The 12 Best Country Pubs Within Easy Reach Of London

Country pub - Fox and Hounds

Sunday roast and fish and chips are back on the menu as country pubs across England open their gardens, patios and terraces for outdoor dining. Almost all of the options below have al fresco dining options, and those that don’t will be welcoming guests indoors after Monday 17 May.

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Hertfordshire and Essex country pubs

Fox & Hounds
The Fox & Hounds, Barley

High Street, Barley, Royston SG8 8HY

A former coaching inn, this 350-year-old Grade-II spot is all about traditional techniques – smoking, curing and grilling local produce to perfection.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

The Cricketers
The Cricketers, Clavering

Wicken Road, Clavering, Saffron Walden CB11 4QT

Framed by picturesque walking trails and thatched cottages, The Cricketers has been cooking up award-winning fare since 1976, elevating traditional country pub grub with freshly sourced ingredients.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

The Tilbury
The Tilbury, Datchworth

1 Watton Road, Datchworth, Knebworth SG3 6TB

Run by a devoted brother duo, guests can choose between an à la carte menu of refined British cooking, or traditional country pub dishes like fish and chips, all created with the freshest ingredients.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

The Anchor
The Anchor, Hullbridge

Ferry Road, Hullbridge, Hockley SS5 6ND

Framed by the River Crouch and undulating hills, you can enjoy this waterfront location’s striking views from the large outdoor terrace or orangery while tucking into sophisticated country pub specials like sweet potato and chorizo hash.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

Kent and West Sussex

Fordwich Arms
The Fordwich Arms, Canterbury

King Street, Fordwich, Canterbury CT2 0DB

Fordwich has this Michelin-starred pub to thank for putting it on the culinary map with its seasonal take on Kentish classics, making excellent use of what the county has to offer.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

The Poet at Matfield
The Poet at Matfield, Tonbridge

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Tonbridge TN12 7JH

Situated in the heart of the Kent countryside, this charming 16th-century inn looks towards its surrounding fields to stock its menu with fine seasonal produce, transformed into refined dishes.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

The Welldiggers Arms
The Welldiggers Arms, Petworth

Low Heath, A283, Petworth GU28 0HG

Overlooking a coppice and the rolling South Downs, this rural spot sets the scene for a menu bursting with local flair, from ales and spirits to a British-inspired cuisine.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

Coach & Horses
The Coach and Horses, Haywards Heath

School Lane, Danehill, Haywards Heath RH17 7JF

Local breweries stock this family-run country pub with the finest ales and cider, complementing the fresh and seasonally charged menu that offers a range of pub classics.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire

The Mash Inn
The Mash Inn, High Wycombe

Horseshoe Road, Bennett End, Radnage, High Wycombe HP14 4EB

The menu of this rural outpost changes daily, spruced up with homegrown ingredients from the kitchen garden. Meat is grilled over wood felled nearby, emphasising the pub’s commitment to provenance.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

The Hind's Head
The Hind’s Head, Marlow

High Street, Bray SL6 2AB

As you would expect from a Michelin-starred, Heston Blumenthal-owned outpost, the food at this 15th-century coaching inn is inspired by historic British recipes and is nothing short of perfect.

Reopening 20 May.

The Angel on the Bridge
The Angel on the Bridge, Henley-on-Thames

Thameside, Henley-on-Thames RG9 1BH

Perched on the banks of the River Thames, the terrace of this 1728 pub is the perfect spot to watch boats float by while enjoying some top-notch cooking.

Walk-in only terrace now open – indoor reservations from 17 May.

The Bottle & Glass Inn
The Bottle & Glass Inn, Henley-on-Thames

Bones Lane, Binfield Heath, Henley-on-Thames RG9 4JT

You can dig into excellent doughy pizzas in this thatched outpost’s charming garden or peruse the à la carte menu in the restaurant, which offers many of the pub’s favourites.

Now open for al fresco reservations.

If you’re based in London and are looking ahead to the 17th May, check out our list of London’s most spacious dining rooms and best Chefs’ Tables.

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