11 pubs with great beer gardens in Kent
PUBLISHED: 16:42 23 April 2018
We have selected some pubs in Kent with beer gardens that are perfect to enjoy the warm weather
The Plough Inn in the village of Lewson Street was built way back in 1260 originally as a blacksmith’s shop, and retains much of its period charm in the form of exposed wooden beams and open brickwork. Substantial plates of pub classics are served – and don’t forget to check the specials board for new dishes!
Sit at the front of the pub with the white-washed façade and hanging pots bursting with flowers as your backdrop, or head into the large and open garden which is surrounded by greenery.
The George & Dragon, Sandwich
Built in 1446, the historical George & Dragon pub in Sandwich is a cosy sanctuary in the winter, but in the summer, the courtyard beer garden is a pretty spot to soak up some sun.
Order your 48 day aged sirloin steak with hand-cut chips to be taken outside, washed down with a glass of cask ale – as The George & Dragon was recently awarded a Cask Marque.
The Kings Arms, Boxley
Located in the beautiful village of Boxley is The Kings Arms, a traditional British pub with a large garden enveloped in flora.
Pick one of the picnic benches to settle down in for a warm afternoon spent enjoying food cooked with local ingredients with the historical backdrop of this late-12th century tavern.
The King & Queen, East Malling
Serving drinks to thirsty patrons since 1537, The King & Queen in East Malling is a quintessential country pub that is steeped in history and has a lovely little garden too.
Head out back for high quality pub fare cooked from scratch with ingredients sourced from local producers, and a glass of wine (or three) from the curated wine list.
The Great House, Hawkhurst
With a lovely terrace beer garden that spills out onto the immaculate shrubbery and herb garden, you can enjoy a cold drink in style at The Great House in Hawkhurst.
After a walk through the Kentish Weald, sit outside with this historical tavern as your backdrop and tuck into dishes with influences from traditional British to French brasserie – and don’t forget to grab a pint of real ale too!
King Henry VIII Inn, Hever
There are delicious beers and ales available for visitors to King Henry VIII Inn in Hever which you can enjoy in the stylish beer garden of this picturesque pub.
After relaxing in the garden, pay a visit to the historic Hever Castle, childhood home of King Henry VIII’s second wife, Anne Boleyn.
Three Daws, Gravesend
The beer garden at Three Daws in Gravesend has stunning views over the Thames. What better to do on a summer’s afternoon than while the time away with beer in hand next to the river?
You might be lucky enough to catch a live music event in the garden – keep up to date on the events page on the Three Daws website.
Fighting Cocks, Horton Kirby
With a large and lush garden surrounding The Fighting Cocks in Horton Kirby, you are sure to find some peace and quiet next to the river which runs past it.
Make your way through the conservatory restaurant through to the garden and establish a spot for you and your friends to enjoy a bottle of wine or bubbles in the sunshine.
The Dirty Habit, Hollingbourne
Stop off at The Dirty Habit in Hollingbourne after a country ramble and enjoy the trellised patio beer garden with stylish décor that feels like a secret escape.
Having been used as a stop off on the famous pilgrimage to Canterbury for hundreds of years, The Dirty Habit is truly historical.
The Kings Arms Hotel, Sandwich
Independent and historical, The Kings Arms Hotel is an inn snuggled next to the oldest church in the town, St Mary’s. Classic pub food populates the menu and there’s a good wine list to peruse too.
Retaining many of its period features, the Kings Arms has a pleasant exterior that is complemented by a charming and bucolic beer garden and patio area.
Stylish interiors with nods to British heritage welcome visitors to The Poet in the village of Matfield. Head out to the rear to the large beer garden – which is dotted with picnic benches on the grass – for a G&T or glass of wine.
Keep an eye on The Poet’s social media as the summer sees some barbecue lunches and other events.