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In Kent’s Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

At a glance

Bar menu
Garden
Kids play area

One night in 1889, Hammond John Smith, a local farmer, was drinking in this rambling, low-beamed 16th-century inn, with two others, when an increasingly fierce argument about who could cut an acre of corn the fastest ultimately led to his murder. The reason for mentioning this is that his ghost still occasionally gets up to mischief here, which sounds like a very good reason to visit. Packed with character imparted by the inglenooks, horse brasses and corn dollies, the hop-draped bar offers Harvey's, Adnams and a guest real ale, plus Westons cider. Descend to the restaurant for home-cooked fish pie; lamb shank; steak and kidney pudding; wild mushroom risotto; or a selection of burgers, any of which Belgian cinnamon waffles would follow perfectly. The flower-festooned garden is tailor-made for summer eating and drinking.

Opening hours

  • Closed: 25–26 December evening, 1 January evening
  • Days closed: Monday (excluding bank holidays)
  • Opening times: 12–3 6.30–11 (Saturday 12–4.30, Sunday 12–6)
  • Lunch: Tuesday to Friday 12–2, Saturday to Sunday 12–3.30
  • Dinner: Tuesday to Saturday 6.30–9

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Garden
  • Coach parties welcome, notice required
  • Wedding receptions

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's menu
  • Play area available
  • High chairs
  • Baby change

Dogs

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

Getting here

From A28 right at Badgers Hill, left at end. 1st left signed Perry Wood.

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