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Great British Pub Tour

» Old Pubs & Great Grub 2015 - 5 Day Trip from London

'Shrewsbury, Ledbury & Ross-on-Wye - This tour has been designed to let you discover the best of what English pubs have to offer: an incomparable friendly atmosphere and amazing food. You will also have a chance to sample tasty produce, from wine and cider with local producers, to freshly baked breads in a traditional market. Explore secluded areas and travel on hilly roads, and enjoy a true Small-Group experience down the Severn valley..'

Day 1: Chester – Golden Cross Pub – Shrewsbury

This morning we drive through the rolling hills and beautiful rural landscapes of Cheshire and

Shropshire, to arrive in the historic market town of Shrewsbury, in time for a traditional pub lunch at The Golden Cross Pub. The Golden Cross is the oldest public house in Shrewsbury and dates back to the 1400s. Later today we enjoy a private wine tasting and appreciation talk, before continuing to our accommodation in Shrewsbury. Once the home of Prince Rupert, the grandson of King James I, this magnificent building dates back to the 12th century. Tonight we enjoy a traditional meal together in the hotel's restaurant, which is decorated with original tapestries and suits of armour. (L, D). Overnight: The Prince Rupert Hotel (or similar)

Day 2: Shrewsbury – Pembridge – Eastnore Castle – Great Malvern

In Shrewsbury we explore the town’s indoor traditional market filled with all the fresh produce that this area has to offer: vegetables, warm breads, cured meats, cheeses - something to delight all tastebuds. We then travel to Pembridge, to visit Westonbury Mill & Water Garden & Follies to discover its many features set amongst the various landscapes and beautiful ponds; you may even have a chance to spot its giant cuckoo clock and hear it sing on the hour. Travelling further south we visit the majestic Eastnor Castle, which has been home to the same family for almost 200 years. When construction of the castle began in 1810, there can be no doubt that the size of Eastnor was intended to firmly cement the family into the ruling classes for future generations. Our journey continues to Great Malvern where we enjoy an evening at leisure. (B). Overnight: Colwall Park Hotel (or similar)

Day 3: Great Malvern – Hereford – Ross-on-Wye

This morning, we head into the hilly county of Herefordshire, famous for its fresh produce and stunning scenery. Here we visit the Old City of Hereford as well as its Cathedral, to view the award-winning Mappa Mundi, which records how scholars interpreted the world in the 13th century. At a local cider and perry producer this afternoon, we learn more about how these Hereford specialties are crafted, followed by, of course, a tasting session. Finally we make our way to Ross-on-Wye, where we enjoy a delightful dinner together. (B, D). Overnight: The Chase Hotel (or similar)

A 5 Day Voyage across England Discovering the Best of what English pubs have to offer!

Aerial View of Eastnor Castle
Eden Project, Cornwall
Enjoying a pint of local beer

Day 4: Ross-on-Wye – Symonds Yat – Ross-on-Wye

We head to Symonds Yat Leisure Park, where you may decide to go for a walk along the River Wye or simply relax in a local cafe soaking up the stunning scenery of the Wye Valley. Lunch today will be in a family run Inn, which has stood for centuries in a spectacular position on the east bank of the River Wye, where the river flows into a steep wooded gorge, on the edge of the Forest of Dean. This afternoon we learn more about wine at Three Choirs Vineyards, where a local expert will take us for a walk through the vineyards, explaining how they grow vines in this region. Of course, this visit wouldn’t be complete without a wine tasting session. Later, we stop at the imposing Goodrich Castle, the construction of which began in the 11th century but was not finished until 200 years later. Despite the fact that it was partially ruined in the 17th century, it has kept its original grandeur and is a fascinating site to explore. Back in Ross-on-Wye we enjoy an evening at leisure. (B, L) Overnight: The Chase Hotel (or similar)

Day 5: Ross-on-Wye – Cotswolds – London

There is plenty of time to explore the old market town of Ross-on-Wye this morning. With its pretty Tudor timbered houses and medieval atmosphere, the centre has retained an authentic, traditional charm. Our last pub lunch together will be in a traditional inn that serves food cooked from scratch using an abundance of fresh local ingredients. Your meal can be washed down with a cask ale of locally brewed beer or a glass of wine from the extensive list which includes new world favourites and some stunning locally produced wines. En route back to London we stop in some of the Cotswold’s most typically charming villages. On arrival in London our tour sadly comes to an end. (B, L)

% Day Pub Tour itinerary

Tour Inclusions
  • 4 nights’ accommodation
  • Driver/tour leader
  • Mini-coach transportation
  • Full English breakfast daily
  • 2 x evening meals
  • 3 x lunches
  • Wine & Perry tasting
  • Included Entrances: Westonbury Mill & Water Garden, Eastnor Castle, Mappa Mundi & Goodrich Castle.

Pick-Up & Drop-Off

Our tour commences from the New Blossoms Hotel, St John Street, Chester, CH1 1HL at 9:30am. Please ensure you are at the meeting point at least 15 minutes prior to departure

Drop-off 5:30pm at Grange Wellington Hotel, 71-72 Vincent Square, London, SW1P 2PA. Please bear in mind that drop-off time is an estimate only – traffic can be unpredictable!

Additional Information We have hand-picked an extensive portfolio of quality properties across Europe and to ensure the very best experience on each of our tours, hotels may vary to those listed in this itinerary.

Mobility: All of our tours involve walking and require our guests to board and disembark our vehicles several times a day making this tour unsuitable for those with reduced mobility.


Adult Price: £1075 (double share)
Adult Price: £1215 (single)


Sample locally produced wine, cider and perry and learn about how they are made in this area

Have lunches in pubs renowned for their typical, traditional atmosphere and outstanding food

Spend time at a traditional market in Shrewsbury



This full day tour departs every Monday in the summer of 2015 from Central London

Adult Price: £1075 (double share)
Adult Price: £1215 (single)

Why choose these tours

On this tour you will be travelling with no more than 16 other people - guaranteed! Our purpose-built minibuses have large windows, good air circulation and clear PA systems so that your professional guide can escort you comfortably through our wonderful country. Our itineraries are carefully planned (with many years of experience) so that you discover as much as possible, without spending too much time on the road.

As we travel in smaller vehicles, we normally use the most scenic routes, where large coach are prohibited from travelling. Additionally, as our group sizes are smaller we are able to more time out of the vehicle. We also employ a the very best driver/guides

2015 Departures:

Every Monday
May - October



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I had simply an amazing time. Thank you Martin and Paul for providing us with such an enjoyable trip. I haven't had such a relaxing yet fun-filled trip like this for a long time. I will definitely recommend the trip to my friends. Thanks again for a great weekend
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