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Robust Anglo-French cooking with good ale and wines to match

At a glance

AA Pick of the Pubs
Bar menu
Open all year
Garden
Dog friendly
Free Wi-Fi

Built more than 300 years ago, original elements of this country roadside pub are reflected in the quirky stuffed boar’s head mounted above the huge brick-built fireplace. Leather sofas, wingback and parlour chairs mix easily with the rustic look and chunky wooden furniture, whilst the eye is taken by a mural illustrating the well-established wine-making craft in the area. The pub is next door to one of England’s oldest vineyards and there’s a carefully chosen wine list and 20 served by the glass. Fans of the hop are rewarded with firkins from microbreweries such as Old Dairy. From the kitchen comes a pleasing mix of top-notch traditional English and regional French brasserie dishes: seared king scallops with shallot purée, apple crisps and lambs lettuce to start, then wild duck breast with rösti potato, artichoke purée, baby courgette, radish, chilli and lime salad; or south coast sea bass fillet with mussels, celeriac, seared gnocchi and an apple and chive sauce, finishing with mango cheesecake with blood orange sorbet.

Opening hours

  • Open all year
  • Open all week
  • Open all day
  • Opening times: 11.30-11
  • Lunch: Monday to Friday 12-6, Saturday to Sunday 12-9.30
  • Dinner: Monday to Friday 6-9.45, Saturday to Sunday 12-9.30

Food and drink

  • Real ales available: Sharp's Doom Bar, Harvey's, Old Dairy
  • Real ciders: Aspall

Price guide

  • Credit cards accepted

Facilities

  • Parking available
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Garden

Children

  • Children welcome
  • Children's portions

Dogs

  • Dog friendly
  • Allowed in bar
  • Allowed in garden

Getting here

From A21 follow brown Vineyard signs onto B2169 towards Lamberhurst. Left, continue to follow Vineyard signs. Straight on at crossroads, pub on right

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