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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. 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.

  2. Star & Eagle Hotel

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    Inn

    Cranbrook

    The Star and Eagle has a total of ten bedrooms, all of the highest standard for your personal comfort, though varying in style...

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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…

  6. Halfway Bridge Inn

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    Petworth

    If you are looking for the perfect pub, look no further than the Halfway Bridge Inn. The menus are changed monthly and the blackboard specials daily.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  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 Fox & Hounds

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Uffington

    You’ll feel right at home at this quaint B&B in historical Uffington!

  12. The Black Horse

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    Fulmer, Buckinghamshire

    Lying at the heart of a captivating conservation village deep in the valleys, the Black Horse was born from various 17th-century cottages, which have now come together in perfect harmony to form this appealing rural pub.

  13. 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.

  14. The Royal Oak

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    East Lavant, West Sussex

    A whitewashed Georgian gem’ is the best way to describe this sophisticated village pub set in the stunning Sussex countryside.

  15. George Inn, Southwark

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    London

    Last remaining galleried inn in London

    Dating from the 17th century this public house, leased to a private company, is London's last remaining galleried inn.

    Did you know?

    ■The galleries which front the building were once common on…

  16. 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,…

  17. 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?'

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. The Bear and Ragged Staff

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    Oxford

    Exceptional Food, Exceptional Service, Exceptional Place...at the Right Price!

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