Pubs you love

PUBLISHED: 10:39 20 July 2010 | UPDATED: 17:34 20 February 2013

Pubs you love

Pubs you love

When we invited readers to name their favourite local earlier in the year, <br/><br/>they responded magnificently. Here are six of the best

Pubs you love

When we invited readers to name their favourite local earlier in the year,

they responded magnificently. Here are six of the best

The Bull at Benenden

Lucy and Mark Barron Reid have owned the award-winning The Bull at Benenden for six years and together clock up 45 years in the industry.

Its our attention to detail that makes us a much-loved and valued hub of the local community, says Lucy. The Bull is used as a base by more than 40 local clubs and hosts events such as Beer Festivals, Summer and Christmas Fayres and Open Days. Theres live music most weekends and a candlelit acoustic nusic club once a month.

As a Mid Kent CAMRA Pub of

the Year, they support Kent breweries, while wines are by Chapel Down, Seddlescombe Organic and Biddenden, which also supplies cider.

Lucy adds: Our menu is difficult

to pigeonhole as it constantly evolves around seasonal ingredients. Our fish supplier is in New Romney and local farmers supply our meat, including Charlie who catches the best rabbits!

Why I love my local

I have lived in the village for 22 years and have seen the pub in various incarnations - but Mark and Lucy have absolutely transformed it. Its a fantastic pub, probably the best I have ever been to. A real hub of village life, and I love the way everybody feels welcome there. The food is outstandingly good, there is a really inclusive range of music and entertainment and the beer is beautifully kept.!

Mary Cruse, Benenden


The Bull at Benenden

The Street, Benenden

TN17 4DE

01580 240054

The George at Cranbrook

Martin Lyall took over as manager at The George Hotel in 2009, moving from The Vine Inn at Tenterden.

He believes that attention to detail and building a great team makes the pub special, coupled with a history dating back to Queen Elizabeth I.

Shepherd Neame ales and lagers are served, with Master Brew and Spitfire always available plus a seasonal guest ale such as Whitstable Bay for the summer. There are two bars, including the traditional Cranbrook Bar where the local chess club meets.

Head chef Paulo Fernandez offers a brasserie menu with pub favourites such as shepherds pie and Spitfire Ale battered cod and a restaurant menu for fine dining in the Dining Room.

Meat is from Park Farm, Hawkhurst as well as J C Rook in Ramsgate, the fish comes in daily from Griggs of Hythe and the vegetables are courtesy of R J Kingsland in Maidstone.

Why I love my local

As a local business, we use The George Hotels facilities regularly and also

with my family socially, but this is only since the new management took over.

The George is a thriving hub of activity in the town, and is a big asset for many different age groups in the community

as a meeting place.

Stuart Cleary, Benenden


Stone Street

Cranbrook TN17 3HE

TN17 4DE

01580 713348

The Royal Abion at Broadstairs

Shane and Marie Godwin have been managers with Shepherd Neame for seven years and used to run pubs in Canterbury before moving to The Royal Albion in March 2007. They met in Shanes native Australia and say taking on the historic hotel overlooking Viking Bay was a huge step up for us, but their hard work has been rewarded.

Following a 1m modernisation, which included refurbishing all 21 delightful en-suite bedrooms (11 with sea views), Ballards coffee lounge and bar, terracing the previously grassed front area and creating an upmarket new restaurant, they were awarded Shepherd Neame Pub of the Year 2010.

A popular local haunt, an informal coffee club has developed. They meet every day, and there are queues out of the door at weekends. We struggle when we have family or friends to find anywhere else thats better than being at work to enjoy a coffee! says Shane.

Why I love my local

Weve been regulars at the Albion for over six years now. Weve always loved the stunning view over Viking Bay, but recent changes have improved it immeasurably. It now boosts a stylish coffee bar and an exquisite restaurant, in our opinion the best in Broadstairs. The snack menu has been updated and frankly its difficult for us to justify going anywhere else, whatever the occasion!

Garry and Saskia Thompson, Broadstairs


The Royal Albion

6-12 Albion Street,

Broadstairs CT10 1AN

01843 868071

The Fruiterers Arms at Rodmersham

Leaseholders Adrian Hall and Tony DeBell will have been nine years at The Fruiterers Arms in October. They have both worked in the industry for many years but while Tony has always lived and worked locally Adrian, originally from Staffordshire, ran a restaurant in Spain for six years.

Right on the village green, the pub also has a beer garden where you can enjoy real ales such as Timothy Taylor and Shepherd Neames Masterbrew. Theres a separate restaurant, although food is served throughout the pub, including home-made pies, pasta and puds, curry dishes and fresh fish. In the evening, steaks are served on a grillstone at the table for you to cook.

We occasionally hold a quiz on a Bank Sunday Holiday evening and proceeds go to Steve Brown, a young man who plays wheelchair rugby

and is hoping to be selected for the 2012 Paralympics, says Tony.

Why I love my local

This is delightful hostelry which I have been patronising for a number of years and I can say without any hesitation, that I have never had a bad meal. The service is good, one always receives a friendly welcome and the menu is quite extensive. An OAPs menu is available daily and the la carte provides everything Im looking for. It is generally better to book a table, as a casual visit may well find no seats available. The prices have increased over the past year, but are still below most other pubs.

David Hallett, Rainham


The Fruiterers Arms

Rodmersham Green,

Sittingbourne ME9 0PP

01795 424198

The Tiger Inn at Stowting

The Tiger Inn, set deep in the countryside was taken over by villagers some years ago and is now a thriving business going from strength to strength under the stewardship of Emma Oliver and Benn Jarvis.

What makes our pub stand out from the crowd you mean apart from my movie star looks and Bens sparkling wit and ready repartee? jokes Emma. Some say its the delicious food from cheesy chips and baguettes to grilled scallops or slow-roast belly pork, others say its the fact you can tether your horse on our hitching pole which is outside, by the way. Others appreciate the fact we are on the North Downs Way, so its great for walkers and their dogs.

Theres always a real fire burning and in the autumn people love that. But I think its the atmosphere in this lovely old place. Its warm, friendly and fun, just like our locals!

Why I love my local

You always find fantastic food, local beers, and brilliant service with a smile here, which makes for an atmosphere that matches the surroundings, (roaring log fire, books, newspapers, bric--brac).

On top of that, its situated right in the middle of many fantastic walks on the Downs, so it is the perfect pit-stop!

Carl Adams, East Brabourne


The Tiger Inn


Ashford TN25 6BA

01303 862130

The George & Dragon at Ightham

Mark and Fiona Harris have been tenants at The George and Dragon

for five years, though both had very different careers Mark worked in

his family dairy business and Fiona was in recruitment in The City.

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