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The Chequers in Churchill Scoops Best Pub Award

At Active England Tours, we take our mid-afternoon pub stops very seriously and 2017 has been no exception. Our guests, typically from North America are introduced to the inner working of the hubs of our communities – the village pub. We delight in helping guests discover English beer, pork scratchings, pickled onions and other delights unique to the English pub.

Our winner for this year is the Chequers in Churchill,  which we have been visiting on a Monday afternoon, every week for the last few years. Few pubs are even open late on a Monday afternoon when we arrive and our guest marvel at the range of beer available whilst chatting to the eclectic locals. Only 8 miles from our hotel, the Manor in Moreton in Marsh and after the not so gentle hills up from Chadlington the pub is the perfect stopping point.

Also on the shortlist in 2017 are the following:

The Ebrington Arms, Ebrington

Currently England Pub of the Year, according to the Sunday Times, we visit on a Tuesday, normally blocking the car park (sorry) and have a pint. With the most amazing late afternoon light which gives real atmosphere, this pub is right up there.

The Eagle and Child, Oxford

Maybe more of a tourist trap than a pub, the Eagle and Child is the Tuesday hangout of JRR Tolkien and CS Lewis. It is notable for its tiny little rooms which partition the pub giving a unique homely feel

The Trout at Tadpole Bridge

Another winner of the English Pub of the Year,  the Trout has the most idyllic garden with its beautiful “pop” bridge over the Thames which is no wider than your average B-road.

The Plough at Kelmscott

Another favourite with our guests, the Plough at Kelmscott,  is normally visited after they have embraced the home of William Morris. The garden is just made for sitting back and relaxing with a pint.

Active England Tours depart every week from a London pick-up and visit all of the following places, Windsor, Stratford, Oxford, Bath, Stonehenge, Blenheim Palace, Highclere Castle and the Kennet and Avon Canal in a week of relaxed cycling mostly through the stunning backdrop of the Cotswolds.

Cotswolds Autumn Cycling -   Self-Guided Weekend 

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Cotswolds Autumn Cycling – Self-Guided Weekend

Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – Self-Guided Weekend

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – Self-Guided Weekend

Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn– SG Weekend

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Autumn Walking – 4 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Short Walks  Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Short Walks Autumn – 4 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

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Walk The Ridgeway – 7 Day Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Cotswolds Way – 11 Day Guided

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Walk The Cotswolds Way - 11 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Walking – 5 Day Guided

Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswold Villages Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

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Cornwall Walking – 6 Day Guided

Walk The Lake District - 9 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Lake District - 9 Day Self-Guided

Walk The Lake District - 7 Day Self-Guided

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Walk The Lake District - 7 Day Self-Guided

Walk Coast to Coast – 14 to 18 Day Self-Guided

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Walk Coast to Coast – 14 to 18 Day Self-Guided

Lake District Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

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Lake District Multi Activity – 6 Day Adventure Holiday

Lake District Adventure Break - 4 Day

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Lake District Adventure Break- 4 Day 

Cycle Hadrian’s Wall – 3 Day Self-Guided

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Cycling Hadrian’s Wall - Self-Guided

Cycling Coast to Coast - 4 Day Self-Guided

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Cycling Coast to Coast - 4 Day Self-Guided

Cycle Coast to Coast - 3 Day Self-Guided

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Cycle Coast to Coast - 3 Day Self-Guided

Cotswolds Adventure Long Weekend - 3 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Long Weekend - 3 Day

Cotswolds Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

Cotswolds Adventure Break - 4 Day

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Cotswolds Adventure Break - 4 Day 

Cornwall Adventure Holiday - 6 Day 

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Cornwall Adventure Holiday - 6 Day

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 5 Day Guided

Cornwall Adventure Weekend– 4 Day

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Cornwall Adventure Weekend - 4 Day Active Weekend

Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cotswolds Villages Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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Cornwall Cycling – 6 Day Self-Guided

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