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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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. Chequers Inn

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    Forest Row

    The Chequers is a 15th Century Old English Pub complete with inglenook fireplace, lounge, dining room & includes conference & banqueting facilities.

  4. The Black Horse Inn

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    Inn

    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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. The Bear and Ragged Staff

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    Country House Hotel

    Oxford

    Not only does The Bear and Ragged Staff serve fantastic food throughout the day, its conversion to a Country Inn is gathering pace since it’s opening of the first four of nine rooms in November 2011.

  8. 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…

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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

  12. 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...

  13. The Old Vine

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    Winchester

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

  14. 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.

  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. 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.

  17. Mr Hanbury's Mason Arms

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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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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?'

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