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 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 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 Jolly Sportsman

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    The Jolly Sportsman is an idyllic Sussex country pub at the foot of the South Downs National Park serving local seasonal food, and with four stylish and comfortable en-suite bedrooms upstairs. With stunning views and walks on the doorstep, guests…

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Cotswold Plough

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    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,…

  5. The Royal Oak

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    A whitewashed Georgian gem’ is the best way to describe this sophisticated village pub set in the stunning Sussex countryside.

  6. The Richard Onslow

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    Located on Cranleigh High Street in the Surrey Hills, The Richard Onslow is a gastro pub with rooms offering bed and breakfast accommodation alongside fresh seasonal food, crafted cocktails, award-winning wine and beer in a classic English Village…

  7. The Crown @ Granborough

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    Situated in the charming village of Granborough, this 1600 coaching inn has been completely refurbished since it came under new ownership 2013.

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