Friendly country pub with a fine log fire, well liked food, fair choice of drinks and seats in a pretty garden
The good pub guide review
This attractive white-painted old pub is just the place to relax after a good walk; indeed, the Greensand Way footpath is nearby. The location ' nicely placed on high ground above the Weald ' is very restful, and in warm weather the hop-covered terrace and shrub-filled garden are extremely welcoming. The homely bar has attentive and convivial licensees, standing timbers and a few low beams (some hung with hops), copper kettles and pans on windowsills, and nice horsebrasses on the fireplace's bressumer beam; two leather sofas are set beside the splendid inglenook fireplace with its lovely log fire. A side area, furnished more functionally for eating, extends into the opened-up beamed dining room with a range in another inglenook and more horsebrasses. Shepherd Neame Master Brew and guests such as Shepherd Neame Spitfire and Whitstable Bay Pale Ale on handpump and 16 wines by the glass; background music. The village church is worth a look.
The good pub guide food review
Enjoyable food includes lunchtime sandwiches, tiger prawns in garlic, chilli and ginger butter, sloe gin pigeon with blackberry dressing, pork and mushroom stroganoff with tomato, paprika and basmati rice, a pie of the day, Thai fish curry with tiger prawns and crispy cod, duck breast with apple and calvados sauce and boulangère potatoes, roasted courgette with pepper, pine nut, breadcrumb and cheese stuffing, salmon fillet with braised lettuce, peas, samphire and crab, and puddings such as crème brûlée and sticky toffee pudding with ice-cream.