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Royal Oak, East Lavant, West Sussex

Royal Oak, East Lavant, West Sussex

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 Royal Oak

The Royal Oak

Well loved and well looked after, this place is just as delightful inside as it is out, exuding a comforting feeling that will stay with you for a...

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  1. Add The Royal Oak to your Itinerary

    The Royal Oak

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    Pub/Inn

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    Nr Marlow, Buckinghamshire

    Drive a short way up the hill out of Marlow and you’ll discover this whitewashed, cottage-style pub in the village of Bovingdon Green.

  2. Add King's Head to your Itinerary

    King's Head

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Aylesbury

    Historic ancient coaching inn in the heart of Aylesbury

    Set in the heart of this historic market town, the 15th century King's Head is one of England's best preserved coaching inns.

    Dating back to 1455, the building has many fascinating architectural features, including rare...

  3. Add The Old Vine to your Itinerary

    The Old Vine

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Winchester

    The Old Vine serves quality British and continental cuisine in relaxed and informal surroundings.

  4. Add The Crown Inn to your Itinerary

    The Crown Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Nr Horsham, West Sussex

    Tucked away off the A24 in Dial Post, a friendly atmosphere greets you the moment you walk through the door of this village pub.

  5. Add Hawkley Inn to your Itinerary

    Hawkley Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Liss, Hampshire

    Standing at the end of a sleepy lane just around the corner from the church and village green, this genuine Victorian free house dates back 150 years and is certainly worth the detour once you find it.

  6. Add The Caulkheads to your Itinerary

    The Caulkheads

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    SANDOWN

    Family dining pub, food served all day, extensive menu (including vegetarian, salads, sandwiches, ploughmans, jacket potatoes, pizza, steaks, house specials, burgers and desserts plus children's menu.

  7. Add The Stag on the River to your Itinerary

    The Stag on the River

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Godalming, Surrey

    In a quaint village setting perched on the banks of the River Wey, the Stag is a perfect example of the very best that a Great British Pub can offer.

  8. Add The Swan Inn to your Itinerary

    The Swan Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Swinbrook, Oxfordshire

    A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.

  9. Add The Green Man to your Itinerary

    The Green Man

    Type

    Pub/Inn

    Location

    Winchester

    The Green Man is so much more than a pub!

    It is a little enclave of hospitality. A stylish hang-out and a great meeting place for friends, family or an intimate tête-à-tête.

    Specialising in locally sourced products, resulting in an array of i

  10. Add Old Dunnings Mill to your Itinerary

    Old Dunnings Mill

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    Pub/Inn

    Location

    East Grinstead, West Sussex

    If you love nostalgia and all that is authentically British, the charming white-weather boarded Old Mill is for you.