Kent Region

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Spotted Dog

Smarts Hill
Penshurst
TN11 8EP
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Opening times: Mon–Sat 11:30-23:00; Sun 12:00-22:30
Regular beers: Harvey's Sussex Best Bitter, Larkins Traditional Ale

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This extremely picturesque white weather-boarded, Grade II listed free house, perched on a hillside, was originally a run of three farm cottages. Approached down the steps via the front sunny terrace one gets a sense of the oozing charm befitting a place which has served as an ale house for over half a millennium. Equally appealing in winter with log fires including an inglenook adding to the cosy feel and in summer with rear tiered terracing affording elevated views over some fine countryside. A combination of low oak beams adorned with hops and fairy lights, quarry tiled and carpeted flooring and subdued lighting add to the historic feel. Larkins Trad comes from the brewery only 3 miles down the road, with up to two guest ales depending on seasonal demand appearing alongside the other regular, Harveys Best. The rare local, lightly-carbonated Chiddingstone cider is also served. The cosy restaurant area can be reserved for special occasions and private parties (no food served on Sunday evenings). With Penshust Place and Hever Castle located nearby and set in good walking countryside, this is a deservedly popular refreshment stop for walkers and dogs (spotted or otherwise).