All of our Great Country Pubs are set amongst either unspoilt countryside, small market towns or beside tranquil waterways and coastlines, which presents endless opportunities to get out and about.
On long-distance trails, such as the North and South Downs, the Thames Path and the Ridgeway, you will most likely find a friendly pub near or en route either for an overnight stop or refreshment. Check out the Kings Arms near Haslemere.
The New Forest in Hampshire offers first-class walking and cycling with some excellent pubs like The Drift Inn and Monty's Inn right on the doorstep. Some inns rent out bikes from the premises. Alternatively, view the countryside from the back of a horse; treks are available at several stables in the region and some might even stop off at a pub for lunch, the perfect antidote to an enduring morning in the saddle.
For watersports the rivers offer canoeing, boating and fishing with a pick of picturesque riverside inns for a well-earned lunch or overnight stay. If golf is more your scene, the regions offer an abundance of excellent courses, and many have a Great Country Pub within 'driving distance' (excuse the pun) to rest your weary head at the end of a satisfying round.
Truly beautiful nestled in the historic surroundings of Nether Westcote the Feathered Nest has ale in its blood – its roots having grown from a Cotswold stone malthouse dating from around 1665.
A dreamy Cotswold inn serving award-winning food, the Swan pins its colours to the mast of the flagpole stood outside its doors.
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.
In a quaint village setting perched on the banks of the River Wey, the Stag is a perfect example of the very best that a Great British Pub can offer.
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...
Formerly a medieval hall house, The Cat’s tile-hung exterior fronts a delightfully pubby atmosphere buzzing with locals who are proud to share their hidden gem with visitors.
For those seeking the traditional Cotswold experience or those who have a desire for walking the King’s Head, sitting behind the village green, ticks all the boxes.
Following a much welcomed refurbishment by the new hosts, this historic country pub in the woods at Stoke Row now has a new lease of life. You just have to turn into the car park to see the...
This cute whitewashed pub has more strings to its bow than just pulling pints.