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Best Pubs in Kent

Whether it is a country pub with a cosy log fire, a Michelin star gastro pub or a historic pub with a seaside vista, Kent has it all. Here is a selection of our favourite pubs.

The Old Neptune

Marine Terrace, Island Wall, Whitstable CT5 1EJ

The Old Neptune, known locally as Neppy, is a cosy, seaside pub that is the subject of many a photo of Whitstable. The pub is located directly on the seafront which is an idyllic spot to spend an hour or two on a sunny afternoon.

The Dirty Habit

Upper Street, Hollingbourne ME17 1UW

The Dirty Habit is a beautiful 11th Century pub situated in the picturesque Kentish village of Hollingbourne and set within a designated area of outstanding natural beauty. Food is served all day and favourites include Baked Camembert, Jack Daniel’s BBQ ribs and Grilled halloumi & butternut squash salad.

The Poet

Matfield TN12 7JH

The Poet in Matfield has recently benefitted from a complete renovation. The restaurant sits within a 17th Century building named after war poet Siegfried Sassoon, who was born and raised in Matfield.

The Milk House

The Milk House, The Street, Sissinghurst, Kent TN17 2JG

Situated in Sissinghurst, The Milk House is a village pub at the heart of the community. A former 16th century hall house, with timber beams and a Tudor fireplace, the pub serves a selection of local beers, cask ales and great wines by the glass, including several from the area’s renowned vineyards.

The Kings Head

Church Street, Wye TN25 5BN

The Kings Head Hotel is located in the historic village of Wye, at the foot of the Downs. They pride themselves on the quality of their food, service and environment. The pub interior is contemporary with soft cream and grey tones offset against chocolate leather banquette seating and stylish lighting.

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The Leicester Arms

High St, Penshurst, Tonbridge TN11 8BT

The Leicester Arms offers beautifully decorated rooms and a wonderful pub to dine in. The bar is open all day, serving breakfast, lunch and dinner and is dog friendly. The Leicester Square room is available for private hire (up to 30 people) and amenable to different configurations depending on your requirements.

The Wheatsheaf

Bough Beech TN8 7NU

The Wheatsheaf is believed to have been built at the end of the 14th century. Clues to its age have been found within the pub, including a rare medieval crown post in the timbers. In Tudor times, it was a splendid hunting lodge serving Hever Castle, rumoured to have been a favourite retreat of Henry VIII.

The Three Chimneys

Hareplain Road, Biddenden TN27 8LW

The Three Chimneys is a lovely traditional Kentish pub. The team behind this rustic pub aims to offer ‘the best informal dining experience in a truly unique location’.

The Beacon

Tunbridge Wells TN3 9JH

The Beacon is a stylish, contemporary restaurant with mesmerising views over the valley and onwards to Tunbridge Wells. Open, roaring fires, rustic furnishings and flickering candles make the space cozy and welcoming. They have kept their menu simple, with great attention to the quality of the ingredients.

The Sportsman

The Sportsman in Seasalter is an unlikely spot for a gastronomic delight but their reputation for fresh, quality fish is superb. The kitchen is run by Stephen Harris who has earned a Michelin star whilst cooking here. Stephen sources many quality ingredients from the local Monks Hill Farm.

The Queen’s Inn

Rye Rd, Hawkhurst, Cranbrook TN18 4EY

This immaculately restored inn provides a luxurious country retreat to eat, drink and indulge. The Queen’s Inn can be found in the scenic town of Cranbrook. Fresh, locally sourced ingredients are expertly combined and served in their stylish, yet welcoming surroundings.

The Barrow House

Egerton, Ashford, TN27 9DJ

A much loved village pub with a stylish overhaul. The Barrow House was crafted in 1576 using timbers from sailing ships. The pub serves its local community well, providing good seasonal food and a relaxing place to unwind. Their handcrafted burgers are made in house and their bread is baked daily.

The Farm House

High Street, West Malling ME19 6NA

The Farm House is a village pub situated in the heart of the old market town of West Malling and set within an Elizabethan House and another member of the successful Elite Pub family.

The Plough

Sutton Valence ME17 3LX

The Plough is a stylish gastro pub in the small country village of Langley. The new owners have implemented 5* London chefs and a fully refurbished interior. Rich inky greys contrast against soft wood and leather furnishings and industrial metal pendant lights hang down from the bar.

Pearsons Arms

Sea Wall, Whitstable CT5 1BT

Pearson’s Arms in Whitstable is a traditional pub downstairs with a restaurant upstairs serving modern, wholesome, British cuisine, with a local and seasonal focus, created by chef Richard Phillips.

Duke William

Ickham, Canterbury, CT3 1QP

Situated just ten minutes outside of the historic City of Canterbury, the Duke William is a contemporary and stylish pub. With a roaring fire during the winter months, the idyllic garden is full of hanging baskets, potted plants, an olive tree and herb boxes during the summer.

Five Bells Inn

The Street, East Brabourne TN25 5LP

At Five Bells Inn in East Brabourne, they cook only locally sourced meats, fish, vegetables, fruit and dairy produce from known and traceable sources, right down to the boat, field, farm, herd and flock. They also believe passionately in the role of the modern country inn as an outlet for the Arts.

The Tickled Trout

Lower Rd, West Farleigh, Maidstone, ME15 0PE

The Tickled Trout, West Farleigh is a modern pub with six simple boutique hotel rooms and a fabulous fish focused restaurant. They have a signature smoked trout pate and source all of their key ingredients from the surrounding area.

The Goudhurst Inn

Goudhurst, Cranbrook, TN17 1DX

The Goudhurst Inn in Cranbrook is owned by the winery, Hush Heath Estate, in nearby Staplehurst. The pub’s focus is centered around delicious wines and ciders from their winery and from around the world, as well as an array of craft beers, ales and spirits. All of their food is locally sourced.

The Woolpack Inn

Church Lane, Warehorne, TN26 2LL

The Woolpack Inn is an exceptional pub in the depths of Kent offering top notch pub grub, a friendly welcome as well as five beautiful and uniquely decorated rooms. Dishes include Fish Pie, Salt Marsh Beef Steak and Boozy Banana Split.

The Pullman

9 Church St, Folkestone CT20 1SE

The Pullman in Folkestone is full of character and prides itself on serving “The best from the field and sea”. This large pub has had an extensive refurbishment and is split into several rooms, with cosy fireplaces and soft candle lighting throughout.

The Pepperbox Inn

Harrietsham ME17 1LP

The Pepperbox Inn is a charming country pub in Maidstone. This is a family run, traditional pub in the heart of the Kent countryside. They specialise in well kept Shepherd Neame ales, lagers and wines which combine with fresh, seasonal food.

The Freed Man, Walmers

Dover Road, Walmer CT14 7NX

The Freed Man is a micro-pub in the village of Walmer near Deal that opened in 2016 on the site of a former post office. The decor follows a nautical theme and the aim is to create a relaxed, social space for the local community that isn’t restricted by being tied to a brewery.  

The Compasses Inn, Canterbury

 Sole Street CT4 7ES

Hidden above the Downs between Canterbury and Ashford in Kent, the Compasses Inn is popular with cyclists and walkers due to its beautiful surroundings. Inglenook fireplaces and worn leather chesterfields keep the pub comfortable and the service is friendly and knowledgable.

The Star, Matfield

Maidstone Road, Matfield, Tonbridge TN12 7JR

Nestled in the heart of the ‘Garden of England’, The Star is one of the three great pubs located in Matfield, a pretty little village near Tunbridge Wells. The pub has changed hands a few times in the past but now seems to have found its feet.

The Shakespeare, Canterbury

5 Butchery Lane, Canterbury Kent CT1 2JR

The Shakespeare, Canterbury is a Shepherd Neame owned pub serving gourmet food. Portions are generous and dishes are traditional. Where possible, they source their ingredients locally, and use only 100% British Beef. Their specialist ales are brewed just ten miles away in the local town of Faversham.

The Peacock Inn, Cranbrook

Goudhurst Road, Iden Green, Goudhurst TN17 2PB

Located in Goudhurst, a quiet country village in Kent, The Peacock Inn is a family run, 14th century country pub, with an emphasis on locally sourced fresh food, beer and wine. With an open fire and summer garden, the pub creates a relaxing environment whatever the season.

The Kings Arms, Sandwich

 Strand Street, Sandwich CT13 9HN

The Kings Arms Hotel in Sandwich dates back to Tudor times, circa 1580. Situated just along the river Stour, the large garden is perfect for dining al fresco during the warmer months. Inside, roaring open fires keep the traditional pub cozy.

Shepherd Neame Brewery, Faversham

17 Court Street, Faversham ME13 7AX

Britain’s oldest brewer offers a fascinating insight into the production of beer, from their rich heritage to the latest innovations. You can discover everything about the art of brewing, be it the well that supplies their ‘liquor’, traditional barrel-making, or their 21st century bottling techniques.

The George and Dragon, Sandwich

Fisher Street, Sandwich CT13 9EJ

The George and Dragon pub in Sandwich has built a name for itself as one of the best places to eat in town. The roaring fire, attentive service and top quality cuisine make this a must when visiting the town. Built in 1446, this historic pub features light wooden beamed ceilings and a stone interior wall.

Star and Eagle, Goudhurst

Cranbrook TN17 1AL

The Star and Eagle is located in the pretty village of Goudhurst. Standing at 400ft above sea level, the hotel and pub restaurant has great views over the surrounding orchards, hop gardens and valley. Dating back to the 14th Century, it is believed to have once been an ancient monastery.

The Potting Shed, Maidstone

Maidstone ME17 3LZ

The Potting Shed is the latest addition from the team at Elite Pubs. This is the fifth of their ventures and a great addition to the family. Refurbished to a high standard, the pub re-opened in Autumn 2016, the pub is unique in the choice of interior being decorated with gardening tools, urns and other agricultural based paraphernalia.  

Ye Olde Yew Tree, Canterbury

 Westbere Lane, Westbere CT2 0HH

Ye Olde Yew Tree Inn is a 14th Century Inn located in the quintessential village of Westbere near Canterbury. The Inn was built in 1348 which makes it the oldest pub in Kent and legend has it that the pub was a regular haunt of highwayman Dick Turpin.  

Rose and Crown, Pluckley

Pluckley TN27 0ST

The Rose & Crown at Munday Bois dates back to the 17th century. This charming pub promises to ‘deliver a warm and friendly welcome to all our visitors’.  

The Swan Inn, Ashford

 Little Chart TN27 0QB

The historic building which houses The Swan Inn in the village of Little Chart, was built during the late 15th century and boasts the original coaching stables. With a lovely riverside garden, homemade food using only the finest local produce, the menu focuses on traditional English cuisine.

The Elephants Head, Tunbridge Wells

 Lamberhurst TN3 8LJ

The Elephants Head is a historic timbered Wealden Farmhouse on the Kent/Sussex border, east of Tunbridge Wells and a genuine English pub.

The White Hart, Hythe

71 High St, Hythe CT21 5AJ

The White Hart is situated in the heart of Hythe, Kent. They are well known for their delicious food, a mixture of traditional pub grub as well as an A la carte restaurant showcasing local, carefully selected seasonal dishes. There unique wood fired oven serves fresh and delicious pizzas.

The Albion, Faversham

29 Front Brents, Faversham, Kent ME13 7DH

The Albion Taverna sits next to a sleepy creek in Faversham and serves beer from the ancient Shepherd Neame brewery just over the bridge. But while this pub values its traditions and its peaceful surroundings, its hospitality has been re-invented with a touch of spice and colour.

The Just Reproach, Deal

14 King Street, Deal, CT14 6HX

The Just Reproach is a small, family run micro pub in the heart of Deal which is popular with locals. The pub is named after Daniel Defoe’s poem written about Deal in the 1700’s and can host a maximum of 25 people.

The Chequers Inn, Lamberhurst

The Broadway, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells TN3 8DB

The Chequers Inn at Lamberhurst is a charming old Kentish riverside pub situated on the A21 in the village of Lamberhurst . Steeped in history, The Chequers traces its origins back to 1137 when it was a manor house and has been a pub since 1414.

Kent pubs awaiting reviews

The Dog at Wingham

Canterbury Road, Wingham, Canterbury CT3 1BB

The Kentish Hare, Tunbridge Wells

95 Bidborough Ridge, Bidborough, Tunbridge Wells TN3 0XB

The Plough Inn, Faversham

Stalisfield Rd, Faversham ME13 0HY

The Vine Pub, Goudhurst

High St, Goudhurst TN17 1AG

The Bull at Benenden

The St, Benenden, Cranbrook TN17 4DE

The Ferry House Inn, Sheppey

Harty Ferry Rd, Leysdown-on-Sea, Sheerness ME12 4BQ

The Black Pig, Canterbury

4 Barnsole Rd, Canterbury CT3 1LF

The Poacher, Tonbridge

Hartlake Rd, Tonbridge TN11 0PH

Old Mill, Kennington

Mill Lane, Kennington, Ashford TN25 4DZ

The Windmill, Hollingbourne

32 Eyhorne St, Hollingbourne, Maidstone ME17 1TR

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