insideKENT Magazine insideKENT Issue 68 Nov 2017 - Page 87

The Three Chimneys BIDDENDEN The Three Chimneys is one of those idyllic country pubs that is like a magnet for those who are seeking somewhere warm and peaceful to have some time to themselves, or to spend quality time with loved ones. With exposed dark oak beams, a large open fireplace, and aged hops hanging from the ceiling, this pub has much more history than you might imagine. It looks the part and it feels the part too, and you will always be welcome to come through the door, out of the cold, and into the heart of this most Kentish of Wealden village pubs. Surrounded by stunning scenery, the Three Chimneys dates back to the Seven Years War (1756 - 1763), when French prisoners who were kept at nearby Sissinghurst Castle were allowed out every now and then – but only as far as the local pub; not a bad deal! The Three Chimneys The George and Dragon SPELDHURST Perhaps one of the oldest cosy Kentish pubs on our list, the George and Dragon at Speldhurst dates back to the 13th century. As well as the requisite crackling open log fires and fine examples of how things used to be built (the gorgeous oak beams are a prime reminder of the way things were), the George and Dragon is all about community. No wonder it is so well loved by everyone who steps foot within its ancient walls. The ingredients for the wonderful food served up here come from Kent where possible, and sometimes from Sussex (the Ashdown Forest, to be precise) – as long as it is produced within a 30-mile radius and is of excellent quality, it’s considered to be part of this fine pub’s warming menu. This is where you can order a pint of Larkin’s bitter (it’s only made three miles from Speldhurst), a good pie and settle in for the night. Or, if you want something a little more decadent, why not try the local rosé with Kentish lobster? QɝɅ+qեєͥ䁽ѡ)Ёɽѥѕ́) ɥхt)QЁɽѥѕ́ɽQQɅՅ)Qѕ́ѡT,MչQ) ́Ѐ̀؀)!͔AI͝є-а PĀ!D)͕Ʌ͝єլ(