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Summer's finest pubs

What better way to enjoy a long summer evening or relaxing weekend with friends and family than the unique blend of refreshment, atmosphere and architecture that can only be found within a Great Country Pub?

Some of our best pubs have pulled out all the stops to offer a palatable mix of food and drink that’ll offer a quality experience to anyone’s summer.

Kent pubs launch new summer menus

The Milk House the picturesque village of Sissinghurst recently introduced their new summer menu that includes grilled langoustines with fennel, smoked lemon and garlic butter and many more delicious meals. Other seasonal local ingredients include cherry blossom, heirloom tomatoes and mini chorizo. The pub sits in the heart of the community with a relaxing open-plan bar, informal dining room and beautiful bedrooms.

The historic Barrow House is located in the idyllic village of Egerton, an easy drive from the M20. To complement the good weather, the pub has recently launched a new summer menu, packed with colourful seasonal dishes and exciting flavours. Alongside your classic favourites, there are fresh salads, BBQ-inspired dishes cooked on the chargrill, refreshing fruity puds and local ice cream. For those who want to spend more time in the village or explore the local area, there are three beautiful bedrooms, all with luxurious en suite bathrooms and enormous beds to ensure the most comfortable overnight stay or relaxing weekend getaway.

Sample the atmosphere of a Great Country Pub

The Drift Inn is situated between the New Forest villages of Lyndhurst and Beaulieu and provides a cosy and friendly atmosphere, perfect for the whole family. There are a number of summer offers, one of which where you can purchase tea, coffee & cake for £4.95 every day from 10.30am. Another is Fish and Fizz Thursdays where you receive a glass of fizz as well as Fish and Chips at just £19.95 for two – perfect for a romantic day out.

Drift Inn

Surrey’s The Wheatsheaf stands in the centre of Farnham’s lively market town and creates a buzz particularly at lunch time. The shabby-chic furnishing gives the pub originality and has been newly refurbished. The menu focuses on classic British dishes and ingredients, to reflect the building’s history as a ‘proper pub’.

The quaint Sussex village of West Hoathly near Gatwick Airport is home to the Cat Inn which boasts a tile-hung exterior that fronts a delightful pub atmosphere buzzing with locals who are proud to share their hidden gem with visitors. A range of ales supporting the local microbreweries, draught cider and a good range of wines by the glass are provided by the bar. With accommodation that goes that extra mile, this inn will spoil you for a few days. 

Enjoy stunning architecture in the English summer sun

Walpole Arms is set within the North Northfolk countryside and surrounded by beautiful gardens. This traditional red-brick building dates back to the 18th century and stands behind an extensive front lawn, encircled by an unusual woven fence. The impressive garden room opens out onto a vine-covered terrace for alfresco dining or a drink in the summer sun. This room is the perfect venue to host family parties or any other larger group function.

Walpole Arms

Having won the CAMRA White Horse Branch Country Pub Of The Year earlier this year, The Greyhound Inn is a Grade II listed building dating back to 1709 that has served as a public house since 1870. The award-winning chef and his team have a reputation for creating delicious and imaginative food. Everything on the menu, which is inspired by the seasons, is homemade and freshly cooked, based on the best locally sourced ingredients.

Find a Great Country Pub


The Griffin Inn

LocationFletching, East Sussex

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...

The Griffin, Fletching, West Sussex

Great County Pubs

The Griffin Inn

LocationFletching, East Sussex

The Royal Oak

LocationEast Lavant, West Sussex

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LocationHenley on Thames, Berkshire

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LocationEast Clandon, Surrey

The Cat Inn

LocationEast Grinstead, West Sussex

The George Inn

LocationDean, near Andover, Hampshire

The Feathered Nest Country Inn

LocationNether Westcote, Oxfordshire

Duke of Cambridge

LocationFarnham, Surrey

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LocationChipping Norton, Oxfordshire

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LocationLingfield, Surrey