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 The Woolpack Inn

The Woolpack Inn

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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 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.

  2. The Bell in Ticehurst

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    Restaurant with Rooms

    Wadhurst

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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,…

  8. 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.

  9. The Stag on the River

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    Godalming

    In a quaint village setting perched on the banks of the River Wey, the Stag is a perfect example of the very best that a Great British Pub can offer.

  10. 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.

  11. The Royal Standard of England

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    English

    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…

  12. The Fox & Hounds

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    Uffington

    Enjoy tasty cuisine at The Fox & Hounds.

  13. The Wheatsheaf

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    Farnham

    This small endearing building is entered directly off the street through a low cottage-style door to a surprisingly elongated area. Standing in the centre of this lively market town, there is certain buzz about the place, particularly at lunch time.

  14. 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.

  15. 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.

  16. The Hawkenbury Inn

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    TONBRIDGE

    A Warm Country C19th Century Inn in the Heart of the Weald of Kent, Serving Home Cooked Locally Sourced Produce 7 days a week and offering Bed & Breakfast Accommodation & much, much more.

    Gluten free and vegetarian options available.

    Large…

  17. 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.

  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. 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.

  20. The Brookmill

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    LONDON

    Welcome to The Brookmill pub and kitchen, a 19th century Victorian corner pub, proudly posted next to the Brookmill park.

    With an enviably sized beer garden, a large function room, bar stocked with craft ales from surrounding boroughs, great…

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