The Five Horseshoes at Barholm
There’s no kitchen at this free house, so we’re not including The Five Horseshoes for its fine dining. We’re recommending it because it has bucketloads of charm, a brilliant selection of cask ales, and is basically a fantastic traditional village pub.
What’s more, it often invites top quality food vans to park next to its lovely garden (with play area) and cater for guests. On our visit a high quality burger van provided delicious locally sourced burgers. A pizza van is the most regular visitor.
Inside you’ve got all the elements you need for a brilliant rural pub: ancient flagstone floors, wood beams, curious knick-knacks, a roaring log fire, well-kept local cask ales, a rustic bar area, owners who take pride in their work, and a warm welcome. Unsurprisingly, The Five Horseshoes has become a hub for the local community and is revered by its regulars and its fans.
If you’re passionate about ‘proper’ pubs, this is one for the connoisseurs.
By Matt Wright, founder & editor