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Joys of Spring

Spring is nature’s way of saying ‘shake off the cobwebs and get out there'. With a renewed spring in your step, start looking for somewhere to go and view this season first hand as it unfolds.

Opening buds, nesting birds sitting on a leafy twig, ducklings waddling behind their mother, new born lambs, cherry blossom on the trees, the smell of freshly cut grass - ahhh the joys of spring!

Spring is recognised as the queen of all seasons when nature appears at her best.

A short break in spring is the perfect opportunity to experience these joys first hand. The South and East of England boast a wealth of fauna and flora amongst the diverse countryside. Spring gardens are carpeted with flowering bulbs and colourful rhododendrons, azaleas, camellias and magnolias.

Visit a Great Country Pub and you will be in pole position to experience nature as it wakes up. The Peacock Inn at Thame in Oxfordshire sits at the edge of the Chiltern Hills, surrounded by nothing but nature.

Nature lovers will appreciate the Kings Arms near Haslemere in West Sussex, which nestles in the beautiful South Downs with just the birds to taint the silence, and the food is pretty good too.

Among the small townsThe Joys of Spring and villages of Kent, pubs like the White Hart in Newenden are the ideal antidote after the harsher winter months, and your dog will also be very welcome.

The Rising Sun at Clanfield in Hampshire is only a short distance from the South Downs Way National Trail. The owners organise group walks twice a week and offer a pick up and drop off service. There is secure storage for cycles and equipment during your stay, and dogs are also made to feel welcome.

Dream away those lovely spring days in the sprawling gardens of the Royal Oak, near Marlow in Buckinghamshire: glance above and you might spot a red kite often seen soaring over the pub.

Whatever region, every Great Country Pub is in an idyllic spot for discovering the joys of spring.

Find a Great Country Pub


The Stag on the River


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 Stag on the River

Great County Pubs

The Stag on the River


The Wiremill

LocationLingfield, Surrey

The Swan Inn


Cherry Tree Inn

LocationHenley On Thames, Oxon

The Cat Inn

LocationEast Grinstead, West Sussex

The Little Angel Pub

LocationHenley on Thames, Berkshire

The Griffin Inn

LocationFletching, East Sussex

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

LocationNether Westcote, Oxfordshire

Duke of Cambridge

LocationFarnham, Surrey

The Kings Head Inn

LocationChipping Norton, Oxfordshire