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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. 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…

  2. 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…

  3. Chequers Inn

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    Pubs

    Forest Row

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

  4. The White Horse

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    Pubs

    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.

  5. 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...

  6. The Bugle

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    Pub/Inn

    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 Little Angel Pub

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    Pub/Inn

    Henley on Thames, Berkshire

    This cute whitewashed pub has more strings to its bow than just pulling pints.

  8. The Fox & Hounds

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Uffington

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

  9. The Bear and Ragged Staff

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    Pub/Inn

    Oxford

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

  10. 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.

  11. The Crown Inn

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    Pub/Inn

    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.

  12. 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.

  13. 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?'

  14. The Milk House

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Cranbrook

  15. 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.

  16. The Caulkheads

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    SANDOWN

    Family dining pub, food served all day, extensive menu (including vegetarian, salads, sandwiches, ploughmans, jacket potatoes, pizza, steaks, house specials, burgers and desserts plus children's menu.

  17. Mucky Duck Inn

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    Inn

    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.

  18. 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.

  19. The Old Vine

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    Winchester

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

  20. 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.

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