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Good food and bags of character

At a glance

Bar menu
Open all year
Kids play area
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

In the 18th century this charming free house was the infamous headquarters for a gang of smugglers who hid their casks of tea in the passages between the cellar and Groombridge Place, later home to Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Doyle made this 16th-century pub his local and today, its low beams and an inglenook fireplace are the setting for some great food and drink. Favourites include trio of local pork sausages, mash, kale and red onion gravy; beer battered fish and chips, peas and home-made tartare sauce, and daily specials based on fresh local produce. Eat alfresco during the summer months.

Opening hours

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

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


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


  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Take A264 west of Tunbridge Wells, then B2110 south.

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