Coach tour itineraries require careful planning, making sure good-quality pit stops are on hand. Whether it’s a drink, snack, meal or overnight stop, Great Country Pubs has the solution. And adding a rural pub to your itinerary has just got a lot easier with Great Country Pubs’ newly launched online resource for group travel organisers. Great Country Pubs is a DEFRA funded initiative backed by Tourism South East in partnership with PITH (Pub is The Hub). All over the Kent and Sussex countryside you are sure to discover one of these charming pubs that will require only a short detour from the main road.
Pubs like the White Hart at Newenden in Kent, which has origins dating back to the 1550s. Original features remain but there is also a modern dining area ideal for large groups, plus the garden provides plenty of additional seating on warm days. Cooking is lovely, fresh, simple and tasty using locally sourced ingredients, and they take local beer seriously here.
On the Kent/East Sussex border, the Grove Ferry Pantry Pub & Inn at Upstreet makes the most of its views; a decked area is the ideal spot to enjoy alfresco dining while observing craft floating pass on the River Stour – a perfect blend of traditional real ales, innovative and responsibly sourced food and comfortable lodgings. For further information visit www.greatcountrypubs.com and search under ‘Group Friendly’ to find more pubs like these with coach parking facilities on site (or nearby), or with a drop-off area at the door. Note: some pubs offer coach-operator incentives and group rates; bookings are usually required for large parties.
Further information from www.greatcountypubs.com