Branch area pubs selling real ale
- Brookers Oast
A large Brewers Fayre food and family lead pub set in the Hop farm grounds and surrounding Hop farm buildings from which it attracts its customer base. The interior is half wood panelled. An unusual feature is that the toilets are converted from Oast houses.
- Brookers Oast Maidstone Road Beltring TN12 6PY (01622) 872818
- Bessels Green
- King's Head
Bessels Green Road
JUNE-21: NOW RE-OPENED: Under new ownership and re-opened after refurb. While enjoying good access to the busy A21 only a few hundred yards away the pub still retains a rural feel facing the village green and with a spacious rear garden. Styled as a gastro pub, a changing daily menu is available throughout each day and breakfasts are served between 9 and 11.30 at weekends. The smart interior offers the drinker or diner a variety of candle-lit tables of different sizes and styles, partitioned by exposed brick fireplaces and walls adorned with all types of prints. The garden features plenty of seating on the patio and lawn and also more private thatched huts, all beneath a mature eucalyptus tree. An evening bus service connects with Sevenoaks rail station.
- King's Head Bessels Green Road Bessels Green TN13 2PT ku.oc.neergslessebdaehsgnik@seiriuqne(01732) 452081
- Kentish Hare
95 Bidborough Ridge
Formerly a failing Enterprise Inns pub the Hare & Hounds, now thankfully under local private ownership and totally refurbished to a high standard, re-opening as the Kentish Hare in May 2014. Although food orientated with chefs Chris and James Tanner prominent, the casual drinker is well catered for in the smart public bar or attractive patio-garden complete with pergola and parasols. A serene atmosphere is created internally in the snug and restaurant associated bars using muted tones, and interesting monochrome photos of bygone Bidborough adorn the walls. Unusual chrome-style hand pumps dispense "Kentish Hare" - a house beer brewed by Tonbridge brewery Biddenden cider, supplemented by a local guest ale. Staff are smartly-dressed and attentive. Current Sunday hours may vary according to demand in future. Closed Mondays (except bank holidays).
- Kentish Hare 95 Bidborough Ridge Bidborough TN3 0XB moc.erahhsitnekeht@seiriuqne(01892) 525709
- Bough Beech
A splendid historic building from Tudor times believed to have been a favourite of Henry VIII and reopened in 2014 after refurbishment by the new owner, who is a director of Westerham brewery. An impressive oak-beamed interior features large inglenooks and ancient artefacts and several separate areas afford plenty of room for drinkers and diners. Striking nostalgic motor racing paintings and prints are displayed upstairs. Five hand pumps serve three changing Westerham beers in addition to the two regulars. The pub also enjoys a lovely terrace garden to the front and side of the building, and the chef uses produce from from their own kitchen garden. Cyclists, motorcyclists, walkers with or without dogs and horse riders are all welcome.
- Wheatsheaf Hever Road Bough Beech TN8 7NU ku.oc.hceebhguobfaehstaehw@ofni(01732) 700100
- Stanhope Arms
Tucked away off the often-busy A25 adjacent to St Martin's church, the Stanhope has been extensively renovated and aims to be 'a pub that serves food'. There is a separate garden and a barn available for private functions. In winter there is an open fireplace and walkers, and cyclists are welcome. Ales are from local and national breweries with two to three available during the week and four at weekends along with Charringtons cider. Monthly jazz & blues jam sessions are held. Customers may use the church car park but please avoid using the allocated church spaces.
- Sundridge & Brasted Social Club
132 Main Road
The long established SBSC is located in the heart of Sundridge village on the A25 in an area of outstanding beauty. It is a private members' club that offers its members a range of recreational activities including a full-size snooker table, match play pool table, darts along with other traditional pub games and also has a full-size bowls green located at the rear of the premises in the club's extensive gardens. In addition to sporting facilities, it also offers 2 large screen TVs, digital juke box, quizzing and fruit machines. Contact club direct for membership subscription charges.
- White Hart
Historic pub/restaurant where fighter pilots from WWII air field at nearby Biggin Hill used to drink. There is a copy of the black-board where they signed their names, surrounded by photos from that era. Also Ruth Ellis, the last woman to be hanged in Britain, is said to have used the pub. The building has been stylishly refurbished where dining in plush surroundings is the focus. In addition to the main menu there is a two course, fixed price menu noon-6pm, Monday to Friday. A rear terrace with tables, chairs and parasols extends out to the enormous garden complete with wooden picnic tables.
- Stanhope Arms Church Road Brasted TN16 1HZ moc.smraepohnatseht@reganam(01959) 546829
- Brenchley Sports & Socail Club
Open to Non-Members and serves real ale. Advised to check opening times by telephone before visiting. The former Men’s Club is now leased commercially to Grays, a not-for-profit community café, and is open to all.
- Halfway House
This award winning rural free house is full of character and serves eight to ten competitively-priced beers direct from the cask together with Kentish Chiddingstone cider. The expansive gardens, including one dedicated for families and children, come into their own on Whitsun and August bank holidays when festivals are held featuring up to 75 ales. Meal choices (not Sun evening) are chalked up in the bar. A half hour bus journey from Tunbridge Wells will drop you right outside the door. Sunday evenings a Thai "Street Food" vendor is at the pub from 5.30pm to 8.30pm and food can be taken into the pub.
- Brenchley Sports & Socail Club Brenchley Road Brenchley TN12 7NZ (01892) 723303
- Dovecote Inn
Excellent country inn with a homely interior, vaulted ceilings, log burners and exposed timbers and brickwork. Chiddingstone, Charrington's and Turners ciders and a varied range of 4-5 mostly local ales are served straight from casks mounted in a cooled room immediately behind the bar. Good pub food is served lunch and evening from Wednesday through to Saturday, and Sunday roast. Shared platters are also available all day at the weekend. Outside there is a large garden adjacent to the car park and a shaded patio with plenty of seating to the rear of the pub. Fortnightly open mic evenings are held on Tuesdays from 7.30pm while a quiz evening is organised on alternate Wednesdays from 8pm. The pub is accessible by taking the 205 Autocar bus running between Tonbridge and Paddock Wood, alighting at the Sychem Lane bus stop at Five Oak Green, followed by a 20 minute stroll along the flat lane.
- Dovecote Inn Alders Road Capel TN12 6SU (01732) 798289
Off Camp Hill
The pub was happily re-opened on July 17th 2017 following an extensive refurbishment with beer and cider sales to start . Good value homemade food is now served ranging from light lunches, basket meals and sandwiches to more substantial evening dishes including interesting vegetarian options. Roast lunches are served until 3.30pm on Sundays over two sittings and it is advisable to pre-book. Bright and airy, the pub overlooks fields in a tiny hamlet off the beaten track although easily reached by a short walk across fields along a surfaced path from Penshurst railway station. Despite its isolated position the Greyhound manages to attract a good crowd drawn by a friendly welcome. Internally the pub is divided into several distinct drinking areas adorned with fresh flowers and candles on tables, with a separate dining area to the rear. Larkins beer from the brewery only two miles away is always on the bar together with three others from Kent or Sussex breweries and a Silly Moo cider. See the pub's Instagram account.
- Greyhound Off Camp Hill Charcott TN11 8LG (01892) 870275
- Castle Inn
Rambling, impressive stone inn in the centre of a picture postcard village. Different areas of the pub have distinct characters. The black and red tiled floor of the public bar, complete with wood burning stove, is home to locals and walkers. Other areas are home to the many visitors drawn by the village and nearby Hever and Chiddingstone castles and Penshurst Place. A secluded and comfortable snug room is available to the right on entering the pub while a separate function room is available off the rear garden. Relax awhile in the secluded courtyard garden or dine in the restaurant. Pictures of bygone village scenes adorn the walls.
- Castle Inn Chiddingstone Chiddingstone TN8 7AH (01892) 870371
- Chiddingstone Causeway
- Little Brown Jug
Large well kept pub with several drinking are dining areas and plenty of seating. A good stopping off point if visiting any of the local stately homes and gardens like Penshurst Place Hever Castle Chiddingtone-Stone Castle or Chartwell. Varied menu of quality food served all day so popular with diners. Large garden makes a good Summer location.
- Little Brown Jug Chiddingstone Causeway TN11 8JJ (01892) 870318
- Chiddingstone Hoath
Hoath Corner, Rywell Road
This characterful 500 year old drovers' inn has retained many original features after minor alterations. Extensively beamed, the main focus of this brick-floored gem is the wood burning stove and ring-the-bull game. A refurbished kitchen has allowed "proper grub" to be offered in a "proper pub". A warm welcome is assured whether you come by foot, cycle, car or horse!
- Rock Hoath Corner, Rywell Road Chiddingstone Hoath TN8 7BS (01892) 870296
- Bricklayers Arms
39-41 Chevening Road
Vibrant Harvey's of Lewes community pub, converted from a terrace of cottages and facing the sailing lake. It has a diverse clientele, including locals, walkers and dog walkers in the stone-flagged bar area complete with log fire, with diners mainly congregating in the adjacent restaurant. Very popular for home-cooked food and speciality themed nights such as steak nights and curry nights. Harvey's seasonal brews supplement the IPA on handpump while Sussex Best is served direct from the cask. Note Churchill’s bricklaying skills depicted on the pub sign - he lived locally at Chartwell. Quiz nights are held every Tuesday evening and occasional live bands perform to the rear of the pub.
- George & Dragon
39 High Street
An old black and white painted pub situated on the top of a hill. It is primarily a food-led pub with a welcoming friendly staff. Inside it has wood panelling and a number of old beams. Children and dogs are welcome.
- Bricklayers Arms 39-41 Chevening Road Chipstead TN13 2RZ ku.oc.smra-sreyalkcirb-eht@ofni(01732) 743424
30 High Street
This excellent village community pub dates in parts from the eighteenth century, possibly earlier. Owned by Harveys of Lewes, and one of just a handful of their pubs in West Kent. Home to a golfing society and the Muckspreaders society (ask!), it is popular for its fine food served in generous portions. A large conservatory has recently been added, leading to a suntrap garden. The railway station is just over a mile away and this pub is a gem worth seeking out.
- Fountain 30 High Street Cowden TN8 7JG (01342) 850528
- Cowden Pound
- Queens Arms
This wonderful unspoilt pub has thankfully been saved from the threat of closure in 2014 following the long-serving landlady moving into a care home and her subsequent passing away, and after it being run by a band of locals for nearly 5 years. A rare rural time-warp, in the same family hands since 1913, with the former landlady, Elsie Maynard, taking over in 1973. It comprises two bars entered separately from the front entrance. Note the old Bisset dart scorer on the public bar wall - three finger-operated metal dials that change the score; being darts, the numbers come down as you enter the score. Warning: this has become fragile so is actually best not used anymore! Use your head instead. In addition to the Larkins cask ale (on gravity dispense in the outbuilding and on handpump in the main building) the pub sells Titsey IPA and Titsey lager on keg dispense. Cash and card payments accepted. Precise closing times are subject to customer demand.
- Queens Arms Hartfield Road Cowden Pound TN8 5NP 07854 626004
- Crockham Hill
- Royal Oak
Close to Chartwell, former home of Winston Churchill, and well supported by villagers, walkers and cyclists. The smart modern interior with subdued lighting and open fires comprises one room although one side retains the feel of a traditional bar in which dogs are allowed. Excellent food (not Sun evening) including light bites is served by friendly management and staff. A secluded wooded garden to the rear is perfect for relaxing after a good walk.
- Royal Oak Main Road Crockham Hill TN8 6RD (01732) 866335
- Dunk's Green
- Kentish Rifleman
Located in the Kent Downs AONB this 16th-century pub is a welcoming stop if you're walking the 108 mile Greensand Way. An attractive destination all year round, offering a warm and friendly open fire in the winter, and a pretty beer garden for the summer. Dogs and families are welcome. Renowned for its beer quality, the pub also has a enviable reputation for its home cooked and locally sourced food. A traditional wooden beamed bar area at the front of the pub is decorated with historic rifles and has a leather sofa next to the open fire, the main dining area leads off this with several rooms. It is the true centre of village life.
- Kentish Rifleman Roughway Lane Dunk's Green TN11 9RU ku.oc.namelfirhsitnekeht@ofni(01732) 810727
- Dunton Green
- Duke's Head
The pub is a white weather boarded building which at one time was a coaching Inn. It is now a pub with a warm welcome and good food. It has a number of dart teams and Sky sport is shown on the large screen TV. Normally one real is available from National Breweries.
- Miners Arms
22 London Road
Originally built for Irish navvies working on the nearby railway, the Miners is now a local village family-friendly pub with a strong sense of community. During recent refurbishment work the landlord uncovered and restored the 100 year old front signage of the now defunct brewery Kidd and Son of Dartford and this provides an attractive feature on entering the pub. Three rotating, mainly local cask ales are to be found on the bar along with a non-real cider Westons Rosie's Pig together with an extensive gin selection. A log fire just around from the bar area warms customers in the colder months while two log burners do likewise on the covered rear terrace. The terrace leads into a surprisingly spacious garden incorporating substantial communal huts complete with luxurious seating, and a children's play area at the rear. Supervised children are welcome until 8pm. Traditional pub food is offered Monday to Friday lunchtimes. A Happy Hour scheme operates 12-3pm Monday to Thursday and live music is performed regularly on Friday or Saturday nights.
- Rose & Crown
A black and white painted pub situated on the outskirts of the village on a busy road junction but still manages to have a country feel about it. Inside the pub is set out in a number of separate areas. OAP lunches are served M-F and families are very welcome. Grassy garden to one side. Pub is near to the route of the North Downs Way.
- Duke's Head London Road Dunton Green TN13 2UR (01732) 456123
- East Peckham
- Bush, Blackbird & Thrush
194 Bush Road
Lovely Shepherd Neame pub just outside East Peckham serving ales straight from the casks through the back wall of the bar. Two rooms; the bar to the left and dining area to the right separated by a large ornate fireplace. A large garden and decking area are great for families and al fresco dining. Known to have been a pub since 1781.
- Bush, Blackbird & Thrush 194 Bush Road East Peckham TN12 5LN (01622) 871349
- Edenbridge Royal British Legion Club Croft Hall, 13 High Street Edenbridge TN8 5AB (01732) 863628
- Old Eden Inn
121 High Street
A 15th century building on the edge of town close to the river Eden. The rear garden and partially covered terrace is a very pleasant refuge in which to enjoy alfresco drinks or the popular dishes. Inside are exposed beams, brickwork, a gleaming copper-clad bar and real fires and a more private restaurant upstairs also provides for atmospheric dining (not Sun evening). Sunday lunch booking is advisable.
- Olde Crown
74-76 High Street
The building itself dates back to the 16th century, and has a charming, old-world atmosphere. Inside, the pub features low ceilings, exposed beams and brickwork, wood panelling and an impressive fireplace surrounded by sofas, all of which help to create a warm and inviting atmosphere. There is an adjacent courtyard for warmer times.
- Chafford Arms
Attractive tile hung pub with extensive garden affording a fine view over the upper Medway valley. Close to the Wealdway, walkers and dogs are welcome in the recently refurbished comfortable public bar which features a log burner. Good quality, home made food served all day except Sunday evenings. Light bites and afternoon cream teas are served 15:00 - 17:00.
- Chafford Arms Spring Hill Fordcombe TN3 0SA moc.tcennoctb@smradroffahc(01892) 740267
- Four Elms
- Four Elms
Bough Beech Road
16th Century roomy pub incorporating bar, snug, saloon, restaurant and family room. It has a large garden with a stream. Home-cooked pub grub using local produce is served every day (not Mon, Sun evenings). Monthly quiz nights are held and a beer festival is featured in summer. Private functions and small parties can be catered for in a separate room with a marquee extension providing room for up to 50 people.
- Four Elms Bough Beech Road Four Elms TN8 6NE (01732) 700460
- Godden Green
- Bucks Head
Country pub opposite the village green. The white-washed main bar features wood panelling and exposed beams food is available. Close to many picturesque footpaths this pub is popular with walkers.
- Bucks Head The Green Godden Green TN15 0JJ (01732) 761330
- Golden Green
Three Elm Lane
Well kept traditional village pub, now a Free House and serving various local ales including Tonbridge Brewery. Outside seating area and garden to rear, with Bat & Trap pitch. In 1852 the pub hosted an inquest when tragedy struck at nearby Hartlake bridge on 20th October 1852 as a cartload of hop-pickers crashed into the fast flowing river. drowning 30 people. There is a memorial in Hadlow Church to mark the event.
- Bell Three Elm Lane Golden Green TN11 0BD (01732) 851748
- Crown Inn
Family run free house, oozing charm and enjoying a sunny outlook over the village green and church. Situated in fine walking country and a short stroll from Groombridge Place, the pub is a strong supporter of Kent and Sussex ales. Quality food available for patrons (book for Sunday lunch), and biscuits for their dogs. Cosy in winter with beams, snug and inglenook fireplace. The Tunbridge Wells bus drops you outside the door, or arrive on the Spa Valley Railway. In winter the Crown closes earlier on Sundays at 9pm.
- Crown Inn Groombridge Hill Groombridge TN3 9QH email@example.com(01892) 864742
- Rose & Crown
87 Carpenter's Lane
Community corner local which has seen a marked increase in real ale sales uner the new landlandy. Tidy and clean wood panelled bar and central wood stove in the brick fire place. Frequented by locals and allotment owners. Close to the Wealdway and Greensand way. Two B&B rooms are available.
- Rose Revived
From February 2017 the Rose Revived reverted back to its original name under new management and is a large, comfortable country pub with extensive gardens, children's play area and a heated marquee in which events such as private parties can be held. In addition to regular restaurant meals a Steak Night is provided on Thursdays along with a carvery, operating on both Wednesday (12-2; 6-9) and Sunday (12-6). A range of events are held - check website for details. The bar area is characterised by comfortable seating arranged around a log fire with a large brick hearth, stripped wooden flooring and interesting black and white photographs of old Hadlow hung on the walls. Customers are welcome to use the car park to start a local country walk before returning to the pub for well-earned refreshment.
- Rose & Crown 87 Carpenter's Lane Hadlow TN11 0ER (01732) 850242
- Rose & Crown
Grade II listed flint-built pub close to the North Downs Way in good walking and cycling country and with easy access by bus from Orpington. Choose from the lively public bar, relaxed lounge with log fire or the annex housing a tearoom and restaurant. Popular for good value home-cooked food, especially Sunday lunch. A large rear garden contains a children's play area, covered patio and barbecue, where a beer and jazz festival is held in summer. Four changing beers are sourced mainly from the south east. Tuesday closure is at 8pm when darts team is playing away.
- Rose & Crown Otford Lane Halstead TN14 7EA (01959) 533120
Re-opened at the end of March 2017 following refurbishment after a serious fire. A well-kept 19th century freehouse serving 3 real ales through 3 handpumps on the bar counter. The pub has accommodation and an interesting food menu. It would be an ideal base from which to visit the nearby Hever Golf Club or the many historic houses and gardens in that area. Check the pub website for opening times as seasonal changes can occur. Opening hours and food serving times vary according to time of year and are set out clearly on the pub website. No pets allowed except assistance dogs.
- King Henry VIII
Lovely old English pub with oak panelling and beams tiled and wood-block flooring. The walls are decorated with pictures of the pub's namesake and related artefacts and a framed history of the pub by the bar. Quirky restaurant at the rear of the pub and beyond that an attractive garden. Not longer operated by Shepherd Neame. The pub's website states that opening hours and food hours are "Please note that opening times are subject to change without notice" so suggest call ahead if travelling far.
- Greyhound Uckfield Lane Hever TN8 7LJ (01732) 862221
- High Brooms
- Brick Works
102 High Brooms Road
After being closed for a year the pub has re-opened with a complete refurbishment. It has returned in a much simpler and brighter format without losing its pub atmosphere. The new owners are hoping to attract back the local groups that the previous pub was famous for, Ukulele club, folk club and live music nights. It has inherited a readymade pool team and is hoping to form a darts side.
- Brick Works 102 High Brooms Road High Brooms TN4 9BQ
- High Rocks
- High Rocks
High Rocks Lane
Found down a quiet country lane, just a few minutes drive from Tunbridge Wells town centre with ample parking. Situated within the High Rocks complex there are five oak beamed function rooms, each with its own bar, dance floor and late licence. Licensed for civil wedding and partnership ceremonies. Restaurant open for Lunch and Dinner. Pub serves food all day. Both are open every day. Lovely garden and terrace with a steam train stop in the garden. The High Rocks themselves are an ancient National monument whose entrance is across the road. This historic site is set in acres of woodland and is open everyday from 10.15 am until dusk. They provide a stunning setting for wedding photos. The High Rocks hosts regular live music and dance events. It has its own halt on the Spa Valley Railway line.
- High Rocks High Rocks Lane High Rocks TN3 9JJ ku.oc.skcorhgih@seiriuqne(01892) 515532
- Flying Dutchman 118 Tonbridge Road Hildenborough TN11 9EN (01732) 833975
- Half Moon 144 Tonbridge Road Hildenborough TN11 9HJ (01732) 832390
Tucked away down a single track rural lane, this classic 16th century inn is well worth a detour. Gradually extended over the centuries, the sprawling interior ticks all the boxes. Sturdy low beams are decked with dried hop bines. A large polished wooden plank table and stunning doubled-sided open fire dominate the bar room. Secluded stream side garden is busy on sunny days. Popular for food and functions (in adjacent great barn). Owners are strong supporters of local breweries. Tuesday to Friday opening times may extend from May throughout summer. Hildenborough rail station is 1900 metres away. Due to often hosting wedding and private parties, it is wise to phone before visiting to check that the pub is open for customers.
- Hook Green
- Elephant's Head
Lovely Tudor building constructed in 1489 and a pub since 1768. The well preserved interior includes an inglenook fireplace burning logs in winter, oak beams hung with hop bines, tropical fish tank and conservatory garden with children's play area. Variety of food including children's menu. A darts team plays regularly.
- Elephant's Head Furnace Lane Hook Green TN3 8LJ (01892) 739525
- Gun & Spitroast Inn
Large 16th century coaching inn facing the village green. A well-kept local, popular with families and active in hosting and supporting village events and groups including the Lions Club, village fetes, mini beer festivals, three darts teams and occasional live music. Real ales are sourced from Marston's range and from local breweries. Oak beams, wood floors and a log burner add to the rustic charm. Patio garden with a children's play area. Extensive restaurant where a Sunday carvery is popular.
- Gun & Spitroast Inn The Heath Horsmonden TN12 8HT (01892) 722925
- Ide Hill
- Cock Inn
Picturesque part white-weatherboard and part tile hung pub enjoying a sunny aspect. Facing the village green and church, the Cock is located near the top of the Greensand ridge and a short diversion from the long distance trail and welcomes walkers and cyclists. The wooden-floored cosy interior is enhanced in winter by welcoming log fires in both rooms. The House beer and IPA is frequently accompanied by Abbot Ale and Old Speckled Hen. It is advisable to contact the pub in advance if large groups are intending to eat.
- Pheasant Plucker
RE-OPENs EARLY 2021 AS PART OF ELITE PUBS GROUP & RE-NAMED "THE PHESANT PLUCKER" Set in a rural location on the road from Ide Hill to Riverhead the Woodman is a popular venue for food which is served all day every day, and includes speciality South African dishes and specials displayed on chalkboards around the pub. A rambling interior over two levels features much exposed brickwork and timbering with a myriad of candle-lit tables arranged in partitioned booths. Live music is performed with jazz on Wednesday, blues jam on Thursday, varies on Friday and acoustic on Saturday nights. There is a free function room available for parties, weddings and conferences. Many woodland walks lead to and from the pub and dogs are allowed in the garden areas.
- Cock Inn Ide Hill TN14 6JN (01732) 750310
- Ivy Hatch
High Cross Road
Pub featuring a popular raised garden terrace in front of an attractive south facing stone and tile-clad façade. Plush interior with rear conservatory and fireside. Comfy sofas where morning tea coffee and newspapers are provided. Food orientated although walkers very welcome. The National Trust's Ightham Mote is less than one mile away.
- Plough High Cross Road Ivy Hatch TN15 0NL (01732) 810517
- Harrow Inn
Traditional cosy village pub with real log fire. A pub to take a break in a lovely walking area. A good-sized beer garden to sit and relax in. Reports received in October 2022 of sporadic availability of real ale and food provision so please telephone venue if these are important to your planned visit.
- Three Horseshoes
Large recently refurbished separate dining room awaits you at this popular village pub large attractive beer garden to sit while enjoying your pint. Home cooked food and take-away to choose from. Sunday lunch is recommended and booking is advisable. Senior citizen meals served at reasonable price. Memorabilia of horsebrasses to be seen around. Pub very dog friendly so ideal for walkers. Regular live music.
- Harrow Inn Harrow Road Knockholt TN14 7JT ku.oc.tlohkconkworrah@ofni(01959) 928926
- Brown Trout
Country style pub on the outskirts of the village near Bewl water. A large open log fire greets you on your left as you walk in. To the left of the bar is a seating area with comfortable sofas and beyond that a large restaurant. Three hand pumps serve ales.
Lovely old Kentish pub situated in the picturesque village of Lamberhurst just off the A21. It has been a pub since 1414 but dates back to 1137 when it was a manor house. Plenty of seating is provided at traditional pub tables and chairs, comfy sofas and armchairs spread across a variety of rooms, with flagstone flooring and low wooden beams in the main bar. There are a good selection of meals including a kids menu. A riverside garden has a decked adults-only area and a children's play area. An additional locally-sourced guest beer is available in summer along with an interesting range of mainly local craft keg beers.
- George & Dragon
The George & Dragon is a family-run pub occupying an enviable position adjacent to the river Teise in the centre of this charming village. The main bar features wooden beams and stripped wooden flooring and there is a separate pool room to the rear. A large room to the right of the bar houses the restaurant which is also available to hire for private functions. Doors from the restaurant lead through to an attractive raised terrace overlooking the river and the rear garden is available in fine weather. Substantial, good-value main meals are served and are supplemented by baguette, sandwiches and jacket potato options. Sunday roasts are offered in different sizes according to appetite including children's portions. Major sporting events are shown on terrestrial TV. Crib nights are held on the first Thursday of the month. Do look out for the photo albums of 'Old Lamberhurst' giving a fascinating glimpse into some of the village history. Closing time may alter dependent on custom.
- Lamberhurst Golf Club
Harvey's Best Bitter is a regular beer with Sharp's Doom Bar being available occasionally.
Attractive pub draped with colourful hanging baskets outside and contemporary interior. Dating from the 1700's and originally three thatched cottages it boasts three ghosts. Largely laid out for dining the pub retains a comfortable bar area for drinkers. Large garden where charity events are staged in Summer with extensive children’s play area.
- Brown Trout Sand Road Lamberhurst TN3 8HA (01892) 891066
- Langton Green
Part of the Brunning & Price chain The Hare is interestingly decorated Edwardian pub with a fine choice of drinks and food. The high-ceilinged rooms are light and airy, with rugs on bare boards, built-in wall seats, stools and old-style wooden tables and chairs. Greene King IPA and Abbot plus two changing guest ales on hand pump. Pleasant garden with view over the village green.
- Hare Langton Road Langton Green TN3 0JA (01892) 862419
- Fleur De Lis
Village pub tastefully refurbished in 2015 with two separate rooms, one offering dining around an open fire while the other smaller bar includes a TV showing BT sports events. A front terrace and rear garden are available for outdoor drinking and dining. Seafood features prominently on the restaurant menu while there is a separate bar food menu. A range of beer is available from rotating local breweries.
- Royal British Legion Club
Located behind the large Village Hall in the High Street, the premises includes a club room with licensed bar and a snooker room. Card carrying CAMRA members are welcome but regular visitors will be required to join by applying for membership within the club. Very competitively-priced local beers feature prominently and may be joined on the bar by one from further afield. The club was awarded West Kent CAMRA branch Club of the Year for both 2022 and 2023. The Larkins Traditional Ale is a regular and the other beer changes regularly and could be from a local or national brewery.
- Fleur De Lis High Street Leigh TN11 8RL (01732) 832283
- Little Mill, East Peckham
- Man of Kent
226 Tonbridge Road
Little Mill, East Peckham
Lovely old freehouse built in 1588 and idyllically situated by a stream and small bridge over. Popular with diners who can sit outside by the river and feed the fish. The saloon bar has a very low oak beamed ceiling so take care on entering! To the left is a bright alcove for dining while a huge double-sided fireplace to the right separates the cosy public bar. Meals are served each lunchtime and on Friday and Saturday evenings but be sure to book in advance. The 208 bus running between East Peckham and Tonbridge stops conveniently outside the pub.
- Man of Kent 226 Tonbridge Road Little Mill, East Peckham TN12 5LA (01622) 871345
- Kentish Horse
The pub and adjacent church form the heart of this rural village. Located high on the Weald, the spacious garden, which incorporates a large children’s play area, affords fine views towards the Ashdown Forest. Despite its apparent isolation Cowden railway station is but a mile away and there was a limited bus service connecting the village with Edenbridge and Tunbridge Wells. A warm welcome is assured from the jovial landlord. No food Sunday or Monday evenings. Folk Music on the second Sunday of each month. There is occasional live music at other times.
- Kentish Horse Cow Lane Markbeech TN8 5NT (01342) 850493
- Poet at Matfield
Primarily a restaurant/bistro offering an imaginative menu. A central bar sits alongside comfortable seating in front of the wood burner and is flanked by dining areas of modern décor with a more traditional room to the rear. Lunch from noon and dinner from 6:30. Closed Sunday evenings. Occasional live music. For those not eating there is a small sofa area to the left of the bar, and the outside garden. Other tables are set aside for diners. Buses 6 & 297 stop is 50 meters from the establishment.
Card only. Cash is not accepted.
- Star Inn
Part tiled-hung virginia creeper clad exterior with inviting paved and decked garden to one side. Front bar leads around to a small flagstone floored dining area complete with wood burner to the left and larger room incorporating a carvery to the right. Separate garden with play area for children.
- Poet at Matfield Maidstone Road Matfield TN12 7JH ku.oc.dleiftamtateopeht@ofni(01892) 722416
- Paddock Wood
- Foresters Arms
86 Maidstone Road
A large open plan freehouse on the Maidstone Road with a modern brightly decorated interior. It has an interesting brick arch and large log fire. Sky TV and live music is also on offer.
- John Brunt VC
24 Church Road
Re-opened in February 2020 following extensive refurbishment, with both a restaurant and drinks offer. Website lists real ale offering as Doom Bar with several craft beers on keg. More details after a pub survey has been completed. This former Whitbread house is the nearest to Paddock Wood railway station. Its unusual name is attributed to a local war hero, whose history you can read inside the pub.
- Foresters Arms 86 Maidstone Road Paddock Wood TN12 6DX (01892) 836064
- Black Horse
12 High Street
Lovely traditional Kentish local pub well kept with hanging baskets and plants providing an array of colour outside. The Walls inside are lined with Cricket and Golfing photos and memorabilia revealing the landlord's love of sport. There is a large inglenook fireplace and you can walk right around he central bar. Very popular with locals.
- Camden Arms Hotel
1 High Street
This former coaching inn is an imposing listed building overlooking the village green. The large interior is mostly laid out for dining but there is a comfortable bar area with armchairs to relax in if you just want a drink. Recently extended as an Hotel with en-suite rooms
- King William IV
87 Hastings Road
As a refurbished free house under the ownership of a small independent family company, the King Will has been given a new lease of life as a thriving community pub. Landlady Siobham hails from the village. Many local breweries are well supported along with a real cider from Biddenden. The pub is bright and spacious with ample seating and includes areas devoted to darts and the rarely-seen bar billiards. A flower-bedecked front garden and large rear garden ideal for families are perfect for warmer weather. Live music events can be found on the Facebook page.
- Black Horse 12 High Street Pembury TN2 4NY (01892) 822141
- Spotted Dog
This extremely picturesque white weather-boarded, Grade II listed free house, perched on a hillside, was originally a run of three farm cottages. Approached down the steps via the front sunny terrace one gets a sense of the oozing charm befitting a place which has served as an ale house for over half a millennium. Equally appealing in winter with log fires including an inglenook adding to the cosy feel and in summer with rear tiered terracing affording elevated views over some fine countryside. A combination of low oak beams adorned with hops and fairy lights, quarry tiled and carpeted flooring and subdued lighting add to the historic feel. Larkins Trad comes from the brewery only 3 miles down the road, with up to two guest ales depending on seasonal demand appearing alongside the other regular, Harveys Best. The rare local, lightly-carbonated Chiddingstone cider is also served. The cosy restaurant area can be reserved for special occasions and private parties (no food served on Sunday evenings). With Penshust Place and Hever Castle located nearby and set in good walking countryside, this is a deservedly popular refreshment stop for walkers and dogs (spotted or otherwise).
- Spotted Dog Smarts Hill Penshurst TN11 8EP moc.liamg@1691tnuhlegin(01892) 870253
Attractive and friendly weatherboarded building perched on a hilly corner in a quiet hamlet, though accessible by a nearby bus route. The central log fire adds to the homely atmosphere within. The home prepared food (not served Monday or Tuesday) feature pizzas prominently. Formerly a King & Barnes then Hall and Woodhouse pub it is now in private ownership serving three Kent and Sussex beers along with a guest and a cider from Turners. Additional seating is available in the newly constructed rear terraced garden and patio, complete with a children's play area.
- Hopbine Petteridge Lane Petteridge TN12 7NE (01892) 722561
- Papermakers Arms
Styled as a friendly local and eatery, the Papermakers is the only remaining pub within the village which once accommodated seven. Other than the a la carte menu, a midweek set lunch menu is available as is a separate children's menu. The interior is smart with plenty of candle-lit wooden tables for diners and features a wood burning fire in winter. To the rear a south-facing paved terrace complete with tables and parasols leads down to the lawn with further rustic seating. Two varying ales are served from the likes of St Austell, Timothy Taylor and locals Larkins and Tonbridge.
- Papermakers Arms The Street Plaxtol TN15 0QJ (01732) 810407
The only McMullen's pub in Kent. Predominantly a food lead pub which still manages to cater for the local customers. A weekly pub quiz and a number of other events are held. All though extensively opened up some of the old features remain and the outside is basically original/
- Bullfinch Bullfinch Lane Riverhead TN13 2DR (01732) 455107
- Red Lion
82 Lower Green Road
A traditional pub with original parquet flooring, wooden beams and a cosy log fireplace. Outside, there's a fine beer garden with a children's play area. Since March-18 now a Freehouse with authentic Thai cuisine served from the Elephant Thai kitchen. Jazz music every Saturday evening is a feature at the pub.
- Toad Rock Retreat
1 Upper Street
Reached by following Harmony Street down off the Rusthall Road just past the famous rock formation which gives the pub its name. Refurbished at the beginning of 2016, the Toad Rock is having a new lease of life with experienced landlords Nick and Shelley now at the helm. On entering, customers are faced with a double open-sided wood burning fireplace separating the main bar area featuring parquet flooring and wooden tables and chairs, from a peaceful snug area containing comfy leather seating arranged around the fireside. The dining area to the left includes cosy tables lit by fairy lights intertwined around internal branches attached to the walls. Alongside the regular Harveys, real ale is being promoted with 2-3 guests sourced from local breweries like Old Dairy and Tonbridge through to those from further afield like Adnams, Woodfordes and Gales. Disabled access is via the side entrance.
- Red Lion 82 Lower Green Road Rusthall TN4 8TW moc.liamg@derehtnizzaj(01892) 527000
- Five Bells
Small back street pub of the 1800's was formerly two cottages. It has a low ceiling bar and an outside men's toilet. In the 1950's it was kept by one Ratty Webb who advertised his services as a rat catcher. The first hot air balloon ascent in England took place at Seal in 1825.
- Five Bells Church Road Seal TN15 0AU (01732) 761503
32 London Road
One of the last real traditional pubs in the area and Barry, the inimitable landlord, is the longest serving. A pub full of friendly banter and mickey-taking makes for a unique experience whilst enjoying one of three exceptionally well-kept real ales. The ever changing guest ale is usually sourced from a local micro brewery. An established venue for live music performed on Wednesday evenings. Darts, poker and pool are played and there's a weekly meat raffle. Good home-made pub food including roast meals are served every day, with snacks in the evening.
73 High Street
This 16th century traditional pub has some grim history with records of hangings and even a drowned landlord! Thankfully these days it is a social hub and the visitor will be greeted by hop-strewn oak beams, open fire, comfortable seating and a U-shaped bar sporting handpumps delivering top quality guest beers including local brews and Westons Old Rosie cider. live music performed fortnightly and weekly quiz nights held.
- Halfway House
Trading since 1700 and owned by various breweries since, the Halfway House is now a free house serving 3 ales with at least two sourced from local breweries. A recent refurbishment has produced a bright and clean environment although some oak beams and wood cladding is visible and three fireplaces have been retained including a log burning stove. Good food is served by friendly staff. There is occasional live music. Covered outdoor seating. Can be quite lively at weekends. Sporting events are shown on several TV's
- Oak Tavern & Tap House
135 High Street
Re-opened May 2017 after an extensive refurbishment. The pub has one regular cask beer. Extensive offering of craft beers on keg and bottled. The pub is finished in the "traditional" style, with wood panelled separate areas around a central bar and should appeal to both cask & keg drinkers, with a strong emphasis on food.
13 Bank Street
Well positioned in the centre of town on the corner of a pedestrian precinct it has a conservatory style lean-to which is popular spot in the summer. A comfortable area for smokers all year round. On Saturdays & evenings it mainly tends to cater for the younger set. In August 2020 the pub was re-named The Restoration.
30 Camden Road
The last example in Sevenoaks of a two bar back street local and the only remaining pub in the St Johns area of the town. The saloon bar was originally the sergeants mess for the local barracks and is considerably older than the public bar, hence the pub's name. Inside it has benefited from a refurbishment in the Spring of 2016. Westons Old Rosie cider on hand pump may be rotated with another during the course of the year. The three changing beers are sourced from the Greene King approved list where the likes of Adnams, Bath Ales, St Austell and Titanic may be found. Also an unusual ale may appear under a collaboration scheme with a guest brewer e.g. Penpont brewery.
139-141 High Street
Town centre Wetherspoon pub behind a period façade which blends into the surrounding architectural style. The beer offering includes local guest ales alongside permanent national brands. Breakfasts are served from 8am (alcohol from 9am) and main meals until 10.30pm (9pm Sunday) for late diners. Plenty of table and sofa seating to choose from and there is a secluded garden to the rear. Families welcome until 8pm and a children's menu is provided.
- Sevenoaks Rugby Club
Knole Paddock, Plymouth Drive
Rugby Club open during the rugby season for games on Saturday & Sunday and open to non-members.
- Sevenoaks Vine Cricket Club
The Pavilion, Sevenoaks Vine
Open during cricket season; opening times before visiting.One real ale normally available.
- South Park Tap
14 South Park
Micropub which opened in May 2023 in a former café and sandwich bar. Serves 3 beers from local breweries. Also has a large selection of real ciders. 2 drinking areas inside plus a small outside courtyard. Quirky interior. Enthusiastic and friendly staff.
- White Hart
A spacious 17th-century coaching house located immediately opposite the National Trust's vast Knole House and deer park, so ideally placed for a visit. Well-appointed and stylish, yet relaxed and informal, the interior is characterised by cosy spaces, four real fires, polished wooden flooring and fresh table flowers. The walls are decorated with all manner of interesting old photos and historic posters. Beers from small south eastern brewers feature prominently among the choice available together with changing real ciders. The solid whitewashed exterior leads to an open plan wood-floored interior while a lovely sunny patio and garden is tucked away at the back. Monthly dog walks are organised for the last Saturday of the month gathering at 10am for coffee and pastries, returning at 11.30 for a pint!
- Anchor 32 London Road Sevenoaks TN13 1AS (01732) 454898
- Sevenoaks Weald
1 Windmill Road
Formerly a CAMRA Kent Pub of the Year, the Windmill is now part of a small family pub company, North & South Leisure since 2020. Refurbished with a stylish retro feel, five hand pumps and strewn with hop bines. Though open plan there are distinct seating areas including one primarily for dining. Parquet flooring and a well-used wood burning stove add cosiness. Local beers from Larkins and cider from Chiddingstone feature prominently. Monthly quiz nights are organised. The pleasant, flower-adorned garden has plenty of covered seating, ideal for sunny days.
- Windmill 1 Windmill Road Sevenoaks Weald TN14 6PN (01732) 463330
Large and impressive building with a tile hung exterior and white veranda at the front, located with a commanding view over the common. Part of the small Whiting & Hammond chain, this is a food-led pub with plenty of seating intermingled with unsegregated drinking areas and open fire. There is an attractive conservatory-style dining area and a beautiful wood panelled and timber roofed Church Room in which to dine to the rear. A 'food to go' collection service is a further meal option. A delightful side garden overlooked by the adjacent church is a perfect place to drink in warm weather. Breakfast served 9am-11am (Mon-Weds = 10am-11am).
- Chaser Stumble Hill Shipbourne TN11 9PE (01732) 810360
84 High Street
Friendly, family-run, cosy beamed pub at the northern end of the village. An unusual corridor links the public bar with the main bar, restaurant area and a more private dining or drinking room. Daily specials are chalked up on a board in the restaurant and booking is advisable for Sunday lunches. Currently just one cask ale on hand pump. This could be Harvey's Sussex Best, Timothy Taylor Landlord or another brewer. An attractive place to rest after any number of good walks around this pretty village.
- Kings Arms
Attractive white weatherboarded one bar pub close to the River Darenth and the village War Memorial. Internally a cosy, country pub-style atmosphere pervades while additional outside seating is provided with wooden benches to the front and a covered extension to the side. Very popular with walkers and visitors drawn to this charming village located in the Kent Downs AONB. Note the mannequin dressed as a country yokel in the display case at the front of the pub (or was it one of the customers?) believed to resemble an ostler. This Ostler box is believed to be the only one of its kind left. The Ostler would sit in this box & receive customers' horses. Messages and beer would be passed to him through an internal window.
- Samuel Palmer
The pub has reopened as The Samuel Palmer on the 2nd April 2022. The pub is named for Samuel Palmer, a 19th Century landscape painter who lived in Shoreham - and the pub is decorated with prints of his work. It is now owned by The Mount Vineyard. The pub has been considerably smartened up (within the bounds of its listing). A new courtyard/terrace area has been opened up. Dogs are welcome in the main bar and terrace area, but not the main restaurant or function rooms. The intention is to have accommodation in a few rooms above the pub - though I don't think that element has opened yet. There is a fair emphasis on food - but it is also very much a pub to drop into to have a drink.
- Crown 84 High Street Shoreham TN14 7TJ ku.oc.liamtoh@poocharas(01959) 522903
- Smarts Hill
- Bottle House
Remote but well patronised country inn dating back to 1492. Pub takes its name from a large assortment of bottles found here during 1938, depicted in the unusual pub sign. Re-furbished internally, there are low beamed ceilings and exposed stonework. Several seating compartments off the bar add to the pub's cosy feel. The Long Room, accommodating up to 14 people, can be reserved for private functions. Good quality food is served throughout each day. Plenty of seating is available on the sunny front terrace, at tables complete with parasols. Handy for Penshurst Place. Normally one or two guest cask ales. Real cider available occasionally.
- Bottle House Coldharbour Road Smarts Hill TN11 8ET (01892) 870306
- Hand & Sceptre Hotel
21 London Road
The Hand & Sceptre is a premium pub, bar, and restaurant with its very own courtyard, centrally located in the heart of the picturesque town of Southborough and overlooking the Common and cricket ground. The bar offers a range of cocktails, wines and craft beers and has recently re-introduced Harvey's Bitter on hand-pump.
29 London Road
Traditional Victorian pub refurbished yet retaining the original features. Run by an Italian family, a a range of Italian food is served along with pasta and pizza dishes. Plenty of seating area inside with small courtyard garden outside. There is an upstairs function room available.
- Hand & Sceptre Hotel 21 London Road Southborough TN4 0QB (01892) 529292
- George & Dragon
Impressive pub housed in a former medieval hall dating back to 1212. Built opposite the church with a warren of tunnels (now sealed) leading to this and other village locations. A stone fireplace in one room shows the scars of sword sharpening! There is seating to the front in a topiaried garden and to the rear on a patio with a cover for shelter from sun or showers. High quality home-cooked food with an emphasis on game meat is available using local and organic ingredients and there is an upstairs restaurant. A local vicar was once hung from rafters for crimes against parishioners! The gents toilets are worth a visit if only for design reasons!
- George & Dragon Speldhurst Hill Speldhurst TN3 0NN moc.tsruhdlepsddnag@sgnikoob(01892) 863125
- White Horse
105 Main Road
Offering sanctuary from the busy A25 the pub has low wooden beams and wood floor, leather sofas and tables with fresh flowers. Although open plan, distinct areas are arranged around the bar with darts in the former public bar, a window alcove and a space to relax in front of the wood stove perhaps while reading the daily newspapers or editions of Private Eye provided. The tasteful restaurant area contains tables to accommodate differently-sized parties and extends into a wood panelled room decorated with hops. A good choice from the menu is supplemented by fish speciality dishes. Access to the pub from the car park is via a raised garden adorned with hanging baskets in summer and space for a bouncy castle for kids on bank holidays. Private parties and other events, such as christenings, are catered for.
- White Horse 105 Main Road Sundridge TN14 6EQ ku.oc.egdirdnusesrohetihweht@ofni(01959) 561198
- Cardinals Error
Lodge Oak Lane
Attractive old tile-hung pub converted from two former farm cottages to serve the surrounding post-war housing development. Divided internally into two distinct drinking areas by a massive brick chimney housing open fireplaces either side. There is a separate games area to the far right with Sentanta sports and Sky TV but does not intrude on the rest of the pub.
- Carpenters Arms
Three Elm Lane
Now a Young & Co Brewery hotel. Very smart rural hostelry offering a relaxed fusion of bar restaurant and accommodation. Those keen on al-fresco drinking or dining can choose between the attractive front patio and side garden or the heated rear terrace. Black and white photographs of the locality in bygone times adorn the walls. There is an extensive food menu which is popular with diners.
- Cask & Glass Off-Licence
64 Priory Street
Long-standing specialist off-licence serving a varying choice of beers handpumped from the cool cellar in takeaway containers at competitive prices. Up to three ales sold together with Biddenden cider, Mr Whitehead perry and a good range of bottle-conditioned beers. Polypins and minipins available to order.
- Foresters Arms
52 Quarry Hill Road
Refurbished and revitalised in the spring of 2016 the Foresters is now characterised by a bright and cheerful atmosphere. Wooden tables and seating by the large west-facing picture windows are enhanced by the addition of candles and cushions while the walls are decorated with everything from photos of Tonbridge from days gone by, through posters of music and sport, to maps and striking images of cities and countryside from around the world. One side of the bar is mainly devoted to games with pool and bar billiards tables, and darts. Customers can also keep themselves amused with a large selection of board games provided - search for them inside the old school desks. There is a small front patio with picnic tables and a larger decked and covered seating area to the rear surrounded by wall art. A variety of small and large sized pizzas are served throughout the day. Upstairs there is a great new function/games/dining room with shuffleboard and table ice hockey.
- Fuggles Beer Cafe
165 High Street
The respected Fuggles experience from Tunbridge Wells arrived in Tonbridge High Street in the summer of 2017. Bright and airy in character, the café/bar offers a relaxed environment in which to study the choice of four cask ales, sixteen keg draught lines from taps on the rear wall and two ciders from both near and far, displayed on a board behind the bar. The menu details a prodigious range of speciality bottled beers and spirits from around the world along with food in the form of quality toasties and snacks. Regular Meet the Brewer and promotion events are advertised on the website and in the pub. All drinks are available to take away with discounts, for home consumption. The food offerings consist of grilled cheese sandwiches, Hot Dogs or British cheese & charcuterie sharing boards.
See the pub's Instagram account.
- Gate House
115 High Street
Recently refurbished town centre pub, with comfortable seating and kitchen style decor. Not currently offering any ales but various craft beers and ciders available. Full food menu available all day. The Gate House is all about wholesome food, Craft Beer and local sports bar.
- George & Dragon
17 Shipbourne Road
Sports enthusiasts are well catered for with Sky TV yet there is still at homely atmosphere with beams, comfy seating and large log fire. There is a spacious separated games area. Charity fundraising events is well supported here. Not open lunchtimes during the week. No entry after 11pm.
- Hilden Manor
113 London Road
Part of the Beefeater chain recently rebuilt after fire. Separate from the restaurant the tasteful bar features a large real fire. Accommodation in adjacent premier Inn. Tonbridge Oast Theatre is a short hop along the road. Ales may vary.
- Humphrey Bean
94 High Street
Ever-popular Wetherspoon house situated close to Tonbridge castle and the river Medway with ample space and an extensive flower-adorned garden. 12 handpumps in 2 banks, each of 6, provide an interesting range of up to four guest beers from breweries such as Tonbridge, Long Man and Dark Star, illustrating the commitment to real ale, enhanced by occasional events showcasing a brewery's beers. They have recently added Tonbridge Easy Street Pale Ale as a regular.
- Ivy House
199 High Street
Attractive tile-hung old building with three split level. Cosy drinking areas featuring low ceilings and an abundance of wooden beams. Ale has been served from here for nearly 350 years, the building started life as a toll house.
- Man of Kent
14 East Street
An attractive old weather-boarded pub tucked away down a side street just off the town centre. There are two levels internally with a raised seating area behind the main bar. This thriving pub hosts regular charity fundraising events plus a quiz night every Thursday.
- Nelson Arms
19 Cromer Street
Beautifully refurbished award winning side street local a few minutes walk from Tonbridge station featuring an always interesting selection of cask ales, real ciders and keg beers. Formerly a failing Shepherd Neame house, the Nelson re-opened in May 2018 and has been rejuvenated under the stewardship of multi award-winning owners, Matt and Emma. The pub's interior has a nautical theme as evidenced by the choice of the Nelson Saloon, Trafalgar Snug, Hardy's Public Bar and Victory Sports Bar. Spacious and comfortable, the decorations include a ship's wheel, naval brasses, a Nelson painting, a barometer and a ship in a bottle along with much breweriana. The sports fan is well served with televisions and a drop-down screen for the bigger sporting occasions. The cask beers offer a range of styles and beer rarely seen in the area, and are supplemented by 10 keg taps. Real Kentish cider is served from Chiddingstone, Turners, Dudda's Tun & others from further afield. Sunday roasts are served until 4pm. Live music, usually in the form of duos, is performed monthly on Saturday evenings. CAMRA local branch Pub of the Year 2022 and 2023. CAMRA West Kent Pub of the Year 2023. CAMRA Kent Regional Pub of the Year 2023. Selected as one of the last 4 in the CAMRA National 2023 Pub of the Year competition. CAMRA local branch Cider Pub of the Year 2022 and 2023. CAMRA West Kent Cider Pub of the Year 2023 and CAMRA Kent Regional runner-up Cider Pub of the Year 2023. See the pub's Instagram account.
- New Drum
54 Lavender Hill
Friendly locals' pub situated down quiet side street. Converted from two terraced cottages. The New Drum is deceptively spacious inside having been extended several years ago. Although there is a bias towards televised sport this pub has a good track record in supporting traditional beer and something the current licensee is keen to continue.
- Olde Chequers Inn
122 High Street
Characterful heavily-beamed and comfortable pub situated near the Medway bridge in the lee of Tonbridge Castle. Resident darts and cribbage teams and golf society. Prominent coverage of live sport events on TV . If the thrice-weekly karaoke becomes too much consider the gibbet at the pub entrance.
- Poult Wood Golf Clubhouse
Comfortable bar and restaurant overlooking the 18th green and open to the general public. Private functions are catered for in the restaurant area evenings and weekends.
- Punch & Judy
11 St Stephens Street
Tucked away behind the police station, the Punch & Judy has benefited from a tasteful refurbishment in autumn 2017 and features much exposed brickwork, dark wooden beams, tile flooring and wooden tables giving this pub a snug atmosphere. A raised upper rear room complete with stained glass windows is reminiscent of a chapel and leads through to a small outside terrace. A local Tonbridge brewery beer often features as a changing guest. Very much a community pub with live music performed every Tuesday night. A large drop-down TV screen along with other smaller TVs show main sporting events and a juke box is provided for further entertainment.
- Rose & Crown Hotel
125 High Street
Once a Tudor coaching Inn now part of the Best Western chain of hotels. A wealth of oak beams and comfortable seating give the front parlour bar a cosy atmosphere. Cricket memorabilia from Tom Pawley's days decorate the walls. Plush rear lounge. Decked and heated court yard outside.
- Royal Oak
82 Shipbourne Road
Friendly community pub which is popular with pool and darts playing customers who compete in local leagues. Despite the influence of sport and pub games comfortable seated areas are available both in front entrance and fireside
- Station House
8 Barden Road
Re-named as Station House and now part of the Craft Union pub group. The pub sometimes serves two cask ales on handpump (mainly one) and a selection of keg beers. Sky Sports TV plus Pool & Darts available with regular Karaoke & Quiz nights. Handy for Tonbridge Station and the High Street.
- Tonbridge Angels Football Club
Longmead Stadium, Darenth Avenue
Tonbridge Angels Sports Bar and Marquee is open on match days for paying spectators only, but also during the week to the public. Tonbridge Brewery ale is stocked under the Angels Bitter name. Holds a large Beer & Music Festival in May/June with 20+ ales available, plus ciders and continental beers.
- Tonbridge Juddians Rugby Club
Open to non-members during the rugby season on Saturday & Sunday and also open for England Rugby channels on TV (2 x large screens). The club also runs a successful February Beer Festival, with 24 ales, and hosts the SIBA SE Competition in July when 180 ales are available.
Old weatherboarded former coaching inn on the southern edge of town and part of the Chef and Brewer group. The pub was sympathetically extended more than a decade ago but without losing its essential character and refreshed in 2015. Black and white photos of the local area in bygone times adorn the walls. The overall result is a cosy comfortable pub with many rooms and alcoves arranged right around the bar and able to accommodate all sizes of parties. Guest beer is sourced from local breweries such as Tonbridge and Wantsum. Separate lunch, evening and children's menus majoring on traditional British cuisine are available to patrons throughout the day with lunches starting from a fiver Monday through Saturday. Meeting rooms are available for functions. Accommodation is available in the adjacent travel lodge which makes the Vauxhall an ideal base for exploring this part of Kent.
- Cardinals Error Lodge Oak Lane Tonbridge TN9 2EP (01732) 770107
- George & Dragon
Five Oak Green Road
This 15th century inn is now an independent free house. Experienced publican owners have refurbished it extensively inside and out during Covid and since their arrival in 2021. It looks very striking to walkers crossing the field opposite with its pastel green painted Kentish weatherboarding and distinctive stylish signage. The interior is equally impressive and cosy with its four separate rooms, low ceilings, oak beams and inglenook, where a friendly welcome awaits all. Large garden with climbing frames, covered areas and plenty of seating.
- Poacher & Partridge
Refurbished in 2006 and again in 2014 in contemporary style with an emphasis on dining, a generous area has been allocated to non-diners including a comfortably seated alcove by the front bay window and sofas and stools by the exposed brick fireplace. Light oak flooring and tables, subdued lighting and mellow decor produce a relaxed atmosphere in which to enjoy a good selection of ales. Situated in orchard and oast house country, the pub thoughtfully supply a choice of 10 leaflets with maps, located at the entrance area, encouraging local walks of varying distances. The guest beer is rotated every couple of months or so and is likely to be sourced from the local Tonbridge brewery.
- George & Dragon Five Oak Green Road Tudeley TN11 0PW firstname.lastname@example.org(01892) 337449
- Tunbridge Wells
- Allkin Tap & Bottle
102 Calverley Road
Taproom of the Allkin Brewery, based in Eridge, East Sussex. The venue is long and slim with bench and stool seating. 15 keg lines serving a mix of beers and ciders from collaboration partners based throughout the UK. A single handpumped cask line which rotates weekly to ensure freshest beer available. See the pub's Instagram account.
1 Lonsdale Gardens
This rebuild of an old barn using some of the original beams and bricks lies just off Mount Pleasant in the middle of town and a short walk from the station. The busy ground floor bar extends through to a large airy conservatory with a smoking area beyond. Meals can be taken in the bar or in the restaurant on the upper floor. Though closed on Sundays the pub is available for hire for functions.
- Beau Nash
59 Mount Ephraim
Look out for the pub sign on Mount Ephraim as the Beau Nash is tucked away down a short lane behind the Royal Wells Hotel. This locals traditional pub offers meals lunch and evening Monday to Friday, all day Saturday and until 5 pm on Sundays. There is a peaceful and secluded garden which feels a world away from the bustling traffic of Tunbridge Wells. Internally, there is much wood panelling, a solid wooden floor, wooden tables, chairs and sofas and which together with warm orange lighting produce a cosy atmosphere. A large wall-mounted TV shows major sporting matches covered on terrestrial TV.
2 High Street
Bustling pub acting as a surrogate waiting room to the railway station opposite for thirsty travellers. With a choice from 10 hand pumps with one for cider, the Bedford is a magnet for drinkers near and far specialising in Kent and Sussex brews. In addition to Sky and BT sports coverage, it is possible to hire the pub's Vale Vault for a VIP sports package. Saturday live music is performed along with other events during the week. Guest beers are charged according to their alcoholic strength and there is a Cask Ale Club where all beers cost £3.50 Monday through to Wednesday. Meals can be delivered from a nearby cafe.
- Black Horse
169 Camden Road
Traditional locals pub at bottom end of Camden Rd. Poole table to the left of the room bar in centre and drinking area at right and front of bar. Locals like to talk and find out where you're going etc. very friendly.
79 Frant Road
Pub catering mostly for diners. An open plan with wooden floors and large windows make it bright and airy. The quality of the food is rated highly by the local clientele.
18 Grove Hill Road
Formerly called The Black Pig, The Claremont is a newly refurbished, spacious pub with a large garden located in the centre of Royal Tunbridge Wells, home to The Pantiles, and just 2 minutes from the railway station. Large rambling Restaurant/Pub with black beams and floorboards. Not a locals' pub, more upmarket. Food is very good and menu changed daily.
45 Little Mount Sion
The oldest building that is a pub in Tunbridge Wells. Open plan with sectioned-off areas, wooden beams and floors with an open fireplace makes this pub very welcoming. Separate quite snug bar. Bar billiards and darts area. TV area for sports. Children welcome with an adult.
- Cross Keys
236-238 St Johns Road
A pub on the main road between Tonbridge and Tunbridge Wells where live music is actively promoted. Regular Thursday night jazz is performed while Friday sees a "blues and session". See website for details of forthcoming music which may also feature motown, R&B, funk and soul - something for everyone! TWUNTS, the large group of Ukulele players, are hosted on alternate Mondays. Food is served all sessions except Sunday evening and the bright side conservatory can be used for dining.
- Duke of York
17 The Pantiles
Early 18th-century corner hostelry centrally located close to the historic Chalybeate spring that established this Royal spa town. Inside, a warm ambiance is created by the wooden floor and ceiling and assorted seating, including church pews opposite the bar. Patrons can enjoy live Summer music performed on the Pantiles from the outside tables. Acquired by Fuller's of Chiswick, London in 2012.
- Fontaines Bistro & Pub
90 St James Street
Recently changed name to Fontaine Bistro & Pub (April19). A pleasant back street pub catering for the local community. Closed Mondays except Bank Holidays. The bistro and bar are cosy and welcoming, and the garden is perfect for sunny days, including a BBQ area
- Framptons Cafe Bar
2 The Pantiles
Opened late 2016 in the old Barclays Bank buildings, with serving areas across several floors. Food is available at Breakfast, Lunch and Evenings, with a bar area with hand-pumps on the ground floor.
- Fuggles Beer Cafe
28 Grosvenor Road
Opened in 2013 in a former shop premises, this venue combines the best elements of a British pub and continental café-style bar. The narrow glass frontage leads to a deep open-plan bar room. Wooden flooring is complemented by candle-lit tables, stools, chairs and comfy sofas. The interesting beer and cider choice comes from local and distant producers. This includes an extensive range of 'craft' keg and bottled beers from the UK and Belgium. No full meals served but British charcuterie and cheeses are available throughout the day. 6 handpumps and 16 keg taps on the rear wall. The food offerings consist of grilled cheese sandwiches, Hot Dogs or British cheese & charcuterie sharing boards. See the pubs Instagram account.
29 Mount Ephraim
This old coaching inn has been around since the town was developed in the Georgian days and is now an exciting new venue for the upper end of Tunbridge Wells. A smart, friendly free house recently restored to its former 19th-century coaching inn glory with distinct areas featuring wood flooring and panelling. Patio seating to the front or search out the 'secret courtyard garden' in which to enjoy the range of real ales, Dudda's Tun or Turners cider, and craft beer in fine weather. The George is also home to the Fonthill Brewery Co. who started brewing in November 2017. The brewery capacity is 2.5 bbl which produces 10 firkins per brew. They currently brew about once a week and have five cask ales and three keg ales in their portfolio. They also have a Brewery Bar and Taproom in the stales behind the pub which is open Friday evenings and Saturdays. Branch Pub of the Year in 2018 and 2019. See the pub's Instagram account.
- Gin Box & Fonthill Tap
29 Mount Ephraim
Tap room for the Fonthill Brewery located in the stables of The George Pub. The Tap is run in conjunction with the Gin Box.
- Grove Tavern
19 Berkeley Road
Only five minutes' walk from the railway station and tucked away in the backstreets of the old village, this small pub, probably the oldest in town, is popular with locals and beyond. It does not serve food but your hungry dog will be happy as special dog biscuits and a water bowl are provided. You may also see regulars bringing their own snacks in to share. A pub where customers' conversation happily coexists alongside darts and pool players and those enjoying their beer while watching sport shown on terrestrial TV.
78 Calverley Road
Recently refurbished it has retained a good pub-like atmosphere to the front of the bar with a well laid out dining area to the back. Surprisingly large outdoor area for a town centre pub. Food is sourced from local suppliers wherever possible, with ales sourced from local breweries. Retained most of its original features including the well-made ornate wooden bar.
- Mount Edgcumbe
Tucked away in the middle of the common but only a few minutes walk from the busy town centre. It is very popular with diners but drinkers are well catered for around the bar area, the quirky cave and the tranquil garden with views across the beautiful common and town. Three guest beers are sourced mainly from Kent breweries and rarely-seen brews in the area are likely to be found. Very comfortable and private rooms for hire upstairs. Live music performed 1st Sunday of the month and regular quizzes held.
- Opera House
88 Mount Pleasant Road
JD Wetherspoon has tastefully restored the old Opera House to its former glory including the stage, stalls, circle and boxes. It is now a beautiful setting enhanced by the huge central chandelier and well worth a visit. Located in the centre of town, close to the Victoria shopping centre the pub is a very convenient place to take refuge from the shopping crowds. A wide range of guest ales are always stocked with Long Man and Dark Star beers often to be found. The upper bar provides the opportunity to eat or drink while imagining performing on stage in such splendid surroundings. Appropriately the pub hosts an Opera performance once a year.
- Prince of Wales
9 Camden Road
One bar large town centre pub that does well at lunchtimes. The back leads out to Victoria Shopping arcade and in summer you can sit out on the patio and watch the shoppers. Quiz nights on Wednesdays and next live music or gig displayed on posters inside.
- Ragged Trousers
44 The Pantiles
Long narrow cafe-style pub straddling from London Road to the famous Georgian Pantiles area of the town. In clement weather the front seating provides an enviable position to observe passers by and activity of the local traders’ market. Inside the candle lit scrubbed wooden tables and low lighting create a cosy feel contrasting with the vibrant atmosphere. Four hand pumps dispense the local Fonthill and Long Man ales and a guest ale. Brasserie style meals and accompanying side dishes are served at lunchtime.
- Robin Hood
Part of the Hungry House chain this themed family friendly pub offers reasonably priced food and a range of Greene King ales. Regular and seasonal promotions are part of the chain's offer. The pub has been recently refurbished.
- Rose & Crown
47 Grosvenor Road
A few steps away from main shopping area this traditional pub is full of character. One bar in centre of room with stools for 'propping up bar' makes you talk to your fellow drinkers. Locals very friendly. Good home cooked food at reasonable prices at present lunch time only. There's a large upper room with a pool table and darts board also suitable for meetings etc. reached by a spiral staircase.
- Royal Oak
92 Prospect Road
Large but homely pub situated a short walk from the town centre and about 10 minutes from the railway station. Six handpumps dispense mainly beers from Kent and Sussex breweries, such as Cellar Head and Iron Pier, on an ever-changing basis, plus real ciders from Turners and Charrington's. Local bands perform live most Saturday evenings and also on festival weekends. Check the chalkboard for information about forthcoming music and events. Ample space is available in which to enjoy live music, monthly quizzes or a game of bar billiards. No food service from the kitchen at the moment but a pizza van serves on Fridays and Saturdays 5-9pm.
- Royal Wells Hotel
In 2015 Shepherd Neame invested £2.4 million extensively refurbishing this fine building which sits on Mount Ephraim, overlooking the town centre. The striking and spacious orangery house the new Brasserie and customers can also enjoy alfresco dining in the courtyard garden. Drinks can be taken in the Wells and Library Bars which also serve meals, morning coffee and afternoon tea. The hotel offers a choice from 27 en suite bedrooms. Function rooms catering for anything up to 150 guests are available to hire for parties, conferences and even weddings as the establishment is a licensed wedding venue. Ownership transferred from Shepherd Neame to RedCat Pub Company in November 2021.
39 Mount Ephraim
Family run pub based in the Wells since 1961. Two cask ales are offered, with the second pump a changing guest usually from a Kent microbrewery such as Rockin Robin or Kent, and up to twenty kegs offering a varied selection of British and Belgian craft beers. The striking interior is adorned with enamel plate signs, family memorabilia and antique church pews, with a large open fire. Sankeys is renowned for its seafood dishes which are served in the pub and also in the attached brasserie. One real cider is stocked, usually sourced from a Kentish producer such as Kentish Pip.
- St John's Yard
66 St Johns Road
Small modern bar area with comfortable and quirky furniture. A larger area for drinkers can be found on the rear patio which comes into its own when occasional beer festivals are held. Staff have a casual and friendly disposition. There is a function room seating 50 people available free of charge. No television and low background music.
- Sussex Arms
This quirky pub is well worth a visit and is something of a hidden gem being tucked away behind the Corn Exchange, just off the bustling Pantiles and only yards from sister pub, the Ragged Trousers. Regular events (some unusual) include live music and stand up comedy and are held in the Forum basement of the pub. Thursday is quiz night. Very welcoming and appealing to all ages. A suntrap patio and a glass-covered terrace are attractions for warmer weather drinking away from the Pantiles crowds. There is normally a Fonthill Brewery beer available.
- Tiger Tavern
5 Culverden Down
RE-OPENED AUGUST 2021: AS 'TIGER TAVERN' WITH 2 x HANDPUMPS
Small side street establishment, just off the A26, which styles itself as a Wine Bar and Lounge yet still recognisable as a pub. Extensive list of fine wines and cocktails on offer. A plush interior leads through to a private rear garden complete with comfortable furniture.
- Trinity Arts Centre
This church in the centre of the town has changed to a popular theatre. Art Festivals etc on show in a separate area which are free to view. The public area is in the Theatre foyer and a light lunch is available as well as other refreshments. Very relaxed cosy atmosphere and tickets obtainable nearby if you choose to book for their very talented shows. Tea etc available from 8am onwards.
- Tunbridge Wells Constitutional Club
Rocklands, 1 Sandrock Road
This is a private members club located just outside the Tunbridge Wells town centre affiliated with the ACC clubs. It has an impressive approach with its grand doric columns and stately home appearance. The interior is beautifully appointed with two large lounges, a snooker hall in the basement and function rooms upstairs, It holds regular entertainment nights and an annual beer festival.
- Tunbridge Wells Cricket Club The Neville Ground, Warwick Park, Neville Gate Tunbridge Wells TN2 5ES
- White Bear
84 High Street
Now re-opened as The White Bear after renovations by Young & Co. Nestled in the heart of Royal Tunbridge Wells, just a short stroll from the train station, boutique shops and a stones throw from the famous Pantiles. Three hand pumps serve ales, with craft beers also available. The White Bear’s bar and restaurant is elegant, but laid back, serving brunch, lunch and dinner including Sunday lunch. Its best kept secret is the secluded Orangery complete with theatrical garden grill kitchen, magnificent walled garden, outside bar with retractable roof which comes alive during the summer months. Selected sports events will be shown on the large TV screen.
- Allkin Tap & Bottle 102 Calverley Road Tunbridge Wells TN1 2UN moc.gniwerbniklla@patwt
- White Rock Inn
Smart country pub in a quiet village at the foot of the Greensand ridge below Knole Park. Attached marquee and large garden where petanque and bat and trap can be played. Changing menu offering excellent food seven days a week from bar snacks, ploughmans, basket meals to a la carte with a wide selection of vegetarian dishes. Separate restaurant. Occasional live music and local theatre society performances in Summer in the Garden. Caters for functions such as birthday parties, weddings and corporate events. Beer and music festival held in July.
- White Rock Inn Carters Hill Underriver TN15 0SB (01732) 833112
- George & Dragon
A very warm and welcoming 16th century pub in the centre of the town with oak beams and a wood burning stove. An extensive menu is served until 10pm. The pub is near Chartwell and Squerryes Court. Re-opened on 27th July 2022 after a long period of refurbishment and operated under the Bel & The Dragon brand, a pub chain purchased by Fuller Smith and Turner in 2018. Tastefully refurbished in an almost colonial style with multiple drinking areas and a conservatory restaurant. Attractive terrace at the rear. Rooms are available.
- Grasshopper on the Green
4 The Green
Former coaching station enjoying an enviable position facing the green whose name emanates from the creature on the crest of the Tudor owners of the manor of Westerham. The three bars cater for a variety of clientelle with the rear room housing a log fire and the Wolfe bar catering for customers seeking live sports TV coverage. A comprehensive menu includes breakfast and light bites and the first floor restaurant provides more dining space. Outdoor table seating available for people-watching on the green or in the peaceful rear garden away from the crowds.
- King's Arms
A pleasant and stylish hotel bar in a Georgian coaching inn which has been welcoming guests since 1700. The rear courtyard terrace provides a peaceful environment away from the often-busy High Street. As part of the Old English Inns group the hotel has 17 bedrooms available for customers staying to visit the many nearby attractions including Chartwell, Emmetts Gardens and Quebec House. Greene King IPA is usually accompanied by Old Speckled Hen and a guest from breweries such as Belhaven, Sharp's or Skinners. A variety of meal options include a range of vegan and gluten-free choices, a saver menu available Monday to Saturday until 5pm, and Sunday roasts.
- Westerham Brewery Tap Room
With the brewery now re-located to this new site, the Tap Room is openfor on and off sales (reduced opening hours in winter). A variety of Westerham cask & craft ales are provided in the modern and tasteful bar, complemented by a selection of wines and spirits for sale either on the premises or to take home. Seating is available in the bar, in an area which extends into the brewery itself or outside on the front terrace where street food stalls serve meals on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays .Brewery tours are provided on Fridays and Saturdays and are available by booking in advance. Many other events such as live music and food, classic car meets and special tastings are advertised on the brewery website. Children are welcome until 6pm.
- Westerham Club
Small, friendly and all about the local community. That is us at the Westerham Club. All major sporting events are shown on our large screen (the largest in town). Cheapest venue in Westerham. Our members come again and again and new members are always welcome too. We have bands on a regular basis. Quiz nights too. Pop in and join us - you won't regret it!
- George & Dragon Market Square Westerham TN16 1AW (01959) 928414