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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 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The Woolpack Inn

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    Canterbury, Kent

    Standing in the chocolate-box village of Chilham, who could resist this large 600-year-old country inn complete with exposed oak beams and inglenook fireplaces that offer a glimpse into yesteryear?

  4. The Bell in Ticehurst

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Wadhurst

  5. The Woolpack Inn

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    Inn

    Canterbury

    The Woolpack was built in 1422 and has inglenook fireplaces and an excellent oak beamed restaurant whose extensive menus feature local produce. Ideal location for touring Kent and walking/cycling routes.

  6. The Exchequer

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    Fleet

    Amongst the beautiful quiet villages of North Hampshire, yet just a stone's throw from the A287, this attractive whitewashed building has been beautifully spruced up by the new owners and it’s looking good. The now contemporary interior still manages

  7. The Lambert Arms

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    Inn

    Watlington

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

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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.

  14. The Red Lion, Odiham

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    HOOK

    A recently refurbished pub and B&B with 7 hotel rooms located in the heart of Odiham’s high street. Offering relaxed dining, 7 days a week, this is an incredible find for a weekend (or mid-week) escape of relaxation, good food and drink.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. The Great Northwood

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    LONDON

    Since 1864 we have been a place for West Norwood to gather, socialise and relax. Today its purpose remains exactly the same whether it’s for a quick drink while walking the dog, a meal with family or a party with 100 of your closest friends in our...

  18. 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.

  19. 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?'

  20. 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.

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