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The Sportsman

The Sportsman in Seasalter is an unlikely spot for a gastronomic delight but their reputation for fresh, quality fish is superb. The kitchen is run by Stephen Harris who has earned a Michelin star whilst cooking here. Stephen sources many quality ingredients from the local Monks Hill Farm.

The Poet

The Poet in Matfield has recently benefitted from a complete renovation. The restaurant sits within a 17th Century building named after war poet Siegfried Sassoon, who was born and raised in Matfield.

The Bell Inn

The Bell Inn is located in the heart of Ticehurst and has recently benefited from an extensive refurbishment, transforming it into a large, impressive and distinctive public house. As well as a bar and restaurant, the pub has eleven high spec rooms to stay in.

The Queen’s Inn

This immaculately restored inn provides a luxurious country retreat to eat, drink and indulge. The Queen’s Inn can be found in the scenic of Cranbrook. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are expertly combined and served in their stylish, yet welcoming surroundings.

The Three Chimneys

The Three Chimneys is an award winning independent country pub in Biddenden. The building dates back to 1420. Dark oak beams, a roaring fire and five separate dining areas make this a characterful and relaxed venue for a pint or a bite to eat.

The Barrow House

A much loved village pub with a stylish overhaul. The Barrow House was crafted in 1576 using timbers from sailing ships. The pub serves its local community well, providing good seasonal food and a relaxing place to unwind. Their handcrafted burgers are made in house and their bread is baked daily.

The Duke William, Ickham

Situated just ten minutes outside of the historic City of Canterbury, the Duke William is a contemporary and stylish pub. With a roaring fire during the winter months, the idyllic garden is full of hanging baskets, potted plants, an olive tree and herb boxes during the summer.

The Plough Inn

The Plough Inn in Dorking focuses on the seasonal availability of local food, from the freshest fruit and veg, to grass-fed beef, they only use the best ingredients, sourced from many small, award-winning suppliers in the area. Locally produced vintages, small batch gins and single malts also appear on the menu.

The Duke of Cambridge

Dedicated to sourcing from British farmers and producers and using only sustainable ingredients, The Duke of Cambridge focuses on using produce which has travelled very few miles from the farm to the fork. The Tilford Brewery is located next door to the pub and provides award-winning ales.

The Abinger Hatch

The Abinger Hatch is a traditional family-owned English pub with foliage creeping over the doorways and windows. With roaring woodburners keeping the pub cozy on colder days, dogs and kids are warmly welcomed. The menu offers homemade classic British pub fare and Sunday roasts are popular.

The Merry Harriers

In the scenic village of Hambledon in the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, The Merry Harriers dates back to the 16th century. This traditional village pub has a truly local feel, with crackling fires and a menu using often foraged ingredients, and where possible, locally sourced within a 15-mile radius.

The Stag on the River

The charming Surrey village of Lower Eashing is home to 15th-century The Stag on the River, an attractive red-brick pub beside the River Wey. A sociable beer garden invites you to soak up the sun in summer while the river burbles by. Inside, heritage-style wallpapers, tweed soft furnishings and an open fire offer a comfortable, country experience with a touch of luxury.

The Anchor Inn

Conveniently located close to the A31 between Winchester and Guildford, the Anchor Inn has long been a favourite for the local village and tourists alike. Packed to the rafters with history, enjoy a local ale beside the traditional bar and open fire, or take a seat in the atmospheric restaurant, which serves elegant, seasonal fare and award-winning wines.

The Kingham Plough

Arguably one of the best-loved pubs in the Cotswolds, the award-winning Kingham Plough is only 10 minutes’ from the sought-after of Chipping Norton. Offering a unique balance between high quality dining and family friendly experiences, all in a charming, honey stone setting, the pub has become a destination worth visiting in its own right.

The Kings Head

In prime position on the village green, The Kings Head in Bledington is a true country idyll. The cosy bar has built a reputation for its selection of locally brewed lagers and ales, with an inglenook stone fireplace to drink them beside, and the restaurant purveys hearty dishes with a refined twist. But on a sunny day, there’s no better place to be than the garden, with views onto the burbling stream a stone’s throw away.

Killingworth Castle

Having first opened its doors to the local people of Wootton in 1637, Killingworth Castle has built an impressive clientele, including Sir Winston Churchill in days gone by. The current custodians took to the helm in 2012, forging an award-winning future for the pub with such a prestigious past. The ambience is welcoming and full of charm.

Mr Hanbury’s Mason Arms

A thatched Oxfordshire pub with plenty of curb appeal, the interior of this inn is just as charming as it is outside. Chunky wooden furniture, eye-catching wallpaper and eclectic soft furnishings give the space a unique identity. It is a comfortable, memorable and relaxing place in which to enjoy a meal with friends.

The Nut Tree Inn

The Nut Tree Inn is an enchanting thatched pub with modern, Michelin-starred dishes to surprise, four miles from the bustling Oxfordshire of Bicester. The gardens are filled with blossoming hanging baskets and attractive plants, creating a country welcome that appeals to locals and visitors alike.

The Five Alls

Tucked in the quaint Cotswolds village of Filkins, The Five Alls offers an exciting blend of traditional English fare with an Italian twist. The honey stone inn covered in climbing plants exudes country appeal – this is a theme that continues inside, with logs piled high, charming flagstone floors and a cosy fireplace to gather around.

The Noah’s Ark

The Noah’s Ark in Lurgashall is a bewitching 16th century pub located just a stone’s throw from Blackdown Hill on the borders of Surrey and West Sussex. Step inside to find a wonderful mix of old meets new – ancient fireplaces and low beams, alongside comfy leather sofas and contemporary design features.

The Dog at Wingham

Located 20 minutes’ drive from the historic of Canterbury, up and coming The Dog at Wingham is much more than a country inn with rooms. At its heart are trusted, local suppliers, with the bread even being baked in the same village, so the menu is fresh, authentic and offers a taste of the seasons. And with local ales, over 40 types of gin and a wonderful selection of wines from vineyards near and far, the bar is stocked with something for everyone too.

The Mash Inn

The Mash Inn is a boutique Inn in Buckinghamshire with a prestigious reputation. Described as a restaurant with rooms, the open kitchen cooks the best seasonal ingredients on a bespoke wood-fired grill and many of the ingredients are sourced from the Inn’s kitchen garden. The founder Nick Mash believes in the authentic country dining experience and in supporting local craftsmen and producers.

Sir Charles Napier

The beautiful, 18th century flint embellished Sir Charles Napier Inn sits in a beautiful spot in the Chilterns amongst scenic English gardens. With two roaring wood fires crackling away, the food here is exceptional and the views are mesmerising. The Inn has been earned its reputable status over the decades it has been established.

The Beehive

“Set in the Berkshire countryside and overlooking the village cricket ground is The Beehive. Chef Patron Dominic Chapman is a Michelin-starred laureate with an aim to “offer beautiful food in a real English pub.” With reputation for its excellent seasonal menu, dishes represent Britain and its abundant produce.

The Kings Head

The King’s Head stands on the edge of the New Forest in the village of Hursley, where a coaching inn first opened in 1810. The popular of Winchester and its famed medieval cathedral are around five miles away. Old meets new inside the restaurant, with grey painted shutters and chunky wooden tables adding a contemporary rustic twist to the Georgian building’s high ceilings and period features.

The Swan

Set on the edge of the picturesque Surrey countryside, The Swan Inn at Chiddingfold is a relaxed contemporary pub with a focus on serving delicious food and quality drinks in a warm, welcoming atmosphere. The Swan Inn derives its name from the swans elegantly gliding on the village pond and nearby river.

The Three Lions

The cosy feel and charming beams come as pleasant surprise when you step inside The Three Lions in Fordingbridge, Hampshire. Headed up by former Michelin-starred chef Mike and Jayne, this pub presents classic cuisine in a comfortable setting in the New Forest National Park.

Gomshall Mill

Situated on the River Tillingbourne, Gomshall Mill is beautiful timber-framed mill dating from Medieval times. Ancient floorboards, oak beams and open fires create an authentic and traditional pub environment.

The Plough Inn

Serving up daily specials, Sunday roasts and pub classics, The Plough Inn is a tempting retreat defined by Kentish food and drink. Located in the North Downs, the pub is independently owned and family-run and sits within a picturesque garden. With rolling countryside on the doorstep, it’s the perfect place to relax and refuel after a bracing country walk.

The Angel Inn

Idyllically based in the South Downs National Park, The Angel Inn, has medieval origins and is situated just 300 yards from the Market Square, the centre of Petworth, one of Britain’s most attractive market towns. The menu serves excellent food made with fresh and seasonal ingredients.

The Blackboys Inn

The Blackboys Inn is a traditional 14th Century pub and restaurant near the town of Uckfield. With an array of colourful flowers decorating the exterior, the interior houses original dark wood beams, dark parquet wood floors and open fire places.

The Earl of March

This early 18th Century pub set against the backdrop of the South Downs and the Goodwood Estate in the village of Lavant. This is reportedly the location where William Blake, the famous poet and composer wrote the words to Jerusalem in 1803.

The Anchor Bleu

Situated in the picturesque harbourside village of Bosham, The Anchor Bleu is steeped in history and remains an exceptionally popular location for decent food and scenic drinks overlooking the harbour. The views over the water are mesmerising on a sunny day.

The Globe Inn Marsh

The Globe Inn Marsh Rye is a cozy neighbourhood pub with a national reputation. The menus reflect the region’s access to the sea and salt marshes. The abundance of fresh local ingredients from humane, traceable farms are incorporated into the delicious dishes.

Farmer Butcher Chef

Situated on the magnificent and historic Goodwood Estate, Farmer Butcher Chef is renowned for its exceptional menu and creative approach to sustainability, with its produce sourced from the estate’s very own Home Farm. The restaurant has a distinctive and pioneering approach to farm-to-table cuisine with an emphasis on flavour, quality and provenance.

The Hinds Head

Situated on the magnificent and historic Goodwood Estate, Farmer Butcher Chef is renowned for its exceptional menu and creative approach to sustainability, with its produce sourced from the estate’s very own Home Farm. The restaurant has a distinctive and pioneering approach to farm-to-table cuisine with an emphasis on flavour, quality and provenance.

The Lewes Arms

The Lewes Arms is over 200 years old and one of Lewes’ favourite traditional pubs. Positioned close to the town’s beautiful Norman Castle, this is an authentic pub experience with a rustic interior and down-to-earth atmosphere.

The Milk House

The beautiful Milk House in Sissinghurst is a former 16th century hall house, with ancient timber beams and a Tudor fireplace. The menus use the freshest seasonal ingredients from local suppliers and the dishes are classic pub fare. The interior is beautifully styled and light with original features painted in soft chalky tones and pretty flowers embellishing the tables.

The Ram

The Ram Inn has been at the heart of Firle village life for over 500 years. The rambling old brick and flint building has three main rooms, each with its own open fire, lit every day between October and April. Dark inky colours paint the walls and contrast against glittering chandeliers in the upstairs dining room.
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