We’ve labelled our top 10 quirky places to drink in Kent – from Tunbridge Wells to Whitstable. Kent is fortunate to host several of the most unusual but wonderful bars and pubs
Dating back to the 14th century, this inn has a lot of history – the story goes that it’s home to two ghosts – a man dressed in green velvet who sits at a table writing with a quill and a soldier murdered from the Napoleonic Wars! But don’t let that put you off your pint!
01233 770217 Smarden
Despite eight pubs closing every week, this is one of the few that haven’t changed over the last 100 years. If you’re looking for a pub without lager, fruit machines, music, SKY TV, flavoured crisps and kids then this is your ideal watering hole.
01732 862862 Cowden Pound
Friends squeezed along the long bar, a pint of the craft brew in one hand, the room filled with people enjoying their conversations. Discover a true taste of Belgium close to home in Tunbridge Wells.
01892 457739 Tunbridge Wells
No modern distractions – just an old fashioned experience, a rare find in Kent. No gastronomic dining on offer, rather just a diverse list of homemade ciders.
01732 882150 Plaxtol
An international-inspired restaurant, which offers food based on world-wide travel and cuisine from as far afield as the Galapagos Islands. And by ‘relaxing’, we mean a chilled out garden covered with a canopy of fairy lights.
01892 315297 Tunbridge Wells
With a floor decorated as though a wave has been ‘frozen in time’, after a few to drink, the quirky nature of this beach front side pub will certainly reveal itself…
01227 272262 Whitstable
Perhaps The Pantiles best kept secret, offering a completely different experience to your average bar –16 taps, a wide range of bottled beers and ciders.
01892 530397 Tunbridge Wells
Ships & Trades
Views second to none of the River Medway to Upnor Castle, the former docks office – turned bar and hotel. Arguably a perfect escape from everyday traditional lifestyle. Take time to relax and soak up the laid-back ambience.
01634 895200 Chatham
This independent, family run café is fully licensed allowing for a completely unique way to enjoy a glass of wine in the evening. You can also do a spot of shopping, as everything you sit on and around you is for sale.
01892 315281 Tunbridge Wells
This rambling 15th century building is bursting with character, with a wall-sized fireplace flanked by Chesterfield sofas, making you feel right at home. What’s more, the breath-taking views are to die for over the Kent countryside.
01892 870253 Penshurst
Main Photo: Flickr / Don LaVange
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