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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. The Fox & Hounds

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Uffington

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

  4. The Nags Head Inn & Restaurant

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    Inn

    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. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  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 Milk House

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    Bed & Breakfast

    Cranbrook

  10. The Bell in Ticehurst

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Wadhurst

  11. The Green Man

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    Winchester

    The Green Man is so much more than a pub!

    It is a little enclave of hospitality. A stylish hang-out and a great meeting place for friends, family or an intimate tête-à-tête.

    Specialising in locally sourced products, resulting in an array of i

  12. 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…

  13. 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.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. 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.

  17. 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.

  18. 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.

  19. 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.

  20. 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?'

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