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Caravan campsites with perfect pubs nearby

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When next touring in your caravan and you fancy the perfect pint, or home-cooked food, you won't have to venture far with this handy selection of campsites with pubs nearby...



Exe Valley Caravan Site, Somerset

Mill House, Bridgetown, Dulverton, Somerset TA22 9JR
T: 01643 851432 W: www.exevalleycamping.co.uk
Open: 14 March - 20 October Price: From £15.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

This is a peaceful adults only campsite set in a wooded valley within Exmoor National Park. Exe Valley is set alongside the river with footpaths leading to the moors, woodlands and rivers. The Badgers Holt Inn, which is just across the road from the campsite, is a traditional country pub sitting opposite the village cricket ground. Home-made food is served lunchtimes and evenings (with Sunday roasts too), along with daily specials and a choice of real ales. The atmosphere is added to with a real log fire, and there’s a patio area for warmer days. Meals can be taken in the bar or dining room, with dogs welcome in the bar.


Elm Cottage, Cheshire

Chester Lane, Winsford, Cheshire CW7 2QJ
T: 01829 760544 W: www.elmcottage.co.uk
Open: All year Price: From £17.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

Elm Cottage is situated in the heart of mid-Cheshire. 400 yards away from Elm Cottage is The Shrewsbury Arms Public House. Here you’ll find local ales and freshly cooked food in a traditional country pub atmosphere. For the colder months there’s a roaring real fire, and in the summer you can enjoy the large garden which overlooks open farmland. Children are welcome and so are dogs in the garden and snug. Inside the pub are a dining room and two bar rooms. Elm Cottage is close to Oulton Park Motor Racing Circuit for race fans and there’s plenty of walking in Delamere Forest and the sandstone hills of Beeston and Peckforton. About half an hour away is Chester with its historic city walls and world-famous zoo.


Black Swan Country Park, North Yorkshire

Fearby, Masham, Ripon, North Yorkshire HG4 4NF
T: 01765 689477 W: www.blackswanholiday.co.uk
Open: 1 March - 31 October Price: From £20.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

This campsite is situated in the village of Fearby, two miles from Masham in the Yorkshire Dales. The Black Swan Public House dates from the 17th century and offers a traditional welcome. The public bar overlooks the Burn valley with views stretching over 40 miles. The bar is stocked with Black Sheep and guest ales and home-cooked meals are served at lunchtimes and in the evenings. You can even get a choice of buffet or cooked breakfast. Guests staying at the campsite receive a £5 voucher per unit, per night, to spend on food in the Black Swan. Masham is a market town with shops, workshops and galleries. The Black Sheep Brewery has a visitor centre where you can learn all about the ale and take a brewery tour. York city is also a short drive away.


River Valley Holiday Park, Republic of Ireland

Redcross Village, County Wicklow, Ireland
T: 00 353 404 41647 W: www.rivervalleypark.ie
Open: 14 March - 2 November Price: From €26.00 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

River Valley is a great haven for children and adults alike. The campsite has been organised in such a way that there are two touring areas, one for families and one adults only. River Valley has lots of on-site family activities like tennis, crazy golf, a petting zoo and pool tables. The family camping and touring areas are conveniently located closer to these amenities. Mickey Finn’s Pub & Restaurant is at the entrance to River Valley and is ideal for a drink or meal. The interior is extremely homely and traditionally Irish, with live music every Saturday. Fresh local produce is used for the meals, which include a Sunday roast and kids menus. The Conservatory Restaurant is adults only after 6pm.


Callow Top Holiday Park, Derbyshire

Buxton Road, Sandybrook, Ashbourne, Derbyshire DE6 2AQ
T: 01335 344020 W: www.callowtop.co.uk
Open: 22 March - 10 November Price: From £20.50 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

Callow Top commands an elevated position in the Derbyshire countryside with views of the Peak District National Park. The Callow Inn is the on-site traditional pub and restaurant, with real ales on tap, brewed at their own micro-brewery. You can also enjoy delicious pub food for an evening meal or Sunday lunch, in cosy surroundings. The oak beamed bar has seating for adults only but there’s lots of room for families too. The Callow Inn is open every Friday & Saturday night and Sunday lunchtimes and every evening during peak season. The site has every convenience you could need - a café bar with pool tables, a heated outdoor pool, supermarket-style shop, play area, and amusements. The area is renowned for walking and cycling routes with Dovedale and the Tissington Trail being popular ones. For a fun family day out, Alton Towers theme park is only 20-minutes’ drive.


Luss Camping & Caravanning Club SiteLuss Camping & Caravanning Club Site, Scotland

Luss, Loch Lomond, Alexandria, Nr Glasgow, Scotland G83 8NT
T: 01436 860658 W: www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk
Open: 29 March - 5 November Price: From £26.35 (2 adults, pitch, electric)

The Oak Tree Inn stands in the shade of a 500-year-old oak tree and is contstructed from locally quarried slate. The Oak Tree Inn's bar has a range of malt whiskies and real Scottish ales. The menu combines traditional Scottish cooking with unique delicacies, along with specials, snacks, teas and coffees. The Inn is on the doorstep of the West Highland way making it a good rest stop for walkers and therefore welcoming ‘muddy boots’. The Luss campsite is actually located on the western shore of Loch Lomond and is a members only site. To get to the Oak Tree Inn, take a ferry from the pier in Luss village and after a 45-minute scenic crossing you'll be a half mile walk from the Inn. If you’d prefer a site within walking distance of the Inn, there’s also a Club site on the eastern shore - Milarrochy Bay - which welcomes non-members too.


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