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At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Restaurant menu
Open all year
Garden
Dog friendly

About half-way between Faversham and Whitstable, this single-gabled 18th-century village inn stands amid wooded hills and fruit orchards – this is the Garden of England, after all. Its matchboarded, wooden-floored interior is warmed by a log-burner, creating agreeably comfortable surroundings in which to enjoy a Shepherd Neame ale and AA-Rosette food. A fixed price menu gives ample choice at each stage. Start perhaps with whitebait and tartare sauce; continue with roast turkey breast with roast potatoes and parsnips, buttered carrots and greens; and finish with chocolate chip and orange bread and butter pudding. The carte may proffer home-made salmon fishcake, followed by golonka – the Polish term for ham hock, cooked in Kentish ale and served with home-made sauerkraut. Outside is a gorgeous cottage garden complete, appropriately, with dovecote and doves; and a pitch for summer games of ‘bat and trap’, an old pub game that survives in Kent.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Days closed: Mon
  • Opening times: Mon-Sat all day (Sun 12-6)
  • Lunch opening: Wed-Sat 12-2.30
  • Dinner opening: Wed-Sat 6.30-9

Food and drink

  • Restaurant menu available
  • Real ales: Master Brew, Spitfire, Whitstable Pale Ale, seasonal ales

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

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

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

6m from Canterbury; 4m from Whitstable. Phone for detailed directions

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