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A 14th century, traditional country pub that is the oldest building in the village. It lies close to North Downs walks and cycle routes. Local guest ales and locally sourced, homemade food is available. There is a separate restaurant and large garden with covered terrace dining area. Live music sessions are held on Friday evenings.
- West Malling Golf Club
The club has two golf courses named Spitfire and Hurricane after aircraft that flew from the nearby former West Malling airfield that is now the Kings Hill Business and residential development. Two putting greens and an 11-bay driving range are also provided, Fine dining restaurant and event facilities may be booked.
- Angel The Green Addington ME19 5BB (01732) 842117
- Poppy Fields
St Laurence Avenue
A very busy restaurant aimed at all members of the community including young families and specialising in rotisserie dishes. A playground is provided for children inside and out. Tables may be pre-booked but otherwise need to wait to be seated. An area is assigned for drinkers. Four positions are reserved in car park for electric vehicles to recharge.
- Sir Thomas Wyatt
A large, roadside pub to the west of Maidstone with adjacent Premier Inn. The walls of the split level bar and large, comfortably furnished restaurant show pictures of old Allington. A small room off the bar area has ten seats. Usual Beefeater fare is offered with music played in all areas. Breakfast is served 06:30-10:30 weekdays and 07:00-10:45 weekends.
- Poppy Fields St Laurence Avenue Allington ME16 0ZP (01622) 683985
- Aylesford Village Club 57 Rochester Road Aylesford ME20 7BS (01622) 716056
17 Rochester Road
This large, single bar, pub is close to the recreation field and is popular with locals, It has sports TV showing major sports events. Home cooked traditional fare at very reasonable prices is served and children are welcome. The function room upstairs may be booked free of charge.
63 High Street
Under new ownership September 2018. A Grade II listed timber framed, former wool merchants house, dating from 1511, in the heart of the village. Classic beamed interior on several levels with dining area to the front and popular riverside drinking area to the rear affording excellent views of Aylesford's medieval bridge. Good range of food with an emphasis on fish. Specials list changed daily. Sunday carvery. Takeaways and meal delivery.
7-9 High Street
Entry may be via the path from the adjacent car park or from the High Street. Downstairs there is a bar with a casual dining brasserie and an extensive garden bar and barbeque area. The wooden beams reflect the age of the building which is not apparent from the exterior. Upstairs is a restaurant with a cocktail bar. Lunch may be a la carte or from the set menu. Dinner may be in the casual dining room but there are also two formal dining rooms upstairs. All meals are freshly made with locally sourced ingredients. Cask ale and cider is stocked.
- Lower Bell
201 Old Chatham Road, Blue Bell Hill
Just off the main road near to Kit's Coty ancient monument. Bar access via steps but there is a ramp to the right. Has a comprehensive food menu and does takeaways. A large screen TV caters for sports events. Jam nights on Tuesdays and bands monthly. Large paved outside area with wide spaced tables. En-suite accommodation is available in an adjacent building.
5 Tonbridge Road
On the A26 bordering open countryside. Large garden with plenty of tables. Large covered terrace with tables. The interior has a new look with pen and wash pictures of Maidstone scenes and photographs of old buses but layout is unchanged. An eclectic menu and reasonable prices but many old favourites as well. Over 65's Club allows a reduction of 25% for food on Tuesdays. Burger Night Weds, Grill Night Thurs. Buses to Maidstone/Tonbridge/Tunbridge Wells stop outside regularly.
70 North Street
Fitted with disabled toilets and ramps, this a pleasant restaurant with a good selection of dishes but still offering beer, NHS staff get 10% off food bill except Sundays. Takeaway fish and chips are available. OAP menu on Monday lunchtime & evening. Smart housing on one side and but countryside on the other is now being built upon. The nearest buses stop at the Bull on the main road (6/7) or in Beverley Road (8). Two petanque pitches in garden.
- Rockin Robin on the Green
1 Heath Road
A friendly corner pub overlooking the heath. Multi-level with steps. The nearest pub to Maidstone Hospital. Pub favourites plus specials often available and Sunday roasts. Lots of picnic tables in car park and covered stage area for bands. Rockin' Robin beers vary on the handpumps.
- Bull 5 Tonbridge Road Barming ME16 9HB (01622) 427665
- Bell Inn
A community pub with a covered decking-laid rear garden with pizza bar and tables. The popular restaurant was a later addition to the original building and features its own well, over which it was built. The well remains and has been capped by a large sheet of glass and is now lit within. Extensive menu offering popular dishes at reasonable prices. The bar area gives a modern appearance with adequate seating. Live music on Fridays.
- Oak on the Green
A very busy pub/restaurant with a cosy atmosphere created by subdued lighting in this 17th century building. Popular for birthday and other celebrations. The menu contains a variety of changing dishes available all day every day. Outside large heated umbrellas keep you warm and dry.
- Rose Inn
87 Ashford Road
Enter via steps and veranda at the front into a darkly lit ambience that exists throughout the floor boarded bar. There is a stone floored Indian restaurant to the left through an archway to rear. Wooden panelled bar with half boarded walls. A large clock provides an interesting feature above the bar. Both English and Punjabi dishes are available. Kitchen late close times may vary.
- White Horse
A large Mitchells & Butlers owned pub restaurant overlooking Bearsted Green. A variety of seating areas are provided amid wooden beams. Rather clinical look throughout. The restaurant area has two floors. Attractive slate tiles adorn the gents.
139 Ashford Road
Re-furbished 2018 and has an airy open plan bar and restaurant which extends into a conservatory. Garden with tables to rear. Large patio with tables at front. In September 2019 changed to a Mediterranean restaurant with good quality food cooked from fresh ingredients. The full menu and pizzas are available for takeaway.
- Bell Inn Ware Street Bearsted ME14 4PA (01622) 427917
Imposing 17th-century free house beside the large and picturesque village green. The public bar is characterised by wooden floors, exposed oak beams and a large inglenook fireplace. A separate dining room serves locally grown produce although meals may also be taken in the public bar. Booking is advisable for the Friday fish and chips evening. There is no food Sunday evenings. Monthly Sunday music sessions begin at 5pm and last until about 7pm.
- Bull The Street Benenden TN17 4DE (01580) 240054
This is a 15th century traditional cottage-style country inn with brick floor and inglenook fireplace in the public bar and a comfortable eating area on the other side. It has a good reputation for the quality of the food. A good friendly local. There is a large garden to the rear with a play area for children. Five caravans can be accommodated in the adjacent field.
- Woolpack Benover Road Benover ME18 6AS (01892) 730356
- Chart Hills Golf Club
Clubhouse and driving range open but course closed for renovation. The golf course was designed by Sir Nick Faldo in 1993 and the club house has restaurant and bar facilities as well as facilities for weddings, conferences and other events. Sunday carvery every Sunday from 12-4pm. Smart casual dress code in clubhouse.
- Red Lion
14 High Street
Comfortable, beamed pub built in 1400s and now the only only one remaining in this village famous for the first recorded siamese twins. The longstanding licensee places a high priority on the quality of food served here and beer drinkers will not be disappointed.
- Three Chimneys
Dating from 15th-century this pub is an architectural gem with various nooks and crannies to explore. It is noted for its fine dining and the facilities have now been extended with the addition of a conservatory. The restaurant offers an extensive menu but only a bar menu is available from 2-6. There are five high quality guest rooms. Several garden areas afford a place in which to relax. Beer comes direct from the cask. The house beer is Chimneys Ale, brewed by Goachers
- Chart Hills Golf Club Weeks Lane Biddenden TN27 8JX (01580) 292222
- Nevill Bull
1 Ryarsh Road
A village-centre pub with bare floorboards and a quirky interior with tinplate models and other items. Hops decorate the ceiling. The name was changed in 1953, honouring a local landowner's son, Lt Michael Nevill, killed in WWII. British pub food will be cooked from fresh ingredients.
- Nevill Bull 1 Ryarsh Road Birling ME19 5JW (01732) 849045
- Boughton Monchelsea
- Cock Inn
A 16th-century coaching inn built to provide lodgings for Canterbury pilgrims, full of character, with oak beams and an inglenook fireplace. A large and varied menu complemented by real ales is served in both the bar and restaurant, Sunday roasts are a popular specialty here (no food Sunday eve). There is a large patio area. Various board games are available. Situated near the Greensand Way, dogs and walkers are welcome.
- Cock Inn Heath Road Boughton Monchelsea ME17 4JD (01622) 743166
- Kings Arms
This old pub is located opposite a picturesque country church. There is a large brick fire place and mostly wooden décor. Mainly operates as a restaurant but drinkers are also welcome. To the rear is a very large attractive enclosed garden that has many picnic tables and a water feature. A bookable function room is available for events.
- Kings Arms The Street Boxley ME14 3DR (01622) 755177
- George Hotel
One of the town's landmark buildings, dating from the 14th century. Queen Elizabeth I met town dignitaries there on her visit in 1573. There are two bars, one with a TV and children in the daytime, the other is larger and named as a brasserie serving food all day. There is also a separate 40-seat restaurant and an 8-seat private dining room. Twelve en-suite rooms for letting. Lunch is served 12-3.
- Larkins' Alehouse
7 High Street
Former florist shop now a long, narrow micropub with a servery at the rear behind which real ales and ciders are sold on gravity dispense from a temperature controlled cool room cellar. Prosecco, gin, vodka, fruit juice and local Chapel Down wine are provided for those who prefer them. Cold food may be supplied with three or four days notice and is available on Thursday and Friday. Local CAMRA Branch Pub Of The Year and Cider Pub Of The Year 2019 to 2021. Kent Cider Pub Of The Year 2019. Alternative contact telephone number is 07917 252585. Takeout service provided.
- White Horse
Cranbrook's only true local with a wine bar-style layout, lively atmosphere and friendly staff. The bar is surrounded on three sides. A large-screen TV shows sports with smaller TVs around. There are four en-suite letting rooms.
- George Hotel Stone Street Cranbrook TN17 3HE (01580) 713348
- Cock Horse
39 The Street
This 14th century pub with restaurant has a friendly atmosphere, serving freshly cooked food every day. Refitted Feb 2016 after new licensees took over. The name derives from the necessity for a ‘cock’ or heavy horse to provide assistance in getting coaches up the steep gradient. It is popular with walkers on the Pilgrim's Way. A small selection of RAF Detling memorabilia can be viewed on the walls.
- Cock Horse 39 The Street Detling ME14 3JT (01622) 730144
- K Sports Bar
0844 880 0048
Large clubhouse, open to all, with sports pitches adjacent. Professional and community sport academy. Has been upgraded to include a 3G football pitch and more parking. Football tournaments often held on the grounds. Now has all weather hockey facilities. Function room(s) refitted September 2018. Further improvements are to come.
- K Sports Bar Station Road Ditton ME20 6AU 0844 880 0048
- East Farleigh
L-shaped, Victorian pub standing above the Medway valley. There is a function room down a set of steps that is well used. The garden has a children's play area with small animals. A good selection of food is available for lunch and evening meals, with daily specials, vegetarian and children's options. Takeaway and collect meals available. Occasional music events.
- East Farleigh Social Club Lower Road (B2010) East Farleigh ME15 0JL (01622) 728048
Originally an old Brewers Fayre pub. Underwent a further refit in December 2019, including replacement of restaurant furniture. The old beams and fireplaces remain but the general decor is open, airy and modern with wood predominating. The car park to the rear looks across to adjacent stables and exercise paddock. Good quality, freshly cooked food is available all day and the menu changes quarterly. A fixed price menu is available and is good value. Grade II listed.
Comfortable, traditional, friendly and well-kept two bar pub with a good social mix. Enthusiastic pub games players indicated by the trophy cabinet, Has a TV that shows terrestrial sports programs in the L-shaped public bar. The saloon bar leads to the patio that has a covered smoking area.
Welcoming family pub entered from the road via a stone stairway.. Lovely views of the Medway from the garden which has a play area for children with a bouncy castle in summer. There is parking available in the station car park close by although rail are now charging. Victory is in dispute with rail.
- Walnut Tree
The Walnut Tree has been a pub since 1796. It is a cosy country pub with lots of character, an inglenook fireplace and many exposed beams. The Shepherd Neame beers include the seasonal offerings and specials. There is a large car park and garden.
- Bull Lower Road East Farleigh ME15 0HD (01622) 583149
- East Malling
- King & Queen
1 New Road
A 16th-century beamed inn noted for the quality of its menus and bar snacks that are available all day. At either end of the main bar there are quieter rooms. The garden is pleasant in the summer and dogs are welcome there but not in the bar. Two beers change regularly and supplement the permanent beers. Quiz nights and occasional music or comedy nights take place on Sunday evenings, for which the pub stays open later. Accommodation is available at the rear with three well-appointed rooms.
- Rising Sun
125 Mill Street
Community focused free house run by the same family for nearly 30 years. Here low prices and good quality are greatly appreciated. There is a large patio garden to the rear. Sport is popular with all major football matches being shown. The pub is home to several teams including darts, football and cricket. Under 14s not allowed in bar but may use garden.
- King & Queen 1 New Road East Malling ME19 6DD (01732) 842752
- Bell & Jorrocks
This charming pub and centre of the local community. Previously called the Bell, it gained its current name when the other pub in the village, the John Jorrocks closed in 1969. The pub sign celebrates both antecedents. Originally a coaching inn dating from the early 18th century, its stables house a mid-April beer festival. A good base for circular walks in the picturesque Low Weald. Excellent food served and a pizza van calls on Sunday evenins. CAMRA branch Pub of the Year 2018.
A relaxed, family friendly pub serving great food cooked by a French chef, complimented by three real ales which change regularly, sourced from local breweries as well as more distant ones. Beers may not always be familiar, so may be purchased in small quantities as three third pint glasses in a wooden tray. Once through the front door the light and airy restaurant is to the left and contains a baby grand piano in the far corner, waiting to be played. A separate drinking area is to the right; note the curious sideways installation of the sash window. To the rear is a child and dog friendly beer garden. Happy hour Tuesday-Friday 5-7. A beer festival is held on the weekend of St Georges day with a large number of military vehicles in attendance. The hourly bus 5 from Maidstone stops outside the door.
- Bell & Jorrocks Biddenden Road Frittenden TN17 2EJ (01580) 852415
- Goudhurst Inn
Situated a short distance from the village it boasts fine views over the Weald. It has been refurbished with a tasteful modern feel with a comfortable lounge area and conservatory restaurant. Pizza shack in the garden. The food is of very good quality with locally sourced products.
- Green Cross
Situated on the A262 to the west of Goudhurst, the bare wooden floor boarded bar area has a display of copper ice buckets. The walls are covered in black boards showing a huge menu with an emphasis on seafood. At the rear is a substantial restaurant area.
- Star & Eagle
A small hotel, adjacent to the church and popular for wedding receptions. Dating back to the 14th century it has a fascinating history being associated with the infamous Hawkhurst gang of smugglers. The bar is open to non-residents and is comfortable with an inglenook fireplace. Beams and ancient timber fittings abound. A separate restaurant to the right is on two levels as the adjacent building lower down the hill was taken over some years ago. Whether it is morning coffee, a beer or a memorable meal this a venue to visit.
- Goudhurst Inn Cranbrook Road Goudhurst TN17 1DX (01580) 211451
- Grafty Green
- Kings Head
A traditional 16th century village pub, with tiled floor, oak beamed ceilings and walls with horse brasses. Here the sound of conversation is always buzzing. There is an unusal octagonal central bar and a large open log fire. Food is only available on Friday with Fish and Chips and roasts on Sunday.
- Who'd A Thought It
Set in the heart of the Kent countryside and built during reign of Henry VIII in 1545 this was originally a thatched house. It became an ale house in 1740. Strongly features champagne and oysters. It has a separate restaurant that strongly features champagne and oysters. A choice of several contemporary or traditional letting rooms some with four-poster beds and a Jacuzzi.
- Kings Head Headcorn Road Grafty Green ME17 2AN (01622) 850259
- Harrietsham Club
Small club located above the Post Office which is also owned by the club. At the top of the steps to the front is a room with two full size snooker tables and a pool table. To the rear is the bar with comfortable seating, a dart board and TV.
- Pepper Box
This charming Grade II listed large old country inn takes its name from an early type of pistol. It has beautiful inglenook fireplaces, stone walls, oak beamed ceilings and tiled floors covered with rugs. Particularly known for its restaurant, but drinkers are also welcome. No children's menu but kitchen can adapt main menu with smaller portions. Takeaway menu available. Run by members of the same family since 1958. It is very close to the Greensand Way and popular with walkers. No facilities for children and none allowed after 8pm.
- Ringlestone Inn
Located off the beaten track on the North Downs where walking and cycling are popular. Grade II listed it was originally built in 1533 as a hospice for monks and became an ale house around 1615. Several different areas with many beams indicating its age. Lit nowadays by electricity rather than the oil lamps that were here for many years. Much old furniture and the bar features an inglenook fireplace. Very good food produced by chef Paolo Rigolli using local ingredients. Separate bar and restaurant menus. Five and seven course tasting menus. Uses in house artisan cured and smoked product on the menus. Log fired asado grill and fire pit kitchen in the garden. Excellent beer comes from local Kent brewers.
- Harrietsham Club West Street Harrietsham ME17 1HX
A family run country pub that serves food every day. The L-shaped bar extends to the left where there are games. There is a large restaurant to the right and function room to the rear. A lunch menu is available 12-3 and full menu 3-8. Skittles, darts, table football and a pool table are provided. Licensed for weddings. Customer loyalty cards available.
- Hawkenbury Hawkenbury Road Hawkenbury TN12 0DZ (01580) 890567
- Eight Bells
A Grade II listed, traditional two-bar pub dating from the 18th century. Situated on Hawkhurst Moor, it stands next to the church. The main bar is to the left while the smaller bar to the right is adjacent to the restaurant. Shop and takeaway menu available Wednesday to Saturday
- Great House
Originally two cottages dating from 1615 it later became known as 'Staymakers' after a former innkeeper. It was frequented by members of the infamous Hawkhurst gang of smugglers. Re-named Wellington Arms in 1815 after alterations and to commemorate the victory at the Battle of Waterloo. In 2003 it gained its current name and became a gastropub with a reputation for excellent food. The two split-level areas are functional but also very tasteful and lead out to a patio area. The staff are attentive and friendly. The pub is licensed for weddings and has a function room for hire. It is wise to book for meals as it can get busy. Two reserved position for electric vehicles to recharge.
- Hawkhurst Golf & Squash Club
The golf course is now closed. The main bar is spacious and well-furnished and a second bar adjoins the main bar area. Bar food available most days. Spike Bar contains two flat screen televisions. A separate 60-cover function room is available for special functions/private events.
- Queen's Inn
A picturesque hotel with seven en-suite letting rooms set back from the main road. The large main bar has a number of seating areas, and the layout has a comfortable and cosy feel to it. A large fireplace adds character to the pub. Locally sourced beers and food are offered. Harvey's Sussex Best is the kept permanently while there are three other local beers available. Pizzas available throughout open hours. A separate fine dining restaurant is to the left. There is a very popular roast on Sundays.
- Royal British Legion Club
Unity Hall, High Street
Large bar with 4 darts boards, 2 for league games. 1 pool table, league games may be played during week. A further room has two full size snooker tables, 1 match standard. A function room has its own bar and kitchen holding up to 100 people. CIU and CAMRA members welcome at £1 entry.
- Royal Oak
A large, imposing building situated at the main crossroads. Re-built following a serious fire which closed the pub for a long time and now incorporating a modern-style wine bar with bare floorboards and lots of new oak. Large leather club style chars and Chesterfields add to the comfortable feel. Food is cooked from fresh ingredients and comes mainly from local sources.
- Eight Bells The Moor Hawkhurst TN18 4NX (01580) 389039
- George & Dragon
29 High Street
Built in the early 19th century the main bar is to the right with a separate small seating area slightly partitioned off. To the left is the restaurant which specialises in local produce and seafood. A carvery on Thursday evenings. Ahead leads through to a further area with further tables for dining. Two continually changing guest beers but often on from Old Dairy brewery.
- Weald of Kent Golf Club
Club is open to public and has a large clubhouse overlooking the lake and 18-hole golf course. The clubhouse contains a bar, restaurant, function suites, conference rooms and a large covered patio area. Now includes a fitness centre and gym. The lodge has 19 en suite rooms and a further 16 provide more facilities in the adjacent hotel. Breakfast menu is served 7am-11.30. Disabled facilities are provided. A wedding coordinator will assist with weddings and civil ceremonies which are catered for in the function room.
- White Horse
Greatly improved internally in 2017 under new licensee. It is now a welcoming pub with large screen TVs showing sports events. A spacious area with tables to left of the central bar leads to the toilets and a tiled area to right has plenty of tables. Meals may be served in either area. The garden has a play area for children.
- Wings Bar & Restaurant
Public Bar located at the entrance to Headcorn Airfield. Small outside patio to sit in the sunshine and watch the various aircraft taking off and landing. Many Pictures and photos on the walls of various military aircraft being themed around and in keeping with the airfield surroundings. The bar may be hired for private use. Times are subject to change.
- George & Dragon 29 High Street Headcorn TN27 9NL (01622) 890239
- Dirty Habit
Situated on thr Pilgrims Way and dating from the 11th-century this inn haslong been popular with walkers. A selection of walks are available with detailed descriptions provided on printed pages with the pub. Now updated but retaining the period oak panels, low beams an other features. Copper topped tables in the drinking area to the left. Serving a variety of freshly prepared English and Continental food. Four real ales are served on the bar. Car park has electric charging points.
- Park Gate
Located on the A20 close to Leeds Castle golf course, this Grade II listed, 18th-century former coaching inn is part of the Vintage Inn chain of Mitchells & Butlers. Several steps down from the large car park. The interior has been extensively modernised with several rooms and on several levels. Re-furbished November 2019. Areas may be set aside for parties of people. There is a large garden from which to watch the passing traffic. Use the website for all the latest offers and to book a table.
- Sugar Loaves
56 Eyhorne Street
A friendly village pub with pool and darts, plus bat & trap in the large garden. Central bar with dining on the left and a drinking area on the right side. Takeaway fish & chips may be bought. Food is not served on Sunday evenings. Grade II listed building.
32 Eyhorne Street
A 16th-century, Grade II listed, village pub now with the emphasis on dining but good ale is also to be found. Large garden with a barbeque, covered terrace, picnic tables and umbrellas. The large car park to the rear is shared with the adjacent village hall.
- Dirty Habit Upper Street Hollingbourne ME17 1UW (01622) 880880
- Hook & Hatchet
Situated in an area of 600 acres of Woodland Trust Parkland, this remote pub is popular with walkers and horse riders as food is available all day. There are hitching rails provided for horses. The licensees have lovingly refurbished this pub to bring it back into use following a two year period of closure. Large pub mirrors have been sourced and together with other pub memorabilia decorate the interior. A large covered patio stretches down the right hand side. Various events are scheduled during each week. Large terrestrial TV inside and outside for large events. The garden has a burger shack and bar.
- Hook & Hatchet Church Road Hucking ME17 1QT (01622) 880272
- Hunton Village Club
The only licenced premises in the village this friendly club is run by volunteers and opening hours are restricted. Opening hours are subject to availability of bar staff.
- White House
This is a large, comfortable, country pub with a homely style. Suitable for families. Goacher's ales are dispensed by gravity. Supports the local church and farmers and also holds many fund raising events for local charities. There is a darts board, a pool table and a quiz is held on Tuesday evenings. At the rear there are eight floodlit petanque pistes and also has darts teams.
- Hunton Village Club West Street Hunton ME15 0RS (01622) 820315
- Iden Green
- Woodcock Inn
An isolated, weather-boarded inn set among woodland and well worth finding. The low beamed main bar has a large fireplace with a wood-burning stove. Seating/eating area's are at either end. The new paintwork gives a light and airy appearance. Good sized enclosed grassed garden area. Large car park. Breakfast 9-11 Thursday to Sunday. Walkers, families and dogs are welcome.
- Woodcock Inn Woodcock Lane Iden Green TN17 4HT (01580) 240009
- Iden Green (Goudhurst)
Iden Green (Goudhurst)
Attractive peg tile and weatherboarded country pub set back from the road with a large car park. Dating back to 1397, it is named after the peacocks that were formerly kept at the nearby Glassenbury Estate. The two bars are simply furnished. The main bar has old beams and a large inglenook fireplace burning logs in winter and provides a pleasant dining area. The newer rear bar opens onto the large secluded garden. Dogs on leads welcome except in the restaurant area.
- Peacock Goudhurst Road Iden Green (Goudhurst) TN17 2PB (01580) 211233
- Small Holding
A comfortable restaurant and bar with wooden floors and tables. It is situated on the side of the hill at the end of the village. The outside decking areas have excellent views across the Weald. There are occasional special menu evenings. Food and drink matching evenings are held. Chef Will Devlin won Kent Chef of the Year in the Taste of Kent Awards 2018. Vegan and vegetarian menus may be available. A lot of the ingredients are grown in poly-tunnels on their own plot at the rear. A wood-burning fire keeps the bar comfortable in winter. Local real ale and 'craft' ales on the bar.
- Small Holding Ranters Lane Kilndown TN17 2SG (01892) 890105
- Kings Hill
- Kings Hill Golf Club
An airey modern clubhouse with dining area upstairs. Has a 6,600 yard, par72 course, pro-shop and comprehensive training facilities. Members and Non Members Welcome.
1 Liberty Square
Close to the shopping centre of a new and extending estate, this is a large modern building on several levels. It has been re-fitted in spring 2018 but still maintains traditional pub values. It is busy at lunchtimes providing good quality pub food for shoppers and workers from the nearby businesses and in the evenings for more formal eating. On entering from the concourse the bar is to the right and features both high and lower level seating. This leads to the toilet and an upper drinking area. Straight through from the entrance is a further drinking and eating area which then leads outside to the enclosed garden with plenty of tables and a dedicated children's play area. There is a restaurant to the left of the bar with a few steps up. Breakfast is served 10-12. Booking required for meals. Two function rooms are available on the first floor.
- Kings Hill Golf Club Fortune Way Kings Hill ME19 4GF (01732) 875040
An attractive oak-beamed pub dating from the 15th century. It is the heart of village life, with a variety of events held, including a beer festival at the end of April. A roaring log fire keeps customers warm in winter, and the pub frontage is a sea of flowers in summer. Good food is served and, on Thursdays, a wide selection of sausage dishes is available. The large garden has children's play equipment. Buses stop outside and Beltring Halt railway station is a 20 minute walk away.
- Chequers The Street Laddingford ME18 6BP (01622) 871266
- Plough Inn
A grade II listed, weather-boarded pub on the main road, which has sold beer for over 200 years, but parts of which are even older. There are two bar areas on different levels, the lower bar area having a baby grand piano. A separate restaurant has a window through which the kitchen may be seen in operation. Has been completely refurbished inside during Lockdown.
- Potting Shed
An imposing building on the main road at the Maidstone end of the village. Greatly extended and re-fitted with an open kitchen. The restaurant offers the popular, quality Elite Pubs menu. New surfaced car park. Electric car charging points. Large patio area with exterior bar facility. Breakfasts are served 8am-11am Mon-Fri and 8am-10.45 Fri-Sun.
- Plough Inn Sutton Road Langley ME17 3LX (01622) 842555
- Larkfield Priory Hotel
802 London Road
This medium sized hotel has a bar and restaurant open to non-residents. Enter via a decking area at front that has picnic tables and umbellas. Afternoon tea may be booked.
- Monk's Head
44 New Hythe Lane
Entry is now via a corridor on the right of the building. Step down into the bar area which has a large TV and juke box. Step down again into the main area which has a games machine. This pub dates from around 1553 with wooden beams in abundance and a large inglenook fireplace. Upstairs is a mezzanine floor with a dart board and large TV. There is a large garden to the rear that has picnic tables and an ornamental Koi carp pond.
- Wealden Hall
773 London Road
Extensive, Grade II Listed, timber-framed, building with lots of old world charm, situated in the centre of Larkfield. Re-fitted sympathetically in October 2013. The 14th century Wealden Hall has a capacious restaurant upstairs where the roof timbers are displayed. Patrons may also eat in the downstairs bar that is sectioned into eating and drinking areas. There is a large outdoor area at the rear with a well in the courtyard and plenty of seating.
- Larkfield Priory Hotel 802 London Road Larkfield ME20 6HJ (01732) 846858
- George Inn
Former coaching inn dating from 1652. Some would describe the pub as a single room, the steps, partial walls and beams give the effect of a myriad of separate secluded areas, some laid out for meals, of which a large choice is available off the blackboard including daily specials. A few sporting (mainly cricket) memorabilia adorn the bar. The adjacent hay barn is now used as a function room with its own bar.
- George Inn Lower Street Leeds ME17 1RN (01622) 861314
- Dog & Bear
Grade II listed traditional coaching inn built in 1602 facing the village square. There are 24 letting rooms and include a four poster bed. Queen Anne stayed here in 1704 and her coat of arms appears over the front door. Oak beamed bar with log fire. Function room available.
- Harrow Inn
Hotel with several letting rooms in a 17th century inn, nestled in farmland, at the top of the North Downs above Lenham. Has a licence for weddings and a fine 60 seater restaurant that uses local products where possible. Has a small Meeting Room named Conran Room. May open on Sunday evening if there is demand from hotel residents.
- Lenham Social Club
Well kept Club with snooker table and garden to rear.
- Red Lion
Grade II listed, heavily beamed, multi-level inn, dating from the15th century located on a crossroad at the edge of the village square. Formerly used as a coaching inn. Varied menu and popular choice of beers. Lively public bar. Courtyard to the rear. Outside bar and catering available. Free parking in the square.
- Dog & Bear The Square Lenham ME17 2PG (01622) 858219
- Castle Lake
A large Brewers Fayre, tastefully decorated and offering several different areas. Good selection of meals available with budget offers. Children may have use of a large play area.
- Old Rectory
Oxley Shaw Lane
A large pub/restaurant catering largely for families. Good value meals are available all day. Several different areas on varying levels with wheelchair users catered for by use of ramps. Baby changing facilities are provided for the convenience of customers. TVs show satellite/terrestrial channels with sound off. Full refurbishment throughout at the end of 2017.
306 London Road
An old stone built roadside pub on two levels which has a grade II listed bar area. Noted for its excellent value home cooked meals served on the upper area. Summer barbeques are held on the rear decking area. Comedy evenings are held on last Friday of the month - bookings required.
- Castle Lake Castle Way Leybourne ME19 5TR (01732) 521630
Loddington Farm, Loddington Lane
The Musket Brewery Tap overlooks the new brewhouse that is visible though windows. There are up to eight casks on the stillage. Comfortable seating is provided in a good sized area. Pizzas are usually available. Beer may be ordered for collection. Monthly bookable themed dining events like Burns Night or St Georges Night are held. A large grassed area opposite offers tables and cushioned casks on sunny days with shade under the trees for those who need it.
- Bull Inn
This old coaching inn has oak beamed walls and ceilings. The original pub has now included the neighbouring Post Office and barbers. Multi-level wooden floors, carpeted in the restaurant. Food is available in both bar and restaurant. The garden, al fresco dining areas and smoking area have magnificent views over the weald. Music is provided on summer Sunday evenings and an outside bar is in operation.. A function room upstairs has a stair lift but is not accessible for wheelchair users. Breakfast is served daily 8.30 to midday.
- Armoury Loddington Farm, Loddington Lane Linton ME17 4AG (01622) 749931
- Chequers Inn
Old Loose Hill
A former 17th-century coaching inn on the old road to Hastings has been tastefully decorated to emphasise original oak beams. It lies in Loose Valley by the side of a trout stream in the shadow of a Thomas Telford viaduct. Traditional home cooked food is served including vegetarian options. Quiz night on Mondays, live music is played regularly and an annual duck race features on the river on Spring bank holiday. Morris dancers feature every Boxing Day. Special birthday food/birthday party deals.
- Walnut Tree
657 Loose Road
A popular traditional local pub. L-shaped bar with half-wall giving two distinct areas, the front one of which a log fire on cold winter evenings. The pleasant garden is used for barbecues and live music on suitable summer Sunday afternoons. There is a monthly charity quiz on the fourth Friday, Karaoke on the 2nd Friday and Jamming on 3rd Friday. Occasionally, other charity fund raising activities are held. The interior and garden have both been updated in June 2020.
- Chequers Inn Old Loose Hill Loose ME15 0BL (01622) 743125
- Bower Inn
66 Tonbridge Road
A large Victorian pub still retaining a green tiled exterior and many of its original internal fittings. Bare floorboards feature with posters and pictures about the local history and pubs that are now closed around the walls. The interior is a reflection of the green colour scheme outside with a sophisticated grey wall along with copper lights and beer pumps. The high ceiling gives it an airy feel. The well kept beer is served from a large 'J' shaped bar to the mostly local clientele. Modern additions include a games machine, juke box and pool table.
91 High Street
Designed in a Neo-Georgian style by Frederick Charles Palmer for the Kentish Bank (later absorbed by NatWest) and built in around 1927 on the site of a former bank owned by Messer's Brenchley and Co. This Grade II building was converted to a pub in November 2013 preserving many of the original features. The splendid architecture of this building has been restored, revealing huge oak columns and wooden panelling. Modern lighting also shows off the large central glass dome. There is plenty of space within and a very high ceiling. A small Oval Room towards the rear also has a dome. At the rear, accessed via a staircase, is a large covered and heated drinking and smoking area with a separate bar. Accessed externally by a door to the right is the upstairs Harry's Bar that is available with music playing until 2am on Friday and Saturday evenings. An extensive menu is available all day and six real ale handpumps sit on the long bar. The very large safe remains in situ below the trading floor.
- Brickmakers Arms
107-109 Perryfield Street
Only five minutes walk from Maidstone East Railway Station, this back street free-house has a U-shaped bar with a pool table at one end and seating at the other. Pub interior has beebn updated during the Covid closedown period. Patios front and rear are provided for smokers. Most of the beer is provided as guest beers from Kent Brewery.
- Cellars Alehouse
The Old Brewery, Buckland Road
Entry is via steps down from the old Style and Winch brewery yard and through double doors. The room is stone flagged and has a vaulted ceiling with original cast iron supports. Wooden pews, seating and tables around the room. The corner bar stands in front of the glazed door through to the cool room which houses the racking for 20 casks and cider/perries dispensed by gravity. Kentish beers, ciders and perries will always be available. Four KeyKeg ales, 18 ciders and spirits also sold. Gin, vodka, soft drinks and snacks are stocked. Clipboards on the tables show which of drinks are currently available. Lots of board games are available to use. Kent Cider Pub of the Year 2018
- Cherry Tree
437 Tonbridge Road
Strong on sports, there are a number of TV screens around the pub showing various sports simultaneously. There is a pool table at one end of the pub and a dart board in the middle, both popular with the local clientele. Runs darts, pool and quiz teams and a football team is based out of the pub. Music also features regularly.
- Coach House
11 Queen Anne Road
Former coaching inn with large open area and central bar. A pool table and electronic machine occupy an area to the right of the door and there is a juke box opposite the bar, towards the rear. The large rear patio has a covered area. There is also a barbeque and a large banana plant.
40 Sandling Road
Large, traditional, back street, locals pub with several split-level areas surrounding a central bar. Live BT Sport shown on numerous televisions around the bar. Pool table and bar billiards. Close to Maidstone United football ground. No seasonal beers but a consistent pint of Master Brew Bitter is served.
An old building in a sea of modernity, this pub used to be called the Lamb. Completely refurbished internally following the floods in December 2013. There is a light feel to the interior and a fireplace was been revealed during the renovations. It has a large rear courtyard that may be used for smoking. A function room is being made ready for use. Popular for music. See Facebook for latest information and current band list.
- Druids Arms
24 Earl Street
A town centre pub opposite the Hazlitt theatre that is popular for food during the day and mainly with the younger generation in the evening, Close to the Fremlin Walk shopping centre. Owned by Greene King but it usually offers some more interesting guest beers. There is live music on Friday and Saturday in the covered and heated courtyard to the side.
- Duke of Marlborough
27 Union Street
Just off the main shopping area and mainly used by locals. There is a dart board and pool table with a team in the local league. Four screens on the various walls show BT Sport and Sky Sport. There are two electronic machines for amusment. Doom Bar is the regular but there is a changing guest. To the rear there is a car park and several picnic benches on a patio. Benches covered by a large umbrella are provided for smokers.
56 Brewer Street
Small side street pub with L-shaped bar with flat-screen TVs and juke-box connected to the internet. A lower area contains a dartboard and large-screen TV showing BT Sport. Pool table and darts area Steps lead down to rear yard, toilets and smoking area. Real ale is available from two pumps. Painted light grey inside in 2019 giving a brighter appearance than previously. New licensees took over in May 2019 and are putting some life back into the pub. Takeaway food may be ordered on 07874 146296
Lockmeadow Leisure Complex, Barker Road
A Flaming Grill eating house close to the cinema and leisure centre and near the market. Various areas including a terrace overlooking the car park. Extensive menu which includes various food challenges for the brave. Bar area is accessed via steps or lift for those less able.
- Fishermans Arms
40 Lower Stone Street
A narrow-fronted pub on the main A229 road leading out of town and reputed to the earliest pub in Maidstone. It is being run as a free house and outlet for the licensee's own Gemstone ales. The interior has a coat of white paint which gives it a lighter feel than the previous dark panelling. The building extends rearwards, through a second drinking area and that leads to a corridor, passing the toilets, to a long outside drinking/smoking area of similar narrow dimensions and then opening out to a larger area with picnic tables. Events are shown on terrestrial TV.
- Flower Pot
96 Sandling Road
Street-corner alehouse. The upper bar has nine handpumps with the ales mainly from microbreweries. Up to four ciders and perries are served directly from the container and there is a small selection of KeyKeg beers. Beers and ciders are displayed on video screens. Maidstone United football ground is nearby. There are music nights on some Saturdays, jam nights on Tuesdays and monthly vinyl nights on Fridays. It stages an annual beer festival and was voted Kent CAMRA Pub of the Year 2017.
85 Hartnup Street
A welcoming, back-street, community-focused local with a cottage aspect, lying south of the Tonbridge Road. Beer prices are kept low. Three TV screens show Sky Sports. Smokers have the benefit of a covered & heated shelter at the rear where a large decked area provides additional space. A BBQ in the garden is in frequent use. Snacks available.
- Hare & Hounds
47 Lower Boxley Road
The central bar faces towards Maidstone Prison and is close to the County Council offices, To the rear are a pool table, dartboard and jukebox. Also to the rear is a large garden with a covered area including a further pool table. The interior decorated in Maidstone United's colours of Black & Gold.
- Maidstone Rugby Club
Large cricket pavilion with a bar, dating from 1905. It has a function room and garden area with lovely views. Cricket is played from April to September and rugby from August until April. Non members welcome to watch the rugby and have a beer or two.
- Market House
30 Earl Street
A recently (2018) extended town-centre pub with live music on Friday to Sunday evenings. Now has an enlarged kitchen with an extensive menu and also serves breakfast at the weekend. Upstairs there are toilets, a function room and terrace. There is a large smoking area with an awning outside at the front.
- Muggleton Inn
8-9 High Street
A former insurance office that is now a large two-storey Wetherspoon pub. Quieter upstairs but may not be open at all times. The usual value fare and beer range is available. Choice of real ales only available downstairs. Family friendly until 9pm when it then livens up and offers loud music from DJs at the weekends when queues are supervised by door staff.
- Old House at Home
10 Pudding Lane
This pub lies just off the High Street and gets very busy when live football matches are shown. Dark walls and wooden fittings indicate its early heritage. It has an upstairs room for meetings and buffets. Children are allowed in the bar before 3pm. There is a small outside drinking/smoking area below attractive hanging baskets.
- Olde Thirsty Pig
4a Knightrider Street
Reputedly the third-oldest building in the town, it dates from around 1430 and has massive timber beams, sloping floors with curious nooks and crannies on two storeys. It was originally a farmhouse within the estate of the Archbishop’s palace. There is a heated and covered courtyard area. The bar contains four hand pumps dispensing ales mainly from Kent microbreweries. Draught cider is stocked, and it sells many bottled beers, including several foreign ones. Two small meeting rooms are available.
- Paper Makers Arms
129 Upper Stone Street
Just south of town, on a busy road, up a steep hill. Exterior has old blue tiles.
78 London Road
Re-fitted July 2018. Conversation and music echo around. Various shades of brown predominate in the spacious interior. There are several partitioned areas, some of which are raised. A level entry at the front with gentle slopes to side and rear provide access for wheelchair users. A disabled toilet shares the door with the Ladies and also contains a baby change facility. A good variety of food is offered all day. Bookings available and table service.
- Rifle Volunteers
28 Wyatt Street
One of three Goacher’s tied houses, A Victorian stone-built single bar pub a short walk from the town centre. It has been recognised by CAMRA for its unspoiled interior. No machines ensure that it is a place for conversation or quiet drink. A popular fun quiz, open to all, is held on alternate Tuesdays, with a local winter quiz league in other weeks. There is a garden area with some seating under cover. Cider and perry are also served. Snacks can be made to order. Listen out for the cash till, which only goes up to £2.99!
- Royal Albion
23 Havock Lane
A refurbished pub opposite Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, convenient for Fremlin Walk shopping centre. There is a split-level bar with pictures of old Maidstone in the upper section, which also has a pool table. There is a pleasant outdoor drinking area for those warm summer days. Regular music sessions, karaoke, theme nights and quiz nights are held.
- Royal Paper Mill
39 Tovil Hill
Situated in Tovil on the outskirts of Maidstone close to Goacher's brewery. A wide selection of fine Goacher's beers are available and most are served direct from the cask.
- Society Rooms
Brenchley House, Week Street
A spacious venue on the ground floor of a five-storey block that was once the site of a local newspaper works. The mainly glass external walls allow panoramic views of the pedestrian shopping street alongside. A large outside space is split into smoking and non-smoking areas. The name of the pub is taken from William Shipley, founder of the Royal Society of Arts and the Maidstone Society for Promoting Useful Knowledge, who is buried nearby. Live news on TVs, with no sound. Beer is served from 9am.
- Spitfire Lounge
The Gallagher Stadium, James Whatman Way
Clubhouse attached to Maidstone United Football Club, open to all. Open on match days. Some rooms are hireable. The ground is Non-smoking and no E-smoking. TV in the lounge shows the early live matches.
11 Middle Row
Run by Rockin' Robin since August 2019 when it was renamed the Stag. An historic pub in the town centre. Decorated in mid-grey with beams stripped to their original colour. May be entered from either the High Street or via Bank Street to the room at the rear. Pavement tables and chairs outside if internal rooms not available. Three steps down to the toilets from front room. Up to three handpumps are available on bar in front room. A fire in each room may be lit in winter.
- Stone Street Club
2 Lower Stone Street
Large club in town centre
- Style & Winch
72 Union Street
This town centre local community pub has a central bar with a variety of games including darts, pool and backgammon. The quiet, secluded rear garden has tables. The function room holds up to 40 and used to be the police shooting range and is well sound proofed. Sunday lunches must be booked. Live music sessions are held monthly.
- Swan (Loose Rd)
437 Loose Road
Attractive white weather-boarded former coaching inn south of Maidstone on A229. Friendly local with comfortable seating in four delineated areas. The interior has wooden beams and floors. The area in front of pub is enclosed and has artificial grass and pub benches. The large south facing garden has a play area for children at the top. Food provision has been franchised out to a local pizza business which offer good deals if you have your pizza delivered to the pub.
- Tovil Working Mens Club
Completely redecorated with new furniture and improved facilities during COVID-19 lockdown period.
- Walnut Tree
234 Tonbridge Road
A cosy L-shaped local with regular live music on Friday evenings and popular Thursday comedy nights weekly. A quiz is held on Bank Holiday Sundays and a Live Band Music Quiz on the 3rd Monday of the month. Juke box provided. A popular regular outlet for the locally brewed Goacher's Fine Light. Comfortable green furnishings used throughout. Discounted student meals Monday to Friday. Private functions catered for Monday to Thursday 12-3.
- White Horse
46 London Road
At the western entrance to the county town this large, single bar pub has a cosy two-level area at the far end of the bar. Roasts available on Sunday. Live music on Saturday evenings. Quiz night first Tuesday in month.
- Bower Inn 66 Tonbridge Road Maidstone ME16 8SE (01622) 764926
- Marden Village Club
Six real ales are now offered at this Grade II listed club and community hub; five change regularly and are generally from local microbreweries. The club was totally renovated in 2017 and refurbished to produce a light, airy, and friendly atmosphere. Many members are involved in the club's snooker and darts teams; others simply enjoy the friendly ambiance and watch live football and rugby on the sports TV. Regularly voted Maidstone CAMRA branch Club of the Year. Card carrying CAMRA members are welcome but regular visitors will be required to join. Bingo evenings are held regularly.
A good example of a village local with a small separate area for diners. The rotating guest beer can often be something unusual for the area. The pub is in the village centre, to the east of the station. There is a large fireplace providing warmth for the winter evenings.
- West End Tavern
This 18th century, Grade II listed, former forge is now a cosy village pub to the west of the station, popular with diners for the good value meals. The licensee is also the chef. The right hand side is mainly for drinkers and meals may be taken to the left and rear area which has another bar. There is an exit to the small car park and patio for smokers. Low ceilings prompt you to mind your head when moving from the lower to the upper bar level!. No food on Sunday evenings. Coffee, cakes and breakfast available from 8.30am-midday Mon-Fri and 9.30am-midday Saturday.
- Marden Village Club Albion Road Marden TN12 9DT (01622) 831427
- Moody Mare
501 Seven Mile Lane
This country restaurant has real ale and has partly become a pub with the beer casks kept in cooling jackets behind the bar. There is a varied menu that changes to use seasonal ingredients with Wednesday night being Mussels night. Service is leisurely and you will not feel hurried. Breakfasts are served from 10 till 12. The weekly entertainment on Friday evenings is usually tribute acts. The large garden area accommodates has a very large teepee for customers and a playground for children. The venue may be hired.
- Moody Mare 501 Seven Mile Lane Mereworth ME18 5QY (01622) 813038
- Hop Pole
Various seating areas are provided in this 17th century pub which stands by a busy road. The bar has a large fireplace in the centre and passing this leads to a dining area and the conservatory restaurant which draws in customers for its carvery held Tuesday to Saturday. There is a beer garden with picnic tables to the rear, which may be reached through the conservatory or via the car park. May close early if custom wanes.
- Hop Pole Maidstone Road Nettlestead ME18 5HH (01622) 934360
- New Hythe
- Bricklayers Arms
440 New Hythe Lane
L-shaped community pub close to Leybourne Lakes and nearby housing estates. Updated in recent years it now has a very pleasant feeling. A gin display has been installed with the name Hobbit Hole above it Has TV screens showing sports. A small restaurant area serves excellent Indian meals and takeaways are available.
- Bricklayers Arms 440 New Hythe Lane New Hythe ME20 6SA (01622) 717181
- Kings Arms
A cosy pub near the village green, where there is a rare example of a quintain, once used by knights for jousting practice. Originally two 16th-century farm cottages with many wooden beams. Many of the regularly changing guest beers come from Kent microbreweries. Good selection of meals are offered using local products. There is a small car park, but the road outside has no parking restrictions. Bus 70 passes the door, on Monday to Friday daytimes only.
- Kings Arms Teston Road Offham ME19 5NR (01732) 870114
- Penenden Heath
A large, family pub with a garden standing adjacent to Penenden Heath. There are several different areas of varying sizes. Good value meals are served all day with menus for both seniors and juniors and dishes for the weight conscious. There is a play area for children.
- Chiltern Hundreds
Penenden Heath Road
A large, food based pub close to the M20. The pleasant oak-beamed interior has plenty of seating for diners and the menu has a good range of food and snacks. Walk through restaurant area to access the L-shaped bar that serves both restaurant areas. There is a large car park and patios are provided front and rear to cater for smokers.
- Bull Boxley Road Penenden Heath ME14 2DH (01622) 752888
- Duke of Wellington
A 16th-century pub with two bars, both with inglenook fireplaces. The main bar to the left includes a snug and the restaurant to the right has part of an original wattle and daub wall displayed behind glass. A covered and heated patio opens onto the garden, with additional tables outside the front of the pub. The varied menu includes takeaways and Sunday roasts. A popular jazz music evening is held first Thursday in month. Alternate Sunday evenings are quiz nights. Ramblers are welcome.
- Duke of Wellington Birling Road Ryarsh ME19 5LS (01732) 842318
- Malta Inn
Off Forstal Road
A very large riverside restaurant/pub on several floor levels with cosy seating areas of various sizes.The usual Beefeater value meals are served. There is disabled entry and doors open on to the wide towpath by the River Medway. Access throughout the ground floor is by means of ramps. Allington Lock and The Museum of Kent Life are close by. Accommodation is available in the adjacent Premier Inn.
- Yew Tree Inn
A former cottage that dates from 1782 that lies close to the M20 and is accessed via a narrow lane. The bar has red quarry tiles on the floor while the popular restaurant has the benefit of carpet. Well thought out meals are available using fresh cooked ingredients. Vegetarians are catered for but call beforehand. Bookings for the restaurant are advisable. Subdued music may be played. Bar food is available all day Friday and Saturday.
- Malta Inn Off Forstal Road Sandling ME14 3AS (01622) 717251
- Milk House
Large, light and airy inn with accommodation, close to the National Trust gardens at Sissinghurst Castle. Formally known as The Bull it re-opened in 2013 as The Milk House following a complete refurbishment; Sissinghurst once being known as Mylkehouse Street. The building is now open-plan and wheel-chair friendly with wooden floors throughout. The bar to the right has a frontage of woven hurdles. Food features greatly with both classic pub fare (bar and restaurant) and fine dining (restaurant only). A grazing menu is available throughout the day to enjoy in front of a Tudor fireplace during winter or on the terrace in the summer. Please refer to the Website for regular entertainment dates, especially the Milkfest in Summer.
- Milk House The Street Sissinghurst TN17 2JG (01580) 720200
The Bell is a large half-timbered 16th century pub located about 1 mile west of Smarden village centre. The interior consists of a number of inter-connected rooms, many with exposed beams. In the (ground floor) cellar bar there is an open log fire in winter.
- Bell Bell Lane Smarden TN27 8PW (01233) 770283
- Freemasons Arms
267 Malling Road
A comfortable pub at the southern end of the town. Several TV screens are placed around the walls. It has a separate dining area and serves good pub food at sensible prices. Sunday roasts are served until 7pm. There is live music most Saturday evenings.
- Ham Hill Working Mens Club 259-261 Malling Road Snodland ME6 5JR (01634) 243025
- Monk's Head
22 Constitution Hill
Traditional town centre pub offering a lunch time menu. The two bars cater for games on the right hand side which also has a juke box and on the left is the quieter side. The licensees have made extensive changes and refurbishments to provide a comfortable area for socialising. The conservatory at the rear may be used for functions and the rear patio has seating, tables and a covered area.
- Snodland Working Mens Club 54-56 Holborough Road Snodland ME6 5PB (01634) 240392
- Freemasons Arms 267 Malling Road Snodland ME6 5JR (01634) 240211
- Kings Head
A large 18th-century Grade II listed pub at the top of the hill opposite the church, very handy for weddings. It has a central bar with two dining areas to the left and a sports area to the right where pool and darts can be played. Local ingredients are used for meals. Outside bar & catering facilities are available for hire. Sky TV is provided for sports fans. There is a large garden and car park to the rear.
- Lord Raglan
Chart Hill Road
Owned by the same family for many years, this is an unspoilt free house retaining the atmosphere of a country pub from bygone days. The bar is hung with hops and warmed by two log fires and a stove. The large orchard garden catches the evening sun. Serves excellent food from a popular menu. Perry and local Double Vision cider are stocked. Well-behaved children and dogs are welcome. It is a short walk from the Cross-at-Hand (No.5) bus stop on the A229.
- Kings Head High Street Staplehurst TN12 0AR (01580) 891231
- Sutton Valence
- Kings Head
80 North Street
Large pub that has been completely refurbished with comfortable seating. Restaurant in a separate area to the rear of the bar. Runs poker games on Thursday evenings. Two ladies darts teams.
- Queens Head
A coach-house style community pub overlooking the Weald, with a hop-garlanded central bar and inglenook fireplace offering a blazing log fire in winter. Large dining area on the right and two snug areas to the left. Interesting raised garden above small car park at rear, features old stables with full-size snooker table. Quiz night alternate Mondays. Darts, dominoes and cribbage played. Occasional live and KaraOkemusic and karoke.
- Ridge Golf Club
A 18-hole golf course and driving range with extensive facilities for weddings, meetings, golf societies and other events. New owner July 2017. Various packages available to be booked. Main reception room has dance floor and a separate bar. Strict dress code on course and practice area and smart casual in clubhouse.
- Kings Head 80 North Street Sutton Valence ME17 3AP (01622) 843264
- Teston Club
Small, comfortable village club with two rooms, each with TVs. Darts team and one full size snooker table. Subsidiary camera club and members may also join the Golf club. Bridge club on Thursday evenings. Occasional music and other events are held one Saturday each month. Meat raffle held on last Sunday in month.
- Teston Club Church Street Teston ME18 5AG (01622) 815232
- Black Horse
Lying on the Pilgrim's Way this is popular with walkers, The Black Horse advertises itself as an 'Eat, Drink, Sleep' establishment as bed and breakfast is available in a completely separate building. A wide selection of English Country Wines and Fruit Liqueurs are available in the largely wooden clad bar decorated with hops. Occupies multiple levels and has an extended dining area to rear used for weddings. Conferences may be arranged here. Two electric car charging points are provided in the lowest car park.
- Black Horse Pilgrims Way Thurnham ME14 3LD (01622) 737185
This traditional, family run, country pub and restaurant lies close to North Downs and opens early for good food & drink. Several areas on multiple levels provide lots of places for all. The large garden has tables for eating, an outside bar and toilets. There is a covered area and a play area for children. Children have a separate menu. Breakfast served 8 till 12. Takeaway meals are available. Live music is provided on the last Friday in month see website for details. Run by the same family since 1997.
Originally two weather-boarded farm cottages dating from 1483 that became licensed in 1817. Situated just below the North Downs, it provides a welcome stop for all, including walkers, families & dogs. Now community owned. Refurbished 2019 giving relaxed modern atmosphere. To the left is a restaurant using local products with experienced chefs expertise. To the right is the bar where a bar menu may be chosen.
- George Taylors Lane Trottiscliffe ME19 5DR (01732) 822462
New licensee Errol Defoe has re-opened this pub and restaurant under the name Smoke and Cured. Pleasantly redecorated and has received good reviews for the reasonably priced food, which includes both fish and vegetarian options. Beer is supplied from the nearby Whitstable brewery. Takeaway meals available.
- Harrow The Street Ulcombe ME17 1DP (01622) 844422
- North Pole
434 Red Hill
Built in 1826 as a private venture together with adjacent cottages and stabling but soon acquired by Jude Hanbury. Later subsumed by Whitbread as evidenced by the etched bay windows and the brickwork that is now covered by painted pebbledash. Internal steps down provide access to the toilets and the large enclosed garden with a covered al fresco eating area and a play area for children. A woodburning stove provides enormous heat in the bar during the winter. The restaurant is separate from the bar, though the substantial meals may be taken in either. Booking advisable for Sunday carvery.
Opposite Wateringbury station and close to an anchorage for boats traveling along the Medway makes this pub a good place to spend a while. Walkers are welcome for a pint or two of real ale - what could be better? Dining area to the left where a good selection of pub meals may be taken. A warm welcome may be found here from Donna and the girls.
This is a large establishment, part of the Greene King takeover of the Spirit group, Still operates under Chef & Brewer banner with an adjoining Premier Inn. The emphasis is on dining and there is a varied menu. The beer range is now different and one pump is free of tie. There has been a refurbishment with a lighter feel to the interior and some new furniture. Meals are available at either end with the centre area now reserved for drinkers.
- Wateringbury Club
210 Tonbridge Road
Bar and and other areas spruced up.
- North Pole 434 Red Hill Wateringbury ME18 5BJ (01622) 817961
- Early Bird
Minor Centre, Grovewood Drive North
Built in the style of an Oast House adjacent to a Tesco store. Several distinct areas can be found, including a separate function room and 'city garden' outside. The split level, roundel area houses a pool table.
- Fox & Goose
Pub has been surrounded by an estate near a busy shopping area but is well worth finding. Although there is a dedicated eating area, food can be taken in either bar with Thursday Steak Nights and Sunday roasts a speciality. Occasionally live music sessions are held. Quiz alternate Mondays.
- Newnham Court Inn
Newnham Court Farm
This is adjacent to a large garden and shopping centre. The Greene King Eating Inn branded pub/restaurant has the restaurant area to the right on entry and the drinking area to the left, There are several levels with stairs accessing them. Extensive menu with various offers through the week. Takeaways available. .
- Early Bird Minor Centre, Grovewood Drive North Weavering ME14 5TQ (01622) 735017
- West Farleigh
- Good Intent
A family run pub standing on the attractive village green with a pretty view to the rear across the Medway valley. There is a separate sports room with widescreen television and a rear conservatory used for club meetings as well as dining. Parking is easy and the pub front faces the lovely well kept green. No food on Mondays or Sunday evening.
- Tickled Trout
Originally built in 1541, this Grade II listed building became an ale house in the mid 1700s. Previously called The Chequers, the pub was renamed Tickled Trout in 1987. The formal restaurant is entered by the left with informal dining and drinking area on the right. Either side of the doorway are four-sided pyramid shaped heaters. Bar and restaurant take around 50 seats. The beamed ceiling is painted white and a floor of polished wood forms a smooth surface. The bar unusually has a zinc plated top. Varied choice of beers which are likely to change frequently. Tables of various sizes to right and left of bar with a few along the front wall, opposite the bar. Facilities are at the right with a step up on entry. A large, enclosed garden to the side and rear has wheelchair access via a ramp and a play area for children. There is a covered bistro dining area in the garden.
- Good Intent The Green West Farleigh ME15 0NN (01622) 812426
- West Malling
- Bull Inn
1 High Street
At the north end of the town, near the railway bridge, is this friendly free house, with wood paneling and a real fire. There is a focus on local beers and ciders, with one cider on handpump. A terrace at the rear allows outdoor drinking. A quiz is held on Monday evenings and live music on some Saturdays. Good food using locally sourced ingredients is offered daily except Mondays. A lower priced beer labelled Bull's Malling Special is normally from Musket.
- Farm House
97-99 High Street
Became a gastro-pub following an upmarket renovation to the Elizabethan building in 2003. The right-hand bar has a bistro feeling with subdued lighting. A restaurant is to the left but meals may also be taken in the bar area. Very popular for meals as with other pubs operated by the Elite Pubs group. An upstairs function room is available for hire. The covered decking area at the rear overlooks a 15th-century rag-stone barn which houses a Pizza Shack and the Cow Shed cocktail and music bar. Over 21s only on Friday and Saturday after 6pm.
- Five Pointed Star
100 High Street
Its ancient history is authenticated by the low ceilings held by thick timbers. There are bench seats to the left on entry and a walkway to the rear. At the front is a large U-shaped bar with four hand-pumps and to the right and rear a further four. At the rear is a raised seating area. Wooden wall panels feature throughout and there are two log fires. A series of smaller rooms lead away from main bar area to provide additional sanctuary. One room contains a small library for books to be swapped. Exit at rear to a smoking area. There is a large paved area at the rear (once the car park) with various sizes of tables and an enclosed garden area with artificial grass, picnic tables, lighting and heating. Good quality food available from a changing menu and is cooked to order, not microwaved from frozen.
- Joiners Arms
64 High Street
A two-bar community pub handy for shoppers. The back bar is popular for darts with a welcoming fire in winter. There is a rear yard with tables.The front bar is more sparsely decorated with joinery memorabilia. Opening frontage onto the High Street is handy in warm weather as are the pavement tables. Has four luxury double en-suite rooms decorated on a French theme.
- Malling Jug
52 High Street
A former residential property. On entry into the parquet floored drinking area there are several tables, both high and low level, but mostly bench seating. A door opposite leads to further seating in the courtyard at the rear which also gives access through doors to the toilets. At least 8 beers and Turners cider may be provided by gravity from the temperature controlled cellar to the left. Casks that are available or coming soon are listed on a chalkboard on the wall but clipboards with paper lists are also provided. A good selection of refrigerated bottled beers, mainly Belgian but also American and other countries are kept. Service may be to your seat at busy times. Beers may be ordered as pints, halves or 3 one-third-pint samplers on beer bats. Glasses are lined and oversize to provide full measure and less spillage. Snacks are available including crisps, nuts, Scotch Eggs or Cheese and Pickle. Newspapers are in a rack for customer's use.
- Malling Town Club
4-8 Swan Street
Large, comfortable club in town centre. Snooker and Pool tables available upstairs. Three TVs showing sport.
- Scared Crow
79 Offham Road
Takeaway food collection only. A little off the beaten track, a short walk from the High Street through the churchyard to find this popular, compact pub/restaurant with a L-shaped bar. The accent is mainly on Mexican/Italian food but there are also Sunday roasts and pizzas. With diners around the narrow bar area it can be a squeeze on busier evenings.
- Bull Inn 1 High Street West Malling ME19 6QH (01732) 842753
- West Peckham
- Swan On The Green
As its name implies The Swan is quite literally part of the village green. The outside tables and benches perfectly complement the location and customers drift onto the green. The onsite microbrewery supplies all the real ales and the food has a fine reputation. The interior is fresh and inviting with a wooden floor, matching stripped pine tables and an open double-sided fire. The nearest bus stop (7,77) is an easy one-mile walk down the lane from Mereworth School.
- Swan On The Green Church Road West Peckham ME18 5JW (01622) 812271
A 14th-century thatch roofed riverside pub that is popular with boaters and summer visitors. Food is served all day. It has a large frontage near to the flood control gates and bridge over the river Medway. The interior has original beams and wooden panelling in the old thatched part but the rear extension is all new. The restaurant roof has a canoe in the rafters which could be useful if the river floods. The outside area has a large number of tables by the riverside.
A friendly venue in the centre of the village, dating from 1642. It has a large riverside garden with a children's playground. Now a pizzeria and restaurant, also takeaway and delivery.
- Walnut Tree
1 Yalding Hill
Originally an oak beamed, former Kentish Yeoman's house built in 1492 but with later red brick walls and an extension to the right that is now the restaurant. There is an inglenook fireplace in the smaller upper area. Step down to the lower bar, where you may sit in an extension that is outside the original ground floor end wall, which has been removed. Rejuvenated by the new business owner who also has the Chequers in Aylesford. Up to five real ales which are all reduced to £3 on Wednesdays. Noted for good food made from fresh local produce wherever possible. Separate children's menu. Toilets at each end of the pub. At the rear of the car park is a large enclosed patio with tables, chairs and flower beds.
- Boathouse Hampstead Lane Yalding ME18 6HG (01622) 814359