The Country Pubs Loved By The Royals

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  • Whether it’s enjoying a quiet date night or having drinks with friends, it’s clear the Royals love country pubs as much as we do. Here’s a rundown of their favourites.

    The Sheep Heid Inn, Edinburgh

    The Queen visited The Sheep Heid Inn on her way back from the
    Musselburgh Races in Edinburgh on Friday. The pub’s website describes
    itself as “a firm favourite among past monarchs and poets” and the menu
    boasts a selection of British favourites including Duck Lug and Fillet
    Steak, starting from £16.50. On her visit, the Queen and her small party
    ordered a pan-fried seabass and two portions of lamb and were given a
    window seat to enjoy their dinner. The Royals also got through half a
    bottle of white wine and a martini. The Scottish pub has opened its door
    to other famous faces including singer Kelly Clarkson and Robert Burns.
    However the Queen is not the first royal to dine in The Sheep Heid Inn,
    it is rumoured that Mary Queen of Scots stopped by the inn once to play
    skittles in the courtyard.

    The Crown Inn, East Rudham

    Earlier this year, William and Kate were spotted enjoying a quiet
    date night at The Crown Inn in East Rudham, a 15 minute drive for their
    home in Anmer Hall. The pub prides itself on its locally sourced food
    from farmers, fishermen and traders. The Crown Inn also describes itself
    as a pub that combines traditional features with stunning modern-day
    comfort and luxury hotel accommodation.

    The Blue Lion, East Witton

    A humble favourite of Prince Charles, this scenic pub is
    surrounded by the Yorkshire Dales National Park. It is rumoured that
    Prince Charles enjoyed The Blue Lion‘s food so much that he returned the
    very next day. The pub’s landlords Paul and Helen Klein have run the
    property for over 20 years and say it’s the perfect blend of a
    quintessential English coaching inn with modern comforts, perfect for
    relaxing and recharging.

    The Fox, Harpenden

    In 2010, Prince Harry was spotted with friends enjoying some drinks in
    The Fox. Located on the edge of Kinsbourne Green and Harpenden, the
    pub’s website describes itself as the “perfect escape from the hustle an
    bustle of London.” The traditional stone building has a homely feel
    with cosy armchairs and open fires.

    The Old Boot Inn, Stanford Dingley

    The Old Boot Inn is a
    favourite of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who live nearby in
    Bucklebury and the pub’s landlord, John Haley, was even invited to the
    royal wedding by the Middletons. The 18th century inn boasts local ales
    and hearty platters.