Supporting your team in the RBS 6 Nations can be a nerve-wracking, heart-breaking affair. Rather than suffer in silence, we recommend heading to your local country pub for moral support and a pint of something soothing.
With a little help from our friends on Twitter, we’ve compiled a list of great rural pubs that will be showing the 6 Nations this year. Please note that although these pubs will definitely be showing the matches of their home nation, it’s worth telephoning in advance if you’re hoping to watch a different game.
The Yew Tree, Bunbury, Cheshire
This popular pub in the village of Bunbury is renowned for the quality of its food and beer. Matches are being shown in their snug and in the den.
www.theyewtreebunbury.com, 01829 260 274
The Brampton Halt, Chapel Brampton, Northamptonshire
This sprawling pub takes rugby very seriously, and plans to show all 15 matches live.
www.thebramptonhalt.co.uk, 01604 842676
The Queen’s Head, Hawkedon, Suffolk
This picturesque Free House is a real community hub, so get there early if you want a seat! All the games are being shown, which should give you enough time to explore their selection of local beers and ever-changing menu.
www.hawkedonqueen.co.uk, 01284 789 218
The Bathurst Arms, North Cerney, Gloucestershire
6 Nations matches are being shown in both the bar and the snug of this Cotswolds pub, which has recently been taken over by new owners. The pub even has six rooms, giving you every excuse to make a weekend of it.
www.bathurstarms.co.uk, 01285 832150
The Trevelyan Arms, Goldsithney, Cornwall
Set just one mile from the coast, this quiet village pub is a great place to stop off and watch a match before continuing on your coastal walk.
www.trevelyanarms.co.uk, 01736 710453
The Kings Head, Llangennith, Wales
This beautiful 17th century pub on the Gower Peninsula is doing a special deal for Wales rugby supporters: “£150 for 2 nights for 2 people B&B to include a bottle of wine on arrival and half time snacks during the Welsh matches”. They also have over 100 malt whiskies behind the bar.
www.kingsheadgower.co.uk, 01792 386212
The Bushmills Inn, Bushmills, Northern Ireland
Come for the rugby, stay for the whisky. Or the restaurant, the accommodation, or the massage room…
www.bushmillsinn.com, 028 2073 3000
The Milk House, Sissinghurst, Kent
Recently refurbished, this pub now boasts an excellent grazing menu that’s perfect for peckish rugby fans. Kentish cheese fondue, anyone?
themilkhouse.co.uk, 01580 720200