100 of the Best Pubs in England
The Rock Inn
Haytor Vale, Dartmoor National Park
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 Angel Inn
Angel Street, Petworth
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.
Lewes Road, Blackboys, Uckfield
Nestled into a quiet lane in an idyllic East Sussex village, The Blackboys Inn epitomises old-world English charm with its flower-filled garden and picturesque weather-boarded exterior. Hops hang from the rafters, brasses decorate the beams and brick walls glow in the hazy light. This 14th-century pub has atmosphere on tap – especially if you visit on one of their popular open mic or quiz nights.
Farmer, Butcher, Chef
Goodwood, New Barn Hill, Chichester
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 Duke of Cambridge
Tilford Road, Farnham
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 Anchor Bleu
High Street, Bosham, Chichester
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 Abinger Hatch
Abinger Lane, Abinger Common, Dorking
The Abinger Hatch is a traditional family-owned English pub with foliage creeping over the doorways and windows. With roaring wood-burners keeping the pub cosy on colder days, dogs and kids are warmly welcomed. The menu offers homemade classic British pub fare and Sunday roasts are popular.
The Duke of Wellington Inn
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.
The Fox at Willian
Willian Road, Letchworth Garden City
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 Millbrook Inn
South Pool, Kingsbridge
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 towns of Kingsbridge and Dartmouth.
The King John Inn
Tollard Royal, Salisbury
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 Beckford Arms
Fonthill Gifford, Tisbury
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 Duck Inn
Burnham Road, Stanhoe, King’s Lynn
TheDuck Inn is an award-winning pub with a stripped back elegance,allowing the culinary talent to take centre stage. The ambience here isrelaxed and sophisticated. Fresh flowers and candlelit tables sitagainst a backdrop of characterful brick walls and warming fires.
The Barrow House
The Street, Egerton, Faversham
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 Inn at Welland
Hook Band, 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 Amberley Inn
Cirencester Road, Tetbury
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.
Bassenthwaite Lake, 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.
The Ship at Dunwich
St. James Street, Dunwich, Saxmundham
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 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.
High Street, Ripley
The Anchor in Ripley is one of Surrey’s oldest and most historic pubs with a reputation for its flavoursome food using local and regional produce. Parts of the pub date back to the early 16th century when the pub was originally built as an almshouse but today the tasteful and stylish interior has more of a contemporary appeal.
The Star Inn
Main Street, Harome, 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 Inn at Whitewell
Forest of Bowland, Whitewell, Nr 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 Jolly Fisherman
Haven Hill, 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 Plough Inn
Abinger Road, Coldharbour, Dorking
The Plough Inn in Dorking focuses on the seasonal availability of local food, from the freshest fruit and vegetables to the 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 Pandora Inn
Restronguet Creek, Mylor Bridge, Falmouth
Few pubs can claim to serve fish fresh from the boat, but Falmouth’s 13th-century Pandora Inn does. But that’s not the only thing that makes this inn special. Home to a cosy, character bar and restaurant, you can hunker down on a blustery day and enjoy food by the fire. When the sun shines, the pub’s floating pontoon becomes the star of the show with meals served on the water.
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