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Family-friendly free house in the heart of the Kentish Weald

At a glance

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

Tucked away along a lane in a tranquil hamlet is this eye-catching Kentish weatherboard inn. Over 400 years old, it displays equally appealing character in the range of rooms that cater well both for drinkers – beers from the ever-reliable Harvey's Brewery are stocked – and diners. With beams and trusses; open fires and stone floors; country furniture and very eclectic decor, there's a relaxed atmosphere here. This spreads informally through the three dining areas; whilst an orangery and secluded terrace suggest undertones of the Mediterranean linking to the peaceful beer garden. The menus combine classic English dishes with a dash of French brasserie-style cooking. Offering starters like seared pigeon and fig salad; mains run to Kentish wild boar burger with fried duck egg, streaky bacon, smoked cheddar and pickled red cabbage; or beer-battered fish and chips. Accompanying a meal can be Kentish cider and wines, and the pub hosts a beer festival every year.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11.30-11
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-3, Saturday to Sunday 12-9.45
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6-9.45, Saturday to Sunday 12-9.45

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Harvey's, Sharp's Doom Bar, Guinness
  • Real ciders: Biddenden, Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Events

  • Beer festival

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in restaurant
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

Just off A229 between Cranbrook and Hawkhurst

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