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Family-run free house serving locally caught fish

At a glance

Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year

In the historic village of Appledore, this free house has a rotating selection of ales and ciders, as well as 35 wines by the glass. Ray and Sandra Cottingham have run The Black Lion for the past 21 years and they have built up a great reputation for their food, especially local fish. A typical meal might include tiger prawns sautéed with garlic, ginger and spring onion; grilled lemon sole with peas and potatoes; and Romney Marsh lamb pie. Time a visit for a bank holiday, when the chefs cook a giant paella and pig roast on the pub’s forecourt.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: Monday to Thursday 11.30-3, Friday to Saturday 11.30-9.30, Sunday 12-9
  • Dinner: Monday to Thursday 6-9.30, Friday to Saturday 11.30-9.30, Sunday 12-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales available: Tonbridge Rustic, Sharp's Doom Bar, Goacher's
  • Real ciders: Biddenden, Thatchers

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
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