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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 Woolpack Inn

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    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?

  2. The Fox & Hounds

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Uffington

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

  3. 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.

  4. The Cat Inn

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    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.

  5. The Crown Inn

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    Horsham

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

  6. The Queen's Head

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    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.

  7. The Marquis at Alkham

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Dover

    The Marquis is an utterly unique and distinctive restaurant with rooms offering boutique style luxury accommodation in the heart of the English countryside.

  8. King's Head

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    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...

  9. 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.

  10. The Cock Inn

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    Epsom

    Buried deep in the countryside, this 17th-century pub is steeped in history. The original part of The Cock Inn was built in the 1700s and was originally a home for the stonemasons who built the beautiful church that looms behind.

  11. George Inn, Southwark

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    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.

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    ■The galleries which front the building were once common on...

  12. Inn on the Lake

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    Gravesend

    Set in 12 acres of woodland, the Inn on the Lake Hotel offers a friendly and comfortable stay in a modern, family run establishment.

  13. The Old Queens Head

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    High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

    The Old Queens Head sits on the border between the villages of Penn and Tylers Green and is proud to find itself at the heart these two lovely communities.

  14. The Royal Oak

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    East Lavant, West Sussex

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

  15. Halfway Bridge Inn

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    Petworth

    If you are looking for the perfect pub, look no further than the Halfway Bridge Inn. The menus are changed monthly and the blackboard specials daily.

  16. The Stag on the River

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    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.

  17. Star & Eagle Hotel

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    Cranbrook

    The Star and Eagle has a total of ten bedrooms, all of the highest standard for your personal comfort, though varying in style...

  18. No.5 Bridge Street

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Winchester

    Offering six boutique ensuite guest rooms, No 5 Bridge Street was completley refurbished in 2011 and now boasts a vibrant and stylish setting just minutes from the delights WInchester has to offer.

  19. The Wheatsheaf

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    Farnham

    This small endearing building is entered directly off the street through a low cottage-style door to a surprisingly elongated area. Standing in the centre of this lively market town, there is certain buzz about the place, particularly at lunch time.

  20. The Feathered Nest Country Inn

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    Chipping Norton

    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.