The big day is finally here - pubs are back.

After a very, very, very long lockdown, we can finally meet out friends and family for a cheeky pint or seven and a bite to eat - as long as it's not tipping it down as we're still stuck in the beer garden.

But as Brits, the majority of us are willing to brave frosty temperatures and rain if it means we get to enjoy a drink we haven't had to pour ourselves.

To celebrate the return of the pub and beer gardens, we've had a look through some of the UK's best pubs according to the Good Pub Guide - and we're adding them all to our staycation bucket list.

1. Olive Branch

Where?Clipsham, Leicestershire

Reopening April 12?Yes

Olive Branch
Olive Branch

The Oliver Branch took the top spot in the Good Beer Guide's 2021 awards - just in time for it's 21st birthday.

Three labourers' cottages and a cowshed have been turned into a beautiful, traditional and cosy boozer with original beams, rustic furniture and open fires.

It was originally opened in 1890 but closed its doors in 1997. But two years later Sean Hope, Ben Jones and Marcus Welford bought the old building and worked tirelessly to bring it back to life. In 2003 they added luxury accommodation and it has become a popular venue.

And it's not just recognised for its pints, and it was also named Leicestershire Dining Pub of the Year. The talented chefs cook up pub classics and Sunday roasts as well as smaller bites, with some of the ingredients grown on site.

2. Cock

Where? Hemingford Grey, Cambridgeshire

Reopening April 12?Yes

The Cock

The traditional pub, which has separate areas for drinking and eating, sits right on the River Ouse.

It describes itself as a "country pub and restaurant serving modern British fayre", offering a range of real ales and ciders as well as top quality grub.

It has a beautiful beer garden which will be open and waiting for punters on Monday.

3. Old Coastguard

Where?Mousehole, Cornwall

Reopening April 12?No, due to building works

The Old Coastguard
The Old Coastguard

Unsurprisingly for a traditional pub in a fishing village, this lovely location is filled with paintings of sailing ships.

It serves a range of ales and 25 different wines.

There are also 14 bedrooms for guests wanting to enjoy the local area a little longer.

According to the website it has "rather special" garden, with "tropical palms and dracaena, a path leading down to rock pools and seats on the terrace looking over the sea". But renovation works means they are waiting until May to reopen their doors.

4. The Bell Inn

Where?Hordon-on-the-Hill, Essex

Reopening April 12?Yes

The Bell Inn

Proudly describing itself as a "proper pub", the Bell has been in the same family for more than 75 years - so it's fair to say they know what they're doing.

A former Coaching Inn dating back to the 15th Century, the pub has two busy bars with an open fire and impressive ale, gin and wine lists.

It also serves up delicious meals with local produce and has been named one of the best gastropubs in the UK.

5. The Kings Head

Where?Bledington, Gloucestershire

Reopening April 12?Yes

The King's Head
The King's Head

A previous Pub of the Year winner, the stunning pub is popular with tourists and regulars.

The building dates back to the 16th century and is located in the beautiful Cotswold village of Bledington.

The website states: "A friendly bar, atmospheric interior, super wines, real ales, delicious food together with 12 delightful bedrooms."

6. The Inn at Whitewell

Where?Whitewell, Lancashire

Reopening April 12?No

The Inn

Set in a beautiful old manor house, the inn boats stone fireplaces with roaring fires.

The Good Beer Guide writes: "This elegant and sprawling manor house cuts an imposing silhouette against the surrounding landscape with spectacular views across the water to the Forest of Bowland."

7. Rose and Crown

Where?Snettisham, Norfolk

Reopening April 12?Yes

Rose & Crown

The beautiful village pub is your traditional British pub filled with character and charm, making it a favourite with locals and visitors.

Staff pride themselves in a great selection of beers and the website says it has a "relaxed and information atmosphere".

8. Rose & Crown

Where?Romaldkirk, Northumbria

Reopening April 12?No, but opens on Friday April 16

Rose & Crown
Rose & Crown

An old 18th century coaching inn, the pub stands right on the village green near Barnard Castle with spectacular views of the Yorkshire Dales.

Owned and run by the Robinson family, husband and wife Robert and Cheryl run the popular venue on a day-to-day basis since buying it in 2012.

As well as offering up great food and drink, the family are doing everything they can to become a 'green' business including cutting down their plastic use.

9. Woods

Where?Dulverton, Somerset

Reopening April 12?No

Woods
Woods

Woods bar and restaurant is a popular location and a regular on top pub lists.

Sitting in the Exmoor countryside, it sells a "very personal dining experience".

The bar was built by the owner, Paddy Groves, and his brother and he's there every night chatting to customers.

The website states: "The friendly family of staff are known for their attention to detail and personal touch.

"Our award-winning wine list, British food with a French twist and welcoming local atmosphere makes us the perfect pit stop for an Exmoor visit."

10. Durham Ox

Where?Crayke, Yorkshire

Reopening April 12?Yes

The Durham Ox

The 300-year-old building houses a "good all-rounder" pub which is filled with traditional character.

The decor boasts flag stone floors, exposed beams and wooden panel walls.

The website states: "We pride ourselves on offering friendly and efficient service; showcasing the best of local produce in our menu, as well as stocking an extensive range of wines and cask ales; it is wonderful to be recognised for this."