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Eat & Drink

Britain has come a long way since lunch at the pub consisted of the traditional pie and pint and when the term pub grub was associated with second-rate cooking. There is now some seriously great food coming out from behind the bar.

Great food, great wine and great ales, it can only be a Great Country Pub.

In the present economic climate the quintessential English pub has been forced to move with the times and we are witnessing the birth of a new breed of country inn. The finest real ale, often supplied from a local brewery, remains a major Milk House, Sissinghurstpriority but these days it doesn't stop there – exceedingly good ciders and lagers are also offered, along with a comprehensive wine list and a huge range of soft drinks and speciality coffees. But the biggest change is in the quality of food now bought to the table.

The standard of cooking reflected in rural inns is reaching new heights, and rising all the time, and many are getting their just reward in the way of food awards. This is largely due to the quality of local produce that goes into the cooking and the standard of talented chefs employed by these establishments. The regions boast a plethora of evolving gastropubs and we are pleased to report that the ambience and atmosphere has not been neglected in the pursuit of first-class food and drink.

Food is very much key at the Cherry Tree Inn near Henley on Thames (Oxon), where the chef comes from an accomplished culinary background; his food is full of innovation yet still showcasing many pub favourites. Or seek out The Milk House in Sissinghurst (Kent) for accomplished simple food.Dining at the Royal Oak, East Lavant, Sussex

Many pubs take it a step further and make the whole eating and drinking experience more of an event. Some put on themed menu nights, summer BBQs or serve scrumptious afternoon tea and cakes. But one traditional thing that has survived the test of time is the good old Sunday roast, still very popular with families.

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The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

Situated in the heart of the picturesque Chiltern Hills, this well-run village pub offers fresh, locally produced food that you really want to go out for, and an excellent range of drinks.

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

Great Pubs for Wine

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

Russell Arms

Locationnear Wendover, Buckinghamshire

The Grove Ferry Pub

LocationUpstreet, Canterbury, Kent

The Polecat Inn

LocationGreat Missenden

Alford Arms

LocationHemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

The Chequers

LocationMaldon, Essex

The Swan Inn

LocationSwinbrook, Oxfordshire

The Swan Inn

LocationDenham, Buckinghamshire

Greyhound Inn

LocationWantage, Oxfordshire

The Birch

LocationMilton Keynes, Buckinghamshire

Great Pubs for Vegetarians

The Grove Ferry Pub

LocationUpstreet, Canterbury, Kent

The Griffin Inn

LocationFletching, East Sussex

The Swan Inn

LocationSwinbrook, Oxfordshire

The Old Queens Head

LocationHigh Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

The Swan Inn

LocationDenham, Buckinghamshire

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

LocationNether Westcote, Oxfordshire

Bakers Arms

LocationDroxford, Hampshire

The Foresters Arms

LocationFordingbridge, Hampshire

The Roebuck

LocationLewes, E Sussex

The Cat Inn

LocationEast Grinstead, West Sussex

Great Pubs for Real Ales

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

Russell Arms

Locationnear Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Snowdrop Inn

LocationLewes, East Sussex

The Grove Ferry Pub

LocationUpstreet, Canterbury, Kent

The Coach & Horses

LocationBasingstoke, Hampshire

The Polecat Inn

LocationGreat Missenden

The Griffin Inn

LocationFletching, East Sussex

Alford Arms

LocationHemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

The Chequers

LocationMaldon, Essex

The Swan Inn

LocationSwinbrook, Oxfordshire

Great Pubs for Local Produce

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

Russell Arms

Locationnear Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Snowdrop Inn

LocationLewes, East Sussex

The Coach & Horses

LocationBasingstoke, Hampshire

The Polecat Inn

LocationGreat Missenden

The Griffin Inn

LocationFletching, East Sussex

Alford Arms

LocationHemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

The Chequers

LocationMaldon, Essex

The Swan Inn

LocationSwinbrook, Oxfordshire

The Queens Arms

LocationEast Garston, Berkshire

Great Pubs for Children

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

Russell Arms

Locationnear Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Snowdrop Inn

LocationLewes, East Sussex

The Grove Ferry Pub

LocationUpstreet, Canterbury, Kent

The Polecat Inn

LocationGreat Missenden

The Griffin Inn

LocationFletching, East Sussex

Alford Arms

LocationHemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

The Swan Inn

LocationSwinbrook, Oxfordshire

The Queens Arms

LocationEast Garston, Berkshire

The Compasses

LocationGreat Waltham, Essex

Great Pubs with Food Awards

Snowdrop Inn

LocationLewes, East Sussex

The Swan Inn

LocationSwinbrook, Oxfordshire

The Swan Inn

LocationDenham, Buckinghamshire

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

LocationNether Westcote, Oxfordshire

Bakers Arms

LocationDroxford, Hampshire

The Cat Inn

LocationEast Grinstead, West Sussex

The Baskerville

LocationHenley On Thames, Oxon

Walpole Arms

LocationNorwich, Norfolk

The Royal Oak

LocationNr Marlow, Buckinghamshire

The Royal Oak

LocationEast Lavant, West Sussex