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Ancient pub with courtyard and lovely gardens

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Wheelchair access

The former weavers’ village of Smarden has around 200 buildings of architectural and historical interest, one of which is the clapboarded 14th-century Chequers Inn. Its beautiful landscaped garden features a large carp pond and an attractive south-facing courtyard. Ales brewed by Harvey's, Sharp's, Fuller's, Wadworth and the Old Dairy Brewery are served in the low-beamed bars. Seasonal ingredients are sourced locally for the menus of traditional and modern food. Typical of the restaurant choices are starters of potted ham with piccalilli; home-made Scotch egg; whole lemon sole, lemon and caper butter, green vegetables and new potatoes; and pie of the day. If you're hungry on a Sunday, the roast is served between 12 and 5 pm.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Lunch: all week 12–2.30
  • Dinner: Monday 6–8, Tuesday to Saturday 6–9, Sunday 12–5

Food and drink

  • Set menu available
  • Restaurant menu available

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • High chairs


  • Ramp access available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From Maidstone take A229. Left through Sutton Valence and Headcorn. Left signed Smarden. Pub in village centre.

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