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Bull Inn, Bethersden, Kent

Bull Inn, Bethersden, Kent

Great Country Pubs in the UK

Just as pasta is synonymous with Italy or wine with France, country inns and UK culture have a deeply-rooted joint identity. Tourism South East is on a mission to help locals and visitors alike get the most out of the wonderful pubs in South East England.

Visitors of all ages are being enticed to escape to the country by a ‘Great Country Pub’. Tourism South East’s new website showcases a plethora of quintessential English inns located throughout KentSussex, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.

The country inn has been an important part of British culture since Roman times. Once described by Samuel Pepys as “the heart of England”, they offer a truly traditional experience in an ever-modernising world. Steeped in history and brimming with their own unique charm and character, the South East has options to suit every visitor, whether travelling with children, loved ones, or even man’s furry best friend.

So what is a ‘Great Country Pub’? It's a carefully selected place where you can sup a pint of locally brewed real ale, where you will be greeted with a warm welcome, where you will find a table in front of a roaring log fire and great home-cooked food using only the best local produce, all set against a picturesque backdrop, and, in many establishments, the added bonus of high-quality accommodation to rest your weary head.

At Great Country Pubs you will discover a whole host of rural bolt holes with all the above attributes, guaranteed to make your visit to the South East one to remember. Here are a few to whet your appetite:

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The Bear and Ragged Staff

The Bear and Ragged Staff

The Bear and Ragged Staff aims to tickle your taste buds with some good, honest British (mainly) food, well presented and served with a smile, made...

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  1. Add The Queen's Head to your Itinerary

    The Queen's Head

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    East Clandon, Surrey

    A white picket fence is what catches the eye on approach to this quaint 17th century village watering hole, located in the delightful village of East Clandon.

  2. Add Chequers Inn to your Itinerary

    Chequers Inn

    Type

    Pub/Inn

    Location

    ROOKLEY

    The Chequers Inn is a country pub in the heart of the Isle of Wight and although it has many modern facilities it still retains its traditional character.

  3. Add The Bear and Ragged Staff to your Itinerary

    The Bear and Ragged Staff

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Oxford

    Exceptional Food, Exceptional Service, Exceptional Place...at the Right Price!

  4. Add Horse & Groom to your Itinerary

    Horse & Groom

    Type

    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Chichester

    The Horse & Groom is fortunate to have two outstanding Chefs who, with their support staff, are key to providing you with a delicious meal, great service memorable occasion.

  5. Add Chequers Inn to your Itinerary

    Chequers Inn

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    Pubs

    Location

    Forest Row

    The Chequers is a 15th Century Old English Pub complete with inglenook fireplace, lounge, dining room & includes conference & banqueting facilities.

  6. Add The Cat Inn to your Itinerary

    The Cat Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    East Grinstead

    The Cat Inn is a 16th century free house set in the picturesque village of West Hoathly, a hilltop village set in the heart of the Sussex countryside. It is in within easy distance from the towns of East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.

  7. Add The Fox & Hounds to your Itinerary

    The Fox & Hounds

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Uffington

    Enjoy tasty cuisine at The Fox & Hounds.

  8. Add Cotswold Plough to your Itinerary

    Cotswold Plough

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Clanfield

    The Cotswold Plough Hotel, Clanfield, is a perfect example of a 16th century, stylish yet informal hotel in the Cotswold countryside. The restaurant menu offers imaginative and mouth-watering dishes and prides itself on using local Cotswold produce, including game and fish from sustainable...

  9. Add The Crown @ Granborough to your Itinerary

    The Crown @ Granborough

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Buckingham

    Situated in the charming village of Granborough, this 1600 coaching inn has been completely refurbished since it came under new ownership 2013.

  10. Add George Inn, Southwark to your Itinerary

    George Inn, Southwark

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    London

    Last remaining galleried inn in London

    Dating from the 17th century this public house, leased to a private company, is London's last remaining galleried inn.

    Did you know?

    ■The galleries which front the building were once common on inns
    ■Many other surviving examples were lost...