In Britain, there's no better place to kick back and unwind than at a nice, friendly pub — for commoners and royals alike. When it comes to Will and Kate's favorite hangouts, it's all about finding quality, quiet local atmosphere and friendly service. If you're planning to be in Britain, here are a few great stops that should be on your pub crawl itinerary.
The picturesque Y Morfa pub, complete with rustic wooden beams, is in Rhosneigr, on the island of Anglesey in northern Wales. The establishment, which frequently hosts comedy nights, is situated between the Royal Air Force base where Prince William works and the farmhouse that he and Kate share. Prince William has been known to stop by the pub on his way home from work. His favorite drink? The house red wine.
Part bar, part restaurant, and part hotel, The Bull is a favorite watering hole for Anglesey locals and visitors. Prince William has been known to unwind in the pub, where he enjoys playing darts while drinking a beer. During one visit, one of the men in the bar reportedly called the Duke of Cambridge "sir," to which the down-to-earth future king replied, "Call me William."
The White Eagle
According to the White Eagle staff, the royals are "very regular" patrons of this Anglesey pub, which boasts an incredible view of the surrounding countryside. The bartender reports that "Prince William usually drinks the bitter, perhaps a pint or two, and Kate sticks to white wine and sparkling water," adding that the couple enjoys sitting on the terrace if the weather is warm. William's favorite dinner menu item is the burger and fries, while Kate opts for healthier fish and salads.
The Old Boot Inn
Will and Kate so enjoy the time they spend at this West Berkshire pub (which is close to her parents' house) that they invited the owner to their wedding. John Haley, who has known Kate since she was a child, calls her a "very friendly, very happy, normal young lady." He says the royal couple particularly enjoys the restaurant's fish and chips and likes to share a bottle of wine in a quiet corner.
Pot Kiln Country Pub
Perhaps looking for some privacy, William took Kate to dinner at this picturesque restaurant for Valentine's Day. Situated among the rolling hills of Newbury (north of Kate's hometown of Bucklebury), the gorgeous pub offers a wide variety of classic British dishes and prides itself on offering the freshest fish, venison and other game possible, some of which the owner hunts himself!
The Potting Shed Pub
Prior to their wedding, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge shared a passionate kiss in the parking lot of this Wiltshire pub. Known for its organic dishes and for growing its own vegetables, the Potting Shed has a rustic country atmosphere where you can unwind in front of a fire or outside under the apple trees.
The Westleton Crown
While visiting Suffolk for a friend's wedding, Will and Kate had an overnight stay at the Westleton Crown, where they stayed in the "Swan" room and enjoyed drinks at the bar. After enjoying a meal of locally caught fresh fish or other favorites, you can occupy the very same room the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge slept in for about £200 a night. The Crown also hosts a number of special events from summer barbeques to food and wine evenings.
by Zoe Bauer
Top: Like most people in Britain, Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and Prince William like to relax at local pubs. (Photo by Indigo/Getty Images)
Right: The Duchess of Cambridge has known the owner of her hometown pub, The Old Boot, ince she was a child. (Photo by Danny Martindale/Getty Images)