Traditional, but wholly unique pub and hotel in the centre of the village of Ticehurst in East Sussex. There’s delicious food in the restaurant and a quirky atmosphere throughout.

The Bell in Ticehurst

East Sussex

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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 are sure to warm the cockles and provide the perfect rest stop from our South East adventures.

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.
  • 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 Five Arrows, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
    This dog friendly hotel and bar offers an escape from your adventures around Buckinghamshire.  Try a pint of our exclusive Shepard’s Gold Ale or taste one of our many Rothschild wines.
  • The Black Horse Inn, Canterbury, Kent
    Just five minutes from Canterbury West train station, this traditional bar with open plan reception has accommodation on site too
  • The Three Lions Restaurant with Rooms, New Forest, Hampshire
    Located in the heart of the New Forest National Park, offering good food and wine and a very warm welcome.
  • The Mucky Duck Inn, Horsham, Sussex
    This Free House has a wide range of superb real ales on offer, and has a family garden with children's play area.
  • Command House, Chatham, Kent 
    Built in the 1800s, the Grade II listed new-look hostelry steeped in military history, has period features and a panoramic view over the river towards the former Chatham Dockyard and the ongoing regeneration town centre project.

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  1. The Feathered Nest Country Inn

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    The Feathered Nest country Inn, a country pub, restaurant and inn set in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote and nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds with marvellous views over the Evenlode Valley.

  2. The Wychwood Inn

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    CHIPPING NORTON

    The Wychwood Inn is an elegant country inn with traditional values, this family run inn offers a relaxed friendly atmosphere for you to enjoy a relaxing time with friends and family. Our staff are friendly and approachable to help ensure your visit…

  3. The Bugle

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    Southampton

    Steeped in heritage and charm our pub is packed full of character, from the flagstone floors to the exposed beams and brickwork, you will always experience a warm and friendly place to visit.

  4. Duke of Marlborough

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    Woodstock, Oxfordshire

    The Duke of Marlborough is ideally situated on the edge of historic Woodstock at the gateway to the Cotswolds and with the birthplace of Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace, almost next door.

  5. The Three Lions Restaurant with Rooms

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    Fordingbridge

    The Three Lions is a restaurant with 7 en suite rooms including 3 garden view rooms each with their own private terrace and hot tub.
    The perfect place for a get away any time of year, enjoy drinks in the garden, private residents courtyard or patio…

  6. The Jolly Sportsman

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    LEWES

    The Jolly Sportsman is an idyllic Sussex country pub at the foot of the South Downs National Park serving local seasonal food, and with four stylish and comfortable en-suite bedrooms upstairs. With stunning views and walks on the doorstep, guests…

  7. Hawkley Inn

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    Liss

    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.

  8. Chequers Inn

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    ROOKLEY

    A traditional rural pub, serving locally sourced food and ales, situated in the heart of the Isle of Wight’s beautiful countryside.

  9. The Crown @ Granborough

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    Buckingham

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

  10. The Crown Inn

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    Chiddingfold, Surrey

    As this ancient jewel comes into view, you can’t help but be captivated by its warped weathered timbers clothed in green creeper, bowed cream-painted walls, crown post roof and lattice windows.

  11. The Fox & Hounds

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    Uffington

    Enjoy tasty cuisine at The Fox & Hounds.

  12. The Hawkenbury Inn

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    TONBRIDGE

    A Warm Country C19th Century Inn in the Heart of the Weald of Kent, Serving Home Cooked Locally Sourced Produce 7 days a week and offering Bed & Breakfast Accommodation & much, much more.

    Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

    Large…

  13. The Fox & Hounds

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    Uffington

    You’ll feel right at home at this quaint B&B in historical Uffington!

  14. Command House

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    CHATHAM

    The historic, riverside Command House has recently undergone a half a million-pound renovation.

    Built in the 1800s, the Grade II listed new-look hostelry steeped in military history, has period features and a panoramic view over the river towards…

  15. The Milk House

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Cranbrook

  16. Mucky Duck Inn

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    Horsham

    Family pub in the heart of the countryside. Independent luxury en suite accommodation. Open all day, every day. Secure family garden and play area.

  17. The Black Horse Inn

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    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.

  18. Red Lion

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    Haywards Heath, West Sussex

    Situated on the fringes of Ashdown Forest, the Red Lion is popular with ramblers and families on a country day out, and boasts a Michelin star chef at the helm.

  19. The Royal Oak

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    Marlow

    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.

  20. The Fox & Hounds

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    Faringdon

    The friendly, traditional village pub in Uffington with unrivalled views of the Bronze Age White Horse and Iron Age - Saxon Hill Fort.

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