This pub first opened its doors in 1520 and hardly appears to have changed. Its big inglenook fireplace and heavy beams give it character, the views from the hilltop are lovely, and the good food and friendly crowd make it a pleasure. It's a mixture of traditional pub grub and slightly more sophisticated fare—so you might have scampi and chips, or maybe some gnocchi in pesto sauce—but it's all done very well and many ingredients are locally sourced, as is the ale.
There's seating in the sunny garden in the summertime. The pub, which sells locally made ales, is a mile from Penshurst via the narrow B2188.