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    Hi

    Done a few pub stops recently, thought some may be interested in the results. To make it clear, some were found in the POI's here, some were from ***************************.

    First was the Redesdale Arms, Horsey village, nr Otterburn, right beside the A68. Excellent, very welcoming, good food, quiet and safe nightstop

    Next was the Bulls Head at Roddington nr Shrewsbury. Really nice pub run by quite a young couple, 5 mls from Shrewsbury, 5 mls for Telford, tiny village right out in the sticks. Busy pub but everyone disappeared after 10, so quite and safe night

    Next was the Ragley Boat Stop, Barrow upon Trent, Derbyshire. Huge car park, pub on canal side. No probs except a bit of noise from the nearby motorway. Good Food, very welcoming

    Next was the Square and Compass near Darley Dale, Matlock. This one is unusual in that it has a campsite (15 per night). The grass area was decidedly dodgy due to rain but they were happy for us to stay on a hardstanding in the car park. Water, toilet emptying etc. They had no food on the night we were there.

    Last the Bear Inn, Wirksworth Road, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 2RD, United Kingdom. This was a real find, a very old pub full of character, huge car park. Very good food and another quiet and safe nightstop. HOWEVER, beware! when you eventually find this pub you are well and truly lost! The postcode covers a huge area and is not centred anywhere near the pub. Ring first for directions as we eventually had to, lots of narrow lanes as well, to get there. 01629 822585. Supposedly 10 per night but free if you eat there, as we did.

    In all cases we rang the pub a day or two before our visit, in all cases this seemed to be appreciated, we also made ourselves known to the owner on arrival.

    Never had any problems with pub stops so far, we usually have a list of 3 in an area, and plan on the first one. We spend circa 30 per night, but, then again we don't have to pay for a site (Except Square and Compass) and we don't have to cook/wash-up either.

    Hope this helps!
    IanH

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    We've always been put off by these kind of stops as they need you to buy food at usually quite expensive meals.
    We have thought that maybe now and again would be good as you have to eat anyway but we usually seek out the cheaper sites anyway at around 12 anight

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    The Bear Inn has the best Sunday carvery ever experienced ( especially if your a meat eater) with live 15 miles away and use the carvery often

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    You, and I must be the only people in UK to know where it is!!

    Seriously though, we were there on a Tues eve and were surprised how busy it was.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffion View Post
    We've always been put off by these kind of stops as they need you to buy food at usually quite expensive meals.
    We have thought that maybe now and again would be good as you have to eat anyway but we usually seek out the cheaper sites anyway at around 12 anight
    Two or three thoughts on your kind response............

    Assuming 2 of you and eating in the van, perhaps some wine? Maybe a ready meal, maybe something more adventurous?
    Now you've got to cook it (gas), heat the water for the washing up (more gas) then do all the work.

    Don't know what that would cost, prob not 18, but must cost something.......

    But the real reason we like pub stops is spontaneity, no booking, you drive to the pub, if it looks cr8p, you drive to the next one, that's why we select 3. If you book, and poss pay for your site, then you're committed, if it's cr8p when you get there, you have to live with it.

    As always, each to his/her own, but this works for us, we are no longer members of any clubs (except France Passion but that's different) so we can take off as we wish and go where we wish.


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    We use pub stopovers...some let you stay just for a couple of pints....or you pay nominal charge for EHU... and not obliged....but still have a few beers LOL. !! Better than expensive sites in the middle of nowhere. All down to preferences of course......Maja

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    My favourites are The Clothiers Arms in Stokesmoor Yorks,speciallity Tapas but in Yorkshire portions! and the Carriage House Inn on Manchester Road nr Rawtenstasll specialises in Turkish food. Both have great beers. The latter also has a campsite behind it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IanH View Post
    Hi

    Done a few pub stops recently, thought some may be interested in the results. To make it clear, some were found in the POI's here, some were from ***************************.

    First was the Redesdale Arms, Horsey village, nr Otterburn, right beside the A68. Excellent, very welcoming, good food, quiet and safe nightstop

    Next was the Bulls Head at Roddington nr Shrewsbury. Really nice pub run by quite a young couple, 5 mls from Shrewsbury, 5 mls for Telford, tiny village right out in the sticks. Busy pub but everyone disappeared after 10, so quite and safe night

    Next was the Ragley Boat Stop, Barrow upon Trent, Derbyshire. Huge car park, pub on canal side. No probs except a bit of noise from the nearby motorway. Good Food, very welcoming

    Next was the Square and Compass near Darley Dale, Matlock. This one is unusual in that it has a campsite (15 per night). The grass area was decidedly dodgy due to rain but they were happy for us to stay on a hardstanding in the car park. Water, toilet emptying etc. They had no food on the night we were there.

    Last the Bear Inn, Wirksworth Road, Belper, Derbyshire DE56 2RD, United Kingdom. This was a real find, a very old pub full of character, huge car park. Very good food and another quiet and safe nightstop. HOWEVER, beware! when you eventually find this pub you are well and truly lost! The postcode covers a huge area and is not centred anywhere near the pub. Ring first for directions as we eventually had to, lots of narrow lanes as well, to get there. 01629 822585. Supposedly 10 per night but free if you eat there, as we did.

    In all cases we rang the pub a day or two before our visit, in all cases this seemed to be appreciated, we also made ourselves known to the owner on arrival.

    Never had any problems with pub stops so far, we usually have a list of 3 in an area, and plan on the first one. We spend circa 30 per night, but, then again we don't have to pay for a site (Except Square and Compass) and we don't have to cook/wash-up either.

    Hope this helps!
    IanH
    Thanks for the updates

    I have added the Pubs Stops not in the POIs at present. Finding 'The Bear' will no longer be a problem!
    Remember - POI additions and updates can be sent by email to POI@wildcamping.co.uk

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ffion View Post
    We've always been put off by these kind of stops as they need you to buy food at usually quite expensive meals.
    We have thought that maybe now and again would be good as you have to eat anyway but we usually seek out the cheaper sites anyway at around 12 anight
    12 get you quite a few pints!

    Pub stops offer a good alternative to campsites, and for those venturing into 'wilding' for the first time offer the chance to dip that important very first toe ...
    Remember - POI additions and updates can be sent by email to POI@wildcamping.co.uk

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    We have done so many pub stops in the UK as we find it easier and less hassle as well as safer as many wild spots, especially in Derbyshire.

    The Bear is one we may try on our next visit coords. 53.071288, -1.533040.

    As to cost personally the comparison I would make is with a campsite and then pubs come out very favourably.

    We never ring up as I prefer to turn up then they can see the whites of your eyes and draw their own conclusions!! Also dont try a pub with a small carpark especially at the weekend! I also look for the name of the licensee (usually over the door / on a notice by the door) and ask for them by name. Finally ask if they have a preferred spot where you can park.

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