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What is a Great Country Pub?

It's a pub that serves great home-cooked food backed up by a passion for local ingredients and a selection of real local ale. It evokes a friendly, relaxed atmosphere where travellers can rub shoulders with the locals. It’s a building with character and period features that clings to its history and heritage, set in an idyllic location and, where available, offers a high standard of immaculate accommodation extending outstanding hospitality.

In these testing economic times rural pubs are in danger of becoming a dying breed and it is important to celebrate these valuable attributes! Each 'Great Country Pub' has been assessed to meet this criteria, and will entice you back again and again!

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The Grove Ferry Pub

This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings...

The Grove Ferry Pub

Situated alongside the River Stour, the Grove Ferry draws its name from the hand-drawn ferry that used to operate in its grounds. Six fresh guest rooms with high ceilings are available, recently refurbished in a chic contemporary style – one with a four-poster bed, and some with views over the water from the balcony. Making the most of its great views, a decked area fronting a large beer garden is the ideal spot to enjoy an alfresco dining...

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The Grove Ferry Pub

The Grove Ferry Pub

This ivy-clad pub comes in the form of a listed Georgian coaching inn, with high ceilings...