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Charming free house on the Pilgrim’s Way

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Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year

Tucked beneath the North Downs on the Pilgrim’s Way, this 18th-century former forge welcomes guests with an open log fire in the colder months. Dine in the conservatory restaurant that has garden views or in the cosy candlelit restaurant. Real ales change weekly and the kitchen uses local ingredients in fish or meat sharing plates, or in mains like roast beef, stuffing and Yorkshire pudding; or slow-roasted belly of pork and stuffed loin of pork, served with carrot purée, black pudding mashed potatoes, stuffed cabbage leaf and cider and apple sauce; a daily-changing specials board adds to the choices.

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Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12-6
  • Dinner: all week 6-10

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Greene King IPA, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Westerham Grasshopper, Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Black Sheep
  • Real ciders: Biddenden

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M20 junction 7, A249, right into Detling. Turn opposite Cock Horse Pub into Pilgrim's Way

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