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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Creeper-clad stone gables and arched windows mark out this imposing building as something special. There’s a touch of Victorian Gothic about this eye-catching pub, built originally as a hunting lodge. The grandeur remains inside too, with open fires, bare boards, scrubbed old tables and a hop-bine dressed bar groaning with venerable hand pumps. The separate clubroom has comfy settees, log-burner and a baby grand just itching to be played. It’s a popular destination for seafood lovers, with ever-changing dishes filling the specials board. A starter of duck rillettes; or half a pint of shell-on prawns could be followed by grilled skate wing with caper butter; or whole crab salad. If you really want to push the boat out, and the time of year is right, ask for the fruits de mer – just give the chef 24 hours’ notice. Drinkers are rewarded with a fine cellar, plus a selection of Kentish ales and ciders.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 26-27 Dec
  • Days closed: Sun eve
  • Opening times: Mon-Fri 11.30-3.30 6-11 (Sat 9am-11pm Sun 12-4)
  • Lunch opening: Mon-Fri 12-2.30, Sat 12-3, Sun 12-4
  • Dinner opening: Mon-Sat 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Goacher's Best Dark Ale, Gold Star Ale, Old Ale, Dering Ale
  • Real ciders: Biddenden, Hush Heath Jake's Orchard, Wise Owl

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted


  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden


  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions
  • Family room available


  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

M20 junct 8, A20 to Ashford. Right onto B2077 at Charing to Pluckley

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