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200 of the Best Pubs of England…

Each of which feature in our new Pub Guide

The Ramsholt Arms, Suffolk

A popular riverside pub, situated on the scenic banks of the river Deben. The pub is located down a country lane and is a relaxing spot if you are looking to get away from the hustle and bustle. Dishes include favourites such as fish pie and slow cooked beef stew.

The Brisley Bell Inn, Norfolk

The Brisley Bell Inn is a 17th century pub which has been tastefully and sympathetically renovated to become a stunning destination pub. In addition to the bar area, there is a quiet dining room and a cosy snug kitted out with books and an open fire.

The Gunton Arms, Norfolk

The Gunton Arms is a unique pub located within a historic 1,000 acre deer park dating back to the 18th century. Art dealer, Ivor Braka bought the pub in 2009 and spent 2 years renovating which included selecting appropriate pieces from his art collection with works by Tracey Emin and Damien Hirst now hung on the walls.

The Flitch of Bacon, Dunmow

Tim Allen’s The Flitch of Bacon Inn supports farmers and artisan producers by combining local produce with the very best European larder, to create dishes celebrating traditional British cooking, with a contemporary twist.

The Rose and Crown, Norfolk

Dating back to the 14th century, The Rose and Crown in the village of Snettisham is a hidden gem with plenty of old-world character; from the low ceilings with their ancient beams to the pamment floors and roaring log fires. The menu makes use of the local ingredients from the mussels, oysters and samphire to the fresh herbs and local game.

The Chequers Inn, Thornham

The Chequers Inn in Thornham is a traditional, 16th-century pub with low beamed ceilings and a large open fireplace. This beautifully renovated former coaching inn on the North Norfolk coast offers daily specials in their contemporary dining room or out in the courtyard are two unique cedar wood pavilions, both perfect for a spot of al fresco dining.

The White Horse, Brancaster Staithe

Overlooking some of North Norfolk’s finest marshland and beyond to the sea is the stylish White Horse in Brancaster Staithe. Lobster pots and oyster beds can be seen from the light and airy restaurant. Here you can sample some of Norfolk’s freshest seafood in their award-winning restaurant.

The Duck Inn, Stanhoe

The Duck Inn is an award-winning pub with a stripped back elegance, allowing the culinary talent to take centre stage. The ambience here is relaxed and sophisticated. Fresh flowers and candlelit tables sit against a backdrop of characterful brick walls and warming fires.

The Westleton Crown, Suffolk

The Westleton Crown is a 12th-century coaching inn on the Suffolk Heritage coast. Situated within the picturesque village of Westleton, this pub has been serving the locals for over 800 years. There is a traditional bar area but also a large and bright dining room to the rear which opens up onto a courtyard garden.

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 Duke of Cumberland

Dedicated to sourcing from British farmers and producers and using only sustainable ingredients, The Duke of Cumberland 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 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 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.

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 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.

The Gurnard’s Head, Cornwall

A landmark pub almost at the edge of England, the Gurnard’s Head is your last stop for a pint and an open fire before the Atlantic Ocean. Between St Just and Zennor, this is genuine Cornwall. Wild, mysterious and beautiful, the Gurnard’s Head is an inn that transports you back to when travel was that little bit slower.

The Port William, Cornwall

A cut above many Cornish inns, The Port William makes the most of its coastal location with floor-to-ceiling glazing in the restaurant, framing vast Atlantic views. Already a hotspot with surfers, you can enjoy a meal by the sea on a sunny day or cosy up and watch the lashing waves from a comfy spot beside the toasty wood burner.
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The Ship Inn, Cornwall

Full of Cornish character and charm, the Ship Inn in Mousehole is a friendly pub with eight comfortable rooms offering splendid views of the sea and quaint Mousehole harbour. The bar and restaurant serve fresh local food all year round and the traditional Cornish pub food is accompanied by the excellent St. Austell ales.

The Golden Lion, Cornwall

This 18th-century pub in Port Isaac is awash with charm and history. Overlooking the stunning bay makes this an ideal spot to watch the beautiful blues of summer calm and the dramatic greys of winter storms. The Golden Lion takes pride in their cask ale and serves a fine fish and chips.

The Lister Arms, Malham

The Lister Arms in Malham is a traditional coaching inn with captivating period features and an exterior embellished in vibrant green foliage. The inn’s interior has been modernised whilst retaining its rich history and features, from its beams and wooden floors to its original fireplaces.

The Craven Arms, Appletreewick

The Craven Arms in Appletreewick is a picture-postcard, old English pub, with a great reputation for its food and real ale. The ale is all traditionally cask-conditioned and the artisan dishes are lovingly prepared from local ingredients on the premises.

The Lord Crewe Arms, Blanchland

A quintessential country retreat, one visit to the Lorde Crewe Arms and you will never wish to leave. The golden stone inn sits at the heart of sleepy, manicured Blanchland – a surreal contrast to the untamed beauty of the North Pennine Moors that cocoon it. Explore the wild Northumbrian surroundings and stay the night in one of the inn’s quietly charming rooms.

The Fountaine Inn, Yorkshire

The Fountaine Inn is a pub with personality. Situated in the stunning Yorkshire countryside, this inn is about community and great hospitality. Its stylish interior fuses modern with traditional, with a fun mix of textures, colours and patterns to create a vibrant atmosphere.

The Star Inn, York

Perched on the banks of the river Ouse in the medieval city of York, The Star Inn isn’t afraid to make a splash. Inside the former Engine House, a dramatic double-height space awaits that is eclectic and atmospheric in equal measure. The feel is warm, inviting and quirky. But don’t be fooled into thinking the copper beer tanks define the bar menu – with 26 gins alone, there’s plenty of choice.

The Feathers Inn, Stocksfield

The traditional stone exterior of The Feathers Inn in Hedley on the Hill packs plenty of appeal, but it’s the award-winning menu that draws patrons from far and wide. Owners Rhian and Helen have steered the Northumbrian inn to success and now, in addition to hosting a lively crowd of locals, the pub is also the hub for events and a cookery school.

The Joiners Arms, Alnwick

Located just a stone’s throw from the water in Newton-by-the-Sea, The Joiners Arms promises a sense of theatre few inns can rival. From the moody, timber-clad bar to the gastro menu and dramatically decorated bedrooms, every moment here is an experience.

The Inn at Whitewell, Clitheroe

Sitting high on the banks of the River Hodder, The Inn at Whitewell began life in the 1300s as a small manor house, lived in by the keepers of the Royal forest. During the 1700s, the building began its life as an inn. The food ethos focuses on “”using only the best local ingredients, cooked simply to let the real quality shine through.

The Cholmondeley Arm, Malpas

In the heart of the Cheshire countryside, adjacent to Cholmondeley Castle and within a former Victorian village schoolhouse, is the Cholmondeley Arms. The pub has earned a reputation for its freshly cooked, locally sourced food from artisan bakers, farmers, butchers, fishermen and cheesemakers.

The Fishpool Inn, Delamere

The Fishpool Inn in Delamere, Cheshire is a newly and sympathetically renovated sandstone gastro inn dating back to the 18th century. The innovative open kitchen prepares traditional and modern British and European dishes using only the finest locally sourced seasonal ingredients.

The Tinner’s Arms, Cornwall

The Tinner’s Arms is a traditional pub that is the beating heart of Zennor, and is one of Cornwall’s hidden gems. This Grade II listed, 13th century pub has stone floors, low ceilings and inglenook fireplaces.

The Rock Inn, Devon

In the breath-taking Dartmoor National Park, The Rock Inn has been earning AA rosettes for over two decades. Timber beams, antique furniture and cosy features give the inn all the welcome trimmings of an intimate country pub. Locally grown, reared and caught meat, fish and produce make it onto the plates here in contemporary combinations. The food is so successful that the restaurant is often booked out.

The Ferry Inn, Devon

Situated next to the harbour wall and overlooking the ombré blue water of picturesque Salcombe Harbour, is The Ferry Inn. Owning one of the best positions in this beautiful region with its rolling hills and golden sands, the terrace which sits parallel to the water, is one of the best spots for a drink in Salcombe.

The Museum Inn, Dorset

The Museum Inn’s sleepy, country style with character red brick walls and a thatched roof make the forward-thinking menu served inside an exciting surprise. The fare is seasonal and contemporary, a striking contrast to the inn’s character interior. It’s ideal for tourists and locals alike, because the seasonality means the dishes won’t stay the same for long.

The Duncombe Arms

The Duncombe Arms is an 1850s inn serving classic and modern British seasonal food of fine-dining quality in the warm, relaxed surroundings of a local country pub. Family owned, this eclectic and rustic pub features roaring fires, leather banquettes, polished wooden tables and candlelight to create a wonderful ambience.

The Nags Head

Quietly tucked at the foot of a hill in Malvern, take a pew at The Nags Head and enjoy booze with a view. The beer garden is rustic and lushly planted, while inside the free house features a traditional timber bar, eclectic furniture and vintage accessories. Within touching distance of the Malvern Hills, it’s a wonderful Worcestershire watering hole.

The Bell Inn

A hidden gem in Warwickshire, The Bell Inn in the picturesque village of Ladbroke lies on the popular Millennium Way walking trail, making it a popular pit-stop for hikers and locals alike. There’s a pretty beer garden with plenty of outside seating, an atmospheric open fire and a cosy library to enjoy, so whether you’re meeting for a casual drink or have something to celebrate, there’s space to do it here.

Hammer & Pincers

Situated in the village of Wymeswold, Hammer and Pincers is considered to be one of the region’s leading pubs for dining. Award-winning and respected by restaurant critics, the pub menu incorporates the finest local ingredients and everything is made from scratch in-house from the butter to the ice cream.

The Olive Branch

The pub was originally three farm labourers’ cottages which were knocked together to make a pub in 1890. Open fires, antique tables and chairs mixed with pine kitchen tables and benches create an informal atmosphere. Chestnuts are roasted on the fires in winter and homemade lemonade is served in the garden during summer.

Brownlow Arms

The Brownlow Arms is an award-winning 17th-century country inn providing traditional values and hospitality combined with contemporary style. This pub provides a country house ambience with dark inky colours set against a beautiful backdrop of brick interior walls, oak panelling, wooden beams and open fires.

The Bull & Swan

The Bull and Swan is a 16th-century honey-stone pub in beautiful Stamford. The pub recently turned its courtyard into an abundant kitchen garden, with ranks of raised beds all planted up with herbs, vegetables and fruit trees. The pizza potting shed is another draw to the garden which between April and September hosts an outdoor cinema.
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