Licensed over 250 years ago, the pub was named after the heads of the local landowning family, the Dukes and Earls of Dorset. The centuries-old building is a jigsaw of styles, with slender chimney stacks, sharp gables, white weatherboarding and worn tiles. The interior doesn’t disappoint with its comfy period mix of flagstoned and oak-boarded floors, vast open fireplace and undulating beams. This is a true village local, with darts, and good Sussex and Kent ales from Harvey’s and Larkins; wines served by the glass include three sparklers. The kitchen’s output is also a major draw, with eggs, sausages and organic beef sourced from the Buckhurst Estate.
Open all year
Open all week
Open all day
Opening times: 12–11 (Sunday 12–10.30)
Lunch: Monday to Friday 12–2.30, Saturday 12–9, Sunday 12–8
Dinner: Monday to Friday 6–9, Saturday 12–9, Sunday 12–8
Credit cards accepted
Coach parties welcome, notice required
Allowed in bar
Allowed in garden
4 miles west of Tunbridge Wells on B2110 between Groombridge and Hartfield.