A former 16th century hall house, with timber beams and a Tudor fireplace, the bar is popular with locals, along with visitors from further afield, offering cask ales from Kentish breweries and a wide selection of wines that include offerings from the area's renowned vineyards.

The Milk House

Cranbrook, Kent

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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 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.
  • 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 Black Horse Inn, Canterbury, Kent
    Just five minutes from Canterbury West train station, this traditional bar with open plan reception has accommodation on site too
  • The Three Lions Restaurant with Rooms, New Forest, Hampshire
    Located in the heart of the New Forest National Park, offering good food and wine and a very warm welcome.
  • 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.
  • Command House, Chatham, Kent 
    Built in the 1800s, the Grade II listed new-look hostelry steeped in military history, has period features and a panoramic view over the river towards the former Chatham Dockyard and the ongoing regeneration town centre project.

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  1. The Cat Inn

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    East Grinstead

    The Cat Inn is a 16th century free house set in the picturesque village of West Hoathly, a hilltop village set in the heart of the Sussex countryside. It is in within easy distance from the towns of East Grinstead and Haywards Heath.

  2. 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.

  3. The Wychwood Inn

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    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…

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. Star & Eagle Hotel

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    Cranbrook

    The Star and Eagle has a total of ten bedrooms, all of the highest standard for your personal comfort, though varying in style...

  7. 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.

  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. 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.

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