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Best Pubs | East of England

We have selected 200 of our favourite pubs in England. We visit every recommendation & take all our own photography. (It’s a tough job)

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 Kings Head, Norfolk

The Kings Head in Letheringsett is nestled just outside the bustling Norfolk of Holt. Housed within a handsome Georgian Manor from 1808 that has no less than three fires to create the bona fide country pub atmosphere. Ceilings are vaulted, shelves are adorned with books and grandfather clocks chime in the background. All of these details combine to create a homely welcome.

The Lifeboat Inn, Norfolk

The Lifeboat Inn is a 16th century inn located on a beautiful section of the North Norfolk Coast. The pub is tucked away down a quiet country lane and so provides a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle. You will certainly be glad you made the trip once you have sampled their fish pie, so popular that they were asked to share the recipe in their local magazine.

The Plough, Bolnhurst

The Plough in Bolnhurst is situated in a 15th-century Medieval building which has been meticulously refurbished. This is an independent pub which is proud of its food and its ability to choose its favourite local producers to supply its seasonal menu.

The White Pheasant , Ely

Country dining is quite an experience at The White Pheasant in Ely. With a cosy open fire, stripped wooden floors and culinary excellence, the emphasis is on seasonal, locally sourced produce alongside award-winning wines. This is a family owned restaurant with a regional reputation.

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 Fox at Willian, Hertfordshire

The Fox at Willian is a stylish and award-winning country pub and fine dining restaurant in the scenic village of Willian. With contemporary country interiors, The Fox overlooks the village pond, surrounded by weeping willows. The pub garden spills onto the village green for outside drinking on summer days.

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 Ingham Swan, Norfolk

The Ingham Swan is an award-winning, 14th-century coaching inn located within this pretty Norfolk hamlet to the North East of Norwich. The menu “strikes a balance between heritage and inventive cuisine” with dishes including chorizo roast sea bream and pan roast monkfish noisette.

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.

Galvin Green Man, Great Waltham

The Galvin Green Man is said to be one of the oldest pubs in Essex, built in 1341. Today roaring fires and the timber-framed bar are beautiful reminders of the pub’s historic past. The pub is a return home for Michelin starred Essex-born brothers, Chris & Jeff Galvin.

The Ship at Dunwich

The Ship is located in the quiet, seaside village of Dunwich within walking distance of the long, shingle beach and a short drive from Aldeburgh and Southwold. This once thriving medieval port is now a quiet retreat being surrounded by nature reserves and monastic ruins.

The Queen, Brandeston

The Queen focuses on locally produced, beautifully cooked food. With their own kitchen garden harvesting an abundant array of vegetables and herbs throughout the year, the menu showcases these ingredients alongside other pub classics, always featuring the best local ingredients.

The Long Melford Swan

The Swan is a two AA rosette restaurant in the heart of Long Melford, a delightful Suffolk village less than two hours from London. The menu is modern English cuisine with dishes including dry-aged beef Wellington, skate wing with cockles and steak & kidney pudding.

The White Horse Inn, Badingham

The Swan is a two AA rosette restaurant in the heart of Long Melford, a delightful Suffolk village less than two hours from London. The menu is modern English cuisine with dishes including dry-aged beef Wellington, skate wing with cockles and steak & kidney pudding.

The Orange Tree, Thornham

Vibrant roses climb up the 400-year-old white stone walls of The Orange Tree, creating an idyllic approach as you arrive. The area is perfect for walks on the nearby sweeping sandy beaches and peaceful harbour where working fishing boats still bring in the daily catch.

The Victoria Inn, Holkham

Fresh, local and seasonal produce is the focus of the cuisine at The Victoria in Holkham. The quality of their ingredients is paramount, from the shellfish, fish or samphire from the north Norfolk coast to the beef from their farms on the Holkham Estate.

The Crown and Castle, Orford

The Crown and Castle is situated in the pretty village of Orford, on the banks of the river Ore and close to the town of Aldeburgh. With a multitude of local artisanal food producers, the restaurant places a high emphasis on food provenance and devotes much time to the art of sourcing the finest local and seasonal ingredients.

Best Pubs | The North West of England

We have selected 200 of our favourite pubs in England. We visit every recommendation & take all our own photography. (It’s a tough job)

The Drunken Duck, Ambleside

The Drunken Duck is located near Ambleside. Offering mesmerising views towards Windermere from its garden and terrace, the interior offers rustic country style with soft greens contrasting against chocolate leather armchairs, stripped oak floors and vintage artwork. With their own micro-brewery, the local ales and beers have a major appeal with locals and visitors.

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 Roebuck In, Mobberley

The Roebuck is an award-winning inn in the village of Mobberley dating back to 1708. The interior of rich burgundy banquettes, cabinets full of wine bottles and glasses, brass mirrors, dark woods and candlelight create a cosy ambience. The restaurant is more bistro than pub and the quirky decor gives the inn an air of eccentricity.

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 Tan Hill Inn, Yorkshire

Tan Hill Inn is situated in Swaledale in an isolated position in the Yorkshire Dales. This historic inn dates back to the 17th century with its flag-stone floor, exposed beams and welcoming fire. Tan Hill Inn holds the title of Britain’s highest public house at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level.

The Black Swan, Yorkshire

Situated in the conservation village of Ravenstonedale in the Eden Valley below the Howgill Fells, The Black Swan focuses on a local Cumbrian menu using the seasons to inspire the locally available ingredients. The provenance of the food is key and they openly list the artisanal suppliers of their ingredients, from the dairy and bakery to the fishermen.

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 Freemasons, Wiswell

The Freemasons at Wiswell is considered one of the best pubs in the country and is renowned for its impressive cuisine created by chef-proprietor Steven Smith. Nestled in the Ribble Valley, this country pub cleverly mixes a refined traditional experience with contemporary flair. The food is sophisticated and the ambience is homely.

The Red Pump, Clitheroe

With its origins dating back to 1756, The Red Pump Inn is an elegant rural country pub with rooms. The recently restored inn is quickly gaining a reputation as a fine steak restaurant. Stone flag floors, oak beams and cosy fires style the interior. The inn is proudly supplied by the famous Ginger Pig of London

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 General Tarleton Inn, Knaresborough

Award-winning food is served at The General Tarleton Inn, close to the beautiful spa town of Harrogate. Proud of the provenance of their ingredients, dishes are innovative and strive to achieve the best of the local and seasonal produce available. The 18th-century inn has been decorated in a contemporary style with cosy touches from the vibrant velvet chesterfields to the wood burner.

Assheton Arms, Down

Multi-award winning Assheton Arms is a Grade II listed pub in the conservation village of Downham. With a great atmosphere in the evening, their chefs use only the finest ingredients, with fish sourced by Chris Neve (Fleetwood coast), meat from Roaming Roosters and vegetables from Lady Clitheroe’s garden.

Hare and Hounds, Levens

The Hare and Hounds is situated in a perfect position for visiting the Lake District and is a fully refurbished coaching inn dating back to the 17th century. They provide great home-inspired meals, using local ingredients where possible. The black slate floors and open fire create a cosy and convivial atmosphere.

The Pheasant, Cockermouth

The Pheasant in Bassenthwaite is stylistically stuck in a bit of a time warp but the quality of food and service remains popular today. Using a number of local ingredients in their dishes, you can choose to eat in the slightly more formal Fell Restaurant or the relaxed Bistro or bar.

Best Pubs | The North West of England

We have selected 200 of our favourite pubs in England. We visit every recommendation & take all our own photography. (It’s a tough job)

The Plough, Cow Brow

The Plough Inn near Kirkby Lonsdale is a tastefully styled, contemporary restaurant and hotel situated inside a characterful old coaching inn. With beautiful original beams set against freshly painted walls and a neutral colour palette, the quality and attention to detail offer a little luxury in the countryside.

Fenwick Arms, Caton

The beautiful Fenwick Arms is over 250 years old and exudes historic and atmospheric charm. The stylish interior cleverly incorporates the beautiful features of the old building, with its stone walls, large open fires and oak floors into a luxurious, country chic aesthetic.

The Church Inn, Mobberley

Fully renovated in 2013, The Church Inn has been serving the local community since the 18th century in its rural setting 15 miles from Manchester. Under the current owners, the inn has been transformed into a tastefully different country tavern, featuring traditional tiled and timber floors, a wooden bar and stone fireplace, accented by candlelight. Join the crowd of locals in the pub, cosy up in an intimate corner or book one of two private dining rooms. There are also rustic tables on the terrace with a charming church view.

The Vicarage Freehous, Cranage

Grade II-listed elegance in the Cheshire countryside, The Vicarage Freehouse is a luxurious bolthole 30 miles south of Manchester and approximately 20 miles east of the Peak District National Park. The pub offers a stylishly historic setting to drink and dine – sink into the sofas surrounding the fireplace, pull up an antique chair or bag a spot at the bar.

The Wateredge Inn, Ambleside

Tan Hill Inn is situated in Swaledale in an isolated position in the Yorkshire Dales. This historic inn dates back to the 17th century with its flag-stone floor, exposed beams and welcoming fire. Tan Hill Inn holds the title of Britain’s highest public house at 1,732 feet (528m) above sea level.

The Pheasant, Chester

The Pheasant enjoys one of the most impressive views in Cheshire, with uninterrupted vistas over lush countryside stretching all the way to Wales. This cosy, traditional, sandstone pub has occupied its prime position for close to 400 years and, thanks to sympathetic renovations, it’s now an atmospheric, warm and welcoming destination, packed to the rafters with character features.

The Fat Lamb, Kirkby Stephen

The Fat Lamb is a traditional stone inn situated in the untamed Yorkshire Dales National Park. Serving both the local community of Kirkby Stephen and the many walkers who come to explore the North’s wildest corners, the home-cooked dishes are hearty and filling – just what you need after a day on the hills or in the nearby Lake District.

Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale

Contemporary, charming and cool – Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery may only have opened in 2009, but it’s fast built a reputation for brilliantly brewed beers in a uniquely rustic, stylish setting. Now brewing 36 barrels a week, it’s firmly on the map.

The Punch Bowl, Crosthwaite

The Punch Bowl is a historic stone inn set in Cumbria’s picturesque Lyth Valley, a quiet corner of the Lake District with rolling, rural views. It’s ideal for a luxurious country retreat, with an elegant beamed dining room lit by candles and nine charming bedrooms featuring roll-top bathtubs. Each room offers a snapshot of local history, being named after vicars of the neighbouring church.

The Factory Tap, Kendal

The Factory Tap is the Lake District’s hippest real ale venue. Within its character stone walls, a cornucopia of craft beers awaits, which have been lovingly selected by landlord Les Brown. And while this is definitely a destination for hop-lovers, grape buffs will appreciate the range of wines on offer too. At the bar, there’s an intoxicating mix of international and local ales to enjoy, many of which the team will proudly point out, are created in Cumbria’s own 40 breweries.

Best Pubs | The North East of England

We have selected 200 of our favourite pubs in England. We visit every recommendation & take all our own photography. (It’s a tough job)

The Star Inn, Helmsley

Some six hundred years have made The Star Inn the charming pub that it is today. And what a pub, with food inspired by the inn’s North York Moors location that has earned it a prestigious Michelin star. A title they have proudly held for four years in a row now.

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 Kings Head, Kettlewell

The Kings Head at Kettlewell is an exceptional and award-winning pub with national recognition for its food and accommodation. Surrounded by some of Yorkshire’s most scenic countryside, The Kings Head’s menu specialises in a modern approach to traditional British pub classics.

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 Goodmanham Arms, Yorkshire

The Goodmanham Arms is a cosy, red brick pub located 45 minutes from York in the village from which it takes its name. It’s an alehouse that feels at once as if tradition is bound into the building, while still welcoming customs new. The micro-brewery across the road is a testament to this.

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 Duke of Wellington Inn, Stocksfield

Located a short journey from Hadrian’s Wall, The Duke of Wellington Inn has undergone a sympathetic restoration and now offers an atmospheric restaurant and seven uniquely styled bedrooms. Thanks to the pub’s elevated position, you can enjoy sweeping, bucolic views over rolling hills whether you’re sipping a pint, tucking into AA-rosette cuisine or dozing off.

Barrasford Arms, Hexham

Hexham’s Barrasford Arms ramps up the style stakes, offering a welcoming country inn with a distinctly modern, refined flair. A feature fireplace and large sash windows ground the dining room in a sense of history, while also making the most of the pub’s idyllic Northumbrian countryside views.

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 Jolly Fisherman, Craster

First opened in 1847, The Jolly Fisherman has been serving the local community of Craster for over 150 years from its seafront perch. It only makes sense then, that the menu majors on freshly caught fish and seafood, headed up by high-flying chef Kevin Mulraney. Ingredients are locally sourced with their provenance often traced so that you can follow the journey from producer to plate.

The Ship Inn, Alnwick

The Ship Inn’s present-day incarnation stemmed from a spontaneous decision made by owner Christine Forsyth almost 20 years ago. In the time since, the pub has been lovingly renovated in an unassuming, country style – think exposed stone walls, hops hanging from the ceiling and a cosy log burning stove. It has also welcomed a micro-brewery, which for the last 10 years has kept the bar flowing with real ales – over 26 in fact.

The Pheasant, Hexham

A 400-year-old former farmhouse only a mile from Kielder Water, The Pheasant Inn has oodles of country appeal. Its honey-stone exterior is covered in rambling climbers, while the pub inside has a cosy atmosphere with dark beams, stone fireplaces and character tartans.

Best Pubs | South West England

We have selected 200 of our favourite pubs in England. We visit every recommendation & take all our own photography. (It’s a tough job)

The Pony and Trap, Bristol

The Pony & Trap in Chew Magna has held a Michelin Star since 2011 and was ranked 2nd in the Estrella Damm Top 50 UK Gastropubs in 2018. The “field to fork” ethos of the pub ensures that ingredients are sourced as locally as possible from suppliers around the Chew Valley and the South West.

The Pandora Inn, Cornwall

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 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.

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 Blue Peter Inn, Cornwall

Sitting on the harbour wall of the stunning village of Polperro, the Blue Peter Inn offers a warm welcome to all comers. They offer great beer, food, superb views and live music for which its fame has spread far and wide. They do their best to ensure the journey from the sea to your plate is a short one which isn’t difficult given their location. 15A_Cornwall.jpg

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 Ship Inn, Cornwall

The pub’s position gives them great access to some of the finest fish in the British Isles and their home cooking truly has the taste of Cornwall in every dish. Low ceilings, wooden beams and open fires add to the cosy character.

The Old Custom House, Cornwall

Nestled within the harbour of Padstow is the Old Custom House, a B&B and restaurant known for its excellent quality and service. There is a stylish and intimate bar along with comfortable guest rooms and a well-equipped spa. The Old Custom House directly overlooks the bustling harbour and sits in the midst of the hustle and bustle of this attractive harbour

The Star & Garter, 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 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 Blisland Inn, Cornwall

Having served over 1,370 real ales since opening The Blisland Inn, husband and wife team Gary and Margaret Marshall would be justified in renaming this pub the Bodmin Moor boozer. You only need to enter the bar to see the walls covered in ale paraphernalia and it won’t be long before a hand-pulled drink is in your hand. It’s an eclectic, lively setting where a friendly greeting is guaranteed.

The St Tudy Inn, Cornwall

Simple food, served exceptionally. A charming village pub, The St Tudy Inn’s seasonal menu has earned it Michelin acclaim that travels far beyond Cornwall’s borders. It is executive chef Emily Scott’s passion that propels this inn onto the culinary map, with ingredients echoing the seasons and making the most of what land and sea can produce.

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 Bearslake Inn, Devon

The Bearslake Inn in Lake Sourton is a traditional, Grade II listed thatched roof pub nestled within the beautiful North West corner of Dartmoor. Bear or be-re comes from the old Devon word meaning wooded place and Lake is the hamlet where the farm is located; so the original name may have meant the wooded place in Lake.

The Millbrook Inn, Devon

Situated in the village of South Pool in the heart of the South Hams, this idyllic spot can also be reached by boat from Salcombe when the tide is right. It is easy to reach from the local s of Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.

The Crabshell Inn, Devon

The Crabshell Inn has impressive views thanks to its enviable quayside position. You can watch estuary life from both inside and outside the restaurant. “Joyous, indulgent, freshly prepared fine food that loves to be enjoyed with friends and family,” is the Crabshell Inn’s philosophy.

The Thatch, Devon

In the heart of Devon’s surfing capital, The Thatch at Croyde, close to Braunton, is a lively pub inside a charmingly old 16th-century stone and thatch shell. Their menu tells the same story, featuring traditional pub classics alongside modern musts like burgers and nachos. There’s plenty of seating out the front if you’d like to enjoy the sun, while the beamed, vaulted dining room offers a traditional space inside.

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 Inn at Cranborne, Dorset

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 Bull, Dorset

Just a few miles from Dorset’s sought-after Jurassic Coast, the award-winning Bull Hotel has welcomed guests for centuries since its beginnings as a 16th-century coaching inn. The food is expertly prepared and beautifully presented, with something for everyone across its five menus.

The Erbrington Arms, Gloucestershire

Once voted the UK’s favourite pub, The Ebrington Arms has oodles of country appeal. Visitors will love the honey-stone walls covered in wisteria, spacious garden for sunny days and quiet village setting, under 10 minutes from the sought-after Cotswolds of Chipping Campden. The menu is hearty, warming and features plenty of pub favourites, earning it AA rosette acclaim.

The Old Stocks Inn, Gloucestershire

A hidden gem in the Cotswolds, The Old Stocks Inn is an enchanting fusion of new and old. Inside the honey-stone, 17th-century walls, suspended light bulbs hang beside centuries-old beams and retro, colour block chairs contrast restored stone. The team have built a menu to match, with artisan coffees, locally sourced ingredients and a quirky café to boot.

The Seagrave Arms, Gloucestershire

The Cotswolds are at the heart of what Chipping Campden’s The Seagrave Arms offers. Local gin, local ales, local ingredients, grown, cooked and eaten in the same Cotswolds countryside – it’s an appealing proposition made even greater by the pub’s curb appeal. Boasting Georgian proportions clad with Cotswolds’ stone, it seems the pub’s present-day ethos was woven into the building centuries ago.

The Butchers Arms, Gloucestershire

The Butchers Arms is a charming country pub in the Gloucestershire countryside of Michelin-starred fame. Run by husband and wife team, Mark and Jo-Anne Block carefully balance their culinary offering with the needs of the loyal crowd of locals who regularly meet for a drink. As such, sitting down to eat here is a far from stuffy experience. On the contrary, the atmosphere buzzes with greetings and conversation in cosy, character surrounds as patrons sample the day’s cask-served ale.

The Lion Inn, Gloucestershire

Half an hour from Cheltenham, The Lion Inn in Winchcombe heralds a true Cotswolds retreat. The 15th-century coaching inn underwent a sympathetic renovation in 2011 and is now home to a rustic restaurant, cosy snug and comfortable bedrooms., with quirky character features.

The Slaughters Country Inn, Gloucestershire

You’d be hard-pushed to find a more picturesque location than Upper and Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds, and it’s in the latter that you’ll find The Slaughters Country Inn. This traditional inn welcomes walkers in their droves, as well as local residents and hotel guests.

The Amberley Inn, Gloucestershire

The Amberley Inn is perched on the corner of the quaint Cotswolds village that gives the pub its name. Rolling countryside extends in every direction, making it a hub for walkers descending from the hills of Minchinhampton Common. Mullioned windows, golden stone and parquet flooring pay homage to the inn’s 19th century past.

The Royal Oak, Gloucestershire

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 Inn at Cranborne, Dorset

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 Bull, Dorset

Just a few miles from Dorset’s sought-after Jurassic Coast, the award-winning Bull Hotel has welcomed guests for centuries since its beginnings as a 16th-century coaching inn. The food is expertly prepared and beautifully presented, with something for everyone across its five menus.

The Erbrington Arms, Gloucestershire

Once voted the UK’s favourite pub, The Ebrington Arms has oodles of country appeal. Visitors will love the honey-stone walls covered in wisteria, spacious garden for sunny days and quiet village setting, under 10 minutes from the sought-after Cotswolds of Chipping Campden. The menu is hearty, warming and features plenty of pub favourites, earning it AA rosette acclaim.

The Old Stocks Inn, Gloucestershire

A hidden gem in the Cotswolds, The Old Stocks Inn is an enchanting fusion of new and old. Inside the honey-stone, 17th-century walls, suspended light bulbs hang beside centuries-old beams and retro, colour block chairs contrast restored stone. The team have built a menu to match, with artisan coffees, locally sourced ingredients and a quirky café to boot.

The Seagrave Arms, Gloucestershire

The Cotswolds are at the heart of what Chipping Campden’s The Seagrave Arms offers. Local gin, local ales, local ingredients, grown, cooked and eaten in the same Cotswolds countryside – it’s an appealing proposition made even greater by the pub’s curb appeal. Boasting Georgian proportions clad with Cotswolds’ stone, it seems the pub’s present-day ethos was woven into the building centuries ago.

The Butchers Arms, Gloucestershire

The Butchers Arms is a charming country pub in the Gloucestershire countryside of Michelin-starred fame. Run by husband and wife team, Mark and Jo-Anne Block carefully balance their culinary offering with the needs of the loyal crowd of locals who regularly meet for a drink. As such, sitting down to eat here is a far from stuffy experience. On the contrary, the atmosphere buzzes with greetings and conversation in cosy, character surrounds as patrons sample the day’s cask-served ale.

The Lion Inn, Gloucestershire

Half an hour from Cheltenham, The Lion Inn in Winchcombe heralds a true Cotswolds retreat. The 15th-century coaching inn underwent a sympathetic renovation in 2011 and is now home to a rustic restaurant, cosy snug and comfortable bedrooms., with quirky character features.

The Slaughters Country Inn, Gloucestershire

You’d be hard-pushed to find a more picturesque location than Upper and Lower Slaughter in the Cotswolds, and it’s in the latter that you’ll find The Slaughters Country Inn. This traditional inn welcomes walkers in their droves, as well as local residents and hotel guests.

The Amberley Inn, Gloucestershire

The Amberley Inn is perched on the corner of the quaint Cotswolds village that gives the pub its name. Rolling countryside extends in every direction, making it a hub for walkers descending from the hills of Minchinhampton Common. Mullioned windows, golden stone and parquet flooring pay homage to the inn’s 19th century past.

The Royal Oak, Gloucestershire

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 Swan, Gloucestershire

The Swan Inn is a traditional 16th century family-run pub in the peaceful market town of Lechlade. Situated on the edge of the picturesque Cotswolds, the pub is close to the River Thames where scenic boat tours can be taken, or you can walk the Thames Footpath.

The Feathered Nest, Oxfordshire

The Feathered Nest is a former Malthouse, refurbished from the ground up in 2009 to become the family-run inn that it is today. Located on the Gloucestershire-Oxfordshire border, 20 minutes from the ever-popular of Chipping Norton, the pub now enjoys a fine reputation that has earned it three AA rosettes.

The Old Swan, Oxfordshire

The Old Swan & Minster Mill is an exceptional, quintessential country inn and boutique hotel in the heart of Oxfordshire. Beamed ceilings, roaring log fires and rugged flag-stone floors feature next to luxuriously classic interiors. The outdoor terrace and picturesque gardens are a treat during the summer months.

The Lion, Oxfordshire

The Lion at Wendlebury is a beautiful Cotswold stone 18th century pub in Oxfordshire with an emphasis on using the highest quality, locally-sourced ingredients. The light and contemporary interior features a blazing log fire, original features and a cozy ambiance.

The Wheatsheaf, Somerset

The Wheatsheaf was originally a farmhouse built in 1576 and parts of the present building date back to the 16th century. Today the pub preserves the best of its past, with its beautiful interior features whilst enhancing its contemporary style and exceptional approach to food, serving only the very best of local and home grown produce.

The Hare and Hounds, Somerset

With some of the finest views over Bath’s spectacular countryside, the Hare & Hounds is a tranquil spot to enjoy breathtaking views from their terrace, whilst indulging in their popular menus, created using local produce.

The Marlborough Tavern, Somerset

The Marlborough Tavern is a pub with stripped back elegance in the heart of Bath. With an emphasis on quality local and seasonal food, the pub is situated in a golden hued Bath Stone building with an outside terrace.

The Litton, Somerset

The Litton is a beautiful and sympathetically restored, award-winning country pub and boutique hotel. Menus are inspired by the seasons and by local, sustainable ingredients. The cuisine fuses modern British highlights with influences from continental Europe.

The Redan Inn, Somerset

Nestled into the old village of Chilcompton, The Redan Inn has been lovingly refurbished and has since been returned to its historical status as an Inn. With a sophisticated bar hosting a gin collection of over 100 bottles, local ales and international lagers, the interior is light with accents of inky blue and dark wood, a cozy wood-burner and candlelight.

The Talbot Inn, Somerset

The Talbot Inn in the village of Mells is a stylish pub situated in a historic and traditional 15th Century Inn. There is a main bar, snug, courtyard and map room which are all open every day for classic pub food and drink. Upstairs there are eight classically elegant bedrooms with crisp Egyptian cotton sheets, smart TVs and roll top baths.

The Pier House, St Austell

The Pier House’s position beside the bay is a charming one and the bustling harbour offers a quaint view from the terrace or seats inside. A stone chimney, parquet flooring and more than one nod to the nautical give the pub distinctive coastal appeal. The dining area is relaxed, but with a more refined feel – an authentic setting to enjoy the pub’s locally sourced produce.

The George Townhouse, Warwickshire

The George house in Shipston is an attractively spacious modern Pub with 15 luxurious rooms and fine cuisine. In 2016 it received an extensive makeover that has transformed it into the destination pub it is today. From breakfast through to dinner the standard of food is top-notch, with decent service to match.

The Howard Arms, Warwickshire

A relaxed country pub, The Howard Arms is Ilmington’s hub and overlooks the quaint village green. Living up to every expectation of a country idyll, flower-laden window boxes pepper the exterior while chunky flagstone floors, open fires and deep, comfy armchairs await in the bar.

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The Compasses Inn, Wiltshire

The Compasses Inn delivers on every expectation of a traditional Wiltshire pub. It’s steeped in history, dating back to the 14th-century, and indulges idyllic visions of country life. Settling down beside the inglenook fireplace with the manager’s renowned Bloody Mary or a pint of Butcombe Ale, you could imagine doing the same a hundred years earlier.

The King John Inn, Wiltshire

Hearty, homemade fare in a heritage setting, The King John Inn on the border of Wiltshire and Dorset is a destination in its own right. Relax into a Chesterfield sofa or wander through the Victorian tiered gardens with a drink to start, then take a seat in the rustic restaurant for the main event.

The Red Lion Inn, Wiltshire

At the heart of Cricklade’s high street you’ll find The Red Lion Inn, which has been the locals’ boozer of choice since the 1600s. But while the building retains its character features and purpose of old, one glance at the beer menu unearths a modern surprise. Since 2012, the inn has expanded to include its own on-site brewery, known as The Hop Kettle Brewery. You can try their beers at the bar, alongside an exciting line-up of smoked beer, bitters, pale ales, stouts and ciders.

The Castle Inn, Wiltshire

This Wiltshire pub has an enviable waterfront position in the enchanting Cotswold village of Castle Combe. Dating back to the 12th-century, the inn has been elegantly restored to make the most of its heritage stonework and charming features, while providing a taste of country luxury to please patrons of today.

The Northey Arms, Wiltshire

The Northey Arms is a beautiful honey coloured stone pub close to the city of Bath with an imposing exterior. Steeped in history, having been frequented in the past by the world-famous English Playwright Noel Coward, the interiors are contemporary and light and the menu is locally renowned.

The Bell, Wiltshire

The Bell is an award-winning pub in Ramsbury near Marlborough. Head chef Jonas Lodge sources as much as possible from their kitchen garden and the wider Ramsbury Estate, ensuring the cuisine is fresh and inspired by the seasons. The interior reflects the country classic spirit of the menu, with roaring fires, wooden floors and comfortable seating.

The Beckford Arms, Wiltshire

The Beckford Arms is a traditional country pub infused with contemporary style, located on the edge of the stunning rolling parkland of the Fonthill Estate in south Wiltshire close to Stonehenge and Salisbury. The menus are seasonal and use local ingredients where possible, supporting local growers and ensuring the best produce, some of which is grown in their own kitchen garden.

The Royal Oak, Wiltshire

Tucked away in the Nadder Valley, The Royal Oak has been an inn since 1852. The pub is set in the beautiful village of Swallowcliffe and nestled in a little dell. A recent refurbishment has created a beautiful mix of old and new, with traditional thick beams and stone fireplaces as well as stylish wooden furniture by local designer Matthew Burt and an on-trend colour palette.

The Red Lion, Wiltshire

“We’re just a couple of chefs working to create a place with real soul – where the food has personality, the surroundings are relaxed and the hospitality is warm and sincere”, say Guy and Brittany Manning, chefs and owners of the thatched roofed Red Lion Freehouse. The is a modest description based on the reputation of this pub and its exceptional cuisine which has been awarded a Michelin star.

Timbrells Yard, Wiltshire

Timbrell’s Yard is a stylish and contemporary riverside inn in the heart of Bradford-on-Avon. High ceilings, stripped wooden floor and an abundance of natural light from its large windows set the backdrop to the restaurant area which manages to cleverly fuse reclaimed furnishings with industrial lighting.

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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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The Griffin Inn

Situated in the historic village of Fletching, The Griffin has been run by the Pullan family since 1979. During that time, The Griffin has built a considerable reputation for its food and wine. People come from far and wide to sample their cuisine.

The Trout

Take to the Thames to reach this treasure chest of an Oxfordshire inn, perched on the riverbank at Tadpole Bridge, Faringdon. For the more conventional travellers, you can reach The Trout by road, too. The riverside theme makes a splash inside, with navy-toned accessories, inky blue feature walls and suspended oars rubbing shoulders with the traditional building’s stone fireplaces and timber beams.

The Stag Inn

The Stag Inn is an enticing and renowned country pub set within the charming village of Balls Cross near Petworth. Log fires welcome you while the candlelit restaurant invites you to sample the culinary delights including dishes like pheasant breast, lambs liver and garlic calamari.

The Woolpack Inn

The Woolpack Inn is an exceptional pub in the depths of Kent offering top notch pub grub, a friendly welcome as well as five beautiful and uniquely decorated rooms. Dishes include Fish Pie, Salt Marsh Beef Steak and Boozy Banana Split.

The Old Neptune

The Old Neptune, known locally as Neppy, is a cozy, seaside boozer that is the subject of many a photo of Whitstable. The pub is located directly on the seafront which is an idyllic spot to spend an hour or two on a sunny afternoon.

The Horse Guards Inn

The Horse Guards Inn is located in the sleepy village of Tillington in the South Downs National Park, a few miles from Petworth. Filled with character, this 350-year-old pub is a great place to visit all year round. The vast, hidden garden is a picturesque haven of wild flowers and a great spot to catch the sun.

The Taverners

Nestling on the side of a steep hill in Henley near Fernhurst, is the picturesque Duke of Cumberland Arms. It dates back to the 16th century and benefits from breath-taking views and a delightful garden with ponds. Inside savour the old flagstones, rustic décor and local ales served straight from the barrel.

The Duke of Cumberland

The Crown is an independent pub in Hastings old between East Hill country park and the beach. It offers a welcoming environment with friendly staff and plenty of local regulars. They serve Hastings brewed real ale and a delicious selection of home cooked meals.

The Crown

The Kings Head is located in the historic village of Wye, at the foot of the Downs. They pride themselves on the quality of their food, service and environment. The pub interior is contemporary with soft cream and grey tones offset against chocolate leather banquette seating and stylish lighting.

The Kings Head

The Kings Head is located in the historic village of Wye, at the foot of the Downs. They pride themselves on the quality of their food, service and environment. The pub interior is contemporary with soft cream and grey tones offset against chocolate leather banquette seating and stylish lighting.

The Fox Goes Free

The Fox Goes Free is an alluring country pub in the quaint village of Charlton, West Sussex. The pub is 400 years old & full of oak beams, flint walls and open fireplaces. In warmer days, a pleasant afternoon can be spent in their large country garden overlooking the South Downs and nearby Goodwood Estate.

Sir Roger Tichborne

The Sir Roger Tichborne is a traditional country pub that celebrates locally sourced produce in charming surroundings. A large open fireplace, spacious open vaulted restaurant and other original features add character to this beautiful Victorian building, which overlooks delightful Sussex countryside.

The Mermaid Inn

The Mermaid Inn is situated in the beautiful of Rye, on a fantastic cobbled street full of history. The Inn has maintained the essence of true English charm for over 800 years and still has original features including a cellar dating back to 1156.

The Blacksmiths

The Blacksmiths is an award-winning pub in Donnington near Chichester. With its cosy wood fires, extensive garden and fine cuisine, a passion for local food is at the heart of every plate. The kitchen team also use high quality ingredients from their own garden and farm.

The Pointer

The Pointer in Brill is a red brick beauty in Buckinghamshire, ploughed forwards by a commitment to local produce and sustainable methods. The 16th-century bar was renovated in 2012 and now offers a welcoming array of wingback armchairs, plush sofas and character furniture to relax into. Try the Pointer Pint at the bar, among a selection of local ales, as well as wine made from grapes grown less than 10 miles away.

The Gloucester Old Spot

A testament to their commitment to serve the local village and neighbouring towns well, The Gloucester Old Spot is among the rare breed of pubs to serve food seven days a week. The bar is cosy and rustic and the restaurant a real treat. Enjoy seasonal and locally sourced food from comfy country furniture, while the flickering log burner and atmospheric lighting give the exposed brick walls a sense of theatre.

The Yew Tree

A testament to their commitment to serve the local village and neighbouring towns well, The Gloucester Old Spot is among the rare breed of pubs to serve food seven days a week. The bar is cosy and rustic and the restaurant a real treat. Enjoy seasonal and locally sourced food from comfy country furniture, while the flickering log burner and atmospheric lighting give the exposed brick walls a sense of theatre.

The Cat Inn

The Cat Inn, West Hoathly, is a 16th century free house with four bedrooms. The village is a haven for walkers, ideally placed on the Western edge of the Ashdown Forest and the surrounding area is blessed with a plethora of attractive places to visit.

The Mayflower

The Mayflower is located in the pretty Georgian Market of Lymington with its cobbled streets and seaside walks. The theme of this pub is very much nautical with coastal tones and sailing paraphernalia that adorn the walls to satisfy the clientele from the nearby marina. Parquet floors, leather armchairs and open log fires all add to the ambience.

The Coach and Horses

If you are one for good food in a traditional country setting then the Coach and Horses in Danehill is sure to fulfill your expectations. Situated on the edge of the Ashdown Forest and hidden down a country lane, the location is peaceful and rural and from a large garden you’ll enjoy views of the Sussex Downs.

The Bull

The Bull in Ditchling is one of the oldest buildings in Ditchling village and has been welcoming travellers and locals for over 500 years. Located inside the South Downs National Park, yet the Bull is only 15 minutes from Brighton and the sea.

Fisherman’s Cottage

If you fancy food by the sea, the Isle of White’s Fisherman’s Cottage will tick all your boxes with its seafront location and thatched pub charm. You’ll count boats and breakers for neighbours as you enjoy a pint at Shanklin’s oldest pub, built in 1817. It’s located close to Shanklin Chine, a breath-taking gorge that is an island must-see.

The Chimney House

The Chimney House is a traditional pub in the heart of Brighton next to the Seven Dials. Ingredients are sourced from within Sussex with fish from Shoreham and Newhaven, fruit and vegetables from local farms and glasshouses and meat from Garlic Wood Farm.

The Greyhound

The Greyhound on the Test is an award winning pub that serves delicious food & drink in Stockbridge. This establishment goes above and beyond with quality service and excellent produce.

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The Inn at Welland

The Inn at Welland offers magnificent views over the Malvern Hills. This award-winning pub and restaurant is nationally renowned with a menu focusing on fresh local produce, made from ‘scratch’ by a team with a vision and passion for quality food.

The Littleton Arms

The Littleton Arms, situated in the heart of Staffordshire, is an independently owned restaurant and pub with bedrooms. This 18th-century coaching inn has a reputation for excellent food, contemporary interiors and friendly staff. The menus are seasonal, designed by head chef Will Dean, using locally sourced ingredients from quality suppliers.

The Fuzzy Duck

With a double aspect fireplace, this contemporary Cotswold pub is the perfect spot to enjoy a lazy weekend lunch or romantic supper with the ability to roll upstairs to one of their luxurious bedrooms, each named after a species of duck which can be found on the lakes of Armscote Manor.

The Bell

A former 18th-century coaching inn in the picturesque village of Alderminster, the gateway to the Cotswolds, The Bell has achieved an AA rosette status for its culinary excellence. Its seasonal menu harvests much of its produce from the local area and the Alscot Estate on which it sits.

The Haughmond

The Haughmond is a modern coaching inn situated in the peaceful village of Upton Magna near Shrewsbury. The team here has a passion for fabulous food with local provenance and work these ingredients into their highly-regarded menus. The relaxing ambience, comfortable dining room and welcoming service are combined with beautiful views over the Wrekin hill.

The Lion and Pheasant

Originally built in the 16th century, the Lion and Pheasant is a stylish house hotel in Shrewsbury with stunning views overlooking the River Severn and Shrewsbury Abbey. The elegant light muted interiors and textured details have a Scandinavian aesthetic, juxtaposed against the traditional original features from the oak beams to the roaring fires set within deep stone Inglenook fireplaces.

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.

The Cow

The Cow in Danbury Lees is a small 19th-century luxury boutique inn offering 12 new and beautifully decorated guest rooms and bathrooms. The casual dining restaurant and bar area have been stripped back to reveal the glorious heritage of the original building with its oak floors and beams, stone accents and fireplaces.

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 Bustard Inn

The Bustard Inn is an award-winning, beautifully restored pub featuring original stone walls and timbers. Light airy interiors, solid wood tables and porcelain tiled floors create a relaxed and modern environment. French doors open on to a pretty courtyard. The cuisine uses British ingredients with international accents.

The Woodhouse Arms

The Woodhouse Arms offers modern dining in a beautifully converted pub, with large arched windows allowing floods of natural light, high beamed ceilings and rustic stone interior walls. wood-burners and open fires keep the pub cosy during the winter and during the summer months, guests spill outside to eat.

The Martin Arms

Situated in the village of Colton Bassett in the Vale of Belvoir, The Martin Arms is a traditional English pub with landscaped gardens overlooked by the village church. Dark reds, dark wood, open fire, candlelight and traditional pictures of Victorian life and hunting scenes decorate the walls and create the interior of this popular pub.

The White Horse

The White Horse in Baston is an 18th-century country pub with a menu drawing from the finest seasonal and local produce, prepared by head chef Ben Clark. Popular pub classics are served alongside internationally influenced dishes, all incorporating the best of the what the season has to offer.

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.

The High Field

Forget everything you think you know about pubs at The High Field in Edgbaston, because there’s no country idyll here. Instead, a staggeringly modern Art Deco building welcomes you inside, where luxe furniture, Scandi-style accessories and expanses of glazing give the wood-panelled walls a distinctly modern identity. A chic city oasis, there’s also a terrace and garden to explore so that you can enjoy draught beer alfresco.

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