Although still a proper local, this pub is run by the same team who have the Sportsman at Whitstable (q.v.) and is worth a detour if wishing to eat in the area.
Youll find wooden farmhouse-style tables and their food offerings displayed on a blackboard; and while the cooking might be called homely in presentation, not many people eat at home at quite this standard even their excellent home-made breads are not to be missed.
Expect the likes of Smoked Mackerel with Potato Salad and Horseradish; Locally Smoked Widgeon Breast with Herb Salad and Mustard Fruits and A plate of Bresaola (thinly-sliced cured beef) to begin. Maybe Crispy Duck with Sour Cream and Chili Sauce; Pork Belly with Crackling & Apple Sauce or Gilt-Head Bream with Rosemary and Garlic or seasonal game for something more substantial.
Desserts include Crème Brulée; Tart Tatin, home-made sorbets and the like.
- Food Style: Best Pubs for Food
- Lunch: Tues-Sun 12.00-14.00 (Sun 14.30); mains about £10 to £19; set L Tues-Fri £12.95 (2 courses), £15.95 (3 courses); Bar menu also offered
- Dinner: Tues-Sat 19.00-21.00; mains about £10 to £19; Bar menu also offered
- Seats: 55, plus 20 outside
- Wine: a concise list kicks off at around the £15 mark, and generally has modest mark-ups
- Children's portions: Yes, when possible
- Wheelchair access: Yes, including lavatory
- Nearest station: Canterbury
- Directions: on the B2068 just south of Canterbury. See the map on this page.
- Parking: Yes
- Closed: D Sun, L Sat, all Mon; 25th & 26th Dec
- Air conditioned
- Outside eating