The Best Country Pubs In The UK

Along with Sunday roasts, cups of tea, and whinging about the weather, there's one thing this rainy little island is famous for: its country pubs. Fireplaces and pints of frothy ale are ingrained in our national culture, though with more than 50,000 pubs in the UK, the competition is tough. Whether you're looking to refuel after a bracing walk or searching for the best roast in a ten-mile radius, we've rounded up the best country pubs that you need to visit.

Last updated on 13th January 2023




Chenies: Red Lion

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Red Lion Chenies is one gorgeous country pub in the UK, featuring a contemporary interior that compliments the old school charm of the building's structure. Once you're there, expect plenty of refreshing craft beers on rotation with hearty British grub coming straight from the kitchen.

Cambridge: The Tickell Arms

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There's one problem with The Tickell Arms south of Cambridge, once you find it, you may never want to leave. The egg-shell blue building is hiding a treasure trove behind its doors, including a sculpted garden, grand dining room, stove fireplace, and quirky touches such as church pews for seating.

Set in the heart of the New Forest, White Buck Inn is perfect for those who like a stroll or cycle near their country pub. The former country house has been converted into a homely pub, complete with 20 stylish and modern bedrooms. If you're popping by for Sunday lunch, the bar is only three minutes away from the village of Burley, and to top things off, it's dog friendly.

Paisley: Abbey Inn

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Abbey Inn is one of those pubs that has something very everyone. Not only does it boast cosy interiors, scrumptious food and a killer drinks selection, but it also has rooms for those who'd like to rest their head. On top of that, you can find sports screenings, weekly quizzes and a beer garden.

Newchapel: The Wiremill

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You'd be hard pressed to find better views than at this former mill. Built in the 15th Century, The Wiremill sits on the side of a huge lake, with a large outdoor terrace perfect come summer. Even when the sun isn't shining this spot is worth a visit, with snug interiors, a great Sunday roast, and bedrooms if you fancy making a night of it.

Set in the cute village of Woodstock, King's Arms is perfect for a mini break, with cosy upstairs rooms and a charming locals feel in the downstairs pub. When you're not busy snuggled up against the fire, wander around the area's antique shops or head over to the gorgeous Blenheim Palace.

Surrey: The Abinger Hatch

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After a long bracing walk through the Surrey Hills, The Abinger Hatch is the perfect place for some respite. Opposite a historic church and down a teeny tiny country lane, the independent pub is a home away from home. Grab a seat by the fire, stroke the pub bulldog, Stella, and tuck into dishes such as smoked haddock and cheddar fondue, and BBQ pulled pork scotch eggs. 

Pulford: Nelson's Bar

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Hidden within a beautiful hotel, Nelson's Bar is dog-friendly and has a roaring fire. A cosy spot for locals and guests of Grosvenor Pulford Hotel & Spa, this country pub has a range of craft pints and hearty grub.

Frankby: Farmers Arms

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One of the best pubs in the UK, Farmers Arms is bringing you a stunning lineup of delicious food and great drinks in a gorgeous setting. Located in Royden Park, near Liverpool, this fun spot promises an epic beer garden perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

Find this chocolate box-cute spot on the edge of the New Forest for classic food such as fish and chips and a top choice of real ale. And if you end up enjoying the thatched roof spot a little too much? You can also stay the night as this is one of the best country pubs with rooms.

You'll find this watering hole in Thackley, perched on the outskirts of Bradford. Offering home-brewed cask ales, hand-stretched pizza and darts, The Great Northern Brewhouse is a modern twist on the classic country pub.

Roaring fire place? Check. Wooden beams throughout? Check. The Five Bells in Leighton Buzzard has got country charm stamped all over it. Along with a more than cosy inside, the spot also has a huge beer garden, perfect for working your way through their long list of real ales.

Hampshire: Hart House

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Tucked away in Fleet, Hart House is the Hampshire country pub that's not only got two floors of stunning interior space, but a beaut little terrace to boot. You'll be sipping cocktails, quaffing Portbello Brewery craft beer and munching modern European grub in no time.

Hemingford Grey: The Cock

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This award-winning pub in Hemingford Grey is only a few miles outside of Cambridge, and is well worth the drive to try some of their signature dishes. From homemade sausages to catch of the day, the cooking is renowned in the local area, and top things off, the pub is right next to the River Ouse.

A thatched roof, airy conservatory, and hefty oak bar set the scene at The Three Horseshoes, three miles outside of Cambridge. It's won a clutch of awards for its seasonal menus, with dishes including the likes of whole local partridge with honey roasted parsnips and carrots.