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The sad reality is that pubs across the UK are closing at an average of 16 watering holes a week. So can our traditional pub culture be rescued without destroying the country pub character?

The gastropub is the greatest addition to the food/pub culture since the Truffle.

The term “gastropub" was coined in 1991 when David Eyre and Mike Belben took over The Eagle pub in Clerkenwell, London. The concept of a restaurant in a pub reinvigorated both pub culture and British dining, though it has occasionally attracted criticism for potentially removing the character of traditional pubs.

Great Country Pubs is on a mission to save this wonderful British institution and a proven way to lift the profile is for pubs to start serving great food. Pubs are still key to England’s tourism industry and good-quality The Wiremill, Surreygastropubs are the way forward!

Consumer demand has shifted away from places exclusively serving alcohol, as customers prefer somewhere to eat in a relaxing atmosphere, which also offers a pint of real ale. It is not surprising therefore that so many pubs are now following this trend and changing their image to gastropub.

Consumers do not necessarily want posh nosh, just simple dishes perfectly cooked to an excellent standard, using fresh local produce, and thaStag on the River, Godalming, Surreyt’s exactly what the best gastropub can offer. Plus they remain a place where you can socialize and relax with friends and family without losing the atmosphere of a quintessential English inn.

All our Great Country Pubs are assessed to meet a criteria that requires top-quality, locally sourced food, and they all represent the ideal of what a gastropub should really be.

Check out establishements like The Cock Inn near Epsom (Surrey) or The Lion at Earls Colne (Essex). Search the listings for more gastropubs like these.

Find a Great Country Pub


The Grove Ferry Pub

LocationUpstreet, Canterbury, Kent

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.

The Grove Ferry Pub

Great Gastropubs

The Boot Bledlow Ridge

LocationHigh Wycombe, Bucks

The Swan Inn

LocationSwinbrook, Oxfordshire

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

LocationNether Westcote, Oxfordshire

The Bear & Ragged Staff

LocationRomsey, Hampshire

The Foresters Arms

LocationFordingbridge, Hampshire

The Lion

LocationColchester, Essex

The Cat Inn

LocationEast Grinstead, West Sussex

The Crown

LocationPlayhatch, Berkshire

The White Hart

Locationnr Henley On Thames, Oxon

The Stag on the River

LocationGodalming, Surrey