The Best Country Pubs In The UK

Found yourself searching for "lovely country pubs near me"? Along with Sunday roasts, cups of tea, and whinging about the weather, we've found some of our isle's most gorgeous boltholes. 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 UK's best country pubs that you need to visit.

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Last updated on 14th May 2024

Cambridge: The Tickell Arms

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 - easily making it one of the most romantic country pubs near you.

Leighton Buzzard: Five Bells

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.

Woodstock: King's Arms

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.

New Forest: Pilgrim Inn

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.

Leighton Buzzard: Grove Lock

Perfect for watching barges float along the canal, this water-side cutie is a traditional boozer stocking Fuller's beers, including London Pride. Go for a stroll along the Grand Union Canal, before filling up with a crowd-pleasing menu of burgers, Sunday roast, and rich puddings.

Mitre Dorset

A cut above the rest, Mitre is a cosy Shaftesbury high street watering hole oozing country charm with its bustling atmosphere, cheery bartenders and a wide selection of tipples including real ale, premium wine and fancy cocktails. Peek out back for a breathtaking view of the Blackmore Vale while you munch on some seriously delicious seasonal dishes made with fresh, local ingredients.

Surrey: The White Horse

There's nowt much better than a gorgeous country pub, with cool, contemporary interiors and a stunning alfresco area. And The White Horse in Surrey? It's one of the best, boasting a stellar menu of British classics and signature dishes, as well as tasty beers and wines.

New Forest: White Buck Inn

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.

Chilgrove: The White Horse

Set in the gorgeous South Downs, with spectacular views of the area, The White Horse is a charming country pub that prides itself on its gastro food. Dine among exposed brick walls and rustic wooden furniture, with ingredients that are sourced locally by and large, including from the nearby Goodwood and a blue cheese from Brighton. As for the menu? Expect everything from seared scallops to burnt leek gnocchi or West End Farm pork ribeye here.

Frankby: Farmers Arms

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.

Warrington: Cat and Lion

Cat and Lion is a historic boozer that has been around for over 400 years. It was recently renovated to offer top-notch service while maintaining its historic charm. On sunny days, you can enjoy some fresh air in the large beer garden with a pint of ice-cold cider. And when it's time to hit the hay, you can book a room at The Cat and Lion Hotel next door for a short commute to your bed. 

Northwich: Cock O' Budworth

You'll find everything you could want from a traditional country pub at Cock O' Budworth, from the exposed brick fireplace to cosy leather booth seating, with a spacious beer garden to top it all off. This dog-friendly pub is the perfect stop on a long walk, with hearty British fare to keep you fuelled. As for the drinks, expect a ide selection of award-winning lagers and ales, as well as lots of premium wines or spirits.

Hampshire: The Anchor Inn

A quaint British pub in the heart of Hampshire, The Anchor Inn is seeped in history, from its low saloon doorway to the portraits of maritime and famous figures fixed to the walls. You can expect to devour elevated, seasonal fare here, with plates such as Brixham crab and Old Winchester quiche, chicken shawarma flatbread with baba ghanoush and West End Farm pork ribeye on the menu, all washed down with award-winning ale. 

Sussex: The Welldiggers Arms

The Welldiggers Arms is a 300-year-old country pub with incredible views of South Downs National Park's rolling hills. Sporting beams across the ceiling, oak furniture and cosy corners to snuggle up in by candlelight, this secluded getaway is the perfect place to stay or enjoy a bite to eat. The menu includes a selection of moreish, fresh plates, such as wild mushroom arancini with truffle aioli to start, followed by Castlemead Farm chicken Kyiv or Cornish mussels in Butcombe Original ale, smoked bacon and creme fraiche. 

Hemingford Grey: The Cock

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.

Berkshire: The Crab & Boar

A Berkshire beauty if we ever did see one, The Crab & Boar is a gorgeous country pub sporting a roaring log fire, low-hanging lights and cosy sofas to snuggle up in. It's a tranquil and homely spot to enjoy a hearty Sunday roast or a couple of pints and bar snacks. Locally sourced and rich in flavour, the menu includes a mix of crowd-pleasing plates. Expect to tuck into the likes of Chalk Stream Farm trout gravadlax to start and traditional puddings like a warm jam roly-poly drizzled in 'proper' custard.