Britain’s Best Country Pubs

Nothing says Autumn like a long weekend in the countryside and lucky for you, we’ve done all the hard work for you and gathered a list of the best country pubs that offer cosy, stylish and affordable accommodation. Grab those wellies, scarfs and beanies and get booking!

The Pig – Brokenhurst

Just a short drive from London, The Pig is the perfect place to admire the changing of the seasons. Set in the New Forest, you can expect picturesque walks where you are more than likely to spot one of the many wild ponies that roam the area. The rooms are elegantly decorated with neutral tones and comfy linens and with a Forager and Kitchen Gardener sourcing the freshest seasonal ingredients from the kitchen garden, The Pig really does offer a unique dining experience.

Hurley House – Henley

If you are looking for somewhere to go that offers a wide array of activities in the surrounding areas, Hurley House is the place for you. This country chic pub offers spacious rooms with rolltop baths and a restaurant that serves modern British fair. If you are into wine, you won’t be disappointed as Hurley House has certainly taken a lot of care in creating a wine list that meets every pallets desires.

Hand & Flowers – Marlow

With two Michelin Stars and the esteemed Tom Kerridge at the helm, The Hand and Flowers is so much more than just a pub. Set in the beautiful village of Marlow, this is the perfect place to stay for a special occasion or a real treat. As you’d expect, the restaurant elevates a pub lunch and makes it something you’ll never forget. Each room offers its own sophisticated charm and comfort with lots of natural light, perfect for those Autumn afternoon snoozes.

The Mayflower

What could be more perfect than a chance to discover the seaside as well as the gorgeous local countryside. The Mayflower offers it all; from beautifully designed nautical themed rooms to a restaurant that offers dishes with a focus on locally produced ingredients. The wine list and hand-pulled ales will also provide the perfect thirst quencher after a long day of exploring.

The Ebrington Arms

Voted the UK’s number 1 village pub by The Times in 2017, The Ebrighton Arms is the perfect country retreat. With comfortable rooms, a restaurant that dishes up hearty pub grub and their very own home brewed ales to sample, it’ll be hard for you not to return feeling rested and relaxed after a weekend in this hidden gem.

The Duke William

Just 10 minutes outside of Canterbury in the heart of England’s garden, The Duke William is a cute casual pub that offers modern rooms, log fires and a bar to perch at and enjoy a drink or two. The food has a strong focus on locally produced ingredients and seasonality, so you can expect delicious pies in the winter months and fresh seafood dishes in the summer.

The Mash Inn

The Mash Inn describes itself as a restaurant with rooms and we can see why. With an open kitchen that uses a bespoke wood-fired grill to whip up skilful tasty dishes, this is a real culinary treat for foodies looking for a country getaway. Foraging and pickling is a daily occurrence and forms a big part of the ethos of the restaurant. The owners have also created an environment that will allow guests to immerse themselves in nature and offer a real escape from city life.

Interested in leaving city life for a hospitality job outside of London?

The Change Group work with many of the UK’s finest restaurants, pubs and hotels outside of London. If you are interested in giving up London life for a quieter life in the country, give us a call on 02079236021 or submit your CV and we will happily help you find your next perfect hospitality job.

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