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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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Russell Arms

Locationnear Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Thought to date back to 1763 (although parts of the building are older), the Russell Arms nestles at the foot of Coombe Hill, one of the highest points in the Chilterns and offers first-class food...

Russell Arms

Great Pubs for Wine

Russell Arms

Locationnear Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Duke of Cambridge

LocationFarnham, Surrey

The Kings Head Inn

LocationChipping Norton, Oxfordshire

The Exchequer

LocationFleet, Hampshire

The Crown @ Granborough

LocationBuckingham

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

The White Hart

Locationnr Henley On Thames, Oxon

Alford Arms

LocationHemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

Waggon at Hale

LocationHale, nr Chatham, Kent

Drusilla's Inn

LocationWimborne, Dorset

Great Pubs for Vegetarians

Duke of Cambridge

LocationFarnham, Surrey

The Kings Head Inn

LocationChipping Norton, Oxfordshire

The George Inn

LocationDean, near Andover, Hampshire

Monty's Inn

LocationBeaulieu, Hampshire

The Old Queens Head

LocationHigh Wycombe, Buckinghamshire

The Little Angel Pub

LocationHenley on Thames, Berkshire

The Queen's Head

LocationEast Clandon, Surrey

Fighting Cocks

LocationDartford, Kent

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

LocationNether Westcote, Oxfordshire

Royal Exchange

LocationBordon, Hampshire

Great Pubs for Real Ales

Russell Arms

Locationnear Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Duke of Cambridge

LocationFarnham, Surrey

Fox & Hounds

LocationUffington, Oxfordshire

The Kings Head Inn

LocationChipping Norton, Oxfordshire

The Wiremill

LocationLingfield, Surrey

The George Inn

LocationDean, near Andover, Hampshire

The Crown @ Granborough

LocationBuckingham

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

The White Hart

Locationnr Henley On Thames, Oxon

Peacock Country Inn

LocationThame, Oxfordshire

Great Pubs for Local Produce

Russell Arms

Locationnear Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Duke of Cambridge

LocationFarnham, Surrey

Fox & Hounds

LocationUffington, Oxfordshire

The Kings Head Inn

LocationChipping Norton, Oxfordshire

The Exchequer

LocationFleet, Hampshire

The George Inn

LocationDean, near Andover, Hampshire

The Crown @ Granborough

LocationBuckingham

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

The White Hart

Locationnr Henley On Thames, Oxon

Peacock Country Inn

LocationThame, Oxfordshire

Great Pubs for Children

Russell Arms

Locationnear Wendover, Buckinghamshire

Duke of Cambridge

LocationFarnham, Surrey

Fox & Hounds

LocationUffington, Oxfordshire

The Wiremill

LocationLingfield, Surrey

The Exchequer

LocationFleet, Hampshire

The George Inn

LocationDean, near Andover, Hampshire

The Crown @ Granborough

LocationBuckingham

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

The White Hart

Locationnr Henley On Thames, Oxon

Peacock Country Inn

LocationThame, Oxfordshire

Great Pubs with Food Awards

Snowdrop Inn

LocationLewes, East Sussex

Black Horse

LocationShefford, Bedfordshire

Walpole Arms

LocationNorwich, Norfolk

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

LocationNether Westcote, Oxfordshire

The Swan Inn

LocationDenham, Buckinghamshire

The Swan Inn

LocationSwinbrook, Oxfordshire

The Royal Oak

LocationNr Marlow, Buckinghamshire

Bakers Arms

LocationDroxford, Hampshire

The Cat Inn

LocationEast Grinstead, West Sussex

The Baskerville

LocationHenley On Thames, Oxon