The list of industrious local artisans and farmers found throughout the country is impressive, offering fare ranging from bread, pastries and dairy products through to meats, preserves and honey, and some using recipes following centuries-old traditions. Mass-production and overseas imports are being challenged by small organic enterprises, whose specialities are recognised for their nutritious value and provenance. All of our Great Country Pubs have been chosen for their ability to reap the benefits that come from using local producers.
At the Queen’s Head in East Clandon they believe that food should be made from only the freshest ingredients our local land has to offer; the chef will invent a new dish when there is a little something special amongst the produce delivery.
Some of the fresh vegetables and herbs used at the Coach and Horses (Rotherwick), are grown either in their own garden, or otherwise supplied by local smallholders and allotment gardeners in an innovative bartering scheme.
Having gained much praise for its locally sourced food, the Cat Inn’s (West Hoathly) Chef Max Leonard uses these ingredients to create exceptional flavours – he once bought a whole Berkshire pig and used every part in the exciting dishes on the menu.
Chef Dom’s cooking at The Roebuck in Laughton (Sussex) reflects local and seasonal produce, and the full-cooked breakfast is particularly memorable for his home-made granola.
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.
A Lewes gem that you won’t want to miss! Tucked away on the edge of town down by the boat dock overlooking the chalk cliffs, this is the perfect place to finish a hike, particularly as many trails...
This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings and open fires, dating back to the 1830s.
Inside this authentic village tavern, situated in the heart of the Hampshire countryside, is everything you would associate with the word 'authentic.'
Claiming to be the only pub in the UK called The Polecat, this rather smart rural pub supporting a partial timber frame, dates back to the 1600s and is housed in an attractive former hunting lodge.
The Griffin is a proper local pub with a truly authentic feel that is matched by few other establishments. Family run with great passion, a devoted crowd flock to the well-stocked bar for real ales...
This unsung little gem of a pub, set in a delightful village in the heart of the Chilterns with a vineyard directly behind, brings back fond memories of what a real English country pub should be.
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
The Old Queens Head sits on the border between the villages of Penn and Tylers Green and is proud to find itself at the heart these two lovely communities.