Of all the things many of us have missed in the past year, the pub ranks high, and on 12 April, with pub gardens opening up again in England, the opportunity for a decent walk followed by a pint and a bite to eat returns. The sector was already ailing when coronavirus came along, but things have become far worse since.
According to the British Beer and Pub Association, more than 2 billion pints have gone undrunk in the past year and an estimated 2,000 pubs have closed permanently. So this is the perfect time to go and support the pub, particularly if you can combine it with a decent walk. There are hundreds, of course, but here are a few good ones to whet your appetite. Booking is going to be essential.
The River Swale’s Green Bridge at Richmond. Photograph: Peter Jordan_NE/Alamy
The mid-April date has posed a tricky question for some pubs: what about the weather? April can still see heavy snow and hard frosts in some areas, including Hudswell near Richmond. The George & Dragon in the village, however, will definitely open at weekends, which is a bonus for anyone who can get there. If conditions are good, weekday opening is also planned. The community-owned venture was Camra’s British pub of the year in 2016, and has won regional pub of the year awards every year since…