshire. It’s open to all the park’s guests and dogs are allowed too. In the village, approximately 1 mile from the park, you’ll find The Bull’s Head, Strawberry Bank Bar & Restaurant and The Queens Head. (Village green picture by David Stowell
Down the lane from Back of Beyond
There are two pubs within walking distance of Back of Beyond Touring Camping & Glamping Park, which both serve food and allow dogs. The Woodman is a short walk from the bottom of the lane which leads to the park, while the St Leonards Hotel is further away, taking about 20 minutes along the main road. The hotel’s bar area is famous for having pillars inscribed with names of World War II pilots who carved their names before taking off from nearby airfields. Back of Beyond guests can also use the bar and restaurant at a neighbouring holiday park.
Two villages near Blue Rose have pubs
If you stay at Blue Rose Country Park, the nearby village of Brandesburton has two pubs: the 400 year-old Dacre Arms and The Black Swan. Both offer food daily and hold events throughout the year. You can get breakfast at the Hainsworth Golf Club from 8am, with food served till 5pm.
The other village Leven, is also a 15 minute walk away, has The New Inn offering food daily and entertainment at the weekend, as well as the Hare & Hounds for sports lovers. Check out the Blue Rose events page for live events with a great atmosphere taking place in the park’s function room about once a month.
More parks with food served onsite or nearby
- New Lodge Farm, Northamptonshire, has an award-winning farm shop, butchery, bar and cafe, featuring “Cook your on Steak on a Rock!”
- At Stroud Hill Park near St Ives, Cambridgeshire, there’s an onsite bar and restaurant, The Barn. It’s open Wednesday through to Saturday evenings from 6pm and on Sundays for lunch from 12-3pm. Dogs are welcome.
- Eye Kettleby Lakes has a licensed clubhouse which is open daily for breakfast, lunch and tea, plus Sunday lunch. The bar is open on a seasonal basis. A range of different acts perform there, including tribute acts.
- Wayfarers Caravan Park, Cornwall, has a bistro onsite.
- Wells Touring Park, Somerset, has a coffee lounge.
- Wolds View Touring Park, Lincolnshire, has an onsite coffee shop, open weekends and bank holidays (high season).
- Wheathill Touring Park in Shropshire has a country pub conveniently located next door.
- Good eating establishments about in the area surrounding Two Mills Touring Park in Norfolk, with the nearest Country Inn only 150 yards away.
- Delph Bank Touring Park is in the village of Fleet Hargate (between Spalding and King’s Lynn), which has a village pub, tea room, restaurant, farm shop and Post Office.
These parks also have pubs, restaurants or cafes nearby
- Killiwerris Touring Park, Cornwall
- Woodland Springs Touring Park, Devon
- Waterrow Touring Park, Somerset
- Old Oaks Touring Camping & Glamping, Somerset
- Wells Touring Park, Somerset
- Three Castles Country Caravan Park, Monmouthshire
- Briarfields Motel and Touring Park, Gloucestershire
- Fields End Water Caravan Park, Lodges and Fishery, Cambridgeshire
- Tyddyn Du Touring Park, North Wales
- Lamb Cottage Caravan Park, Cheshire
- Charoland Farm, Lancashire
- Long Acres Touring Park, Lincolnshire
- Chainbridge Touring Caravan Site, Northumberland
- Plough Lane Caravan Site, Wiltshire