12 cosy winter pubs to visit in Kent
PUBLISHED: 12:38 27 November 2018 | UPDATED: 12:38 27 November 2018
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
• 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.
• 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 fillet of hake with saffron infused mussels and crushed new potatoes or chicken roulade stuffed with blue cheese and walnuts on an apple and sage potato rosti.
• 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.
• 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 hearty dish such as cardamom and anise spiced belly of pork with apple and celeriac mash, baby leeks and crackling with a bacon, cider and tarragon jus. The menu is ever changing so no two visits will be the same.
• 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 butter basted roast turkey crown with sage and onion stuffing, pigs in blankets, honey roast parsnips, duck fat roast potatoes, Brussels sprouts and a thyme jus.
• 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.
• 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 warming dishes such as beef, ale and mushroom pie with creamy mash and veg – all to be enjoyed next to the open fire.
• 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 most importantly, customers who call it 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 Speldhurst sausage and mash with caramelised onions, greens and red wine gravy; or lamb chop with dauphinoise potatoes. Find a wine from the dedicated wine menu to top your meal off.
• 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 eight times since 2009, for its use of locally sourced ingredients on the menu to create inventive and seasonal dishes.
• 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 duck into; dogs, children and everyone in-between will be welcomed.
Take a seat by the roaring open fire for a pint of something alongside south coast cod with thick cut chips or rump of lamb with purple potatoes and veg, all making the most of seasonal ingredients that are readily available in the Kentish countryside.
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. We love the sound of 28-day aged beef fillet dauphinoise potatoes or chips with a truffle sauce.
• 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, The Beacon provides an elevated dining experience. Expect festive dishes such as breast and pastille of pheasant with chestnut bread and butter pudding, cabbage, bacon and red currants – yum!