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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 Portland Arms

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    LONDON

    The Portland Arms is situated within the hub of South Norwood on Portland Road. We are proud to be a great pub that serves classic dishes, have a wide selection of craft beers and wines along with local spirits and soft drinks.

    Serving Brunches to…

  2. The Falcon Inn

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    Denham Village, Buckinghamshire

    The Falcon has been serving excellent ale and fare since the 16th-century, from its idyllic location facing the village green in this charming conservation village.

  3. 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.

  4. The Kings Head

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    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…

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. The White Horse

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    Edenbridge

    A courting venue of Henry VIII and Ann Boleyn. The Inn was also a luncheon stop for the Guards transporting prisoners from London to Lewes on horse drawn carriages.

  8. The Black Horse

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    Fulmer, Buckinghamshire

    Lying at the heart of a captivating conservation village deep in the valleys, the Black Horse was born from various 17th-century cottages, which have now come together in perfect harmony to form this appealing rural pub.

  9. 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…

  10. 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.

  11. The Swan Inn

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    Denham, Buckinghamshire

    When you pull up outside the Swan Inn you’re sure to ask yourself ‘what more could I want than this Georgian, wisteria-clad pub standing in a stunning village location?'

  12. The Bell in Ticehurst

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Wadhurst

  13. The Baskerville

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    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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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.

  16. Inglenook Hotel Restaurant

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    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.

  17. The Lambert Arms

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    Watlington

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

  18. 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.

  19. The Old Vine

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    Winchester

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

  20. Halfway Bridge Inn

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    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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