A wonderful blend of the traditional and modern
A 15th Century Free House in the heart of the Kent countryside – celebrating the bounty of the seasons and the joy of barley and hops.
Our menu is seasonal and relies on local produce of the highest quality, served by friendly and knowledgable staff. Enjoy our large garden terrace with a covered and heated oak-beamed pergola, or the copper-topped bar, cosy nooks and fire inside. Local draught beer and a wine list that has been tailor-made for the pub… We look forward to welcoming you!
Absolutely incredible place! Delicious food, great atmosphere, friendly and helpful staff. Nothing is too much for the team here and they go the extra mile to ensure you've had the best time!
The Ross & Aiken Families are rightly proud of their pub’s long history – the building dates back to 1492 and various owners have had licences to sell beers and ciders from the premises since 1808 – but they also work tirelessly to provide the very best experience for today’s discerning visitors.
With its restored exterior, large terrace with 21 tables and a much-loved garden, the pub is a handsome sight from outside, while inside it’s an absolute gem. Throughout the pub, ancient beams have been sand-blasted back to their original, natural glory, while exposed brickwork and neutrally painted walls give the whole place a warm, convivial feel. Behind the copper-covered bar you’ll find a range of beers, including local, traditional hand-pumped beers, an exceptional wine cellar and our homemade collection of flavoured liquors.
Gorgeous though the pub is, it’s the food that really sets the place 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 temp 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 they also cook three different kinds of roast with all the traditional trimmings.
We very much look forward to welcoming you.