60 best pubs for good value food in the UK: from charming pies in the country to authentic Thai food and ale

Taken from the The Good Pub Guide, out now on Ebury Press

White Horse

Hedgerley, Buckinghamshire

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This charming country pub, with its exposed brickwork, low beams and log fire, is a hit with its patrons. There’s a wide range of beers and a pie of the day.

01753 643225, thewhitehorsehedgerley.co.uk


Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Set in one-acre of beautiful countryside, The Crown welcomes those in search of a quiet drink and a bite to eat. The menu features the “Buck’s Bite” – a sort of hot ham and pickle melt.

01494 862571, thecrownlittlemissenden.co.uk

Brewery Tap

Peterborough, Cambridgeshire

Own-brewed ales and authentic Thai food – it’s an unique mix that’s proved popular. The lunchtime specials are served with Thai fries, rice or noodles.

01733 35850, thebrewery-tap.com


Aston, Cheshire

Tucked away in the countryside, visitors hail the Bhurtpore’s range of whiskies, gins and rums. Scampi and chips, salads and hot sandwiches are a hit with diners.

01270 780917, bhurtpore.co.uk

White Lion

Barthomley, Cheshire

“Timeless” and “cosy” describes this 17th Century tavern. Sausage and mash and steak and Guinness pie are among the flagship dishes.

01270 882242, whitelion-barthomley.co.uk


Chester, Cheshire

First World War memorabilia helps create the spirit in this three-room pub. “Trench rations” include boiled gammon and pease pudding. Or try the curry.

01244 340345, albioninnchester.co.uk

Old Dungeon Ghyll

Langdale, Cumbria

The perfect place for walkers to wind down after a hike. The kitchen at the Old Dungeon Ghyll, in the breathtaking Lake District, prepares traditional pub fare including a crowd-pleasing Potpie.

015394 37272, odg.co.uk

The Crown, Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire
The Crown, Little Missenden, Buckinghamshire

Eagle & Child

Staveley, Cumbria

The Eagle & Child, in the picturesque Kentmere Valley, boasts an impressive range of local beers and homemade food. Traditional meat and vegetarian mains cater to the lunchtime crowd.

01539 821320, eaglechildinn.co.uk

Church Inn

Chelmorton, Derbyshire

Dating back to 1742, the Church Inn is your quintessential English pub. Much of the food is sourced and produced locally. Breaded scampi and the vegetable crumble are popular with noon diners.

01298 85319, thechurchinn.co.uk

Flying Childers

Stanton in Peak, Derbyshire

With its dark walls, log fire and unobtrusive music, this snug pub is a hit with locals and visitors alike. The landlady cooks the meals and dishes include hearty soups, casseroles and burgers. There are vegetarian options, too.

01629 636333, flyingchilders.com

Drake Manor

Buckland Monachorum, Devon

Brocade-cushioned seats and nautical-style badges add to the charm of this village pub. Roast winter veg and feta cheese tart is rated on the seasonal menu.

01822 853892, drakemanorinn.co.uk

Dodbrooke Inn

Kingsbridge, Devon

Take a seat at a woodbeam table and settle down for lunch at this easy-going pub. The fair value food includesbeer-battered fish (served with chips and a wide range of sandwiches.

01548 852068, facebook.com/dodbrookeinn

The Highbury Vaults, Bristol
The Highbury Vaults, Bristol

Digby Tap

Sherborne, Dorset

A short distance from the golden-stone Sherborne Abbey, this traditional ale house is warm and welcoming. Three-egg omelettes, burgers and liver and bacon are among the lunchtime options.

01935 813148, digbytap.co.uk

Red Lion

Weymouth, Dorset

Shipping artefacts and timber walls are a nod to the lifeboatmen who once frequented here. And diners are spoilt for choice with sharing plates, deep-filled sandwiches and gluten-free options, too.

01305 786940, theredlionweymouth.co.uk

Green Man

Wimborne Minster, Dorset

This town tavern ticks all the boxes for lovers of cosy pubs near the coast: gorgeous food, great decor and top service. Lunch is served until 4pm and the Green Man burger is a hit with customers.

01202 881021, greenmanwimborne.com

The Crown

Little Warden, Essex

An attractive country pub, The Crown is a short distance from the picturesque Saffron Walden. Lunchtime sandwiches span crayfish tails to hot minted lamb.

01799 522475, thecrownlittlewalden.co.uk

White Hart

Margaretting Tye, Essex

The owners of this cheery traditional pub take pride in its “legendary dishes”. Diners can treat themselves to deep-fried scampi or a selection of sandwiches, including vegetarian and gluten-free.

01277 840478, thewhitehart.uk.com

Dipton Mill Inn, Dipton Mill, Northamptonshire
Dipton Mill Inn, Dipton Mill, Northamptonshire


Oldbury-on-Severn, Gloucestershire

Settle down on one of the cushioned seats at this neat lounge in the Gloucestershire countryside, and tuck into a ciabatta sandwich or a homemade burger.

01454 413331, anchorinn-oldbury.co.uk

Butchers Arms

Sheepscombe, Gloucestershire

You’ll want to kick-back at this welcoming pub after a long walk. Delft shelves, lined with china cups, and exposed stone walls add to its charm. Light snacks include paninis and a vegan-friendly Risotto.

01452 812113, butchers-arms.co.uk

Yew Tree

Lower Yield, Hampshire

This bustling country pub outside Basingstoke has a superb range of wines and ales. Take a seat by the log fire and enjoy a dish from the fair-priced menu, which features homemade lasagne.

01256 389224, the-yewtree.org.uk

Harrow Steep


This family-run pub has not succumbed to the pressures of modern methods (no credit cards accepted here) however. But customers enjoy the unfussy yet affordable food – homemade soups, quiches and hot Scotch eggs.

01730 262685


Eardisley, Herefordshire

You’re guaranteed a warm welcome at this handsome pub. The roasted beetroot, carrot and caramelised onion tart andthe homemade sirloin burger are rated by lunchtime attendees.

01544 327251,thetraminn.co.uk 

Grainstore, Oakham, Leicestershire
Grainstore, Oakham, Leicestershire

Holly Bush Potters

Crouch, Hertfordshire

This enchanting 17th century pub is great for a long lazy lunch. Deli Platters go down a treat as do the Hollybush Favourites, like oven-baked camembert and smoked mackerel fillets.

01727 851792, thehollybushpub.co.uk

Red Lion

Preston, Hertfordshire

The historic Red Lion, Preston, is the UK’s first community-run pub. Chefs source ingredients locally and the stilton and broccoli bake is one of the more popular lunchtime options.

01462 459585, theredlionpreston.co.uk

Church Inn

Uppermill, Lancashire

Fantastic own-brewed beers and great value food is exactly what you want after a walk on the moor. The homemade lasagne and cheese and onion pies have won plaudits from patrons.

01457 820902, churchinnsaddleworth.co.uk


Oakham, Leicestershire

After a long walk, settle down at this cosy pub with a drink. Among the light bites and traditional pub fare are hearty hot sandwiches and burgers.

01572 770065, grainstorebrewery.com

New Inn

Peggs Green, Leicestershire

You’re guaranteed a warm Irish welcome when you visit this friendly pub, which evokes the atmosphere of a cosy living room. The well-liked, well-priced menu features a selection of filled cobs and toasties.

01530 222293, thenewinnpeggsgreen.co.uk

Queens Head

Kirkby La Thorpe, Lincolnshire

Button-back banquettes and captain’s chairs are part of the Queens Head’s USP. Food is cooked by the landlord and you can order from a selection of sandwiches, omelettes, smoked salmon and eggs benedict.

01529 305743, thequeensheadinn.com

Holly Bush, Potters Crouch, Hertfordshire
Holly Bush, Potters Crouch, Hertfordshire

Kings Arms

Farthingstone, Northamptonshire

Homely sofas? Check. An open log fire? Check. A relaxed atmosphere? Check. There’s not much more you could ask for but the weekend-only lunches (such as filled Yorkshire puddings and casseroles) do hit the spot.

01327 361604, farthingstone.org.uk

Malt Shovel

Northampton, Northamptonshire

Patrons at this city tavern are spoilt for choice with its array of real ales and continental lagers. The lunchtime-only menu features a selection of wraps, jacket potatoes and burgers.

01604 234212, maltshoveltavern.com

Dipton Mill

Inn Diptonmill, Northamptonshire

Ideal if you’re in the area on a woodland walk, this quaint country pub offers soups, sandwiches and meals, like haddock baked with tomato and basil, on its lunch menu.

01434 606577, diptonmill.co.uk

Olde Ship

Seahouses, Northumbria

Maritime memorabilia and shiny brass fittings add character to this fishing harbour pub. Fresh crab salad and homemade vegetable lasagne have been delighting visitors all year round.

01665 720200, seahouses.co.uk

Black Horse

Caythorpe, Nottinghamshire

Homely and uncluttered, this old fashioned pub has five tables and a few bar stools. It’s wise to book ahead and the home-cooked meals include omelettes, sandwiches and mushrooms on toast.

0115 966 3520, caythorpebrewery.co.uk

Old Castle

Bridgnorth, Shropshire

Sitting in the shadow of Bridgnorth Castle, the Old Castle pub has two heavily-beamed dining rooms and log fireplaces. Here, you can indulge in winter favourites like lambs’ liver and belly pork.

01746 711420, oldcastlebridgnorth.co.uk

The Abbotsford, Edinburgh
The Abbotsford, Edinburgh

White Horse

Clun, Shropshire

The own-brewed beers draw customers to this low-beamed bar. Much of the fare is sourced from nearby businesses and punters can tuck into burgers, sausage and mash and homemade Scotch eggs.

01588 418 139, whi-clun.co.uk

Highbury Vaults

Bristol, Somerset

This unpretentious pub is a hit with university students and visitors alike. Vegetable chilli nachos, jacket potatoes and triple cheese Ploughman’s are some of the inexpensive lunches offered here.

0117 973 3203, highburyvaults.co.uk


Churchill, Somerset

This smashing little tavern has resisted a modern makeover and that only adds to its character. Among the lunchtime options are the rare roast beef sandwich and cauliflower cheese.

01934 852995, the-crown-inn.co.uk

Black Horse

Clapton-in-Gordano, Somerset

Enjoy a quiet pint and a bite to eat at this historic pub, with its roaring open fireplace. Beef in red wine is one of its signature dishes.

01275 842105, thekicker.co.uk

Rose and Crown

Huish Episcopi, Somerset

Visitors to this 17th century pub will feel at home in the flagstoned room, where most food and drink is served. Steak-in-ale pie is a lunchtime favourite.

01458 250494

Halfway House

Pitney, Somerset

This charming village local has three old fashioned rooms, underlined by books, maps and newspapers. Four farm ciders and a series of ales can accompany the hearty food, which includes beer battered fish and chips.

01458 252513, thehalfwayhouse.co.uk

Yew Tree

Cauldon, Staffordshire

Billed as a “treasure trove of antiques, curios and music machines”, there’s plenty to see during a visit to this eccentric pub. Pie and mash with gravy is popular but there are veggie options on the menu too.

01538 309876, yewtreeinncauldon.co.uk

Holly Bush

Salt, Staffordshire

Take a pew in this pretty thatched pub and admire the exposed brickwork and small coal fire. Baguettes, burgers and Shepherd’s Pie will help see you through until tea time.

01889 508234, hollybushinn.co.uk

Roast at the Highbury Vaults, Bristol, Somerset
Roast at the Highbury Vaults, Bristol, Somerset


Middleton, Suffolk

Old local photographs and a log farm add character to this 16th century thatched pub in a postcard-pretty area. Ploughman’s lunches and locally-sourced sausages with mustard mash are some of the lunchtime delights.

01728 648286, themiddletonbell.co.uk

Cock Inn

Ringmer, Sussex

Hidden well away from the main road, The Cock Inn is the perfect pitstop after a morning stroll. Fish finger sandwiches and various Ploughman’s lunches are some of the snacks feeding visitors.

01273 812040, cockpub.co.uk

Salehurst Halt

Salehurst, Sussex

This bustling country pub in a quiet hamlet is popular with locals. Most of the food and ale is sourced nearby. Light bites and salads are among lunch options.

01580 880620, www.salehursthalt.co.uk

Old Joint Stock

Birmingham, West midlands

There’s nothing shy about this pub-cum-theatre, where chandeliers hang from the pink and gilt ceiling and ornate busts line the walls. The mix-and-match “social plates” and the sandwich selections cater to the hungry lunchtime crowd.

0121 200 1892, oldjointstocktheatre.co.uk

Blue Boar

Aldbourne, Wiltshire

Stop-off at this traditional pub if you’re in the Marlborough Downs and soak up the chatty, relaxed atmosphere. Pumpkin and parmesan ravioli and steak and kidney pie are a few delights on the midday menu.

01672 540237, theblueboarpub.co.uk


Bretforton, Worcestershire

This medieval pub is packed with eccentric accoutrements that nod to its history. Kick-back with a pint and choose a light bite, such as macaroni cheese or ham with mustard mayo on bloomer bread.

01386 831173, thefleeceinn.co.uk

Crown & Trumpet

Broadway, Worcestershire

Pub games, a wide range of drinks and a blazing log fire are some of the draws at this honest pub. Add the homemade pies to the mix and you’re set for a top lunchtime visit.

01386 853202, crownandtrumpet.co.uk

The Black Bull

Boroughbridge, Yorkshire

An ideal pitstop off the busy A1, The Black Bull has welcomed travellers between England and Scotland for centuries. Refuel with the pie of the day.

01423 322413

Eagle & Child, Staveley, Cumbria
Eagle & Child, Staveley, Cumbria

Strines Inn

Bradfield, Yorkshire

A favourite among walkers, this pub is located in an idyllic spot on the edge of the Peak District. Settle down near the stone fireplace and take a moment to relax with a drink and a steak and ale pie.

0114 285 1247, thestrinesinn.co.uk

Pack Horse

Widdop, Yorkshire

This pub welcomes cyclists, walkers and their dogs – even those with muddy boots and dirty paws. Here, you can choose from homemade soups and paninis.

01422 842803, thepackhorseinn.pub


York, Yorkshire

Convenient for visitors to the National Railway Museum, this city pub has a marvellous collection of old rail signs. Good-value food includes deep-filled baked potatoes and vegetarian lasagne.

01904 655387, maltings.co.uk

Lamb & Flag

Central London

This characterful tavern sits in the heart of London’s theatreland. Sandwiches, sausages rolls and pork pies serve as pre-matinee snacks for show-goers.

0207 497 9504, lambandflagcoventgarden.co.uk

Olde Mitre

Central London

A cost spot away from the crowds, you will be charmed by the antique settles and old pictures. Bar snacks include tasty toasties, Scotch eggs and sausage rolls.

0207 405 4751, yeoldemitreholborn.co.uk


Edinburgh, Scotland

Grab a seat on a leatherette bench and marvel at this city pub’s green and gold moulded ceiling. There’s lots to eat and the breaded fish and chips is a popular dish.

0131 225 5276, theabbotsford.com

New Inn Peggs Green, Leicester
New Inn Peggs Green, Leicester

Guildford Arms

Edinburgh, Scotland

The decadent Victorian decor and variety of real ales are a big draw. If you’re visiting for lunch, sausage and mash, ciabatta sandwiches and prawn and spring onion fritters are some of the treats to try.

0131 556 4312, guildfordarms.com

Kay’s Bar

Edinburgh, Scotland

This cosy and convivial backstreet pub is well-regarded among locals. The lunchtime-only menu is good value and is brimming with stovies, salads, haggis, neeps and tatties.

0131 225 1858, kaysbar.co.uk

Bon Accord

Glasgow, Scotland

Intimate cushioned booths, oak-panelled walls and low lighting help create this charming pub’s atmosphere. And the food is extremely good value, with fish and chips a staple dish.

0141 248 4427, bonaccordweb.co.uk

Blue Anchor

East Aberthaw, Wales

As one of the oldest pubs in Wales, the Blue Anchor is a memorable spot for a drink. Be sure to make room for lunch: the Thai green chicken curry and spinach and ricotta ravioli are among the benchmark meals.

01446 750329, blueanchoraberthaw.com

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