Handsome old building with lots of character, plenty to look at, six real ales and enjoyable modern food
Good Pub Guide Recommended
This 500-year-old former farmhouse has been cleverly opened up and extended with standing timbers and doorways keeping some sense of separate rooms. Throughout, there are heavy beams (some carved), panelling, rugs on wooden floors and woodburning stoves and open fires in three fireplaces (the linenfold carved bressumer above one is worth seeking out). Also, all manner of individual dining chairs around dark wood or copper-topped tables, lots of pictures, maps and photographs relating to the local area, and window sills crammed with toby jugs, stone and glass bottles and plants. Phoenix Brunning & Price Original, Hurst Founders Best Bitter, Larkins Traditional, Long Man Best Bitter, Old Dairy Red Top, Tonbridge Coppernob and Westerham Grasshopper on handpump, 15 wines by the glass and 70 malt whiskies; daily papers, board games and background music. There are a few picnic-sets in front of the building and teak furniture on the back terrace, next to the newer dining extension with its large windows, light oak rafters, beams and coir flooring.
Good Pub Guide Food
Interesting food includes sandwiches, ham hock and tarragon croquettes with piccalilli, crispy beef salad with chilli, watermelon and cashews, crab quiche with horseradish and crème fraîche potato salad, pork and leek sausages with red wine and onion gravy, braised lamb shoulder with dauphinoise potatoes and rosemary gravy, sea trout with gnocchi, clams and seaweed butter, and puddings such as dark chocolate brownie with salted caramel ice-cream and bread and butter pudding with apricot sauce.
Good Pub Guide Information
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