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The traditional English pub is a deeply-rooted identity of British culture where locals and visitors can sample great beers and ales as well as local produce and the old favourite of a Sunday roast lunch.

Many of our featured establishments have a unique character you can only find in an English pub while our Great Country Pubs champion a plethora of quintessential English inns with a homely rural feel you just can't get in London. A selection of coastal inns and taverns is sure to warm the cockles with south coast pubs in Sussex, Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight among our favourites.

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 if you're looking for dog friendly pubs.

So sit back and relax a pint of locally brewed real ale in a Great Country Pub, where you will be greeted with a warm welcome, roaring log fire and great home-cooked food for lunch or dinner 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.

Best pubs in South East England

  • The Feathered Nest Country Inn, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire
    A frequent winner in the South East tourism awards with a warm and welcoming atmosphere.
     
  • The Milk House, Sissinghurst, Kent
    A village pub featuring a tudor fireplace and classic seasonal menu that's also famed for its wood-fired pizza oven.
     
  • King's Head, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
    A historic ancient old coaching inn dating back to the 15th Century, run by the Chiltern Brewery with guest ales and Sunday roasts.
     
  • The Golden Lion, Winchester, Hampshire
    A dog friendly pub on the edge of the South Downs with a large beer garden, specialised vegan menu and live music.
     
  • The Cat Inn, East Grinstead, West Sussex
    A 16th Century free house with locally sourced real ale from micro breweries, inglenook fireplaces for the winter and outside terrace for the summer.
     
  • The Woolpack Inn, Canterbury, Kent
    Built in 1422 and championed for its local produce offering great pub food for walkers and cyclists exploring the Kent Downs.

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  1. The Stag on the River

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    Pub/Inn

    Godalming

    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.

  2. The Milk House

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Cranbrook

  3. Inglenook Hotel Restaurant

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    Restaurant

    Bognor Regis

    The Inglenook restaurant is open every day for luncheon and dinner. Here you can enjoy our varied menus in an intimate atmosphere. Being close to the sea we specialise in fresh fish, lobster and crab dishes.

  4. The Three Lions Restaurant with Rooms

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Fordingbridge

    2 acres of gardens, jacuzzi and sauna, conservatory sitting room and conference room. Informal restaurant, extensive wine list. Children welcome.

  5. The Kings Head

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    ASHFORD

    Celebrating the local produce to be found onits doorstep, former Victorian coaching inn The Kings Headin historic Wye has made a name for itself since opening in 2013. Under the direction of owners Scott Richardson and Mark Lightford, the kitchen…

  6. The Woolpack Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    Canterbury, Kent

    Standing in the chocolate-box village of Chilham, who could resist this large 600-year-old country inn complete with exposed oak beams and inglenook fireplaces that offer a glimpse into yesteryear?

  7. The Stag on the River

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Godalming

    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. The Royal Oak

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    Pub/Inn

    East Lavant, West Sussex

    A whitewashed Georgian gem’ is the best way to describe this sophisticated village pub set in the stunning Sussex countryside.

  9. The King Alfred

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    Pub/Inn

    Winchester

    Standing proud on Saxon Road, a short walk from the city centre is the handsome King Alfred pub. Serving classic, fresh pub food and with five letting bedrooms - Come and discover Winchester’s cosy corner.

  10. The Black Horse Inn

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    Inn

    Maidstone

    Country pub/restaurant with beautiful ensuite rooms in annexe in the grounds. Award-winning food served all day. Grounds with alfresco dining terrace, ponds and fountains and views of the Weald.

  11. Mr Hanbury's Mason Arms

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    Pub/Inn

    Nestled in the beautiful Oxfordshire countryside, we're a countryside pub with an inventive menu of seasonal & home-grown produce in an intimate setting, all helped along nicely with fine wines and local ales.

  12. The Cat Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    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.

  13. The Great Northwood

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    Pub/Inn

    LONDON

    Since 1864 we have been a place for West Norwood to gather, socialise and relax. Today its purpose remains exactly the same whether it’s for a quick drink while walking the dog, a meal with family or a party with 100 of your closest friends in our…

  14. The Queen's Head

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    Pub/Inn

    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.

  15. The Red Lion, Odiham

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    Pub/Inn

    HOOK

    A recently refurbished pub and B&B with 7 hotel rooms located in the heart of Odiham’s high street. Offering relaxed dining, 7 days a week, this is an incredible find for a weekend (or mid-week) escape of relaxation, good food and drink.

  16. The Bell in Ticehurst

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Wadhurst

  17. The Lambert Arms

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    Inn

    Watlington

    An original coaching inn, recently restored to its former glory, retaining its historic features while introducing a contemporary twist.

  18. The Baskerville

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    Inn

    Henley On Thames, Oxon

    This handsome red-brick pub was built in 1936 and upholds the perfect blend of a traditional family-run pub, outstanding food and superb B&B accommodation.

  19. The Royal Exchange

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    Child Friendly

    Bordon

    Lovingly restored village pub with a passion for sourcing quality Hampshire ingredients to create delicious seasonal British menus and classic daily specials.

  20. Halfway Bridge Inn

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    Inn

    Petworth

    An 18th century inn in the heart of Sussex countryside. Accommodation in a converted stable yard and excellent homemade food.

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