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Shakespeare knew the pubs and inns of South Warwickshire well! He is said to have taken part in a drinking competition between Stratford and Bidford-on-Avon, and describes some of the villages along the way: "Piping Pebworth, Dancing Marston, Haunted Hillboro', Hungry Grafton, Dudging Exhall, Papist Wixford, Beggarly Broom and Drunken Bidford". The Bidford team quickly outdrank the Stratford team and Shakespeare refused to be involved in a return match the following day.

Many of these villages still boast their marvellous inns and Shakespeare would recognise even now some of South Warwickshire's particularly rich heritage of classic English pubs. The essentials of our hostelries have not changed at all over the centuries - they still offer fine traditional ales, roaring fires in winter, pretty beer gardens in summer - and good village company in the bar. Other elements have modernised, so you can now enjoy central heating, comfortable furniture and some truly superb cuisine. Some pubs also offer high quality accommodation - the ideal way to enjoy a drink without the worry of arranging transport home. Why not visit some of our picturesque village inns to experience Warwickshire living the way Shakespeare so often did?

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