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Great Country Pubs Triumph in the South East

January 30, 2013



Great Country Pubs Triumph in the South East


Trying to find that idyllic pub for lunch in the English countryside has just got a whole lot easier. Tourism South East’s website,, helps visitors choose and find the best country pubs in the nine counties that this Regional Tourist Board looks after: Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Isle of Wight, Hampshire, Surrey, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire.


This attractive, easy to use website was designed to support and raise the profile of this national institution. We should all be proud of this endangered British establishment that is the ‘country pub’, and the Great Country Pub website is an excellent representation of this.


Apart from meeting the criteria laid down by the scheme, one thing Great Country Pubs all have in common is excellent food. Britain has come a long way since lunch at the pub consisted of the traditional pie and pint. There is now some seriously great food coming out from behind the bar and the standard of cooking in country pubs is reaching new heights. This is largely due to the quality of local produce that goes into the dishes and the standard of talented chefs now employed by many businesses.


Browse and discover the perfect place for your next lunch rendezvous – we have many wonderful pubs on board.


The Red Lion at Boldre in the New Forest is a quintessential village pub dating back to the 15th century and mentioned in the Domesday Book. All manner of copper objects are suspended from the low-beamed ceilings, old prints cover the white-textured walls and period lanterns and candles light the rambling snug areas warmed by log fires – looking like something straight out of a Charles Dickens novel. The Chefs here delight in creating simple homemade meals where the flavour is paramount using only the best local seasonal produce.


Ye Olde George Inn in East Meon, a cream-painted, 15th-century coaching inn peeping out from under a steep tiled roof with the River Meon running by the side, is the ideal spot for lunch. The surrounding area is blessed with a wealth of local suppliers offering free-range and organic produce, and the kitchen takes full advantage of these wonderful local ingredients.


Attention all you ‘ladies that lunch’ out there! If you come across any little gems on your travels that have escaped our notice and that measure up to our criteria, we would love to hear about them so we can invite them to join Great Country Pubs.


Great Country Pubs is funded by The Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) through DEFRA and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development: Europe investing in rural areas.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. February 4, 2013 8:34 pm

    Thank you for the suggestion Marilyn!

  2. February 4, 2013 6:20 pm

    Try The Newton Arms in Braishfield. VERY basic but fresh and delicious.

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