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12 cosy winter pubs to visit in Kent

PUBLISHED: 09:45 17 November 2017 | UPDATED: 10:12 17 November 2017

The George & Dragon, Speldhurst

The George & Dragon, Speldhurst


Nothing beats finding a corner next to a crackling fire in a cosy pub, so we rounded up 12 of our favourites in Kent to escape the cold

1. The Plough Inn, Stalisfield

Run by a husband and wife team who are dedicated to good food made well with locally sourced ingredients, The Plough Inn in Stalisfield is an old pub with exposed wooden beams and low ceilings, perfect to coop up in after a country walk.

Well thought-out ingredients go into every dish made at The Plough with Kentish producers put at the forefront of the seasonally changing menus.

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2. The George and Dragon, Sandwich

The historical George and Dragon pub in Sandwich was opened over 570 years, and has been a firm favourite for those seeking shelter and a pint or two for centuries. It is now Cask Marque accredited for its well kept ales.

Although the menu is seasonally changing, you might find a fillet of sea bream with saffron potatoes and shellfish broth or assiette of rabbit with a cauliflower, turnip and potato terrine.

3. The Three Mariners, Oare

Located in the small but picturesque village of Oare near Faversham, the Three Mariners is a favourite for walkers and birdwatchers who are visiting for a winter ramble in the mudflats and marshes.

There is a hefty drinks menu and lots of fresh fish choices for a main course, so go along on a cold afternoon and while away the time with a drink and a warming meal.

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4. The Two Brewers, Shoreham

Surrounded by rolling countryside in the pretty village of Shoreham, chocolate box country pub The Two Brewers takes pride in serving high quality, traditional pub food to its patrons.

After a long walk, bundle into this pub and get a round of drinks in before ordering a sharing plate of camembert with artisan baguette, cranberry sauce, caramelised red onion and fresh rosemary, then a hearty main such as fish and chips or a chicken, leek and bacon short crust pie. The menu is ever changing so no two visits will be the same.

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5. The Tyler’s Kiln, Tyler’s Hill, Canterbury

On the outskirts of ancient Canterbury, in the village of Tyler’s Hill is the friendly pub The Tyler’s Kiln. Charmingly bucolic, this tavern is the heart of the village community and is especially welcoming during the colder months with its crackling red brick fires and country-inspired interior design.

The Tyler’s Kiln’s winter menu has been launched featuring festive creations such as winter beef stew with honey roasted root veg and creamy mash, or the oven baked camembert sharing board with toasted focaccia, parma ham, olives, pork and chorizo croquettes and salad – yum!

6. The Tartar Frigate, Broadstairs

One of our favourite places for seafood is also a cosy spot to enjoy a winter’s visit to the coast. The Tarter Frigate in Broadstairs is metres away from the stormy seas visible from the cosy interiors of this charming pub.

Pick a corner and settle in for a few rounds of drinks and maybe some food fresh from the Kent waters. Live music can be enjoyed throughout the year at The Tartar Frigate from folk singers to jazz bands – make sure to check the website for upcoming events.

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7. The Bricklayer’s Arms, Chipstead, Sevenoaks

The Bricklayer’s Arms is nestled in the village of Chipstead, ideally located at the end of the Darent Valley Walk which weaves through the Kent Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

This quintessentially British establishment has daily changing menus to reflect seasonality of produce. Expect dishes such as pork and leek sausages with creamy mash, onion gravy and peas; baked haddock in a creamy cheese and spinach sauce with mash and vegetables; or steak, red wine and mushroom shortcrust pie – all to be enjoyed next to the open fire.

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8. The George and Dragon, Speldhurst

The second George and Dragon on the list is in the village of Speldhurst. This pub, built way back in the 13th century, comes with high accolades from the likes of the Michelin Guide (2016) and Trip Advisor reviewers who call it a “lovely old pub”, an “outstanding country pub” and “a real English pub”.

The supply chain is completely transparent for meat, fish and fruit and veg, so you can rest assured that local suppliers are utilised where possible. Expect well-made classics such as steak, mushroom and ale pie with mash and autumn vegetables; or braised shoulder of lamb with fondant potato, buttered spinach and a minted lamb jus. Find a wine from the dedicated wine menu to top your meal off.

9. The Three Chimneys, Biddenden

Old doesn’t always mean cosy, but it certainly applies at The Three Chimneys in Biddenden, that’s why it appears on our favourite historical pubs too! With hops hanging from the ceiling, old candlelit tables and dark wooden beams, this pub takes cosy to a new level.

The Three Chimneys has won the Good Pub Guide Awards’ County Dining Pub prize seven times since 2009, for its use of locally sourced ingredients on the menu to create inventive and seasonal dishes.

10. The Wheatsheaf, Bough Beech

With décor that pays homage to its rich history dating all the way back to the 14th century, The Wheatsheaf in the pretty hamlet of Bough Beech, is the perfect post-walk country pub to bundle into; dogs, children and everyone in-between will be welcomed.

Take a seat by the roaring open fire for a pint of something alongside ale battered fish and chips or woodland mushroom risotto, all making the most of seasonal ingredients that are readily available in the Kentish countryside.

11. The Poet at Matfield

Alongside being a cosy place to escape for a few beers or a gin and tonic, The Poet at Matfield also does a lot of exciting things with food. Low ceilings, wooden floors and sympathetic interior design create the cosy backdrop to enjoy some creative plates.

Although the menu changes with seasonal availability of ingredients, you can expect beautifully presented food and events such as steak night, every Tuesday with a steak and carafe of wine at £35 for two people.

12. The Beacon, Royal Tunbridge Wells

Just outside Royal Tunbridge Wells is The Beacon on Tea Garden Lane, a stylishly decorated pub that has arresting views over its 17 acres of rolling countryside, complete with three lakes – so make sure to grab a seat next to the window.

With a careful attention to detail when sourcing ingredients, you can be sure of an elevated dining experience at The Beacon. Dishes such as starters of leek and goat cheese parfait with a truffle emulsion; mains of ale and black treacle cured rump of beef with horseradish hollandaise; and desserts such as vanilla pannacotta, toasted almonds and cherry sorbet – yum!

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