Pubby bar, real ales, decent food and relaxed feel; downstairs brasserie (wonderful fish and shellfish) and seats on sunny back terrace

The good pub guide review

This lively, easy-going, street-level bar offers exceptional seafood, an unusually large choice of drinks and a homely interior decked out with lots of signs and memorabilia ' no wonder it's so popular. Harveys Best, Larkins Traditional and a local guest from the likes or Long Man and Tonbridge are well kept on handpump and there's a constantly changing range of craft beers, fruit beers, lagers and ciders, 30 wines by the glass and an extensive range of spirits, all served by helpful staff. Comfortably worn leather sofas, armchairs and pews sit around all sorts of tables on bare boards, and do note the particularly fine collection of rare enamel signs and antique brewery mirrors plus old prints, framed cigarette cards and lots of old wine bottles and soda siphons. There's a big flatscreen TV (for rugby only), background music and board games. Downstairs is a sizeable function room with french windows that lead out to an inviting suntrap deck.

The good pub guide food review

Good value, tasty food includes sandwiches, snacks such as cockles and devilled anchovies, shell-on Greenland prawns, garlic and chilli crevettes, fish soup with rouille, lobster (half, whole, thermidor), mussels cooked various ways, haddock and smoked salmon fishcakes with spinach and horseradish sauce and chips, burger (vegan, chicken, prawn, cod or beef) with toppings and chips, Cajun chicken salad, and puddings.

2021 Awards

Contact Details

Sankeys, 39 Mount Ephraim, Tunbridge Wells, Kent, TN4 8AA

(01892) 511422

Opening Hours

Weekdays: 12-11; 12-1am Thurs, Fri

Saturday: 12-1

Sunday: 12-11