Traditional, but wholly unique pub and hotel in the centre of the village of Ticehurst in East Sussex. There’s delicious food in the restaurant and a quirky atmosphere throughout.

The Bell in Ticehurst

East Sussex

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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 are sure to warm the cockles and provide the perfect rest stop from our South East adventures.

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 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 Five Arrows, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
    This dog friendly hotel and bar offers an escape from your adventures around Buckinghamshire.  Try a pint of our exclusive Shepard’s Gold Ale or taste one of our many Rothschild wines.
  • The Mucky Duck Inn, Horsham, Sussex
    This Free House has a wide range of superb real ales on offer, and has a family garden with children's play area.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. The Bugle

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    Southampton

    Steeped in heritage and charm our pub is packed full of character, from the flagstone floors to the exposed beams and brickwork, you will always experience a warm and friendly place to visit.

  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. 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.

  9. The Urchin Brewery & Shellfish Pub

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    HOVE

    Enjoy a plate of oysters with a pint of stout by the sea as The Urchin Brewery & Shellfish is keeping the dockyard spirit alive! With craft beer brewed on site and a selection of wine, there won't ever be any shortages of top class beverages as you…

  10. Chequers Inn

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    ROOKLEY

    A traditional rural pub, serving locally sourced food and ales, situated in the heart of the Isle of Wight’s beautiful countryside.

  11. 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.

  12. The Drummond at Albury

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    Guildford

    The pub’s the best place to hide from winter’s short days and long nights, with good friends, good cheer and good food. Our fresh native fish, free-range pork belly from Jimmy Butler's, a warming risotto, or a board of British cheese will all make…

  13. The Walrus

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    BRIGHTON

    The Walrus, situated on the historic Ship Street at the heart of Brighton's famous Lanes, each has it''s own unique designs to the rooms with endless winding passageways.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. The Crown @ Granborough

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    Buckingham

    Situated in the charming village of Granborough, this 1600 coaching inn has been completely refurbished since it came under new ownership 2013.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. Grand Central Brighton

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    Brighton

    Centrally located in near Brighton train station, Grand Central stands tall as one of the city's best-loved establishments. With British-inspired menus, you'd be spoilt for choice featuring refined pub classics crafted from fresh, seasonal…

  20. The Feathered Nest Country Inn

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    Nestled in the heart of the Cotswold’s Golden Triangle, in the sleepy village of Nether Westcote, this charming 17th century inn has been restored with care, offering a perfect base from which to explore the idyllic Cotswolds. The picturesque towns…