12 of the most quirky and unusual pubs, restaurants and beer gardens in the UK

Outdoor pubs open back up once more in England on 12 April, while indoor spots will welcome back customers from 17 May

Some of these pubs and restaurants are as unusual as they get (Photo: Facebook)

Pints will be poured and hot food will be served in pubs and restaurants across England from Monday, as places with outdoor seating areas welcome back customers. Indoor spaces will have to wait a little longer to open up from 17 May, while in Scotland hospitality will start to reopen from 26 April. Whether you’re more about an alfresco drink than a full dine-in experience, the prospect of visiting pubs again is an exciting one, so NationalWorld has rounded up the quirkiest and most unusual spots to visit in the country.

It’s not hard to see why The Crooked House made it onto the list, and it’s also not difficult to work out why it was given its name. This weird haunt is literally crooked, slanting at an angle similar to that of the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Inside, you’ll find sloping floors and beams which can lead to a bit of confusion if you drink too much. facebook.com/TheCrookedHousePubRestaurant

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This unusual pub is frequently touted as one of the oddest in the country as it is carved into the sandstone cliff underneath Nottingham Castle. It’s thought to date back to the days of William the Conqueror. The weird name came from the local soldiers who would stop for a drink before journeying to Jerusalem. greeneking-pubs.co.uk
You’ll be hard-pressed to find a pub tinier than this one - and it even claims to be the smallest in the UK. There’s only room for ten drinkers at any one time in the bathroom-sized space. The Nutshell has become a tourist attraction over the years. thenutshellpub.co.uk
This is mainland Britain’s most remote pub, according to the Guinness Book of Records, and it’s not hard to see how it gained its credentials. Set in the village of Inverie, on the Knoydart peninsula, you need to catch a seven-mile ferry or walk 18 miles just to get there. It began as a blacksmith’s forge, before becoming a workers’ social club and then a pub. theoldforge.co.uk
Nestled high in the Yorkshire Dales is the Tan Hill Inn - the highest pub in the UK. It stands at 1,732ft above sea level and there’s nothing else round about except from the wilderness, making this particular dwelling a very special place. It is also rumoured to be home to the ghost of Mrs Peacock, who ran the inn for 40 years. tanhillinn.com
Situated in the Roman village of Leintwardine, this is one of the UK’s last remaining traditional Parlour pubs. It is pretty much a room in someone’s house, and hasn’t changed much in 200 years. The historic two-bar pub was originally home to legendary landlady Flossie Lane. There’s now an extension and a beer garden at the back. suninnleintwardine.co.uk
Descending the steps into this unlikely pub will bring you to what used to be a public toilet. Now, the Temple is a fun, vibrant watering hole with an array of continental beers. In pre-Covid times, regulars, tourists and even many of the city’s famous band members would pack inside this tiny venue at the weekend. facebook.com/pages/The-Temple
Known locally, as “the Grotto”, this historic and renowned hotel sits on Marden Beach in South Shields. The unusual spot is actually one of the very few “cave bars” in Europe. In 1782, miner Jack Bates blasted a large cave in the side of the cliff to create a rent-free home for himself and his wife, and it soon became a spot for smugglers before being developed into an inn. marsdengrotto.com
Tucked away in the countryside, this basic pub sits in a veteran landlady’s farmhouse and serves only one locally-brewed beer. It’s one of the last small, informal alehouses in the whole country, and hardly anything has changed over the years. The “bar” is a makeshift counter made of matchboard and there are only a few seats to choose from.
This Morningside dwell is a Scottish institution - and it’s not hard to deduce why. Known for its bizarre interior - from unusual clocks to moose heads and muskets - and colourful history, many flock to this old-fashioned spot to sample the whisky on offer. And it reportedly makes one of the best Bloody Marys in the city. cannymans.co.uk
The unique thing about this floating restaurant is that it is only accessible by water taxi. That’s because, unusually, the River Exe cafe sits right in the middle of the Exe Estuary in east Devon. Its location means a seat here gives diners unmatched views of the colourful Devon sunset, while enjoying fresh fish from the estuary itself. riverexecafe.com
Owned by the National Trust, The Hidden Hut is just that, secluded on a coastal path above the stunning Porthcurnick Beach in west Cornwall. It resembles an army field kitchen, equipped with simple picnic benches for diners, but the food will not disappoint. Locals flock to this spot for freshly baked pasties, coffee and cake, or a full alfresco lunch from the chalkboard menu which changes daily. hiddenhut.co.uk