To provide you with the best experience on this website, cookies are used. By using the site it's assumed that you're happy with our use of cookies. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. More info on cookies.
Allow cookies

Join the Great Country Pubs Campaign

About Great Country Pubs

This is your opportunity to be part of a campaign that will help your pub achieve new heights and reach out to the valuable tourism sector. By working together, our ambition is to create an inspirational brand of character country pubs all with their own special identity and charm.

Do you have a Great Country Pub?

The Unicorn, Deddington, Oxfordshire If you offer customers more than just a great pint, your pub could be exactly what we’re looking for. A Great Country Pub must be worth an outing in its own right. It will be in a memorable rural, coastal, village or market town location, and be a building of charm and character, individuality and comfort.

The host and their team will show a positive and welcoming attitude to guests. Other attributes will be great local ales and wine, with an emphasis on good food produced using local produce. High standards of cleanliness and maintenance will be paramount in all areas, and bedrooms, and their bathrooms, will reflect the same high standards.

Interested in Joining Us?

The Swan Inn, Swinbrook, OxfordshireIf you are fortunate enough to consider you do have a Great Country Pub and are interested in appearing on this website contact us at Tourism South East. You will be provided with a set of criteria, against which you will be able to see if you meet the mark as a Great Country Pub.

This will then be followed up with a telephone call to discuss the opportunity further. Should you qualify as a Great Country Pub we will then be delighted to provide an application form and charter, which will need to be returned to Tourism South East enabling your pub to be added to the website.

Rural pubs can play a big part in helping people enjoy the local area by encouraging them to spend more time and money throughout the regions while discovering alternative accommodation that demonstrates rural England at its very best. It is in all our interests to widen awareness about what this great British institution can offer as well as a great pint, so please come and join us!

Why become a Great Country Pub? ›


“Whiting and Hammond is a small, family run business and being a part of the Great Country Pubs campaign is important to us as we are very proud of the great British establishment that is the “Country pub” and feel that the Great Country Pubs campaign is an excellent representation of this. Though we have seven pubs in our group each is individual and special in its own way. We pride ourselves on our great British food using local produce, real ales and unique ambiance each of our pubs offers.  The Great County Pubs website is a true reflection of the experience we want our guests to have so embrace it fully.”  Whiting & Hammond Pubs

The Feathered Nest Country Inn believes in creating 'an experience' for our clients, with delicious food, fabulous wine and ales, superior service and home comforts in our bedrooms.  Being part of The Great Country Pub campaign has allowed us to be part of a quintessentially British Experience, reaching an audience far wider than our local area of the Cotswolds.   

The continued exposure through Great Country Pubs, both online and in print advertising, is advantageous to the Pubs taking part as the marketing is seen as 'tourist enhancement, and not just 'owner advertising'.  We believe that the Great Country Pubs campaign promoted by Tourism South East is a truly valuable tool and a definite boost to local tourism." The Feathered Nest Country Inn, Oxfordshire