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 Aiken Family and manager Paul Hammond 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.
Our menu will always be based around pub classics like the ‘Larkins Beer Battered Cod’, ‘Bottle House Steak Burger’ or ‘Chefs Shortcrust Pie of the Day’ but our menu constantly moves with the seasons.
We make changes to the chefs specials on a weekly basis to take advantage of seasonal produce and what is particularly recommended by our local suppliers. For example, in May we always offer locally grown asparagus from Groombridge or rhubarb from our own kitchen garden; in the shooting season there may be pheasant or other local game and at Christmas time there could well be chestnut and sage soup.
We are committed to sourcing our produce as locally as possible and to grow and forage it ourselves, whenever we can. This means that our menu is just brimming with local flavour.
We very much look forward to welcoming you.