The Acorn Inn in Tenbury Wells in Worcestershire took the silver award in the Visit England rankings.
The team said: “Mentioned in Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the d’Urbervilles as ‘The Sow & Acorn’, this 16th-century coaching inn is nothing short of charming.
“As well as its huge whisky and gin collection, the rural village pub houses an award-winning restaurant, cosy bar, 10 bedrooms, skittle alley and beer garden in the heart of the Dorset countryside.“
A reviewer said: “A wee gem of an Inn, located in a very leafy village. Food is outstanding and the rooms very comfortable.”