Traditional, but wholly unique pub and hotel in the centre of the village of Ticehurst in East Sussex. There’s delicious food in the restaurant and a quirky atmosphere throughout.

The Bell in Ticehurst

East Sussex

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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 are sure to warm the cockles and provide the perfect rest stop from our South East adventures.

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 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 Five Arrows, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
    This dog friendly hotel and bar offers an escape from your adventures around Buckinghamshire.  Try a pint of our exclusive Shepard’s Gold Ale or taste one of our many Rothschild wines.
  • The Mucky Duck Inn, Horsham, Sussex
    This Free House has a wide range of superb real ales on offer, and has a family garden with children's play area.

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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. The Jubilee Tap

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    Alton

    Pop in for a pint at the Jubilee Tap, after your visit to Gilbert White’s House & Gardens! Located just across the High Street, opposite the museum, the Jubilee Tap is a familyfriendly relaxed bar, where the public can try the Gilbert White range…

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. The Fox & Hounds

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    Uffington

    Enjoy tasty cuisine at The Fox & Hounds.

  10. The Bear and Ragged Staff

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    Oxford

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

  11. 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.

  12. Mucky Duck Inn

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    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.

  13. The Urchin Brewery & Shellfish Pub

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    HOVE

    Enjoy a plate of oysters with a pint of stout by the sea as The Urchin Brewery & Shellfish is keeping the dockyard spirit alive! With craft beer brewed on site and a selection of wine, there won't ever be any shortages of top class beverages as you…

  14. The Fox & Hounds

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    Uffington

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

  15. Grand Central Brighton

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    Brighton

    Centrally located in near Brighton train station, Grand Central stands tall as one of the city's best-loved establishments. With British-inspired menus, you'd be spoilt for choice featuring refined pub classics crafted from fresh, seasonal…

  16. The Swan Inn

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    Swinbrook

    A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.

  17. 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.

  18. The New Club

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    Brighton

    The New Club is an American styled restaurant, café and bar located on Brighton Seafront where you will experience the taste and feel of New York City.

  19. 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.

  20. The Royal Oak

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    Marlow

    Drive a short way up the hill out of Marlow and you’ll discover this whitewashed, cottage-style pub in the village of Bovingdon Green.