Ancient country pub with rambling rooms, open fires, interesting local ales and smashing food; bedrooms
The good pub guide review
With its rustic tables, old beams and blazing log fire in winter, coupled with excellent food and good choice of drinks, this a very welcoming place to spend a few hours. You can also spend the night: in individually designed, split-level suites in a purpose-built barn, with good views and tasty breakfasts. The relaxed hop-draped bar and dining rooms ramble around, up and down, with open fires in brick fireplaces, interesting pictures, books on shelves, farmhouse and other nice old dining chairs around a mix of pine or dark wood tables on bare boards, and the odd milk churn dotted about; background music. There are four Kentish ales on handpump from brewers such as Hopdaemon, Old Dairy, Ramsgate Gadds, Wantsum, Westerham and Whitstable (August beer festival), 16 wines by the glass, six local ciders and a wide selection of gins, malt whiskies and rums. There are picnic-sets on a simple terrace overlooking the village green below. They also have pitches for Camping and Caravanning Club members.
The good pub guide food review
Imaginative food using the best local produce and cooked by the landlord includes lunchtime rolls and seasonal daily specials, plus seared scallops with green beans, pickled fennel, pink grapefruit and caper beurre noisette, ham hock and chorizo terrine with celeriac rémoulade, Sicilian fish stew, burger with bacon jam, brie, slaw and chips, a pie of the day, Buccleuch fillet steak with cherry tomatoes, king oyster mushrooms, watercress salad and triple-cooked chips, and puddings such as coffee burnt cream with almond biscotti and poached pear and ginger cheesecake with crystallised ginger and honey yoghurt sorbet.