Great Britain is bursting at the seams with small towns full of cosy pubs, historic buildings and restaurants offering the best of British culinary delights. Soak up the Christmas atmosphere by venturing to a small UK town over the season.
Saffron Walden, Essex
In this delightful medieval market town, you’ll find The Eight Bells, a cosy 16th-century pub with real ales on tap, log fires and a beautiful original timber framed barn. The twice weekly market held Tues and Sat started in the 12th century. Food is the market’s greatest strength. Jamie Oliver is a big fan and a local patron.
Home to more than 650 listed buildings, many of them stunning examples of Tudor or Jacobean architecture, all built in a charming, haphazard fashion. It even boasts a Medieval castle. There’s a vibrant arts and music scene making it an ideal weekend getaway location. You won’t be disappointed with the dining choices on offer, Shrewsbury has a diverse selection of international cuisine.
Melrose, Scottish Borders
If you’d like to plan a hike over the holidays, Melrose is the perfect place for you. The Eildon Hills will be beautiful this time of year, crisp with winter frost. Stroll along the river Tweed and visit the home of Sir Walter Scott. Relax in a cosy pub or browse through the local independent shops. Melrose bistros offer a speciality popular with both visitors and locals, known as Borders lamb.
The home of the Bakewell pudding, this town is jam packed full of tea rooms and quaint pubs. Visit the Original Bakewell Pudding Shop which will also gift wrap and post your treats to anywhere in the world. The market square is home to various independent shops and galleries.
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