100 of the Best Pubs in England
The Mash Inn
Horseshoe Road, Bennett End, Radnage
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.
The White Horse
Low Street, Badingham, Woodbridge
The White Horse at Badingham is a picturesque 15th-century coaching inn with wisteria creeping up the walls and a beautiful outdoor area for enjoying their summer pizza oven. Interesting details inside include original open fires and exposed beams.
The Queen’s Inn
Rye Road, Hawkhurst
This immaculately restored inn provides a luxurious country retreat to eat, drink and indulge. The Queen’s Inn can be found in the scenic town of Cranbrook. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are expertly combined and served in their stylish, yet welcoming surroundings.
Old Minster, Minster Lovell
The Old Swan 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 Roebuck Inn
Mill Lane, Mobberley, Knutsford
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 Griffin Inn
High Street, Fletching
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 Kings Head
Church Street, Wye, Ashford
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’s stylish interior is contemporary, with soft grey tones offset against chocolate leather banquette seating and pendent lighting.
The Cholmondeley Arms
Wrenbury Road, Cholmondeley, Nr 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 Red Lion Inn
High Street, Cricklade
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 Bell at Ramsbury
The Square, Ramsbury, Nr Marlborough
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 Westleton Crown
The Street, Westleton, Nr Southwold
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.
Drunken Duck Inn
The Drunken Duck Inn 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.
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 Goodmanham Arms
Main Street, Goodmanham, York
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.
Lorde Crewe Arms
The Square, 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 Black Swan
Ravenstonedale, Kirkby Stephen
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 Feathers Inn
High View, Hedley on the Hill, 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 Stag on the River
Lower Eashing Lane, Eashing, Godalming
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 Aspinall Arms
Mitton Road, Mitton, Clitheroe
With a beer garden that rolls down to the flowing river Ribble and a medieval church beyond, it’s fair to say that the 17th century Aspinall Arms has a setting few pubs can rival. Few can rival the freshness of their menus either – no two days are the same – or the unassuming charm of the pub’s country interiors.
The Lewes Arms
Mount Place, Lewes
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 Pier House
Harbour Front, Charlestown
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 High Field
Highfield Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham
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.
Waltham Road, White Waltham
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 a reputation for its excellent seasonal menu, dishes represent Britain and its abundant produce.
The Greyhound on the Test
High Street, Stockbridge
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.
The Milk House
The Street, Sissinghurst, Cranbrook
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.
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