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The pub is a bit of an institution in Britain. It’s the beating heart of every community, a place to drop in and make new friends. A spot to gather and watch sport on big screens. Or place to eat gastro to pub grub. To sit in its gardens or by its fireplace. You’ll find chatty and bubbling to serene and relaxed. Simple lines and cool designs to old-world history with hidden corners. Whether its fine dining, artisan spirits and craft beers or supping a pint of ale, pre-theatre drinks or pre-clubbing cocktails, or a place to enjoy a book club, there’s a British pub to suit every occasion.

A taste of Britain's pubs

Explore great old inns of Britain packed with historical intrigue, wonky walls, darkened corners, dark wood, and plenty of mysterious stories. Some come with stories of smugglers to ghosts. Have housed some of the country’s literary greats and tells a story of their own, weaved into history of its heaving walls.

Discover some of the best pubs in Britain

Escape to (possibly) England’s oldest inn, The Old Ferry Boat, in rural Cambridgeshire

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The Old Ferry Boat
The Old Ferry Boat

Feast your eyes on this Tudor pub, set in one of England’s most scenic medieval towns and say ‘hi’ to a ghost or two

Find out more about The Mermaid Inn
A view down a cobbled street with the Mermaid Inn on the right hand side in the town of Rye
The Mermaid Inn

Imbibe one of Scotland’s oldest pub, The Sheep Heid Inn, a former haunt of monarchs and poets

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The Sheep Heid Inn

Visit the place that inspired the famous Daphne du Maurier’s bestseller, Jamaica Inn.

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The Jamaica Inn

Take in history in this pub that now loves its guests, but in historical times - used to boil them alive!

Find out more about The Ostrich
Have a drink at the Ostrich Inn
The Ostrich

Escape to (possibly) England’s oldest inn, The Old Ferry Boat, in rural Cambridgeshire

Discover more about The Old Ferry Boat
The Old Ferry Boat
The Old Ferry Boat

Feast your eyes on this Tudor pub, set in one of England’s most scenic medieval towns and say ‘hi’ to a ghost or two

Find out more about The Mermaid Inn
A view down a cobbled street with the Mermaid Inn on the right hand side in the town of Rye
The Mermaid Inn

Imbibe one of Scotland’s oldest pub, The Sheep Heid Inn, a former haunt of monarchs and poets

Find out more about The Sheep Heid Inn
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The Sheep Heid Inn

Visit the place that inspired the famous Daphne du Maurier’s bestseller, Jamaica Inn.

Find out more about The Jamaica Inn
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The Jamaica Inn

Take in history in this pub that now loves its guests, but in historical times - used to boil them alive!

Find out more about The Ostrich
Have a drink at the Ostrich Inn
The Ostrich

Rural pubs

This Northumberland hideaway is wrapped by forest and heathland and is filled to the rafters with history.

The Lord Crewe Arms

Dare you stay at one of Scotland’s most haunted pubs?

Atmospheric view inside old Drovers Inn Hotel dining area

Enjoy a pint at these former cottages overlooking the scenic Red Wharf Bay.

Two black laboradors with paws on the bar at Ship in public House, Teigmouth Estuary

Set within a thousand acres of deer park and inside boasts works by leading artists, Norfolk’s Gunton Arms is special.

The Gunton Arms

Set within the incredible Teesdale countryside The Rose and Crown is the perfect way to enjoy a sustainable meal, drink and stay in a near-perfect rural idyll.

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Gastro Pubs

The super sustainable 300-year-coaching in is set within the idyllic setting of the Wiltshire countryside, in its own 19,000 acre estate.

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Whatever the season, The Cotley Inn's award-winning food will ensure no one goes hungry. Treat yourself to a lavish three course meal or enjoy some proper pub favourites.

Rural view of The Cotley Inn, Somerset from an elevated position looking across fields to the pub in the background. Gold winner of the Pub of the Year in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022

This upmarket pub nestled in the Yorkshire Dale is home to an award-winning restaurant that uses ingredients from the its kitchen garden.

The bar area at The Devonshire Arms at Pillsey, Derbyshire, showing bench seating and dining room tables and chairs, exposed stone walls and a stone fireplace in the background. Bronze winner of the Pub of the Year in the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2022

Mentioned in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles, this 16th-century coaching inn in Dorset is nothing short of charming and houses an award-winning restaurant serving exceptional seasonal dishes.

Outside view of the Acorn Inn

This vegetarian and vegan-friendly pub in a pretty Suffolk village serves the likes of roasted mushroom wellington and smoked almond tofu laksa in quaint surroundings.

The Walnut Tree

The oldest inn on the Isle of Skye takes food and drink very seriously. You’ll find scallops from Skye and Scottish salmon and game on the menu as well as 130 single malt whiskeys to choose from.

The Stein Inn