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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.

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  1. The Little Angel Pub

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    Henley on Thames, Berkshire

    This cute whitewashed pub has more strings to its bow than just pulling pints.

  2. Mucky Duck Inn

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    Inn

    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.

  3. The Wychwood Inn

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    Hotel

    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…

  4. Mucky Duck Inn

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    Rudgwick, Horsham

    A traditional Sussex country pub /restaurant with superior en-suite accommodation in a separate building.Family garden with children's play area and adult beer garden with giant chess board.

  5. 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.

  6. The King Alfred

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    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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. Cotswold Plough

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    Clanfield

    The Cotswold Plough Hotel, Clanfield, is a perfect example of a 16th century, stylish yet informal hotel in the Cotswold countryside. The restaurant menu offers imaginative and mouth-watering dishes and prides itself on using local Cotswold produce,…

  10. Artist Residence Oxfordshire

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    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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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…

  13. The Nags Head Inn & Restaurant

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    Great Missenden

    Beautifully restored, this AA 4 star, 15th century coaching inn and rosette awarded restaurant with low oaked beams and large inglenook fireplace. Stylish refurbished rooms all with en-suites. Free parking and near major motorways.

  14. The Bell in Ticehurst

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Wadhurst

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. The Milk House

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Cranbrook

  19. 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...

  20. The Crown at Bray

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    Restaurant

    MAIDENHEAD

    The Crown serves simple yet perfectly executed traditional pub food and a crowd pleasing selection of drinks.

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