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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 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.

  2. The Green Man

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    Winchester

    The Green Man is so much more than a pub!

    It is a little enclave of hospitality. A stylish hang-out and a great meeting place for friends, family or an intimate tête-à-tête.

    Specialising in locally sourced products, resulting in an array of i

  3. The Crown at Bray

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    MAIDENHEAD

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

  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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. The Swan Inn

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    Swinbrook

    A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.

  10. The Fountain

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    Steyning, West Sussex

    Dating from the 16th century, this former farmhouse is full of rustic charm. Standing at the heart of a lovely village, it is a shining example of a quintessential English pub.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. 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…

  15. 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…

  16. 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.

  17. The Wychwood Inn

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    CHIPPING NORTON

    Food in the Cotswolds
    We are proud to offer a seasonal menu at breakfast, lunch and dinner. A traditional roast is served all day on a Sunday along with other choices on the menu.
    Our kitchen team are highly trained and acclaimed for exquisite,…

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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…

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