100 of the Best Pubs in England

The Ferry Inn
Fore Street, Salcombe

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 Sir Charles Napier
Spriggs Alley, Chinnor, Oxon

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 earned its reputable status over the decades it has been established.

Wateredge Inn
Borrans Road, Ambleside

Perched on the glistening shore of Lake Windermere, The Wateredge Inn promises one of the best views in the Lake District. With its own jetty and a beer garden that looks straight out over the water to the hills beyond, you’ll struggle to find a better place for a pint with a view. And with local real ales on tap, you really can drink in the product of those views.

The Joiners Arms
Newton-by-the-Sea, 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 Merry Harriers
Hambledon Road, Hambledon, Godalming

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 Rose & Crown
Old Church Road, Snettisham

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 Ram Inn
The Street, West Firle, Lewes

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.

Long Melford Swan
Hall Street, Long Melford, Sudbury

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 Bell Inn
Banbury Road, Ladbroke, Nr Southam

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 Nut Tree Inn
Main Street, Murcott

The Nut Tree Inn is an enchanting thatched pub with modern, Michelin-starred menu, four miles from the bustling Oxfordshire town 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 Litton
Litton, Near Wells

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 Wheatsheaf
Combe Hay Lane, Combe Hay, Bath

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 Fishpool Inn
Fishpool Road, 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 Bustard Inn
Main Street, South Rauceby, Sleaford

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 Ramsholt Arms
Dock Road, Ramsholt

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 Fountaine Inn
Lauradale Lane, Linton in Craven

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 Fisherman’s Cottage Inn
Shanklin Esplanade, Shanklin

If you fancy food by the sea, the Isle of Wight’s Fisherman’s Cottage Inn 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 Duke William
The Street, Ickham, Canterbury

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 Talbot Inn
Selwood Street, Mells, Frome

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 Hare & Hounds
Landsdown Road, Bath

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 Noah’s Ark
The Green, Lurgashall

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 Sportsman
Faversham Road, Whitstable

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.

Craven Arms
Appletreewick, Skipton

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 Gurnard’s Head
Nr Zennor, St. Ives, Penzance

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 Swan Inn
Petworth Road, Chiddingfold

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.

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