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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 Old Vine

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    Winchester

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

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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?

  5. The Portland Arms

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    LONDON

    The Portland Arms is situated within the hub of South Norwood on Portland Road. We are proud to be a great pub that serves classic dishes, have a wide selection of craft beers and wines along with local spirits and soft drinks.

    Serving Brunches to...

  6. 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.

  7. The Royal Exchange

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    Bordon

    Lovingly restored village pub with a passion for sourcing quality Hampshire ingredients to create delicious seasonal British menus and classic daily specials.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. Horse & Groom

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    Chichester

    A traditional 17th century inn with en suite accommodation. Friendly country style inn with fine cuisine, real ales and open-style fireplace and range.

  12. The Bear and Ragged Staff

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    Oxford

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

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. The Feathered Nest Country Inn

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    Chipping Norton

    The Feathered Nest country Inn, a country pub, restaurant and inn set in the picturesque village of Nether Westcote and nestled in the heart of the Cotswolds with marvellous views over the Evenlode Valley.

  16. Cotswold Plough

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    Clanfield

    The Cotswold Plough Hotel, Clanfield, is a perfect example of a 16th century, stylish yet informal hotel in the Cotswold countryside. The restaurant menu offers imaginative and mouth-watering dishes and prides itself on using local Cotswold produce,...

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. The Royal Standard of England

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    BEACONSFIELD

    The Oldest Freehouse in England

    A warm welcome pilgrim, to the Royal Standard of England. As a nation we say “come to my local”, we are referring to our pub. This pub is a quintessential part of British life and culture. Loved and cared for by...

  20. The Baker Arms

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    Droxford

    The Bakers Arms is a relaxed, informal country pub that has been serving award winning food in the stunning Meon Valley for over 10 years.  Come and enjoy our log fire in the Winter months and our sun trap terrace in the Summer.  The pub is in the...

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