100 of the Best Pubs in England
To celebrate Father's Day and their much anticipated reopening, we have selected 100 of our favourite pubs
throughout England to enjoy this Summer.
All Saints Street, Hastings
The Crown is an independent pub in the old town of Hastings 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 Plough Inn
Abinger Road, Coldharbour, Dorking
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 Mermaid Inn
Mermaid Street, Rye
The Mermaid Inn is situated in the beautiful medieval town 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 Lister Arms
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 Cat Inn
North Lane, West Hoathly
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 Blue Peter Inn
Quay Road, Polperro
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.
The Ebrington Arms
May Lane, Ebrington, Chipping Campden
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 town of Chipping Campden. The menu is hearty, warming and features plenty of pub favourites, earning it AA rosette acclaim.
The George Townhouse
8 High Street, Shipston-on-Stour
The George Townhouse 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 Old Neptune
Marine Terrace, Whitstable
The Old Neptune, known locally as Neppy, is a cosy, seaside boozer and 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. Its close position to the centre of the town makes it walkable from all of the popular eateries and boutiques.
The Stag Inn
Kirdford Road, Balls Cross
A traditional country pub and boozer, The Stag Inn in Balls Cross welcomes visitors with its warm lighting, cosy interior and a roaring fire. Beams line the ceiling and walls are a mass of carriage brasses and picture frames – it’s a nostalgic, friendly setting.
The Royal Oak
Cirencester Road, Tetbury
The Royal Oak in the ever-popular Cotswolds village of Tetbury has been lovingly restored. Now, the inn is a thriving base that serves the local village well in its character bar and dining room. Creating a beguiling balance between old and new, a serve-yourself Bloody Mary station brings the historic bar bang up to date. In the beamed dining room, organic food and pub classics make an appealing menu.
The Compasses Inn
Lower Chicksgrove, Tisbury
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 Howard Arms
Lower Green, Ilmington
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.
The Nags Head
Bank Street, Malvern
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 Three Chimneys
Hareplain Road, Biddenden
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 Martin’s Arms
School Lane, Colston Bassett
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 Church Inn
Church Lane, Mobberley, Knutsford
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 Brisley Bell
The Green, Brisley, Dereham
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.
Buckland Marsh, Faringdon
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 and suspended oars rubbing shoulders with the traditional building’s stone fireplaces and timber beams.
The Butchers Arms
Lime Street, Eldersfield
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 Globe Inn Marsh
Military Road, Rye
The Globe Inn is a cosy 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.
The Woolpack Inn
Church Lane, Warehorne
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 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.
Tan Hill Inn
Long Causeway, Richmond, Swaledale
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.
Sir Roger Tichborne
Loxwood Road, Alfold Bars, Billingshurst
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.
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