Trying to find the best country pubs near London, if you want to go for a traditional Sunday lunch or a day out in the English countryside, just got a whole lot easier. Tourism South East has launched a new website, and we like it: Great Country Pubs. It helps visitors to London choose and find the best country pubs in the nine counties that this tourist authority looks after: Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.
Not all the pubs are close enough to London to make for an easy day trip, especially if you’re using public transport, but many of them are and to make the search easier, each pub has a map showing its location, driving directions, public transport information, and how close it is to the nearest tourist attractions.
The Great Country Pubs website also allows you to search using several criteria. You can look for child-friendly country pubs, dog-friendly inns, those that have great food, a restaurant, real ale or accommodation if you fancy an overnight stay outside London. The website also lets you hunt out the most historic country pubs, or those in idyllic locations, so that you can find the perfect place for that Sunday lunch or London day trip.
The Cricketers Arms in Berwick Village,
near Polebrook, East Sussex
As an example of the historic country pubs listed, take a look at the page for The Chequers Inn, a 12th-century country hideaway in the Kent village of Lamberhurst. One of The Chequers Inn’s claims to fame is that Jane Austen is said to have stayed there. If you’re a Jane Austen fan you might want to stay overnight in one of the pub’s five en-suite rooms.
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