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Great Food

One thing our Great Country Pubs have in common is that they are all great places to eat and drink. Styles of cooking in pubs have evolved over the years producing very different results.

Great Country Pubs all over the regions, such as The Cat Inn at West Hoathly (Sussex), the Royal Exchange near Bordon (Hamp) and The Wiremill in Lingfield (Surrey) are a tribute to how far food has come in rural pubs.

From farm to table in a matter of hours, dine on the finest home-grown produce at your own special inn.

There is an inclination these days to use the freshest ingredients, sourced locally wherever possible. This incorporates the ideals of the Slow Food Movement (founded in Italy in 1986 as an alternative to fast food) and showcases rustic food with a sophisticated edge based on simple intense flavours. A dish of sausage and mash tastes so much better if the pork comes froApetizing, hearty food cooked to perfectionm a local farm rearing outdoor pigs.

With the revival of this British style with a modern twist in many pub kitchens you are likely to see old favourites returning to the menu such as Sunday roast, steak and ale pie or fish and chips. Others prefer to take a more sophisticated approach, fusing spices and herbs with fresh local produce to create innovative dishes, while others have stuck to their grass roots and do what they do best, simple pub grub using the finest ingredients.

Puddings, too, are something of a traditionally British phenomenon and treats such as spotted dick, treacle sponge or apple pie could well appear on the pub menu. For something lighter locally made ice creams and sorbets are aAn irresistible chocolate dessert refreshing alternative. As you would expect, establishments in the coastal counties of the often feature locally caught fish and seafood. Wine lists have grown in status and can provide a vast choice, with some exceptionally good vintages from local vineyards. A full English breakfast is normally served to satisfy the hungry visitor before setting out to explore the local area, which generally consists of bacon, sausages, eggs, black pudding, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Find a Great Country Pub


The Wiremill

LocationLingfield, Surrey

It is well worth a detour down the secluded lane to this 15th-century mill set beside its own lake and nestled amongst mature oak and birch.

The Wiremill, Tandridge, Surrey

Great Pubs for Great Food

The Wiremill

LocationLingfield, Surrey

Duke of Marlborough

LocationWoodstock, Oxfordshire

The Banningham Crown

LocationNorwich, Norfolk

The Lion

LocationColchester, Essex

The Crown

LocationPlayhatch, Berkshire

Walpole Arms

LocationNorwich, Norfolk

The Exchequer

LocationFleet, Hampshire

Cherry Tree Inn

LocationHenley On Thames, Oxon

Drusilla's Inn

LocationWimborne, Dorset

Black Horse

LocationShefford, Bedfordshire