Pubby beamed rooms of considerable individuality, log fires, imaginative food and big, pretty garden; well appointed bedrooms
The good pub guide review
This characterful, cosy old inn is an ideal base for visiting the gardens at nearby Sissinghurst (National Trust). The small, low-beamed bar and dining rooms are civilised but informal with plenty of character. They're simply done out with plain wooden furniture and old settles on flagstones and coir matting, some harness and sporting prints on the stripped-brick walls and good log fires. Their own Chimneys Ale (from Goachers) plus Harveys Best on handpump, 18 wines by the glass from a good list, local Biddenden's cider and nine malt whiskies; background music in the restaurants. The candlelit bare-boards restaurant has rustic décor and french windows that open into an extended conservatory looking over seats in the pretty garden, where raised beds contain herbs and other produce for the kitchen. At the front of the building is an enclosed open-air dining courtyard. There are four comfortable bedrooms, each with their own terrace.
The good pub guide food review
Highly thought-of food includes ploughman's, grilled mackerel fillet with salsa and garlic aioli, pigeon breast with celeriac purée and blackberries, hake fillet with cannellini beans, roasted cherry tomatoes and chorizo dressing, courgette and tomato ragoût with grilled halloumi, pork and sage sausages with creamed potatoes and port and red onion gravy, caramelised onion, courgette and tomato tartlet with grilled goats cheese and black olive tapenade, guinea fowl breast with braised peas, broad beans and Jersey Royal potatoes, and puddings such as dark chocolate délice on praline base with pistachio ice-cream and vanilla pannacotta with raspberry coulis.