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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Oak-beamed wayside pub, strong on Kentish produce

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Wines by the glass

High up on the North Downs, with far-reaching views, stands this 15th-century, timber-framed, Wealden hall house. Dining takes place in both a cosy pubby area, where an impressive list of past landlords is displayed, and a second space, more restaurant-like, yet still informal. Dishes are simply described and simply presented, as for example, smoked salmon pâté, brown crab mayo and guacamole; slow-cooked marinated pork belly, heritage carrots, beetroot and baked apple purée; and monkfish tails, baby vegetables, Anya potatoes and shellfish bisque. Cambridge burnt cream - Trinity College's own version of crème brûlée - with lemon curd and meringues rounds things off well.

Opening hours

  • Days closed: Mon
  • Closed for dinner: Sun
  • Lunch served from: 12
  • Lunch served until: 2
  • Dinner served from: 6
  • Dinner served until: 9

Chef

  • Chef: Richard Baker

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: British
  • Vegetarian dishes available
  • Wines under £30: 23
  • Wines over £30: 6
  • Wines by the glass: 12

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