15TH CENTURY FREE HOUSE

Celebrating the bounty of the land, the rhythm of the seasons and the joy of barley and hops.

Our menu

Gorgeous though the pub is, it’s the food that really sets us apart. Under the guidance and meticulous eye of chef Gary Jarvis, the kitchen puts out some of the finest pub food imaginable table, including vegetarian and vegan options. With a deep belief in the importance of sustainability, all dishes are prepared using locally sourced, home-grown and foraged seasonal ingredients.

Favourite dishes include the homemade Shortcrust Steak Pie and truffle-poached chicken. Fish lovers can choose from their famous beer-battered fish and chips or delight in the flavours of the fillet of stone bass served with a mussel beurre blanc, while their vegetarian and vegan dishes will tempt even the most hardened carnivores – the roast cauliflower steak in a coconut broth and beetroot tricolour salad are a must-try.

As well as the a la carte menu, on Sundays we also cook three different kinds of roast with all the traditional trimmings.

Take a sneaky peak

The Bottle house is a beautiful Kentish treasure in the heart of ancient English countryside, surrounded by castles and beautiful country walks.

Inside our historic 15th century building there are plenty of cosy nooks and curiosities… a copper topped bar, art and antiques, real fires and a fantastic ‘Captain’s Cabin’ themed private room.

Have a look around, we look forward to welcoming you.

New Wine of the Month! 🎺🎺 La Purisima Blanco ~ From the  Murcia Plateau in southern Spain, this is a richly textured and aromatic blend (Macabeo 70%, Sauvignon Blanc 30%) delivering intense floral and citrus notes through to a balanced palate with elegant freshness on the finish… 🥂🥂🌤️

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These little pillows of gorgeousness are our new favourite obsession 😊 smoked haddock croquettes with lemon & olive mayonnaise. A ridiculously good starter! 🍻🥂🍻

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Adapting with the seasons is key to what we do at The Bottle House, but some dishes feature throughout the year. Ladies and gentlemen, 🎺 allow me to introduce roast pork belly with wild mushroom risotto, mushroom purée, leek and jus… 🍻🍻🥂

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Will you be ours? ❤️ Join us this Valentine’s evening for this exquisite tasting menu at just £68 per person. It’s a true labour of love for the kitchen, so can we ask you to book and pre-order by Monday 12th? 🥂Hope to see you here! 🥂

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Roses are ready,
Violets are blue,
Reserve a table at The Bottle
For our Valentine’s menu
🥂🌹🥂

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Don’t miss Clea Lewellyn this evening from 7pm 🎶🍻🥂
Lunch sorted ~ A selection of cured meats, ham hock terrine, served with roasted beetroot, pickles and fresh homemade bread… 🍻🥂🎺

#locallunch #publunch #lunchideas #charcuterie #charcuterieboard #countryfood #hamhockterrine #countrylunch #lunchdate #chef_jarvis87
Chef Jarvis is at it again - introducing his latest dish on our lunch menu: seafood tagliatelle with squid, prawns, clams and mussels in a cream, tomato and garlic chilli sauce. Tastes even better than it looks! 🧡🥂🍻

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Another winter smasher from Chef Jarvis - fillet of Stone Bass with spiced carrot, lovage, kale, heritage and crushed potato. One bite and we were utterly won over - hook line and sinker… 🔥🍻🥂

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January blues? Beat them with pop, jazz, folk, swing, American songbook and more. Yes - the new season of Friday Night Live kicks off tonight. First up is Jez Harley, who’ll be performing from 7pm 🎶🔥🍻 Come on down!

#tunbridgewells #penshurst #locallivemusic #kentlivemusic #fridaynightlive
Here’s a dish that will warm your cockles (and who doesn’t need a bit of cockle-comforting at this time of year?): sage gnocchi with creamed Brussels sprouts, butternut squash and parmesan. So good, you’ll wish January lasted longer… 🧡☺️

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A very Happy New Year to all our friends and neighbours! The Bottle’s been temporarily recorked to give our fabulous team time to recover after an intense month – reopening on the 10th of January. See you all soon! 👋

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✨We’re looking more festive with each passing day. Huge thanks to the Highfields Estate head gardener for the sensational wreath she conjured up for us. Well done Whitney - you’re definitely on our nice list! 🎺🎺🎺

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✨ Holidays are coming; holidays are coming… How many sleeps til you tuck into your Bottle House Christmas dinner?? ✨🥂🥂🍻🎺 

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Chef Jarvis thought we could all do with a bit of cheering up as the thermometers plummet, so came up with this little beauty: blackberry parfait with blackberry and vanilla jelly, pickled blackberries, apple purée and honeycomb. Roll up, roll up - get it while it’s cold… 🥂✨

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New seasonal dishes just keep coming! 🍂 Fillet of Stone Bass with our very local Highfields estate bok choy and kale with crushed potato, seaweed and a mussel beurre blanc 🎺🎺🎺🥂🥂

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What our customers say about us

A MUST. What a wonderful place! Fabulous food in a characterful pub dating back to 1492. The Larkin Ale, brewed just down the road was exceptional. Delightful service and atmosphere!

Perfect pub lunch! Great food - lovely pie and mash, delicious Caesar salad, simple but really nice bread as starter, friendly and welcoming staff, excellent service. Nice rose, lovely pint of Harvey’s bitter. Sunny pub garden. Ideal!

This wasn't our planned stop, for walking in this fantastic area of natural beauty. Despite not having a reservation, the two of us were given a warm welcome and seated on a good sized table for two. This is clearly a great place to eat. So for a larger group I'd suggest making a reservation. I will be returning again.

Beautiful country pub with real character, fantastic staff and extremely good quality food. The burger is as good as they come, the food is clearly given consideration, skill and high quality ingredients. I have been here quite a few times and this place is consistently very good.

Had a lovely evening meal with my siblings as treating mum for her 75th. Food and service was exceptional. Also has a lovely outside seating area where you can listen to the sounds of the countryside and watch the world go by...

We had booked the room above the pub for a birthday celebration and had a wonderful evening, the room has lots of character and the set menu devised was very well received. Everybody loved the food (and drink!) and the service friendly. What more can you ask. Well done The Bottle House!

Upcoming Events

Friday Night Live – Mike Wilton

Mike Wilton returns this Friday evening with his brilliant acoustic set. He’ll be playing an eclectic mix of popular songs from the 60’s and 70’s through to the present day. Walk-ins are welcome to pull up a bench and enjoy the show or to book your spot call 01892 870306.

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Friday Night Live – Mike Wilton

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Friday Night Live – David Mumford

Uplifting songs and inspiring cover versions from the likes of Billy Joel, Don Maclean, Simon & Garfunkel, The Beatles, Elvis Costello and more! David has supported Joan Armatrading, Tim Burgess, and the Dylan Project. Walk-ins are welcome to pull up a bench and enjoy the show or to book your spot call 01892 870306.

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Friday Night Live – David Mumford

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Friday Night Live – John Whitehorne

A rare opportunity to see frontman of The Varlies winging it on his own with a bit of strumming and a small amount of loop pedal. Walk-ins are welcome to pull up a bench and enjoy the show or to book your spot call 01892 870306.

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Friday Night Live – John Whitehorne

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